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Old 08-31-2008, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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Tropical Storm HANNA
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Old 08-31-2008, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Niles, Michigan
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Being new to N. Carolina ans never living in a state where hurricanes were a issue. What do youy need to watch. We live in Camden. If it comes are way and even if it doesn't get to this area do you still feel the effects and what would that be
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Old 08-31-2008, 09:04 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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If I was in your shoes right now michiganmom I would actually start preparing now being that you are new to the area and dont have the prepared items you will need even if not this one it good to get prepared type items so that you are ready for any of them.

I would start now buying items you will need to protect your home like plywood, nails, emergency radio , mop emergency food supply

The main reason I am putting an emphasis on doing it now is that you dont want to wait til everyone is crowding the stores and highways doing the same thing.

I also would if I was you contact someone in Michigan that you knew if it is ok for you to crash there for a few days if there is mandatory evalucation.

these are just a few things popping up in my head.
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Old 08-31-2008, 11:21 AM
 
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We are also new - I was wondering how far inland we have to be concerned about hurricanes. I know we will get the rain/winds and even a possible tornado, but I was wondering if we have to go as far as boarding up our houses? We are about 80 miles inland. How long is power usually out for?

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 08-31-2008, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Southeastern Cumberland County
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We are also new - I was wondering how far inland we have to be concerned about hurricanes. I know we will get the rain/winds and even a possible tornado, but I was wondering if we have to go as far as boarding up our houses? We are about 80 miles inland. How long is power usually out for?

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

Hurricane Hugo hit Charlotte, and other hurricanes have come up from the Gulf and did damage (mostly flooding) in the mountains. So, really no where in the state is completely immune. This far inland, we don't really worry about boarding things up. And as for the power...depends. Depends on if that area gets a direct hit--meaning the eye of the hurricane passes over that area, how strong the winds are, the # of trees down, etc.

I live 25 miles southeast of Fayetteville. When Hurricane Fran came through in 1996, we were without power for a full week. When Floyd came through, we were without power for 2 or 3 days. Of course, the coastal area was without for much longer. Buy a generator NOW while you can find them...because the night before it hits, and the days following, you WON'T be able to find on to buy!

And make sure you have plenty of "dry goods" to eat---things you can open and eat and don't have to worry about refrigeration or having to cook. And PLENTY of bottled water to drink! If you think you've got TOO much, you probably have just enough.
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Old 09-01-2008, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Asheville
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I used to live in ECity and visited the Outer Banks several times each summer. The only thing that happens is, the people from the beach come into ECity! So, you're already in a safe place where you are, becuz when storms come, once in a while they'll make the BEACH people head inland, which you're already there. The hotels in town will get booked completely up if they're expecting a hurricane, becuz the beach folk come in.

If you live right on, say, a creek or the river where you are, the banks might overflow and flood, but your neighbors can tell you how your particular spot does. Downtown ECity, the streets usually flood, but nothing particularly major, you just have to turn down another street when you see water in the road. When the winds get really strong, trees come down is the basic hazard, so if you're new to the area, check out your yard trees, make sure they're all healthy and not tilting or anything. If they are, have a tree guy come out and evaluate it, and he can cut it down for a few hundred dollars. But it's only been about three or four years that a storm blew a bunch down, so you're probably okay along those lines, becuz the bad trees have already come out.
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Old 09-01-2008, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Not that anyone can predict a storm this far in advance with much accuracy, but the National Hurricane Center is predicting Hanna making landfall around Savannah, GA and tracking into Western NC as a tropical depression, at the moment.

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/storm_graphics/AT08/refresh/AL0808W5+gif/084912W_sm.gif (broken link)

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Old 09-02-2008, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Inland areas need to only worry about heavy rains and tornados after landfalling hurricanes unless it is a powerful cat 4 or 5 at landfall and moving fast much like Hugo did in 1989. Or if it makes landfall like Isabel did a few years ago.
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Old 09-02-2008, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Southeastern Cumberland County
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I'm 100 miles inland from Topsail. Hurricane Fran passed directly over us....as a Cat 2 hurricane--winds up to 90mph.
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Old 09-05-2008, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Arkadelphia,Arkansas
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I hope the Outer Banks and MoreHead City/Beaufort are spared the wrath of Hanna! My wife and I just went there last month and fell in love with the place.
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