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My Turn: Be prepared for hurricanes ahead of impact

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I’ve lived here several years now and we’ve had a few near miss hurricanes and tropical storms.  But I’ve heard the stories of those who survived Hurricane Fran and Hurricane Floyd. Our news department has even done stories with folks who rode out Hurricane Hazel.  And I take their advice to heart. 

Our Chief Meteorologist Gannon Medwick characterized it appropriately when he said this is our first real good stare down with a major storm in some time. And for me, that’s enough to make sure I’m prepared. 

I have encountered people on both ends of the spectrum this week…from those not batting an eye to others who are evacuating. I think it’s up to your own personal comfort level as to what you think is right for you and for your family.

But let me say this.  Getting ready won’t hurt anyone.  If you’re staying, make sure you have enough supplies on hand for several days.  

That way you don’t put others, like our first responders, in a position where they will be forced to put themselves at risk due to your lack of preparation. 

That’s my turn.  Now it’s your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

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