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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC
602 AM EDT Sun May 7 2017


Today marks the first day of the 2017 Hurricane Preparedness Week in
North Carolina. This is the time for everybody to make weather-
readiness a priority. All week long the National Weather Service will
issue informative messages to help you prepare for the hurricane season.
Topics covered this week will include rip currents, storm surge, winds,
inland flooding, and taking action to make a hurricane preparedness
plan for protecting your home and business.

The first step in hurricane preparedness is determining your risk.
Find out today what types of wind and water hazards could happen
where you live, and then start preparing now for how to handle them.

North Carolina is one of the most hurricane ravaged states in the
country. The entire state, from the mountains to the coast, is
susceptible to hurricane and tropical storm impacts. The coastal areas
of the state can be susceptible to storm surge, high winds, flooding,
and tornadoes. The central portion of the state can be susceptible to
inland freshwater flooding, high winds, and tornadoes; and the western
portion of the state can be susceptible to tornadoes, flash flooding,
and resulting landslides from heavy rains when dying tropical cyclones
move from the northern Gulf of Mexico northeast along the Appalachians.
Even when hurricanes stay out at sea, the North Carolina coast can still
be impacted by large swells and deadly rip currents, thus making it
important to stay aware of the tropics and weather forecasts all
throughout the hurricane season.

The most active months for tropical systems in North Carolina are
August and September. However, hurricanes have wreaked havoc as
early as 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, it`s important to take
appropriate preparedness action and encourage others to do the same.
An informed and motivated public will transform the way North
Carolinians respond 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, neighbors, and co-workers.

For more information about hurricane preparedness, please visit the
following web sites:

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