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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The skipper of the sailboat that rode out THE perfect storm 21 years ago says if he had loved ones in the path of Hurricane Sandy he'd tell them to get out.

Sandy is barreling north from the Caribbean and could hit two winter weather systems.

Skipper Ray Leonard said Saturday by telephone from Fort Myers, Fla., landlubbers should flee while they can do so calmly. He recommends a decent supply of fuel and water, a blanket and Graham crackers - because he likes those.

People who've read the 1997 best-seller "The Perfect Storm" or watched the George Clooney movie know Leonard's story.

In October 1991, he and two crew members were caught off the coast of Massachusetts in the confluence of three weather systems: the perfect storm. They were plucked from the Atlantic by a Coast Guard helicopter. Their 32-foot sailboat later washed ashore intact.

ALLEN G. BREED
AP National Writer