Hurricane Irene

What Irene taught us about being prepared


When a hurricane misses an area, there is always a collective sigh of relief. When one actually pays a visit there is lots of extra work and some lessons to be learned.

Certainly Cape Carteret and the beaches of Emerald Isle survived Irene.  I suspect many in the area were ready for even more than the lengthy beating that Irene gave us.

This was our first serious hurricane in the five years that my wife and I have lived along the Southern Outer Banks.  While we had a hurricane emergency kit almost from day one here on the Crystal Coast, it evolved to something much more sophisticated by the time Irene came ashore near Cape Lookout on Saturday, August 27.

There was nothing magic in preparations for Irene, mostly we used common sense and listened to the experts.
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