09 September 2018
Hurricane Florence news updates:
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Hurricane Florence is now classified as a Category 1 hurricane. It looks like it will hit the southeast coast of the U.S. . Governers in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina have declared states of emergency.
Hurricane Florence has winds moving at 75 mph, and is 750 miles southeast of Bermuda, moving west at 6 mph. Reports have also suggested that the hurricane could hit hardest by Thursday.
When a hurricane is 36 hours from arriving
Turn on your TV or radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
Restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. For example, you can call, text, email or use social media. Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded.
Review your evacuation zone, evacuation route and shelter locations. Plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly so plan ahead.
Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
Make sure your home meets or exceeds current model building codes for regions often impacted by hurricanes. You may also want to do the following:
Talk with your family members about what to do in case of a hurricane. Designate an emergency meeting spot and have a plan for your pets.
Show adult and teen family members where electrical, gas and water shut-offs are – and how to turn them off. Make sure the proper tools are nearby.
Have a well-stocked first aid kit, flashlights and plenty of batteries.
Install impact-resistant windows.
Be sure your doors have at least three hinges and a deadbolt lock with a bolt at least 1 inch long.
Install permanent wood or metal stiffeners on your garage door. Or contact the door manufacturer about temporary supports you can easily attach and remove.
Make sure your roof covering and sheathing beneath it can resist high winds.
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