September 10, 2018

UPDATE: Florence is now a Category 4 hurricane.

We see it every time there's a dangerous storm: people who refuse to evacuate because "they always exaggerate." This would be a good time to shift your thinking back to "just in case, I should get out of the way."

Over the past ten years, I've had friends who were stranded in homes without power for days, because storm flooding was so bad, they were basically surrounded by a moat that took a week to recede. They did not enjoy the experience.

Don't assume you're safe if you're in Florida. Some of this morning's computer models show the storm shifting south, so stay on top of the weather reports. (The Weather Channel will be streaming live on YouTube for the duration.)

Remember that the National Hurricane Center does not designate the storm category until they can actually measure the wind speeds. While it is currently a Category 3 storm, it is now passing over much warmer weather and rapidly intensifying. Weather outlets are predicting a Category 4 with strong potential as a Category 5, with 165mph winds.

Here are some tips for preparation.

Oh, and if you have pets, you also need to plan for them.

Can you help us out?

For 17 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.

Discussion

New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. When registering you will also be presented with the option to tie all your old Disqus comments to your new Insticator account. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.