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Brunsco Hunkers Down

By Peter Biello

Brunswick County, NC – Coastal residents in Brunswick County seem to be taking Tropical Storm Hanna's approach in stride.

Many residents say they don't worry about storms of Hanna's size, but are still stocking up on supplies just in case.

St. James resident Randy Foote is among those who will stay. He stopped by a gas station on Highway 211 to fill up two gas cans for his generator.

"We stocked up on water and sodas and meats yesterday. We're not really concerned this time, with, this possible category one, but we'll keep our eyes open for Ike."

The storm did not keep people away from the beaches Thursday, but few people are actually swimming, perhaps heeding the advice of Brunswick County officials, who warned of strong rip currents.

Oak Island
Some visitors at Oak Island say they are cutting their vacations short as Tropical Storm Hanna approaches.

With clear skies and temperatures in the mid-80's, folks vacationing on Oak Island made for the beach one last time. Only one or two people ventured into the surf, where strong rip current warnings have been in effect.

Charlie Fulton from Charlotte is cutting his week-long family vacation a day short.

"Yeah we just figured that it's better safe than sorry, go ahead and leave a little bit early."

Oak Island Mayor Johnie Vereen says he has not made plans to close the bridge to the island. Residents say they don't think Hanna looks strong enough to pose a major threat.

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