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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Bev Perdue says people in eastern North Carolina should be prepared for the worst if high winds and rain from Hurricane Irene reach their communities this weekend.

Perdue said Wednesday she’s hoping for the best but Irene could be a serious storm for people in Hyde, Dare and Currituck counties. She says all eastern North Carolina residents should have an emergency kit ready with three days of supplies and insurance and other documentation inside.

Perdue says there’s no indication now that the storm will damage the state’s southern beaches, but that could change.

She says she’s hopeful the storm will be a quick event that will leave only minimal damage and allow the tourism season to resume on the coast.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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