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How do I prepare for a hurricane headed for Southeastern North Carolina?

Gareth McGrath
StarNews

Stock up on alcohol because booze sales are banned during an emergency declaration.

But seriously, hurricanes are no joking matter. Residents should make sure they have an emergency kit ready to survive at least three days on their own without electricity and access to outside food and other supplies.

People also should consider the option of retreating inland instead of riding a powerful storm out, especially if they live on a barrier island or in a low-lying area.

But if you choose to evacuate, do so before the onset of the strong winds and heavy rains. Historically, it’s the flooding caused by hurricanes – before and after landfall – that kill more people than the storm strike itself.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, with September and October historically the most active months for Southeastern North Carolina.

For up to date storm tracking, evacuation and re-entry information, stay tuned to www.starnewsonline.com.

Other useful links:

N.C. Department of Crime Control and Public Safety: www.nccrimecontrol.org

National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.gov

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