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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON NC
433 AM EDT SUN MAY 24 2015

...THIS WEEK IS HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK FOR 2015...

TODAY MARKS THE FIRST DAY OF THE 2015 HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK.
THIS IS THE TIME FOR EVERYBODY WHO LIVES IN HURRICANE PRONE COASTAL
STATES TO MAKE WEATHER-READINESS A PRIORITY AND EXAMINE HOW EACH OF
US IN THE COASTLINES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES CAN BE A FORCE OF
NATURE. ALL WEEK LONG THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL ISSUE
INFORMATIVE MESSAGES TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR THE HURRICANE SEASON.

NORTH CAROLINA IS ONE OF THE MOST HURRICANE RAVAGED STATES IN THE
COUNTRY. A LOOK BACK AT OUR HURRICANE HISTORY TELLS THE STORY.
NEARLY 20 PERCENT OF ALL TROPICAL SYSTEMS PASS WITHIN AT LEAST 300
MILES OF NORTH CAROLINA. IN ANY GIVEN YEAR THERE IS A ONE IN THREE
CHANCE THAT OUR STATE WILL EXPERIENCE A HURRICANE LANDFALL. A MAJOR
HURRICANE THREATENS NORTH CAROLINA AT LEAST ONCE EVERY 11 YEARS.
THE LAST STORM TO MAKE LANDFALL AS A HURRICANE IN NORTH CAROLINA WAS
HURRICANE IRENE IN 2011. THE LAST MAJOR HURRICANE TO THREATEN AND
IMPACT THE STATE WAS HURRICANE FRAN IN 1996.

SINCE RECORDS HAVE BEEN KEPT DATING BACK TO 1806...OVER 70 TROPICAL
SYSTEMS HAVE MADE DIRECT LANDFALL ON THE NORTH CAROLINA COAST. EVEN
MORE DISTURBING IS THE FACT THAT AROUND 100 TROPICAL SYSTEMS HAVE
MOVED THROUGH THE AREA IMPACTING THE STATE WITHOUT ACTUALLY MAKING
LANDFALL ALONG OUR COAST. NORTH CAROLINA`S UNIQUE GEOGRAPHY WITH
RESPECT TO ITS PROTRUDING COASTLINE MAKES THE STATE A FAVORABLE
TARGET FOR HURRICANES. RESIDENTS LIVING IN THE EASTERN HALF OF NORTH
CAROLINA FROM RALEIGH TO THE COAST PROTRUDE OUT INTO THE ATLANTIC
OCEAN ALONG THE SAME LONGITUDE AS THE FLORIDA COAST AND BAHAMAS.
THIS GEOGRAPHICAL FACT MAKES THE COAST FROM WILMINGTON TO CAPE
HATTERAS THE MOST FAVORABLE LOCATION FOR HURRICANE AND TROPICAL
STORM LANDFALLS.

THE MOST ACTIVE MONTHS FOR TROPICAL SYSTEMS IN NORTH CAROLINA ARE
AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER. HOWEVER...HURRICANES HAVE WREAKED HAVOC AS
EARLY AS LATE JUNE AND AS LATE AS MID-NOVEMBER. THE PEAK TROPICAL
ACTIVITY USUALLY OCCURS IN A SIX WEEK PERIOD FROM MID-AUGUST TO LATE
SEPTEMBER. DURING ACTIVE CYCLES IN HURRICANE ACTIVITY...NORTH
CAROLINA CAN EXPERIENCE MULTIPLE HURRICANES AND TROPICAL STORMS
WITHIN WEEKS OF EACH OTHER. WHEN IT COMES TO THIS HURRICANE
SEASON...BEING A FORCE OF NATURE MEANS TAKING APPROPRIATE ACTION AND
INSPIRING OTHERS TO DO THE SAME. AN INFORMED AND MOTIVATED PUBLIC
WILL TRANSFORM THE WAY THE UNITED STATES RESPONDS TO HURRICANE
SEASONS AND...ULTIMATELY...SAVE MORE LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS. MAKE A
PLEDGE TO PREPARE FOR THIS HURRICANE SEASON. COMPLETE AN EMERGENCY
PREPAREDNESS PLAN...MAKE OR UPDATE YOUR EMERGENCY KIT...AND BE AN
EXAMPLE BY SHARING YOUR PREPAREDNESS STORY WITH FAMILY...FRIENDS AND
CO-WORKERS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS...PLEASE VISIT THE
FOLLOWING WEB SITES:

WWW.NHC.NOAA.GOV/PREPARE
WWW.READY.GOV/HURRICANES

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