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NC hurricane expert: Category doesn't determine damage

Posted October 9, 2012 7:05 p.m. EDT

Halifax County native Jamie Rhome, who works as a storm surge specialist for the National Hurricane Center, spoke at the North Carolina Emergency Management Center in Raleigh Tuesday, urging officials not to focus solely on the category of a storm when making preparations.

Category 1 and 2 hurricanes can still cause major damage, flooding and storm surge, Rhome said.