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Be Aware of Weather Warnings vs. Watches

Many coastal residents and visitors confuse official emergency advisories regarding hurricanes, according to North Carolina Sea Grant researchers at East Carolina University. “A warning means take action. It is imminent for the areas specified in the warning,” explains Catherine Smith, who continues to work with emergency managers and the National Weather Service at local, state and national levels.
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USDA offers food safety tips in advance of Hurricane Irene:

8/25/2011; Source: Bill Bagley, USDA, 8/24/11
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing recommendations for residents in states that might be affected by Hurricane Irene to minimize the potential for foodborne illnesses in the event of power outages, flooding, and other problems that could be associated with the storm.
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Preparing boats and marinas for hurricanes:

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Opening of a new inlet is a potential threat from Irene

Above is a photograph taken by Dr. Stan Riggs of Isabel Inlet in 2003 (view looking south from “Highway 12”).  Note, Isabel made landfall just west of Ocracoke as a Cat 2 hurricane.
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5.8 Virginia earthquake shakes East Coast, rattles residents

Click here to read about the earthquake and to view a photo gallery of some of its effects

Irene: A Great Beaufort Hurricane (1979) … or a Hurricane Earl (2010)?

In fact, the forecast track of Hurricane Irene resembles that of the Great Beaufort Hurricane, but the recent model runs are suggesting Irene’s eye could miss NC.

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Tornadoes... Nature's Most Violent Storms

For information on how tornadoes form and how to protect yourself,


April 16, 2011 North Carolina Tornado Damage and Enhanced Fujita Scale

Tornado Map 3

Click here for a summary of the Enhanced Fujita scale ratings for various locations.


Resident of a Mobile Home Ten Times More Likely to Perish in a Tornado than Resident of a Conventional Home

According to Dr. Kevin M. Simmons at Austin College, mobile home residents are 10 times more likely to perish in a tornado, and in North Carolina between 1996 and 2007, 87% of all tornado fatalities occurred in mobile homes.
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"Greenville Clearly Dodged Many Bullets on Saturday," 

Says ECU's Dr. Thomas Rickenbach. Dr. Rickenbach has created a Power Point of radar images covering the region from Raleigh to Greenville, and Rocky Mount to Jacksonville.
Included are the Snow Hill tornado at roughly 5:45 PM EST, one near Stantonsburg around 6:30 PM EST, and one near Beulaville around 7:00 PM EST, the latter bearing the most dramatic TVS (tornado signature).
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Click & Interact: Tornado Outbreak

To view an interactive preliminary map of tornado activity from Thursday through Saturday click here

Thanksgiving Day Storm (2006)
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