We're all watching that storm waiting to see what it will do. No need to panic, but it is a good opportunity to make sure you're ready. Many local residents said they're not worried about the storm yet. But many said they are watching it closely to see if it will make landfall and if it does, how strong it will be. Most said they will take precautions only if they know the storm will hit our area. New Hanover Regional Health Network already has a plan in place. Administrators have a staffing plan in place in case the storm intensifies and heads our way. Hospital spokesperson John Evans said, "If it would become a larger storm then our storm plan would go into effect. We would take our responsibilities up to the next level to make sure everybody here is safe, our patients are safe, and that we come through the storm as well as possible." Experts say it's important to remember that even if this storm does not intensify, we still have nearly three months left in hurricane season. That means it's still important to keep canned food in the house, bottled water, and maybe even a generator in case you lose power. Like hospitals, we also have a staffing plan in place here at NewsChannel 3. If the storm becomes stronger and is predicted to hit our area, we will be on the air throughout its duration to keep you informed. If the storm does develop and head our way, are your prepared? For the most part residents and business owners told me they were not worried about the storm just yet. Residents who have lived through storms in the past know what type of precautions they need to take. Many keep bottled water and canned food at their house. One woman said she also has a generator in case the power goes out. But no one seemed ready to board up his house just yet. Overall, most residents said it was too early to tell. Wilmington resident Angela Gilbert said, "As far as short term, we're going to get water and stock up for this. No, I haven't done anything." Experts say it's important to remember that even if this storm does not intensify, we still have nearly three months left in hurricane season. That means it's still important to keep canned food in the house, bottled water and maybe even a generator in case you lose power. Meteorologists say even if this storm does not become a hurricane, it can still cause heavy flooding as we saw last year with Tropical Storm Ernesto. That's why it's important to have a safety plan in place.
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