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NHC: 'This is certainly a storm to watch'

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) – Officials in New Hanover County went to area beaches Saturday morning to assess the impact of Sandy to the coast.

Charles Smith, the spokesperson for the county, was at Wrightsville Beach to take a look at the waves.

"This is certainly a storm to watch. The duration of this with the long wind and rain is certainly going to be some of our greatest impact," explained Smith.

Smith said the county is working very closely with emergency management personnel to ensure their resources are readily available if conditions do change and take a turn for the worse.

According to Smith, the county does not anticipate opening the Emergency Operations Center or shelters at this time.

"With that being said, we want to emphasize that residents and visitors should not let their guard down," said Smith. "We want residents to continue to monitor the storm. And certainly if something does change we'll come back and be ready to activate, you know, get our stuff together in just a short few hours."

Smith wants to assure residents the county is closely monitoring the storm. He said they will remain in contact with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington, as well as other coastal counties on the eastern part of the state.

"If something does change we'll come back and be ready to activate, you know, get our stuff together in just a short few hours," explained Smith.

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