Tropical Storm Erika

NOAA’s GOES-East satellite captured this visible light image of newborn Atlantic Tropical Storm Erika on Aug. 25 at 7:45 a.m. EDT.
Credits: NASA/NOAA GOES Project

The most recent projected path for Tropical Storm Erika shows the storm heading along up the East Coast over the next several days, with Florida and the Carolinas most likely in her path. Check out National Hurricane Center for up-to-date maps and information, as well as the hurricane center on Weather.com.

As always, it is never too early to begin preparation for potential storms. While our area may not be in the direct path, additional wind and rain are quite possible. Red Cross has several great suggestions to make sure you and your family are safe and prepared in the event of a hurricane, including:

  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio (Available on the Red Cross Store) for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Check your disaster supplies. Replace or restock as needed.
  • Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture).
  • Close your windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting. Keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Turn off propane tank.
  • Unplug small appliances.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank.
  • Create a hurricane evacuation plan with members of your household. Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.
  • Find out about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs and make plans for your pets to be cared for.
  • Obey evacuation orders. Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
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