Situation No. 2: Hurricane season is upon us
Survival essentials: Lots of alcohol, non-perishable food, charger for your phone, books and magazines if the power is out for a while, candles, flashlights, and batteries.
Many Charlotteans still remember Hurricane Hugo from 1989, and this past September, Tropical Storm Julia made her mark on the Carolinas. Hurricane season lasts until Nov 30th, and that means there's still time for a major storm to blow through town. Vicki Graf, a WSOC meteorologist, says her team has been tracking a variety of models to figure out the likelihood of a hurricane.
"Right now some of those trends are indicating that we could be shifting to a La Niña event, when the sea surface temperature across the equatorial Eastern Central Pacific Ocean is lower than normal... which would have more of an impact on hurricane season," says Graf. "Yes, it is still possible we could see a tropical system in the Carolinas!"
In 2008, North Carolina farmers suffered an estimated $500 million loss in major crops because of La Niña, so don't wait until a hurricane hits. If Graf or any of our other meteorologists tells you a hurricane is going to hit the Queen City, stock up on non-perishable food and water. In case power goes out, have things around to keep you occupied and entertained, and don't forget a portable charger for your phone. Get wine, bourbon, and beer, as they are non-perishable (because milk will go bad if not refrigerated, of course).
For the love of God, don't try to drive in a hurricane. Charlotteans can't drive when it's sprinkling, so don't even attempt to drive during a windy downpour.