Hurricane Dorian has become one of the most significant natural hazards of 2019. Its passage through the Bahamas has been devastating, leaving regrettable losses. Now, the natural event is dangerously approaching Florida's coasts, with high-speed winds and heavy rains. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), although the hurricane has slowed, and has dropped to category 2, it has grown in size, and this makes it just as dangerous or even more.
One of the biggest concerns with the arrival of this natural phenomenon beyond winds and damage is flooding. Sea waves pushed towards the coast could cause significant flooding, especially when coinciding with high tides. It is estimated that in some places water can reach up to 6 feet. You must take some measures to minimize the impact this phenomenon can have on your loved ones and your property.
Dorian: The Second Most Violent
This is the second most violent phenomenon of its kind on record. It is comparable only with those of 1998 and 2005 with maximum winds of about 180 mph. The most violent so far has been Allen, with a peak of 190 mph. According to Ken Graham, the director of the National Hurricane Center, 90% of the deaths caused by this type of storm are caused by water: “You have to take into account the speed of the wind, but the storm and the rain that is caused is key (...) Water is responsible for the deaths in these tropical storms...”.
What To Do With Dorian's Arrival?
Before the Hurricane
You should meet with your family and make a family plan, which discusses the imminence of the event and regarding the prevention plan. Consider having enough purified water, canned food, and a first aid kit. You should also safeguard all important documents, such as passports, insurance policies, and property titles, among others. If your house has more than one floor, consider placing valuables on the top floors.
In terms of infrastructure, make sure the house is clean. Pay special attention to the roof, drains, gutters, and strainers. If you have windows, secure them with tape in “X” layout. If your windows are very large, consider using a wooden board to protect them.
During the Hurricane
Stay calm at all times. Calm and inspire confidence in your family group, as being upset or nervous will only make things worse. If the power goes out, use a battery-powered radio to keep you informed. Disconnect all electrical appliances in the house to avoid short circuits. You should also turn off the water and gas taps to avoid inconveniences.
Stay away from doors and windows –just because you've secured them doesn't mean they won't break. If a door opens because of the wind, don't approach it from the front: go towards it from the side until you get control of the situation. Follow the instructions of the authorities, and in case of evacuation, proceed according to their instructions.
We Are With You
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