This will be my first "big one" since moving to NC eleven years ago. I lived in southern New England prior to that, and my main experience was with the (much weaker) Hurricane Gloria back in '85 leaving my neighborhood without power for well over a week, took out MANY trees in our yard, and destroyed some smaller structures in the neighborhood. We're planning on things being much worse here in NC. Since we're about 130 hundred miles inland from the predicted landfall, we're hoping the winds get reduced to below hurricane force when the eye passes near us. But I'm really worried about the excessive amounts of rainfall they're predicting... some of the higher end predictions are measured in feet
as the storm stalls out over land
Luckily our house is at a higher elevation, and we made improvements to the drainage around the house about a year ago that will keep the water away from the foundation. We've got enough non-perishable food to last us for at least a week, probably two. We've also got a NG-powered stove, grill, and water heater, so we can (hopefully) at least cook food, boil water, and take showers. We're also storing water in containers and packing our freezer with as much ice as we can make ahead of time.