Water Damage Local.com Tracks Hurricane Irene, Anticipates Landfall By Weekend
Flood damage provider predicts Irene will strike the Carolinas as a Category 3 storm, and advises residents to be aware of rapidly deteriorating weather conditions.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 24, 2011
Water Damage Local.com, a nationwide network of flood damage and water restoration provides, is keeping a sharp eye on Hurricane Irene as the Category 2 storm barreled through the Caribbean and set its crosshairs on the United States Eastern seaboard. Irene left more than 800,000 people without power in the Dominican Republic and slammed through Puerto Rico knocking out power and uprooting trees.
Most meteorologists predict the storm will strengthen considerably over the next 24 to 48 hours, quite possibly becoming a strong Category 4 storm, with sustained winds of more than 131 mph, before coming ashore on the US mainland sometime this weekend.
Tuesday saw Irene pass over the Turks and Caicos Islands, as well as the southeastern Bahamas, during which time it was expected to become a major hurricane, category 3, with winds topping out at 110 mph.
Hurricane watches are expected to start going up as soon as Wednesday, from the eastern coast of Florida all the way up through North Carolina. Because the storm is so large, it becomes difficult to tell where exactly it will make landfall, or how much coastline will be affected. Areas of southern Florida could begin feeling the leading edge of Irene as early as midweek.
“This is going to be impacting a lot of real estate from South Florida through the Carolinas,” said Dennis Feltgen, the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
The most recent forecast has Irene moving into the Chesapeake Bay at hurricane strength by Sunday. This is the same forecast that had her making landfall along the North Carolina coast. Some models still show Irene remaining at sea, but the general consensus is that a large portion of the US East coast will be affected in some way.
FEMA said Monday it was “closely monitoring” Irene’s path and coordinating storm preparations with state authorities.
The last hurricane to make US landfall was Hurricane Ike, a Category 2 storm that struck Texas and Louisiana with 95 mph winds in 2008. The last major hurricane to strike the US was Wilma, a Category 3 storm that stormed across Florida in 2005.
Billy Ritchie, Content Manager for Water Damage Local.com said Ã¢Å“We hope that the absence of any major storms for such a prolonged period hasnÃ¢t resulted in complacency among coastal residents. Everyone in this stormÃ¢s path should make preparations to evacuate before conditions get really bad.Ã¢
South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division also was in contact with federal and county officials as it monitored Irene’s path. “It does give us concern, with so much coastline in the cone of probability,” said Derrec Becker, a spokesman at the emergency division.
The last major hurricane to strike South Carolina was Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
Water Damage Local.com advises residents in the path of Irene to be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions, have an evacuation plan in place, and enough supplies packed to sustain a period of several days in a motel or shelter. Supplies should include clothes, food, bottled water, cash, important documents such as insurance cards and ID, as well as a battery powered radio or television (with extra batteries).
Residents should also have the number of a local, qualified, IICRC certified flood damage and water restoration provider, to take care of any damage inflicted by the storm.
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