This is the part that I was talking about. The longer Tropical Depression 9 stays in the gulf, the bigger it’s going to get. Instead of a Category 2 storm hitting the lower part of Florida, the cone now shows a soon to be Hurricane Hermine hitting somewhere between Southwest Florida and Tampa as more of a Category 3 storm. Here’s what NOAA has to say:
There’s still a long way to go before Wednesday morning, and those of us who have been through these things know a lot can change. I’ve been here in Southwest Florida since Charley, so if you’re new to the area, here’s where to start for Tropical Depression 9 prep.. Get your basics in order. It’s not quite time to start filling up gas cans for the generators, although that may happen soon. Have a plan for putting up shutters, but I wouldn’t start doing that just yet. Be ready to be ready. I think we’ll have a much better idea what’s going to happen by tomorrow morning.
2022 Hurricane Central - Preparedness Guide
Hurricane Central – Preparedness Guide gives you the updated information you may need in the event of a hurricane. Just because 2021 was a quiet year for storms doesn’t mean we can ever let our guard down. This guide is sponsored by local businesses here in SWFL. Gavin’s Ace Hardware, Sean King Law, and Powerhouse Home Services.
- Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
- Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
- If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
- Make a family emergency communication plan.
- Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”