Florida Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Wilma
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October 18, 2005

Floridians are starting to prepare for yet another hurricane.

Hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart from the National Hurricane Center in Miami says this is the time for people to get their supplies and beat the rush. Sandra Mallory of Port Charlotte says -- in her words -- "It's not time to panic, it's time to prepare."

Emergency management spokesman Mike Stone says the state routinely replenishes emergency supplies of water, food and ice at staging points across Florida so no additional action is needed.

Home Depot stores in Florida sent products to areas devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, but spokesman Don Harrison says they have been restocked.

Wilma is expected to strengthen on a path that could threaten coastal areas in southwestern Florida.

On the Net:National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov