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Irene Looks to Impact Coast, Western Weekend Weather PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 06:24

Concerns along the Carolinas coast are growing—as is the strength of hurricane Irene.  The storm continues to move west-northwest at 12 miles per hour, but is expected to turn more northerly and take a northwest tack by tonight. That path would take the storm over the central Bahamas by early tomorrow, then skirting Florida’s east coast.  After that, the projected path takes the storm right into the Carolinas coast, striking anywhere from south of Charleston to east of Wilmington over the weekend.  Currently, the storm is packing 100 mile per hour winds as a category 2 storm, but is expected to intensify over the Atlantic waters before making landfall.  Western NC could feel the impact of heavy rains and wind, depending on the path the storm takes and where it hits, the middle path of the current projection hitting Wilmington at about midnight Saturday night. 
The storm approaches as the Red Cross is holding ‘National Preparedness Month,’ asking families to prepare for situations that develop in their geographic areas. In that, emergency preparedness kits should be put together, including enough supplies for at least three days in case you have to evacuate.  Water (one gallon, per person, per day), nonperishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a 7-day supply of medications, a multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene items and copies of important personal documents should go in every kit.  The Red Cross also recommends having at least two weeks worth of supplies at home.  A variety of emergency preparedness kits, first aid kits and other supplies are available at www.redcrossstore.org.  
All members of the household should work together on an emergency plan.  Designate a meeting place right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire.  Each person should know how to reach other members of the household.  The plan should also include an out-of-area emergency contact person, and a location where everyone should meet if they can't go home.

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