Disturbance in Gulf reminds locals to prepare for hurricane season

By: Brittany Bedi | WCTV Eyewitness News
May 14, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- An area of low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico will bring some much-needed rain through the Big Bend and South Georgia.

The disturbance has a 20 percent chance of developing into a subtropical or tropical cyclone in the next two days. It only has a 30 percent chance of development in the next five days.

The system will mainly be a rainmaker for Florida and South Georgia. Scattered off and on showers are expected Monday through Saturday.

Hearing about possible development before hurricane season serves as a wake-up call for many locals.

"I'm already prepared for hurricane season,” said Tallahassee resident Nancy Jewett. “After living in Florida for this long, you don't have to deal with the snow and you get to deal with the hurricanes."

For many, it means getting ready for hurricane season a little earlier.

"Especially starting this early, and worrying about supplies and do I have flashlights, cause I'm scared of bad weather," said Tallahassee resident, Angela Lawson.

"It makes it a lot easier for the people that has to come and help them, like the fire department, police department. If you haven't done anything it makes their work a lot harder," said resident Vera McCollough.

There are some ways to prepare a home and yard for hurricane season.

  • Protect windows by professionally installing storm shutters. You can also cut plywood to fit house windows. The wood can be stored for several years and reused if it isn’t damaged.
  • Have a place to secure loose outdoor items. These items could become projectiles in a hurricane or tropical storm.
  • Clear out gutters and drains
  • Trim trees that threaten your home
  • Make sure you have homeowners insurance and flood insurance. The National Flood Insurance program becomes effective 30 days after its purchase
  • Have an evacuation plan. Make sure relatives know the plan as well.
  • Have a disaster supply kit complete with food, water, prescription and over-the-counter medications, toiletries, flashlights, lanterns, and batteries.

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