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Thoughts While Shaving for October 15

Hurricane Hazel arrived in the area 66 years ago, today. “The coastal area near the landfall was battered by winds estimated to have been as high as 150 mph. Winds of 98 mph were measured in Wilmington while winds were estimated at 125 mph at Wrightsville Beach and 140 mph at Oak Island. A storm surge of over 12 feet inundated a large area of coastline reaching as high as 18 feet at Calabash, where the storm surge coincided with the time of the lunar tide…” according to a National Weather Service Event Overview.

As Hazel moved inland, winds only slowly diminished with a gust to 110 mph reported in Fayetteville…

Bladen County schools released students slightly ahead of the arrival of the storm … And despite the high winds and strong rain, we survived. Our family decided it would be best to attempt to get to the Bladenboro National Armory … along with many more … Scarry time … But, we survived … 66 years ago, today.

Voting time in North Carolina. Early voting begins today … Check the Bladen County Board of Elections website for locations throughout the area … Or you can vote on Election Day … Tuesday, November 3rd at your home precinct.

I hope you vote just like I do … for the individuals who you think will do the best job … party or no party…

Temps in the low to mid 50s early today. Forecast is for sunny skies, with a high near 81, calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight, partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Friday’s forecast, a 70% chance showers likely between 8 a.m. and noon later high temp in the mid 70s under partly sunny skies…

Forecast for Saturday through Wednesday mostly sunny with a high near 65 Saturday, rising daily to low 80s beginning Monday and lasting for several days.

Received some southern manners suggestions from readers…

Never chew with you mouth open or talk with your mouth full … DO NOT SMACK.

Don’t talk about unpleasantries at the table.

Always send a thank-you note (not a text) for a gift.

robert g hester


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