NC readies for storm season

May 28, 2009 3:30:31 PM PDT
It's that time of year again - time to stock up on flashlight batteries and emergency candles.North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue and other state officials reminded North Carolina citizens that hurricane season starts June 1 Thursday and took part in an emergency drill.

Perdue, Emergency Management Director Doug Hoell, and Crime Control and Public Safety Secretary Reuben Young were involved along with other state officials at the State Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh.

The exercise is timely considering the first tropical depression of the season formed off the North Carolina coast Thursday.

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Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Coral Gables Florida say the depression is currently headed out to sea and won't likely be a threat to land.

It's been a while since North Carolina felt the power of a major hurricane, but state officials say that's no reason to let one's guard down. And while the Triangle is too far inland to require evacuations, the area is not immune.

This year is the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Floyd, which dumped heavy rain on the area - causing the Tar River to overflow and inundating homes south of Raleigh.

All told, the storm was the state's costliest, killing 52 people and causing billions in damage.

North Carolina emergency officials say every family needs an emergency plan, and not just for hurricanes. If a storm is in the area, it's a good idea to stock up on supplies like bottled water and non-perishable food if the power goes out for a long period.

Click here to learn more about making a plan at ncready.org


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