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Hurricane Prep Email to my family
By: Mikla , 2:27 AM GMT on August 25, 2011
Thought I would post this email to my family in Connecticut in case anyone else could use this info:
Well, it looks like we avoided Irene, but you may not be so lucky. So I thought I would pass along some info below based on when Wilma hit here (over three weeks without power). Mostly make sure the cars have gas, you have a weeks' worth of food that does not need refrigeration, PLENTY of water, candles and flashlight and batteries (or battery lanterns are great), a wind up emergency radio. Put everything away or in the house that might blow away (not because you will lose it, but because they become flying objects). If you plan to stay in the house, find the safest place to stay when the wind really gets going (away from windows). You may want to consider boarding up the windows, or some of the windows. You can expect the power to be out for a while, plenty of trees (you may be surprised how many go down) and power lines down and impassable roads. If you want to spend the money get a generator (we have a 8kW generator that will power quite a bit of stuff, but a smaller one that will power a few lights and the fridge would be OK). You can also get some block ice (it lasts longer) and put it in a cooler. Also, have stuff to do at night when you only have candlelight (it can get QUITE boring).
BTW... do all the above NOW (yes, right now.... it will be a madhouse at the store and gas stations once folks start realizing what is coming)
Carolyn may have additional advice (like head NW and stay in a hotel or all of you pile into the RV and head out).
Hopefully, you want need any of the above. It looks like the winds will be 60-90 mph (based on attached) with higher gusts... that's pretty high (we had 105mph winds with 130mph gusts for Wilma). Given the amount of power lines above ground, you can expect WIDE SPREAD power outages.
If it looks like it really will hit nearby, I may hop on a plane and come up.... adrenaline junkie in me will want to drive around in the cane with sensors and stuff...
NHC Official Site: link
Spaghetti Models: link
Click an image to see current models. Click Intensity Forecast Link (above spaghetti models, below Hurricane Irene title) to get intensity models.
Main Models for Prediction: link
NCAR tropical cyclone site: link
CIMSS Tropical Cylone Real Time Analysis link
Sounding Plots link or here
ASCAT wind link
Tropical Cyclone Info maps: link
Click on the icon for Irene in the top map or mouseover the North Atlantic image on the bottom map to get a menu.
Click a radar closest to wear the Hurricane is, then select Long Range Images - Reflectivity - Loop
Hurricane Preparedness Guide: link
NOAA Saftey Guide: link
Red Cross Checklist: link
Saffir-Simpson Scale: link
Jeff Master Weather Underground Blog: link
A good site where you can learn a lot and get various opinions from amateurs and experienced weather enthusiasts. Most of the current discussion is around Irene. There is a new blog almost every day.
Excellent Satellite Image: link
You can also find them on the NHC site
Satellite Imagery training here
Other weather training here
Warning Decision Training here
Weather Underground Site for Irene: link
A primer on some of the Maps used for prediction/formation: link
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