Hurricane MatthewAs of late yesterday, we have seen the projection of the path of Hurricane Matthew come uncomfortably close to Deerfield Beach. This storm has been an unpredictable and the large storm that has even reached a Category 5 level for a brief period of time. The cone now encompasses North Miami and the entire Eastern Boarder of the SE United States. This is projected to still be a major storm when it impacts the US. Hurricane Matthew is currently 35 miles South of Tiburon, Haiti and packing sustained winds of 145mph. Matthew will directly impact Haiti and Cuba today. Massive rains levels, floods, and mudslides are a major concern for all mountainous areas of Haiti, Cuba and Hispaniola. As we pray for those in it’s path, we watch patiently to see what impact it will have on our area.

Hurricane Matthew

“From a surf perspective this both limits fetch and brings potentially hurricane force winds to the beach from Florida to North Carolina. While many surfers are used to waiting for the tail end of a passing system to score clean conditions, the winds here are at another level. If this scenario does hold then most locals will have other things on their minds.” – Magic Seaweed

If you have yet to live through a major storm, make sure you are prepared.

Magic Seaweed recaps Matthews impact and the future forecast by saying,

“Hurricane Matthew is the first category five storms since Felix in 2007. With a clear run to build power through the Caribbean sea it’s produced some solid surf: reports on the ground have Bocas Del Toro 6-8ft and grinding, with glassy conditions and spots that rarely work starting to fire. The next stage, however, is going to be brutal. Landfall warnings are in place for Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas.

 

So how do you get ready?

Weather.com has some great tips:

“Sudden power outages can be frustrating and troublesome, especially when they last a long time. If a power outage is two hours or less, you need not be concerned about losing your perishable foods. For prolonged power outages, though, there are steps you can take to minimize food loss and to keep all members of your household as comfortable as possible.

How Do You Prepare for a Power Outage?

To help preserve your food, keep the following supplies in your home:

  • One or more coolers – inexpensive Styrofoam coolers work well.
  • Ice – surrounding your food with ice in a cooler or in the refrigerator will keep food colder for a longer period of time during a prolonged power outage.
  • A digital quick-response thermometer – with these thermometers you can quickly check the internal temperatures of food to ensure they are cold enough to use safely.

Put together an emergency preparedness kit with these supplies in case of a prolonged or widespread power outage:

  • Water – one gallon per person, per day (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home)
  • Food – non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home)
  • Flashlight (Note: Do not use candles during a power outage due to the extreme risk of fire)
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (seven-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • If someone in your home is dependent on electric-powered, life-sustaining equipment, remember to include backup power in your evacuation plan.
  • Keep a non-cordless telephone in your home. It is likely to work even when the power is out.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank full.

What Should You Do During a Power Outage?

Keep Food As Safe As Possible

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. First use perishable food from the refrigerator. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for about four hours.
  • Then use food from the freezer. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.
  • Use your non-perishable foods and staples after using food from the refrigerator and freezer.
  • If it looks like the power outage will continue beyond a day, prepare a cooler with ice for your freezer items.
  • Keep food in a dry, cool spot and keep it covered at all times.

Electrical Equipment

  • Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment, including sensitive electronics.
  • Turn off or disconnect any appliances (like stoves), equipment or electronics you were using when the power went out. When power comes back on, surges or spikes can damage equipment.
  • Leave one light turned on so you’ll know when the power comes back on.
  • Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic lights will be out and roads will be congested.

What Should You Do When the Power Comes Back On?

Do not touch any electrical power lines and keep your family away from them. Report downed power lines to the appropriate officials in your area.

  • Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40° F (4° C) for two hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
  • Let Your Family Know You’re Safe”