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Don't Let a Hurricane Ruin Your Vacation

If you are already traveling, or heading to a place that might be in the path of a storm, keep watching the news and stay abreast of all the weather alerts, advises Brooke Ferencsik of TripAdvisor.

"These things can change pretty fast. What's a Category 4 today can change and spin off tomorrow," he said. "Know the evacuation routes if you're planning to be somewhere that is in the crosshairs of a hurricane."

Ferencsik also suggested that families driving to the beach always have a hurricane preparedness kit with snacks, energy bars, water, duck tape, a hand-crank or battery-powered radio, a flashlight and a first aid kit.