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Final 2012 hurricane prep alert ... I hope!

The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November for a good reason. You can never be sure what Mother Nature is going to do.

Right now she's churning Hurricane Sandy, a Category 2 storm with sustained winds of 105 miles per hour, across the Bahamas. As the National Hurricane Center (NHC) photo below shows, Sandy's reach also is producing some weather problems in Florida.

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And things could get worse for the Atlantic Seaboard if Sandy follows the NHC's projected path.

Hurricane Sandy projected path 102512
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Weather watchers say that after smacking the Bahamas, Sandy will head northeast for a while. But then she should turn northwestward and come ashore in New Jersey as a combination nor'easter and hurricane.

As the so-called Frankenstorm bears down on the MidAtlantic, forecasters say Sandy could cause widespread power outages and dangerous flooding.

New Englanders who suffered through Hurricane Irene last summer remember all too well how devastating hurricanes can be to decidedly nontropical regions.

The only consolation is that there is still time to prepare for a storm's arrival, both its physical effects as well as any financial hits.

So please make some time to get your hurricane kit together and your fiscal affairs in order. You can find some disaster prep suggestions in my post that went up in mid-May when this 2012 hurricane season started a bit early with Alberto's appearance.

As a person who dealt with several tropical storms and a couple of hurricanes while in Florida, I can assure you that being ready definitely makes it easier to cope with a storm's aftermath.

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