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Growing up in coastal North Carolina, I had the privledge (or curse) of riding out 4 hurricanes. My suggestion is, do not do it. If you are on vacation here and you hear a hurricane watch or warning, please heed it wholeheartedly. The damage done by these storms can be catastrophic. I was in Hurricane Fran in 1996, and it was by far the worst experience I have ever had in my entire life. The picture you see here was taken after Fran. You can see the fishing pier split in two and debris all over the beach. Also take note of the erosion along the jettys. If you look closely to the left of the front jetty, you can see the erosion from the storm surge (water level at the time of the storm). More than half of the dunes are gone.
OK, if you are allergic to bee stings, you do not want to get stung by one of these. Between the two, the Portuguese Man-Of-War is by far the worst. They are most noticable by their bright blue ballon-like body. The tentacles are very long. You can be swimming in the surf and get stung by a Portuguese Man-Of-War without it touching you, because the tentacles can break off and float elsewhere. The regular "cabbage head" jellyfish are less dangerous, but the stings are still painful. See the General Tips on how to treat a jellyfish sting.
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Rip currents are very common along the North Carolina coast. A rip current is a current created from the ocean cutting a narrow channel through a sand bar. The force of the water going through this channel is tremendous, but weakens as it goes out. If you feel yourself being pulled out to sea, follow these directions:
First, drift with the current. Look toward shore to see which way you are moving. NEVER I repeat, NEVER SWIM AGAINST THE CURRENT!!! THIS IS HOW AND WHY PEOPLE DROWN!!! People tire from this, so don't do it.
Second, swim in the direction the water is moving, and swim diagonally toward the shore. You will be out in no time.
Third, when in doubt, always swim near a lifeguard.
Highest crime rate in the nation per capita. I was a police officer here for 6 years and know the ins and outs of Durham. 150 known gangs and over 350 known gang members as of 2003. It has probably gone up since then. Crime is out of control, and is very widespread. If you go, go to Duke University, then Southpointe Mall, spend the day there, and leave. There is nothing else in Durham, really, except the Durham Bulls Baseball Team (A must see)! I knew of about 5 to 6 armed robberies a night, even on the GOOD side of town! If you go, don't go anywhere at night.
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