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Hurricane Irma

Posted: September 7, 2017 2:46 p.m.
Updated: September 8, 2017 1:00 a.m.

By the time our readers see this, chances are we will all have a better idea of what to expect out of Hurricane Irma, the massive and extremely dangerous hurricane steaming toward the Florida coast.

This one is a monster and no matter where it ends up, we can expect to feel the effects. And since many of us remember Hugo, hopefully we will know what and what not to do now and during an actual emergency, if it does come to pass.

Once again, we would urge everyone to be prepared, but don’t panic. If you need supplies -- bottled water, non-perishable food, medications, etc., then by all means go get them -- but there is no need for harsh words and fisticuffs at the gas pump or in the grocery store.

Please, use your common sense. Hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Don’t forget about shut-ins, medically challenged family members and pets. If we do experience major problems here, don’t go out sight-seeing -- you’ll only put yourself in unnecessary danger and worse, you’ll very likely distract emergency workers from critical tasks.

We hope and pray we don’t have a repeat of Sept. 21, 1989, or anything close to it. But if it looks like we are going to have a problem, please be safe.

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