Hurricane season is upon us, and the Public Utilities Commission is keeping a watchful eye on what that means to residents in Southeastern Ohio, as far as heating bills are concerned. With winter weather approaching our heating bills increase, but with hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico area this year, we might be stretching our wallets a bit to pay the bills. Because when hurricanes hit the Gulf region, the entire country suffers. Natural gas companies in that region need to shut down, which affects about one third of the country. The long term heating increase this year looks to be between ten to 15 cents.