Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma moved farther west and the weather that we were expecting to affect us in NC did not hit us. NC received rain starting yesterday afternoon, but did not receive the high winds and heavy rains as anticipated. The most dangerous part of the storm for me was driving to work this morning; having to pay attention where others were not. However, TS Jose is still lingering out in the Atlantic Ocean.
TS Jose is on track to circle around and start making it’s way towards the eastern coast of the United States. The 5-day track forecast is showing Jose with a northerly turn and possibly staying away from land. The current wind speeds maintained by Jose classify it as a Tropical Storm, but forecasts are for the wind speeds to increase to at least a Category 2 Hurricane. It is best to keep an eye on Jose to make sure that you are not heavily affected by the storm.
During this break in weather patterns, it is advisable to inventory and replenish your emergency kits. Take your inventory sheet and check your items, as well as ensure that the items that require periodic maintenance are in working operation. Replenish your items that were used, and make sure your batteries are all good!
It is best to be proactive instead of reactive in any emergency situation; always be prepared, always be aware…..
Well, today TS Irma storm passed VERY west of us and all we got was some rain, and of course with rain comes bad drivers! The worst affect that the weather had for me was having to pay extra attention on the drive to work this morning!! TS Jose is being tracked in the Atlantic Ocean.
TS Irma is a thing of the past and is no longer being tracked, but Jose is still playing around out in the ocean between Bermuda and Cuba. It currently is in a track to circle around and start making it’s way back towards the United States. Current wind speeds for Jose are in the Tropical Storm Range per the Saffir-Simpson scale.
The 5-day forecast track has the storm turning North, with increasing wind speeds that could make it a Category 1 or 2 storm, but should not be affecting land in the foreseeable future. But it is still wise to keep an eye out just in case Jose wants to come visit the beaches on the outer banks!
This is the perfect time to restore your Storm Kits and replenish any items that you might have used (if any). Take time to test your battery operated devices, generators, and other items that require periodic maintenance.
During Hurricane Season, you should monitor local radio and television news to keep abreast of weather activities in your area. Storms develop fast, and can change course at a moments notice. It is best to be prepared — be proactive instead of reactive in any situation!!
It is expected that Fayetteville NC (and therefore Linden NC) will be affected by Tropical Storm Irma with heavy rains and winds. Even though Irma is a tropical storm, the affects that it has will still be far-reaching in distance, and in time it takes to recover. Currently, Cumberland County has a high wind advisory:
…A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM EDT TUESDAY…
* TIMING…WINDS WILL STRENGTHEN THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. THE
STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED BETWEEN 6 PM THIS EVENING AND 2 AM
TUESDAY MORNING. WINDS WILL WEAKEN EARLY TUESDAY MORNING.
* WINDS…NORTHEAST AT 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH.
* IMPACTS…WINDS OF THIS MAGNITUDE WILL BE CAPABLE OF KNOCKING
DOWN OLD OR WEAKENED TREES, TREE BRANCHES, AND MAY RESULT IN
ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES.
FALLING TREES AND TREE LIMBS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS
INJURIES AND FATALITIES EVERY YEAR IN CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA.
SEEK ADEQUATE SHELTER LATE TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY AND PREPARE FOR
POSSIBLE POWER AND COMMUNICATION OUTAGES.
Be Prepared to evacuate and listen to your local officials
The main thing during a storm event is to remain calm and remain safe by listening to your local government officials, first responders, and/or local low enforcement. You should already have a plan in place for hunkering down or relocating as directed. Create your storm “bug-out” kit with the basic items you will need to survive if you are evacuated, and have the kit readily available. DO NOT have the same kit for staying in place that you do for evacuation. Both storm kits may have the same items (water, non-perishable food, clean dry clothes, etc), but each kit is created for a specific mission.
Building your storm “bug-out” evacuation kit is easy, if you just remember that you will be leaving under emergency conditions, and when you get to a shelter or relocation point, you won’t have much room. Each member of your household should have a kit, and each person should carry and maintain his/her own kit. Each should bear the owner’s name. If evacuating with household pets, they should also have a kit available. The kits should be prepared in advance, should you have to evacuate with only minutes of notice. Start with a backpack and/or nylon “draw string” type camper’s laundry bag; something that is easy to carry for extended periods of time.
Your storm “hunker down” kit should also be created prior to the need. Use a plastic waterproof container/tub and make sure you inventory/maintain your kit on a regular basis.
Most of the items are available at most stores, and if you attempt to build your kit at the last minute most items are going to be gone or unavailable.
Your kits should include:
|Flashlights||Battery Operated radio with NOAA Channel||Spare batteries for all your kit items||Waterproof matches|
|First Aid Kit||Duct Tape and Plastic Sheeting%||Rain gear||Clock (Battery powered or wind up)|
|Plastic Garbage bags||Fire Extinguisher||Scissors or Knife||Clean Clothes (the ability to change into clean socks/underwear is essential)|
|Blankets or Sleeping Bags||Heavy Gloves||Non-perishable Canned Food and Manual Can opener||Water (1 gallon/person/day)%|
|Generator and Fuel (if applicable)*%||Cooking device (camp stove)*%||Water, food, leash, harness, Collar, copy of medical records, tags, and medication for your pets (if applicable)|
|* DO NOT USE GENERATORS OF STOVES INSIDE AS THESE CREATE DEADLY GASES
% Not necessary for “bug-out” evacuation kit