Hurricane Fiona Lands in P.R
A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone, which forms over tropical or subtropical waters. Earlier this year in May the Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, predicted above-average hurricane activity this year, making it the seventh consecutive above-average hurricane season. September 10th marks the official peak of hurricane season and just as peak season begins hurricane “Fiona” recks throughout Puerto Rico on September 18th. Destructive winds and life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. The catastrophic storm left the entire island of Puerto Rican without power. Hurricane Fiona continues to reck Havok on the Atlantic islands at it travels to the Dominican Republic. Updates are still continuing, however, Additional strengthening is expected on today, September 19th, and Tuesday, as Fiona moves over the southwestern Atlantic, according to the NHC.
Here are some suggestions on how to be ready for a hurricane in your location now that we are officially just at peak of hurricane season.
- Create a plan: If evacuation is required, shut off all utilities and abide by local preparedness policies for disasters. Make sure to choose a location where the entire family can congregate. Make sure your pets have a plan for evacuation as well.
- To make the exterior secure, trim any sizable trees and bushes. Bring inside all of the outdoor patio furniture, plants in pots, bikes, and toys.
- Install storm shutters: These will provide adequate shutters or impact-resistant glass to protect your windows, doors, and skylights.
- Examine your art and wall hangings: Ensure that all of your wall hangings are stable and make notes on your artwork.
- Reposition your vehicles: Park them in your garage against the garage doors or keep them on higher ground.
- Electricity up: Fill up the gas tank in your car, check that all of your cell phones are charged, test your generator, and keep plenty of fuel on hand in case the power goes out.
- Keep critical documents in a safe deposit box in your home's closet. Examples of such documents are legal paperwork, birth certificates, marriage licenses, insurance policy information, and any valuables.
Prepare an emergency kit by gathering all flashlights, portable radios, batteries, non-perishable food, bottled water, money, blankets, toiletries, and clothing.
- Locate a shelter room. This space should be on the first floor, in the interior of the house's center, away from any windows.
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