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Coast Prepares For Hurricane Sandy

Residents along North Carolina's coast are watching to see what Hurricane Sandy does in the Atlantic.

Hurricane Sandy is expected to track along the east coast over the next several days. What is not known is how strong its impact will be. Dare County officials are telling residents to expect winds up to 50 miles per hour and up to eight inches of rain from Saturday afternoon through early Monday. Currituck County officials are sending equipment out to protect their stretch of the Outer Banks. Despite the preparations, many coastal residents say they don't expect this storm to be as dangerous as Hurricane Irene was last year. West of the coast, "Sandy" is not expected to do much damage. Triangle residents may see some rain and a few wind gusts.

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television. After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there. He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards. In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston. He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002. Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio. He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director. In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent. Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
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