FLORENCE…. Yes as in, Hurricane Florence.
The name I’m hearing almost as much as “mama” these days. This monster of a storm is heading almost directly for the North and South Carolina border and has our area in a frenzy and rightfully so.
Hurricane Matthew was the last storm to really cause a lot of devastation to the state and folks along the I-95 corridor are still rebuilding. This could be the strongest storm to hit North Carolina since Hurricane Hazel, which made landfall in October of 1954 as a category 4 hurricane.
With all that being said, as a local meteorologist and Raleigh mama I’ve been asked:
“What do we REALLY need?”
“How much damage can the wind we’re expecting create?”
And I’ve also received my share of texts in pure panic. My hope is that I calm some of those nerves and give you a few tips to help you and your family be prepared for Hurricane Florence.
Tips to Being Prepared for Hurricane Florence
Keep these supplies on hand:
- Fill jugs, pitchers & reusable bottles you may already have.
- Nonperishable food
- Gather those granola bars, peanut butter sandwiches, tuna, and crackers.
- Special items for babies & elderly
- Think canned food items, jarred baby food, diapers, dry clothing, extra medications, formula, if needed.
- Cell Phone & Charger
- Manual Can Opener
- Gas for Outdoor Grill
- Disinfectant Wipes or Antibacterial Gel
- First-Aid Kit & any Prescriptions
- Store a physical copy of your prescriptions and health insurance information in a safe dry place.
- Flashlights, Radio, and Batteries
- You’ll want to have a way to get the most recent weather alerts.
- Pet Items
- Puzzles, Books, Paints, Board Games, etc.
- Entertainment for the kiddos just in case we’re stuck inside without power. Break out the board games and the crafts!
What to do before the storm?
- Fill your car with gas.
- Fill the bathtub with water.
- Charge electronics and back up chargers.
- Pick and remove items outdoors that will blow around easily. (i.e.: potted plants, outdoor furniture, etc.)
As far as damage that could occur… prepare for power outages that could last for days as well as flooding. Here’s a link to the North Carolina flood maps. You can directly search your address on this page – http://www.ncfloodmaps.com/.
And see the image below, Hurricane Florence could still be a hurricane over central North Carolina. However, hurricane strength winds only extend out from the center of the storm 40 miles, that’s approximately the distance from downtown Raleigh to Hillsborough.
The bottom line, don’t panic…prepare!
Listen to the officials and professionals tracking the storm, their goal is to keep everyone safe.
Good luck and stay safe out there, you’ve got this mama!