The best way to deal with a hurricane is to be prepared.
As hurricane Matthew slams into Haiti destroying much of the country with high winds and tons of rain... this is a storm to take seriously.
Matthew is the strongest storm this decade. Raging on he was downgraded from a Category 5 to a high Category 4 ( by a whopping 5 MPH I might add) with winds of 145 MPH.
We hope this storm moves to the east as it moves over the Caribean islands.
However, Governor Scott issued a state of emergency for Florida and is urging the east coast of Florida to be prepared. This image is from NASA.
Look at the eye of Hurrican Matthew!
Brevard county is now on a hurricane watch.
The bad part about these storms is not just the wind gusts but the rain it pours down.
Also, tornadoes spin off of hurricanes.
Florida can't take any more inches of rain.
Lake Okeechobee is already full. Flooding is likely in areas. So be cautious.
What are some things you can do today to help prepare if you live further off the east coast like where we do in Wellington Florida?
While Florida is in a state of emergency don't panic and run out to buy stuff you don't need. We won't know a more clear answer about who in Florida is in danger until after the hurricane hits Cuba. So today there are things you can do that will be good to do whether you are in the path of the hurricane or not.
1. Do your laundry. There is not much of a yuckier smell than that of dirty clothes beginning to mold from the humidity when you have no power. So keep doing your laundry until the storm is closer.
If the storm does not come our way- we are caught up with our laundry. Not a bad thing!
2. Start filling up your water jugs, empty bottles, and other containers you can store water in.
You can use this water for water storage when the storm moves away from us. You can also use the water to water your plants if you need the room in your house and the storm does not come. But you are prepared. That is a good feeling.
3. Start cleaning up your yard, your patio, and finish any unfinished outdoor projects. You don't want flying missiles from your stuff in your yard.
4. Keep your car full of gas. Get gas every day until the storm. After a storm the lines to get gas will be so long that people will have to wait for hours and hours in line for gas.
If the storm does not come this way.. you have gas in your car!! Not a bad thing!
If the storm turns away from us... you will have a nice clean yard.
Caution: DO NOT trim or cut branches as this time! The garbage trucks may not be by in time to pick it up.