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Win autographed book about Hurricane Hazel

Posted August 27, 2010

Want to win an autographed copy of "Hurricane Hazel in the Carolinas," Jay Barnes' new book about the 1954 storm?

Watch Barnes' interview and tell us what one piece of advice he says is our ultimate weapon against hurricanes.

Hurricane Hazel book Web Weather Extra: Remembering Hurricane Hazel

Click below to comment. We will choose two winners from among those with the correct answer.


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  • ann12 Sep 12, 2010

    Good old fashioned common sense.........today's society needs more of that! My younger bother and I had to go home with my 4th grade teacher when Hazel hit, for our mother was trapped between 2 downed trees while trying to come get us. Her car was not damaged, but by the time somebody moved a tree for her to pass, we had played board games all afternoon and had supper.

  • OMG52 Sep 2, 2010

    "Good old fashion common sense". Like my Grandma had when the winds and tornados from Hazel got to Johnston county we were outside. Her house had some lights just in a few rooms. She gathered up her children and grand children told us to get to the room with no lights and get under the bed. Want to know how I remember this, other than she told us the story? I was born on April 29, 1952 and the storm in the center of NC Oct.15, 1954. My Grandma was terrified and it terrified me as she threw me and my baby Uncle under the bed and then crawled under behind us. She was holding on to us for dear life and started to cry. This made me so afraid and sad; I had never seen my Grandma like this. The house was shaking and things were hitting the house but thankfully was still standing. I don't remember the hurricane I remember being thrown under the bed and Grandma had to keep telling us why.

  • nanadebbie81753 Sep 2, 2010

    good old common sense

  • Made In USA Sep 1, 2010

    Just use good ole common sense.

  • Jackieann Sep 1, 2010

    Good old-fashioned common sense.

  • dlpatelos Aug 31, 2010

    Our Ultimate Weapon against Hurricanes and their damage is "good old fashioned Common Sense". Unfortunately, these days, many people choose not to exercise this God given gift when faced with such damage and destruction as we have seen with Hurricanes such as Hazel, Camille, Donna, Bertha, Fran, and Floyd in North Carolina. We also can never forget Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast which brought devastating death and destruction to New Orleans just five years ago. I grew up five miles from Wrightsville Beach. I remember Hurricane Hazel, though I was only four years old at the time. We all need to pay heed to the warnings when North Carolina is threatened by a Hurricane, and prepare for the possibilities that may exist in our state during such emergencies. WRAL always warns us of impending danger, and reminds us of what we need to do to prepare. Listen! Prepare in a timely fashion! It Just Makes Sense!

  • diannemacdonald Aug 31, 2010

    Good old fashioned common sense- Amen!!!!!!!

  • lynneslaughter Aug 30, 2010

    old fashioned common sense

  • pulstar40 Aug 29, 2010

    Good old fashioned common sense.

  • flame19652001 Aug 29, 2010

    Good old fashioned common sense.