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PIjOTTING A STORM: Hurricane center positions are given by latitude and longitude. For example, if the storm's center is located near
41.5 degrees North and 63.0 degrees West, on the chart you would read North to 41.5 degrees and then West to 63.0 degrees and then mark
the point. National Weather Service advisories are issued at midnight, 6 a.m., noon and 6 p.m., hut at more frequent intenals as the storm
approaches the coast.
A HURRICANE'S NO PARTY
Officials Tighten Control At Shelters
BY TERRY POPE
Riding out a hurricane is no party.
Thai's why coolers will not be al
lowed inside hurricane evacuation
shelters should a storm threaten the
Brunswick County coast.
Past mistakes have made Red
Cross shelters safer for those who
flee there from the path of a storm.
Local emergency officials learn
from each experience.
A fight that broke out at the Shal
lotte Middle School shelter three
years ago involved the use of alco
hol. Persons had packed the liquor
bottles and six packs before leaving
home for the shelters.
One way to prevent it from hap
pening again is to prohibit coolers
from the shelters, said Cecil Logan,
Brunswick County Emergency Man
"All items brought in will be sub
ject to search," said Logan. "That's
the best way to eliminate that prob
Officials had thought shelters
could be more self-supporting for at
least 24 hours if evacuees were al
lowed to bring their own ice coolers.
He said the intent was to allow milk,
soft drinks and juice inside.
"You learn from mistakes," he
added. "It won't happen again."
In the event of a hurricane, shel
ters will open at West Brunswick
High School on N.C. 130 west of
Shallotte, Shallotte Middle School
on N.C. 179 and at Union Primary
School south of Shallotte. Those
shelters serve evacuees leaving
beach homes in the South Brans
wick Islands and unsafe mobile
South Brunswick High School at
Boiling Spring Lakes and North
Brunswick High School in Lcland
will also open as Red Cross shelters
to serve persons leaving beach
homes on Oak Island and unsafe
mobile homes. Lcland Middle
School will remain a backup shelter.
Logan said all mobile homes, re
gardless of size or type of founda
tion, are unsafe during a hurricane.
The Cape Fear Chapter of the
American Red Cross expanded last
year to include Brunswick and Pen
der County coverage. Enough local
volunteers have been trained to set
up local shelters on the spot, said
"We won't have to wait 12 or 24
hours to have a Red Cross shelter
now," he said.
Department of Social Services
employees and volunteer nurses
have been trained in Red Cross shel
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tcr management, he said. Logan and
Southport's Ralph Parker have been
appointed to the chapter's board of
The county's new 91 1 communi
cations center at the government
complex in Bolivia will also house
the Emergency Operations Center
(EOC) should a storm approach.
'The way this county is growing,
it was just time we had something
larger to operate in," said Logan.
When Hurricane Hugo struck the
South Carolina coast in 1989, an
evacuation shelter in McClcllanvillc
flooded, sending residents fleeing to
higher ground in the midst of the
Following that incident, officials
along the East Coast were notified to
check the flood levels of all desig
"All of our schools meet the re
quired elevation levels," said Logan.
"The routes to Shallotte Middle
might flood during the storm, but
not the shelter itself."
Logan said the county maintains a
resource list of where supplies and
equipment can be obtained should a
storm hit. Last year, his department
purchased hand-held police scanners
for each shelter so attendants there
can keep up with activity on the out
side and relay that information to
People become restless when they
can't see or find out what's happen
ing during a storm, said Logan.
"As long as people know what's
happening outside, they will be easi
er to work with," said Logan. "It's
hard to keep them in place, other
Hurricane Diana in 1984 taught
the county the need for generators at
each shelter. Portable units capable
of producing 4,000-watts each,
enough power to run lights and a
television, were purchased for each
The school system has prewired
each gymnasium that serves as a
shelter for portable generators, so
they can be easily plugged in and
ready to start work immediately.
"I feel that Brunswick County is
as well-prepared for storms as any
county in North Carolina," said
Logan. "We have equipment that
most counties do not have."
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Andrew Leads '92
'Worst Guest' List
The first named storm of 1992 will be called Andrew, but you may
wonder why that name rather than Amos, Arlene or Ana.
The National Hurricane Center near Miami, Fla.. keeps a constant
watch on oceanic storm-breeding areas for tropical disturbances which
may herald formation of a hurricane, if a disturbance intensifies into a
tropical storm-with rotary circulation and wind speeds above 39 mph-the
Center will give the storm a name from one of six lists that are rotated
The six name lists for Atlantic storms have an international flavor and
arc agreed upon during meetings of the World Meteorological
Organization. Because of a shortage of names beginning with these let
ters, Q, U, X, Y and Z aren't used.
Why are the storms named named? Experience shows that the use of
short, distinctive given names in written as well as in spoken communica
tions is quickcr, and less subject to error thant he older more cumbersome
latitudc-longtitudc identification methods.
So, what arc the names of the "worst guests" that might come calling
in 1992? Here's the list:
Forecasters Predict Busy
Hurricane Season Locally
Forecasters say it will be a busy
hurricane season for the East Coast,
but local officials arc not so sure.
Weather experts predict a cycle of
more frequent and stronger storms
in the Atlantic Ocean this year, re
sulting in a more active season than
usual for the North Carolina coast.
Robert Sheets, director of the
National Hurricane Center in Mi
ami, predicts a cycle of increasing
activity for the season that begins
Monday, June 1. Already, one tropi
cal disturbance was spotted in the
Atlantic on May 20.
Experts believe two decades of
less frequent and less severe At
lantic storms may be ending. Re
search has linked the amount of
rainfall in western Africa to the
severity of hurricanes on the East
The local prediction is for fewer
but stronger storms in 1992, accord
ing to Cecil Logan, Brunswick
County's Emergency Management
coordinator. Logan oversees local
evacuations when hurricanes ap
"What we will have is maybe a
higher category storm than in the
past," said Logan.
The National Weather Service
categorizes hurricanes by intensity
on a scale from 1 to 5 with a catego
ry 5 being the strongest storm pack
ing winds of more than 1 56 mph and
a storm surge of 19 feet or more.
An average hurricane season,
from June to November, has six hur
ricanes, three of which become ma
jor storms packing winds from 1 1 1
mph to 130 mph. Also, 10 tropical
storms arc usually named in the
Atlantic during a typical season.
Historically, Brunswick County's
peak hurricane season is in Sept
Weather experts based predictions
for a busy storm season on the lack
of heavy rain in Africa and warmer
than normal water in the Eastern
Pacific Ocean, a weather effect
known as El Nino. Predictions for
the East Coast mainly focus on the
West African rainfall, and this year
that area is having a drought.
After attending the National
Hurricane Conference in Norfolk,
Va., in April, Logan had a predic
tion of his own for Brunswick
County ? fewer but stronger storms
of greater intensity.
"I hope I'm 100 percent wrong,"
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