• First Portuguese man-o-war of 2019 season washes up along NC coast

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    OUTER BANKS, N.C. - Planning a trip to the Outer Banks soon? Be sure to keep an eye out for some unwanted guests.

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    The Cape Lookout National Seashore posted on Facebook Monday about the first Portuguese man-o-war sighting of the season.

    Officials said the man-o-war was spotted on the North Core Banks after recent south and east winds blew it to shore.

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    According to experts, beachgoers should not touch or step on the creatures even if they look dead because stinging cells in the tentacles can still "pack a punch."

    If you get stung, you should seek medical attention immediately.

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