Monday, August 24, 2020

Hurricane Laura: 10:15 Monday Update

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At 10:10 am CDT, Laura was between Cuba and the Cayman Islands. The sustained winds are 60mph and the central pressure is 1002mb.

It appears the future path of Laura is coming a bit better into focus this morning. My forecast for where the eye of the system will make landfall is above. Keep in mind the hurricane is much bigger than the eye and its effects will be felt over a larger distance.

My analysis is that Laura will be a major hurricane when it reaches the United States' coast.

Tropical storm-force winds may arrive as early as late Tuesday night.

Here is a list of recommended safety precautions and procedures that factors in the situation with COVID-19. If you or your friends/relatives live in the coastal counties adjacent to the red line, please consider them:
  • Make a hotel/motel reservation well inland. There is no point to getting on the road and finding everything already sold out. Be sure and cancel if you do not need the room.
  • Make provisions for infirm friends/relatives well in advance. 
  • Get prescriptions filled before you evacuate. 
  • Put an app like AccuWeather's on your smartphone. It will keep track of your location and automatically provide the latest emergency warnings. 
  • Your "Go-Kit" should include at least two masks per person, soap, hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes and, if available, disinfectant spray. Have clothes for at least a week. No one cares how stylish you are. 
  • Fill your car with fuel. I still recommend a road atlas or map in addition to whatever navigation system you might have. 
  • Power failures are likely. If you have a generator, fill it with fuel. If you wish to purchase a portable generator, do not put it in the garage, indoors, or anywhere near an air intake. Carbon monoxide is a danger. 
  • Consider taking your passport or putting it in your safe deposit box. If the worst happens, you'll need it to prove identity for disaster documents. It will be difficult to recover in a ruined home.
  • Take at least two large bottles of water for each family member along with protein bars or other easy-to-carry food. 
  • If you decide to stay home, make sure you have a working fire extinguisher, non-electric can opener, and a first aid kit. 
  • Put your insurance documents in your safe deposit box or take them with you. This will facilitate filing a claim if you have serious property damage. 

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