MIAMIA – With South Florida watching a tropical depression making its way through the central Caribbean, now is the time to prepare for potential impacts.
Tropical Depression Nine is moving west-northwest and is expected to become a tropical storm and then a hurricane from late weekend through early next week.
South Florida is included in the forecast cone from early to mid next week. While there is still some uncertainty about where exactly this will end, everyone should be monitoring the storm’s progress for now and have a hurricane plan and supplies ready.
“Now is the time to make sure you have a hurricane plan in place for yourself and your family and to check that you have a hurricane emergency kit that is fully stocked,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.
In other words, this weekend is the time to prepare for possible impacts that could occur due to possible heavy rains, high winds and possible local flooding.
First, check your hurricane kit to see what supplies you might be missing. Even though you may not need it, stock up, better safe than sorry. The kit should contain shelf-stable food, water, batteries, candles, a flashlight, a battery-operated radio, and a supply of medicines. It should also have plastic, duct tape and a knife to cover broken windows.
Don’t forget your pets, also stock up on their food and medicine.
Then get your yard and property ready. Prune your trees, hedges and shrubs to reduce the risk of flying branches in high winds. Clean up debris and throw it in trash cans.
If high winds are expected, bring outdoor furniture inside and secure anything else that isn’t tied down. Boat owners must ensure that their boats are safe.
More preparation tips can be found in the.
Make sure you have materials and tools to hang your storm shutters if high winds are expected. Windows can also be protected with plywood. Tape is not a proposed protective measure for windows.
Emergency managers also recommend that you create an emergency communication plan for your family.
Keep your vehicle’s gas tank at least half full so you don’t have to worry about long lines at gas stations and avoid gas shortages prior to a storm. It is also useful if you need to evacuate.
Electric vehicle owners should keep the battery charged between 50% – 80% capacity at all times, depending on the vehicle type and what the vehicle manual recommends.