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Prepare for Irma Monday, Tuesday

Gov. Roy Cooper has declared a State of Emergency for all 100 c​ounties​ in North Carolina as Hurricane Irma prepares to bear down on the Florida Keys.​ How it tracks north is unclear, but it’s certain to track into North Carolina.

​If it leans toward us, the Charlotte region will be in for fierce weather late Monday and into Tuesday. Winds could be as high as 60 mph. The National Weather Service forecasts a 100 percent chance of heavy rains here Monday evening, heavy rain into Tuesday and clearing Wednesday.

Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 72.​ The rains will commence Monday, according to the weather service.​ Downed trees could affect electrical power throughout our region. There were more than 700,000 power outages reported when Hurricane Hugo hit the Carolinas in 1989.

Here are some pointers​ in the event of a major hit:

​Be Prepared​.​ ​D​evelop a plan in advance to ensure that every family member knows what to do, who to call and where to go during an emergency.

Identify your risk​.​ What are the hazards where you live or work? ​Does your neighborhood flood?

​Know the terms. ​A WATCH means severe weather is possible. ​A ​WARNING means severe weather is occurring; take shelter immediately.

Maintain an emergency supply kit both at home and in the car. These kits should include a battery-powered or hand-crank radio​.

Secure or bring inside all loose outdoor object​s.

​Charge your cell phone and other electronic devices.

Think ahead. Power may go out, so ice may be helpful. Put gas in your car.