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When a storm threatens, what should you do? Hurricane preparedness is merely a matter of planning ahead. Hurricane threats come in many forms, including storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding.

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Before the Hurricane Season Begins

Develop a plan. Know your homes vulnerability to the threats above - surge, wind, and flooding. Check your supplies - water, batteries, food. For information on developing a Hurricane Supply kit, see our page on that topic. Know where you can evacuate to - friends, relatives, a hotel?

Know when to take action - Watch vs Warning

WATCH: Hurricane conditions are possible in the specified area of the WATCH, usually within 36 hours.
WARNING: Hurricane conditions are expected in the specified area of the WARNING, usually within 24 hours. Remember that there is no such thing as a "minor hurricane." Category 1 and 2 hurricanes still can do significant damage.

Prepare before a Watch or Warning is issued and be ready to evacuate when the Watch comes or earlier if so instructed.

An Approaching Storm

As a storm approaches, you should prepare your house and your yard. Some things to consider:

  • Turn down the temperature on your freezer and refrigerator as low as possible. This will buy you more time in the event of a power loss. 24 to 48 hours before will cool the food. Avoid opening them whenever possible. If you are evacuating, probably unnecessary.
  • Before you evacuate, call at least one person out of state to let them know your plans.
  • Ensure that your Hurricane Emergency Kit is fully stocked.
  • Charge electronic devices, for example, computers, cell phones, rechargeable batteries, razors, and the like.
  • Make extra ice, bag it - this will be useful to use and to keep the freezer cold.
  • Do the same with your home air conditioner. It gets very hot and very humid very quickly. If you are evacuating, this is not necessary.
  • If you have a generator, do NOT run it inside or near the house. But make sure you have fuel to run it.
  • Make sure your car has fuel.
  • Pick up yard debris - furniture, tools, decorative items, branches - anything loose that could become a missile. We have placed furniture in the pool upon occasion.
  • Secure boats, trailers, campers, RVs, and the like in the safest place you can find. Tie them down, anchor them, or however you can best secure them. But, take into account that there may be a storm surge.
  • Secure all doors and windows with locks, and shutters if available. Plywood, properly secured, can be effective. Don't forget your garage doors.
  • Move items that may be damaged by water to higher areas of your home if you can not take them with you if evacuating. Move them away from windows in case they are broken.
  • Huge items must even be secured in big storms. An engine block was found 40 or 50 feet up in a pine tree in the Homestead (actually Redlands) area after Andrew. Don't think that something is too big to be moved by the wind.
  • Re-check tie-downs.
  • Bring cars, bikes, scooters and anything like that into your garage if possible.
  • Bring in grills or other cooking items.
  • Bring in hoses, trash cans, hot tub covers, wind-chimes, plants.
  • Caulk and fill bathtubs - extra water comes in handy for toilets and more..
  • It may sound strange, but do your laundry, dishes, and take a shower. Why? Because if you lose power, having as much clean as possible will make a big difference.
  • Check if your pool pump should be on or off.
  • Close and fasten gates so they don't swing.
  • Close chimney flues.
  • Close/latch inside doors and cabinets.

     

    If you have time, help your neighbors. Debris in their yards can easily impact your home and yard.

    During a storm.


  • Stay inside, away from windows
  • Be alert for tornadoes
  • Stay away from flood waters and storm surge. It can be deceptively strong.
  • Be aware of the eye. It may be calm, but winds can and will pick up quickly and could catch you outside.
  • Un-plug electronic devices that are not in use to avoid surge damage. This is less likely that during afternoon thunderstorms because lightening is rare in a hurricane, but it is better to be safe.
  • After a Storm

  • Know power safety - avoid downed lines
  • Know food safety - what is good and for how long.
  • Chain saw safety is critical
  • Generator safety is important too
  • Water treatment - whether water needs to be boiled or not.
  • Listen to local officials
  • Use flashlights instead of candles
  • Inspect your home for damage.
  • Stay off roads as much as possible
  • You may need to super-chlorinate your pool
  • Boat Prep

    1. Move life jackets and first aid kits to house
    2. Remove cushions and lose items (e.g. boat tops) and move to garage
    3. Anchor hatch covers
    4. Move to maximum davit height, fasten cables
    5. Unplug davits/lifts
    6. Turn off outside electricity to davits
    7. For our Boston Whaler: put in main plug on boat (take out other plugs)
    8. Tighten down davit locks
    9. Tie down boat with dock lines

    Hurricane & Tropical Storm

    Advisory


    NHC Atlantic

    Active tropical cyclones in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico

    Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlook-
    000
    ABNT20 KNHC 020550
    TWOAT

    TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
    200 AM EDT TUE SEP 2 2014

    For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

    The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on recently
    upgraded Tropical Storm Dolly, located over the southwestern Gulf
    of Mexico.

    An area of low pressure could form between the west coast of Africa
    and the Cape Verde Islands by Friday. Environmental conditions are
    expected to be conducive for additional development through the
    weekend while the system moves westward at about 15 mph.
    * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
    * Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

    &&
    Public Advisories on Tropical Storm Dolly are issued under WMO
    header WTNT35 KNHC and under AWIPS header MIATCPAT5.
    Forecast/Advisories on Tropical Storm Dolly are issued under WMO
    header WTNT25 KNHC and under AWIPS header MIATCMAT5.

    $$
    Forecaster Stewart



    Summary for Tropical Storm DOLLY (AT5/AL052014)- ...RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT INDICATES DEPRESSION HAS STRENGTHENED INTO TROPICAL STORM DOLLY OVER THE BAY OF CAMEPECHE... As of 1:00 AM CDT Tue Sep 2 the center of DOLLY was located near 22.4, -94.4 with movement NW at 10 mph. The minimum central pressure was 1007 mb with maximum sustained winds of about 45 mph.

    Tropical Storm DOLLY Public Advisory Number 2A-Issued at 100 AM CDT TUE SEP 02 2014
    
    000
    WTNT35 KNHC 020549
    TCPAT5
    
    BULLETIN
    TROPICAL STORM DOLLY INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER   2A
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL052014
    100 AM CDT TUE SEP 02 2014
    
    ...RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT INDICATES DEPRESSION HAS STRENGTHENED
    INTO TROPICAL STORM DOLLY OVER THE BAY OF CAMEPECHE...
    
    
    SUMMARY OF 100 AM CDT...0600 UTC...INFORMATION
    ----------------------------------------------
    LOCATION...22.4N 94.4W
    ABOUT 220 MI...360 KM E OF TAMPICO MEXICO
    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH...75 KM/H
    PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 310 DEGREES AT 10 MPH...17 KM/H
    MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1007 MB...29.74 INCHES
    
    
    WATCHES AND WARNINGS
    --------------------
    CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY...
    
    NONE
    
    SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...
    
    A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
    * TUXPAN TO LA PESCA MEXICO
    
    A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
    EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA...IN THIS CASE WITHIN
    THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS.
    
    FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...PLEASE MONITOR
    PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE.
    
    
    DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
    ------------------------------
    AT 100 AM CDT...0600 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM DOLLY WAS
    RE-LOCATED BY AN AIR FORCE RESERVE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT AND
    NOAA BUOY DATA NEAR LATITUDE 22.4 NORTH...LONGITUDE 94.4 WEST. DOLLY
    IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 10 MPH...17 KM/H...AND THIS
    GENERAL MOTION SHOULD CONTINUE THIS MORNING. A TURN TOWARD THE
    WEST-NORTHWEST IS EXPECTED BY THIS AFTERNOON.  ON THE FORECAST
    TRACK...THE CENTER OF DOLLY WILL APPROACH THE COAST OF MEXICO WITHIN
    THE WARNING AREA BY TONIGHT...AND MOVE INLAND BY WEDNESDAY MORNING.
    
    REPORTS FROM THE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT AND SATELLITE-DERIVED WIND
    DATA INDICATE THAT MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR
    45 MPH...75 KM/H...WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS
    FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 36 HOURS UNTIL DOLLY MAKES LANDFALL.
    
    TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 60 MILES...95 KM...
    MAINLY NORTHEAST THROUGH SOUTHEAST OF THE CENTER.
    
    THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1007 MB...29.74 INCHES.
    
    
    HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
    ----------------------
    RAINFALL...DOLLY IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF
    3 TO 6 INCHES WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 10 INCHES ACROSS
    SOUTHERN TAMAULIPAS...NORTHERN VERACRUZ...AND EASTERN SAN LUIS
    POTOSI MEXICO THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING.  THIS RAINFALL COULD
    CAUSE LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODS AND MUD SLIDES IN AREAS OF
    MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN.
    
    WIND...TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING
    AREA BY TONIGHT.
    
    
    NEXT ADVISORY
    -------------
    NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY...400 AM CDT.
    
    $$
    FORECASTER STEWART/BERG
    
    
    


    Tropical Storm DOLLY Forecast Advisory Number 2-Issued at 0300 UTC TUE SEP 02 2014
    
    000
    WTNT25 KNHC 020235
    TCMAT5
    
    TROPICAL DEPRESSION FIVE FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER   2
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL052014
    0300 UTC TUE SEP 02 2014
    
    CHANGES IN WATCHES AND WARNINGS WITH THIS ADVISORY...
    
    NONE
    
    SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...
    
    A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
    * TUXPAN TO LA PESCA MEXICO
    
    A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
    EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN 36 HOURS.
    
    TROPICAL DEPRESSION CENTER LOCATED NEAR 21.0N  93.9W AT 02/0300Z
    POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN  40 NM
    
    PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE NORTHWEST OR 310 DEGREES AT   9 KT
    
    ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 1007 MB
    MAX SUSTAINED WINDS  25 KT WITH GUSTS TO  35 KT.
    WINDS AND SEAS VARY GREATLY IN EACH QUADRANT.  RADII IN NAUTICAL
    MILES ARE THE LARGEST RADII EXPECTED ANYWHERE IN THAT QUADRANT.
    
    REPEAT...CENTER LOCATED NEAR 21.0N  93.9W AT 02/0300Z
    AT 02/0000Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 20.6N  93.5W
    
    FORECAST VALID 02/1200Z 21.7N  95.1W
    MAX WIND  30 KT...GUSTS  40 KT.
    
    FORECAST VALID 03/0000Z 22.3N  96.6W
    MAX WIND  35 KT...GUSTS  45 KT.
    34 KT... 40NE  40SE   0SW  40NW.
    
    FORECAST VALID 03/1200Z 22.7N  98.1W...INLAND
    MAX WIND  40 KT...GUSTS  50 KT.
    34 KT... 60NE  60SE   0SW  30NW.
    
    FORECAST VALID 04/0000Z...DISSIPATED
    
    REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF 21.0N  93.9W
    
    NEXT ADVISORY AT 02/0900Z
    
    $$
    FORECASTER BROWN
    
    
    
    


    Tropical Storm DOLLY Forecast Discussion Number 2-Issued at 1000 PM CDT MON SEP 01 2014
    
    000
    WTNT45 KNHC 020236
    TCDAT5
    
    TROPICAL DEPRESSION FIVE DISCUSSION NUMBER   2
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL052014
    1000 PM CDT MON SEP 01 2014
    
    The depression appears to be gradually organizing this evening as
    deep convection has developed over the eastern portion of the large
    circulation.  Last-light visible satellite pictures suggested that
    the center of the depression has likely reformed farther north,
    which is not surprising given that the depression is still in its
    formative stage.  An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is
    scheduled to investigate the depression in a few hours, and this
    should assist in determining the center position overnight.  Dvorak
    estimates from TAFB and SAB still support an initial wind speed of
    25 kt.
    
    Although the depression is forecast to strengthen some on Tuesday,
    moderate northwesterly shear and dry mid-level air are likely to
    inhibit significant intensification before landfall.  None of the
    reliable intensity models show much strengthening and the NHC
    forecast is unchanged from the previous advisory.
    
    The somewhat uncertain initial motion is 310/9 kt.  The dynamical
    model guidance indicate that the depression will turn west-
    northwestward on Tuesday to the south of a mid-level ridge along the
    northern Gulf of Mexico coast.  The guidance is in good agreement on
    this scenario and the NHC track is close to the middle of the
    guidance envelope.  The updated NHC forecast track is slightly north
    of the previous advisory due to the more northward initial position.
    Once inland, the cyclone is forecast to quickly dissipate over the
    mountains of eastern Mexico.
    
    The primary threat from this system is expected to be heavy
    rainfall, which is likely to cause flash-flooding and mud slides
    over portions of eastern Mexico.
    
    FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
    
    INIT  02/0300Z 21.0N  93.9W   25 KT  30 MPH
     12H  02/1200Z 21.7N  95.1W   30 KT  35 MPH
     24H  03/0000Z 22.3N  96.6W   35 KT  40 MPH
     36H  03/1200Z 22.7N  98.1W   40 KT  45 MPH...INLAND
     48H  04/0000Z...DISSIPATED
    
    $$
    Forecaster Brown
    
    
    


    Tropical Storm DOLLY Wind Speed Probabilities Number 2-Issued at 0300 UTC TUE SEP 02 2014
    
    000
    FONT15 KNHC 020236
    PWSAT5
                                                                        
    TROPICAL DEPRESSION FIVE WIND SPEED PROBABILITIES NUMBER   2        
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL052014               
    0300 UTC TUE SEP 02 2014                                            
                                                                        
    AT 0300Z THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION FIVE WAS LOCATED NEAR    
    LATITUDE 21.0 NORTH...LONGITUDE 93.9 WEST WITH MAXIMUM SUSTAINED    
    WINDS NEAR 25 KTS...30 MPH...45 KM/H.                               
                                                                        
    Z INDICATES COORDINATED UNIVERSAL TIME (GREENWICH)                  
       ATLANTIC STANDARD TIME (AST)...SUBTRACT 4 HOURS FROM Z TIME      
       EASTERN  DAYLIGHT TIME (EDT)...SUBTRACT 4 HOURS FROM Z TIME      
       CENTRAL  DAYLIGHT TIME (CDT)...SUBTRACT 5 HOURS FROM Z TIME      
                                                                        
    WIND SPEED PROBABILITY TABLE FOR SPECIFIC LOCATIONS                 
                                                                        
    CHANCES OF SUSTAINED (1-MINUTE AVERAGE) WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST     
       ...34 KT (39 MPH... 63 KM/H)...                                  
       ...50 KT (58 MPH... 93 KM/H)...                                  
       ...64 KT (74 MPH...119 KM/H)...                                  
    FOR LOCATIONS AND TIME PERIODS DURING THE NEXT 5 DAYS               
                                                                        
    PROBABILITIES FOR LOCATIONS ARE GIVEN AS OP(CP) WHERE               
        OP  IS THE PROBABILITY OF THE EVENT BEGINNING DURING            
            AN INDIVIDUAL TIME PERIOD (ONSET PROBABILITY)               
       (CP) IS THE PROBABILITY OF THE EVENT OCCURRING BETWEEN           
            00Z TUE AND THE FORECAST HOUR (CUMULATIVE PROBABILITY)      
                                                                        
    PROBABILITIES ARE GIVEN IN PERCENT                                  
    X INDICATES PROBABILITIES LESS THAN 1 PERCENT                       
    PROBABILITIES FOR 34 KT AND 50 KT ARE SHOWN AT A GIVEN LOCATION WHEN
    THE 5-DAY CUMULATIVE PROBABILITY IS AT LEAST 3 PERCENT.             
    PROBABILITIES FOR 64 KT ARE SHOWN WHEN THE 5-DAY CUMULATIVE         
    PROBABILITY IS AT LEAST 1 PERCENT.                                  
                                                                        
                                                                        
      - - - - WIND SPEED PROBABILITIES FOR SELECTED LOCATIONS - - - -   
                                                                        
                   FROM    FROM    FROM    FROM    FROM    FROM    FROM 
      TIME       00Z TUE 12Z TUE 00Z WED 12Z WED 00Z THU 00Z FRI 00Z SAT
    PERIODS         TO      TO      TO      TO      TO      TO      TO  
                 12Z TUE 00Z WED 12Z WED 00Z THU 00Z FRI 00Z SAT 00Z SUN
                                                                        
    FORECAST HOUR    (12)   (24)    (36)    (48)    (72)    (96)   (120)
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
    LOCATION       KT                                                   
                                                                        
    BROWNSVILLE TX 34  X   1( 1)   2( 3)   X( 3)   X( 3)   X( 3)   X( 3)
     
    GFMX 250N 960W 34  X   2( 2)   2( 4)   X( 4)   X( 4)   X( 4)   X( 4)
     
    LA PESCO MX    34  X   3( 3)  17(20)   X(20)   X(20)   X(20)   X(20)
     
    TAMPICO MX     34  X   8( 8)  14(22)   X(22)   X(22)   X(22)   X(22)
    TAMPICO MX     50  X   X( X)   3( 3)   X( 3)   X( 3)   X( 3)   X( 3)
     
    TUXPAN MX      34  X   4( 4)   5( 9)   X( 9)   X( 9)   X( 9)   X( 9)
     
    $$                                                                  
    FORECASTER BROWN                                                    
    
    


    Tropical Storm DOLLY Graphics- Tropical Storm DOLLY 5-Day Uncertainty Track Image
    5-Day Uncertainty Track last updated Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:50:37 GMT

    Tropical Storm DOLLY 34-Knot Wind Speed Probabilities
    Wind Speed Probabilities last updated Tue, 02 Sep 2014 03:03:47 GMT
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