Weather service keeping eye out for hurricanes, storms

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John Cole, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Newport, speaks at the Havelock Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Monday, July 1, 2013 at 09:18 AM.

Meteorologist John Cole says that North Carolina "sticks out like a sore thumb" in the water, and residents are "just asking for it" when it comes to getting hit by big storms.

Cole, warning coordination meteorologist from the National Weather Service in Newport, was the guest speaker at the Havelock Chamber of Commerce monthly "Lunch and Learn" meeting last week.

Cole gave a presentation to the group about hurricane and severe weather climatology.

He has been working in the area since 2003 and has developed a good sense of what residents can expect from the weather.

Looking back at recent and historic storms, Cole presented information about the tracking of tornados and hurricanes and the damaging impacts of strong winds and high water.

Although the coastal plain is often seen as the "Tornado Alley" for hurricanes, the National Weather Service does all it can to the keep residents of the shoreline safe.

Cole said the Newport office is a leader within the weather service in terms of warning area residents to the potential of severe weather.

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