Hurricane Joaquin, Now Category 4

NOAA's Hurricane Joaquin predicted path.

NOAA’s Hurricane Joaquin predicted path.

Hurricane Joaquin, Now Category 4

It has been growing stronger and creating havoc of all in its way.  Hurricane Joaquin recently was given Category 4 status when it hit the Bahamas with winds at 130mph.  Joaquin has taken a sharp turn north, aiming to travel up along the US coast.  The east coast needs to be ready.

The National Hurricane Center reports that by Wednesday, October 7th, Joaquin will hit the New England area and the eastern parts of Canada.  The National Hurricane Center is also warning people that this hurricane is very dangerous and extreme caution is advised.

The current prediction is that Joaquin will not be another Sandy, but still expect activity attributed to hurricanes such as heavy rain, wind, and flooding.  With the unpredictable nature of hurricanes, it is important to take note that Joaquin could change its path at any given time.

It is important to be prepared for the worst.  According to NOAA, “Storm surges are dangerous because a mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes only two feet of rushing water to carry away most vehicles–including large pickup trucks and SUVs.”  A storm surge is only one of the dangers from a hurricane.  The other dangers being: wind, flooding, and tornadoes from ground-reaching hurricanes.

Currently, the American southeastern states are preparing for the oncoming storm.  There has been at least one confirmed death in the US from Hurricane Joaquin.

Tips for Being Prepared

  • Have extra food and water stored.
  • Have an emergency plan for various scenarios which might affect your immediate area.
  • Close all door and windows. Preferably, you want to cover these as well.
  • Unplug electronics and small appliances.
  • Make sure your vehicle has a tank of gas, in case you need to evacuate.
  • Be aware of evacuation orders.

You can find more tips at the Red Cross’s Hurricane Preparedness site.  You may also want to use FEMA’s mobile app or the World Radar mobile app to track the hurricane via phone.

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