Carolina Beach officials prepare for hurricane season

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - Hurricane Bill is expected to turn away from our shores, but it has become a reminder that we're in the peak of storm season and officials don't want to be caught off guard.

"There's going to be rip currents," said resident Barbara Vanduyne.  "Problems in the water."

Town officials used Bill's presence to go over their hurricane plans.

"We've got a good group of employees," said Carolina Beach Mayor Joel Macon.  "They've been here a long time. They've been through these storms. So they just have to mentally prepare and go through the steps and re-familiarize themselves like they do every year for the protocol for being prepared for the rain that might come from storms."

Even if Bill follows the projected track, Pleasure Island could see some beach erosion from the heavy surf.

Any rains spawned by the storm could cause some minor flooding, so officials will drain the lake as a precaution.

"If it looks like we're going to get rain we'll pull down the lake, so that basically all the water in this area flows towards the lake," said Macon. "It's part of our watch basin. They'll drain the lake so it can have extra flow."

It's safe to say the storm has been a reminder that we are in hurricane season, and leaders will keep an eye off shore for at least the next three months.

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