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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Preparing for Irene is stressful enough, but what about those who of you new to the area who have never been through a hurricane? We spoke with a few hurricane newbies about what they’re going through right now and how they’re preparing for Irene.

With Irene getting closer and closer to our coast, anxiety is building, especially for those who have never been through a hurricane.

“We moved down here from New York to kind of find some better weather and to raise a family,” hurricane rookie Bob Pole said.

Pole is new to southeastern North Carolina. He did not realize he would be trading snow and ice for tropical storms.

“We weren’t really thinking about a hurricane, but they happen so infrequent, a lot of times you don’t think about them,” Pole said. “But when they come up, you’re like, ‘What do I do now?'”

Stephanie Wynalek is from New Jersey and also a hurricane newbie.

“I’m still, personally, feeling a little nervous about it, a little unprepared,” she said.

Both say not knowing how Irene could affect them, is pretty scary.

“The aftermath. Being stranded in any way is a really scary thought for me,” Wynalek said.

Pole said, “We’re more fearful of losing the power and water than anything else where we are.”

But both say they are trying to get ready for the storm as best they can.

“Probably the best thing to do is speak to some people who have lived here or have been through a hurricane before and give you and idea of what you’ve got to look forward to, so to speak,” Pole said.

Regardless of how many hurricanes are under your belt, everyone just has to get ready, watch and wait.

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