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    Posted August 26, 2011 by
    Oak Island, North Carolina
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Irene's aftermath

    Juliaslens and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Irene's aftermath

    Oak Island Hurricane Irene 5 pm


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Juliaslens says she has been through many hurricanes and is trying to be prepared with plenty of supplies and stored water. 'I live on the mainland and NOT on the island any longer due to the hurricanes and tropical storms so evacuating is not necessary. We have no trees near our home so the only problem will be flooding and power outages unless we do have a tornado. My home is a modular townhouse that is built to category 5 standards. Also, both neighbors have boats, should we need to get out due to flooding.'
    - nsaidi, CNN iReport producer

    I don't believe people are taking this storm seriously. Many people are out and about as usual and the winds are picking up considerably.  I moved off the island and live on the mainland and we are prepared. Through my lifetime, I have been through many hurricanes and also the infamous Ash Wednesday storm on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I am afraid in my heart that there will be loss of life on this small, narrow island that is less than a mile wide. I hope I am wrong. These photos were taken between 4:30 pm and 5 pm this evening. This is a very grim, very serious situation.

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