Radar Picture of Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma – Now a Category 5 Hurricane

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This Hurricane Irma poses a real threat to South Florida. Its been a long time since a Hurricane has hit directly South Florida but this Hurricane could seriously hit us. Yes, I live in Boca Raton and have been through quite a few Hurricanes but this one is one of the scariest and looks devastating.

HurricaneIrmaJust look at this picture of Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic. It already looks scary just the way it is. If you ever been through a Hurricane as well, it is scary with all of the winds and the devastation that it can cause. Just look at what the city of Houston is going through with all of the flooding.

I remember, Hurricane Andrew in 80’s. Hurricane Andrew was a Category 5 Atlantic hurricane that struck the Bahamas and Florida in mid-August 1992, the most destructive hurricane to ever hit the state. It was total destruction in the south of Florida, in cities such as Homestead where it totally destroyed the community.

Then there was Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Hurricane Wilma was the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Atlantic basin, as well as the most intense recorded in the western hemisphere. I remember Wilma quite distinctively because the next morning, I had to drive my parents to the airport in Fort Myers because they flew to Germany and I had to stay by the house. There was no water and no electricity for 2 or 3 days.

But coming back to Hurricane Irma now. I went out on Labor Day to stores to get some water bottles for me and my parents. First, I went to Walmart and they were already SOLD out and had empty shelves with no WATER left. I then went to 2 Publix stores and surprisingly they were also out of water. I finally went to a third Publix store which had some bottles left and of course I took what I could. Below are some tips on getting prepared for the Hurricane and being prepared.

 

  • Know all evacuation routes if you live close to the coast.
  • Make sure your home meets building codes for withstanding hurricanes, and they have storm shutters.
  • Have proper tools, supplies, and a first aid kit.
  • Have plenty of batteries and flashlights.
  • Always have plenty of non-perishable foods on hand.

When a Hurricane Watch or Warning is Issued

  • Leave low lying areas.
  • Protect windows with plywood boards, or storm shutters.
  • Secure outside objects.
  • Make sure you have plenty of fuel and water.
  • Have several days supply of food and water for each family member.
  • If called to evacuate, do so immediately.

 

Before the Storm

  • Be ready to put your plan and preparation into action.
  • Pay attention to local weather reports on radio, television, or the internet.
  • Have house boarded up, or have storm shutters in place.
  • Have plenty of food and water.
  • Make sure all your tools, supplies, and first aid kit available for use.
  • Have a secure room available.

 

During the Storm

 

  • Stay in Secure Room.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • Do not use the phone, or candles.
  • Monitor Weather and Civil Service Bulletins on either regular or NOAA radio.
  • Have supplies on hand.
  • Remain indoors when the eye moves over your area because the storm will resume shortly.

 

After the Storm

 

  • Make sure that all is definitely clear outside, and the storm has completely passed before going out.
  • Report downed power lines, and stay away from them.
  • Use stored water and food.
  • Be patient. Things will take a while before they get back to normal.

 

 

 

As of 11:00am on 09/05/2017 from the National Hurricane Center

Please be safe if your in the path of the Hurricane and be prepared ahead of time.

Steven