Residents of Howard County have been watching Hurricane Florence track toward North Carolina…and it appears per the latest projections it will not move north in our direction…but head west (per the graphic above). Howard County Government released this statement earlier today on social meida:
HURRICANE FLORENCE UPDATE: Based on the latest hurricane model out of the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center (NHC), if Hurricane Florence stays on her current projected track, the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) estimates our area may only see one to two inches of rainfall and the potential for wind speeds of more than 35 miles per hour has decreased significantly.
With that being said, Howard County Office of Emergency Managementstill urges residents to be prepared for the worst should Florence’s track change in the coming days. Make sure:
• If your basement or crawl space is susceptible to flooding, consider buying a sump pump. If your home already has one, be sure it is in good working order.
• Clean out gutters and downspouts. When they are clogged with leaves and debris, water overflows and spills down where it can damage walls and footings.
• Refresh/build your home and car disaster supply kits. Items to include are: three days-worth of nonperishable food/snacks and water (enough for each family member, including pets); first aid kit; flashlight and extra batteries; battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert; moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation; and wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, just to name a few. Visit www.ready.gov/build-a-kit for a complete list of items to include in your disaster supply kits.
• Fill all your necessary prescriptions ahead of time and ask your doctor about the proper storage of medications.
For additional tips on how you can prepare for the hurricane, as well as a list of helpful resources, visit https://bit.ly/2Qk5yVv.
For the most up-to-date information on Hurricane Florence and forecast, visit NHC’s website at www.nhc.noaa.gov and/or tune in to your local television or radio news station.
I would not feel safe yet…because this thing could hit land and turn…you never know…so continue to stay updated over the next few days.
I am sending prayers along to residents of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia…and to my family in east Tennessee…y’all continue to keep an eye on this thing as well and stay safe.