Water Damage Local.com Urges Flood Damage Prep For Tropical Storm Emily’s Landfall
Emily takes aim at the US Virgin Islands and Florida coast; Water Damage Local.com urges residents to prepare their homes for damaging winds, torrential rainfall, and flood damage.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 04, 2011
Water Damage Local.com, a nationwide provider of water removal and restoration providers, is keeping a watchful eye on the fifth named storm of the 2011 hurricane season, Tropical Storm Emily, and encouraging residents along the southeastern US coastline to be prepared for considerable wind and flood damage if she should strengthen into a hurricane and make landfall, as she is projected to do by this weekend.
Forecasters with the U.S. National Hurricane Center say Emily was last reported 425 kilometers southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, with sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour. Emily was moving west at 22 kilometers per hour.
Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The storm is expected to bring up to 15 centimeters of rain to those areas, which have already seen recent heavy rainfall.
Storm watches are in effect for Haiti and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In Florida, NASA officials are keeping an eye on the storm’s progress, as they are prepping for the launch of an Atlas V rocket on a $1.1 billion mission to Jupiter. They have a launch window extending from 11:34AM until 12:43PM, and officials are hoping the storm’s landfall will hold off long enough to allow the launch.
Emily is currently travelling north and west and could eventually have wind speeds in excess of 74 mph prompting severe weather warnings and watches in Florida.
According to the U.S. National Hurricane Centre, while there have been many tropical storms that have hit land along the Atlantic Seaboard of the U.S. in recent years, the last hurricane to hit the Sunshine State was Wilma in September 2005. Although its winds are not currently above 40 mph, it is feared Emily may grow into at least a Category 1 hurricane, when winds must hit at least 74 mph on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
The new storm is about 350 miles south east of San Juan, Puerto Rico after it formed 50 miles south west of the island of Dominica and is expected to take a turn towards Florida over the next couple of days. According to the U.S. Hurricane Centre, it is heading west at 17 miles per hour and is spanning an area of about 70 miles.
Water Damage Local.com encourages residents in the path of this storm to be prepared to evacuate as soon as the order comes down. They recommend having a preplanned evacuation route, as well as a supply bag packed for each family member. These bags should contain clothes for several days, bottled water, non-perishable food items, medications, important documents and identification, cash (ATMs will not function if power is out), as well as a cell phone and battery powered radio (with extra batteries) to monitor rapidly changing weather conditions.
All utilities servicing the home or business should be shut off at the source, and if time permits, windows and doors should be shuttered and/or boarded up to protect against damage from high winds and flying debris. All outdoor furniture, plants, playground gear, etc, should be stored inside until the storm passes, as anything not nailed down can become an airborne missile in strong winds.
Residents are also advised to have the contact information for a qualified, professional, IICRC certified flood damage and water restoration company. The Water Damage Local.com blog offers complete updates on changing weather systems.
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