According to the latest weather forecast, Hurricane Joaquin is fast approaching Bahamas and is likely to hit the United States.
NBC News reports that Hurricane Joaquin “grew to Category 3 hurricane” late Wednesday evening with “maximum sustained winds increased to 115 mph from 85 mph over the course of the day.”
As of 11PM ET, the hurricane was “about 90 miles east of San Salvador” and is moving around 6mph towards the Southwest direction.
Accuweather.com notes that Central Bahamas shall experience the strong winds and “pounding surf” as gust winds is predicted to reach 75-100 mph.
The governors of North Carolina and Virginia has given warnings to their residents to prepare for the hurricane.
From the American forecast model, Joaquin is expected to move northwestward to Virginia, Maryland or North Carolina. But the European forecast model suggests that Joaquin “will avoid the East Coast entirely,” as mentioned on NBC news.
We’ve gathered up ten safety tips and facts for those who will be likely hit by the hurricane.
1. TUNE IN TO THE RADIO OR TELEVISION.
The hurricane is expected to change its direction. Watch and listen to weather updates while you can.
2. STACK ON FOOD.
Most people resort to panic buying before the hurricane. Start early by buying your grocery needs and make sure you have enough supplies for a week.
3. STORE POTABLE WATER.
Make sure to store drinking water in plastic bottles and big containers in case water gets contaminated by the hurricane.
4. DISPOSE FOOD LIKELY TO BE SPOILED.
As power supply may be affected by the hurricane, your refrigerator will stop working. Therefore, you need to dispose food which needs refrigeration.
5. PREPARE DISASTER OR EMERGENCY BAG.
Be ready with your supply kit as you may be required to evacuate. Put enough clothes, canned goods, bottles of drinking water, and other emergency needs.
6. CHARGE ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND TURN OFF MAJOR APPLIANCES.
It’s best to charge your cellphones, power banks, portable radios and portable lamps ahead of time. Should electricity be cut off, turn off big appliances to avoid damage when power supply comes back.
7. HAVE A SUPPLY OF BATTERIES.
To make sure your devices will not ran out of power immediately, have enough batteries for back-up.
8. EVACUATE WHEN NEEDED.
If the city has declared such warning, it’s best to follow evacuation orders. In case of flooding, get to the highest possible
9. STAY INDOORS AND KEEP WINDOWS CLOSED.
If you won’t be advised for evacuation, do not leave the house. Stay away from glass windows and other objects likely to be brought down by the hurricane.
10. IF THE HURRICANE STOPS, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOMES.
If the hurricane comes to a sudden stop, remain inside your home. Second gusts of winds are expected to be stronger.