Tropical Impacts: What you need to know to be ready

TROPICAL STORM HERMINE FACTS:

  • Recently upgraded to Tropical Storm Hermine
  • Moving slowly to the north
  • Will increase speed and move to the northeast tonight
  • Approaching Florida Big Bend /Panhandle Coastline this afternoon/evening
  • This system could potentially become a hurricane before making landfall in North Florida.

IMPACTS TO THE COASTAL EMPIRE AND LOWCOUNTRY:

  • Heavy Rain
  • Damaging Winds
  • Localized Flooding
  • Isolated Tornadoes
  • Rough Surf
  • Beach Erosion

HOW TO PREPARE: Now is the time to check your emergency plan and take action to keep you, your family, and your home safe. 

  1. If you live in an area vulnerable to high wind (mobile home, upper level floor, boat) have an alternate place you can stay during the storm(Thursday night – Friday morning)
  2. If you live in an area that floods easily(beach front properties, low-lying areas, near the river) make a plan to stay in a location on higher ground
  3. Your Property: Don’t wait till the storm starts to take action. Take care of your outdoor items now(lawn furniture, plants, bikes, toys, etc)

VACATIONERS: 

  • Make sure you know what county you are staying in…The National Weather Service issues watches/warning via county
  • Become familiar with your hotels safety plan for storms

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM STORM TEAM 3:

  • Always good to remind people not to attempt to drive through flooded roadways, especially at night when it is impossible to gauge depth. Flash flooding is the #1 cause of severe weather related deaths. One foot of water can float most vehicles, two feet will carry most away, including SUVs.
  • Have some supplies handy in case of a power outage. Flash lights(NOT candles), batteries, non-perishable food, etc.
  • Stay out of the surf even when the rain stops, until the all clear is given concerning the rip current threat.
  • While tornadoes are not the main threat with this storm, an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out. The safest place as always is the lowest level of the building, interior room with no exterior walls.
  • Also with the projection of 3-5 inches of rain… isolated spots more… and gusty winds 45-60 mph… downed trees are likely to be a fairly sizable concern and with it downed power lines… reminding folks downed or damaged trees can contain power lines… and to use extreme caution. Only the professionals truly know if those lines are live or not.

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