The computer models that have come in since I last posted have allowed me to become a bit more confident as to the location of landfall (between the orange lines).
So, now is the time to start thinking about hurricane precautions (flood precautions are below, scroll down) if you are along or east of I-95 in Virginia/North Carolina:
- Bring in lawn furniture, trampolines and other items that might blow about. Any car not needed for evacuation needs to be in the garage or other shelter.
- Get plenty of cash -- twice what you think you will need -- as if you will be gone for two weeks. If the power failures, your credit card will not work. Cash is king.
- Prescriptions should be refilled.
- Fill your fuel tank for your evacuation vehicle. Take plenty of protein bars and water bottles for the trip if traffic is heavy. Batteries plus flashlights!
- If you have a generator, fill its tanks.
- Put on hurricane shutters if you have them.
- Put valuables in your safe deposit box or, if you don't have one, put them in another secure location.
- A place to evacuate to: A relative's inland home (outside a the flood plane), an extended stay hotel, etc. If you chose the latter, make sure you have a reservation. Pay for the first night with your credit card and take the reservation with you.
- Get one of those solar cell phone rechargers; power failures may be widespread.
I'll update in the morning.