Hurricane Sandy is being dubbed ‘Frankenstorm’ due to its arrival coinciding with the Halloween holiday. Sandy hit Cuba with a vengeance leaving 39 reported dead in the Caribbean and is headed toward the east coast. Even though the storm is currently downgraded to a category 1, the weakest hurricane level, it is expected to clash with cold weather fronts and become a disastrous super storm.
One wintry cold front coming from the west will clash with Sandy on the east coast and meteorologists predict it could merge with other weather patterns unleashing “high wind, heavy rains, extreme tides and several days’ worth of snow.”
Listen to local weather and NOAA Weather Radio for hurricane reports. There are two types of hurricane weather alerts. One is a hurricane watch which means there might be a hurricane within the next 24 to 36 hours. The second is a hurricane warning which warns residents that a hurricane threatens in less than 24 hours. This type of hurricane alert can become serious with 74 miles per hour or higher wind speeds, high water and rough seas.
While under a hurricane watch prepare to take cover by removing outdoor furniture, trash cans, loose objects, bicycles and tools. If it can’t be removed tie it down.
Prepare ahead of time for power outages, treacherous roads, downed trees and utility poles. Here are a few tips to help protect your home and family:
- Stock up on drinking water for the family. 1 1/2 gallons per person a day, plus water to wash hands and other necessary needs.
- Park your vehicle in your garage or away from trees and utility poles.
- If there is time nail boards across windows of your home. Cover all windows because the hurricane winds change directions on each side of the storm.
If you live near water you may have to leave your home. Local communications are via radio, television or perhaps a loudspeaker in the community.
- Go where you are told.
- Travel on roads they tell you to use.
Disaster-relief officials will tell you where to find emergency housing and food. If family gets separated plan to meet in a mutual location and have an emergency contact preferably an out-of-state family member or friend. Everyone needs to know that person’s name, address, and phone number. It is easier to call long distance after an emergency than it is locally.
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