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Carteret County Emergency Management warns of possible downed power lines and floodwaters as Ian hazards

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The Carteret County Emergency Services Director says his team is ready to act as Hurricane Ian approaches the North Carolina coast.

The Carteret County Emergency Services Director says his team is on standby and ready to act as Hurricane Ian approaches the North Carolina coast.

One hazard Stephen Rae warns about is downed power lines during and after the storm.

“They need to be careful if there is any downed power lines not to touch those power lines, because they may still have some voltage in them,” he said, “They just need to be aware of their surroundings.”

Rae also said flooding is a possible concern, and reminds people not to try to drive through flood waters.

“If there’s flooding, they don’t need to go into any flood waters and if they are driving, they don’t need to drive through and flood waters as well,” he said. “It only takes a little bit of water to wash your car away.”

He said those that haven’t yet should make last minute checks to their hurricane kit – make sure the batteries are fresh, that they are stocked with food and water for three days.

Having a way to stay informed by their media, Rae said, is also important.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.