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How to prepare for a hurricane

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Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey

An August 24 image from the GOES-16 satellite shows Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico.

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As Hurricane Harvey bears down on the United States, Texas and Louisiana officials are declaring a state of emergency. The Category 3 hurricane is on course to make landfall Friday night, bringing winds strong enough to uproot trees and tear roofs off houses, a storm surge of up to 12 feet, and at least 15 to 25 inches of rain.

In the face of disaster, it's easy to become overwhelmed. But if you're in the path of a storm—even a major one—there

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