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National Weather Service meteorologist Hal Austin discusses new weather models that will be used during this year's hurricane season during a Severe Weather Town Hall meeting at the Willis Building on Tuesday morning. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)
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National Weather Service meteorologist Hal Austin discusses new weather models that will be used during this year's hurricane season during a Severe Weather Town Hall meeting at the Willis Building on Tuesday morning. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

‘Can’t let your guard down’

By Kristin Zachary

The Daily Reflector

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Violent storms that uprooted trees and killed three Pitt County residents in July are a reminder even smaller weather events can wreak havoc, experts said on Tuesday.

Stressing preparation for an active storm season, John Cole, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Newport, told about a dozen people at a town hall meeting on severe weather hosted by East Carolina University that residents should remember lessons from past events.


A sudden burst of storms on July 1, spawned by three days of extreme heat and humidity, produced 80 mph winds, caused power outages for more than 15,000 people and caught residents unaware.

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