By Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP
Tuesday evening, the National Weather Service issued a warning that Tropical Storm Julia could dump 3 to 6 inches of rain along the northeast coast of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina coastlines. The rain is expected through Friday. They warn that isolated rains of could dump up to 10 inches, prompting flash flooding. Florida Governor Rick Scott is urging residents to prepare and visit FLGetAPlan.com.
By 11 pm Tuesday night ET, Tropical Storm Julia was 5 miles West of Jacksonville Florida moving NNW at approximately 9 mph. Per the National Hurricane Center, it had maximum sustained winds at 40 mph. They report this “slow moving” storm is expected to produce heavy rainfall, but may weaken to a depression by Wednesday.
In the central Atlantic, Tropical Storm Ian is slowly gaining strength, reported to have 50 mph maximum sustained winds and moving NNW at 13 mph. TS Ian is currently not a threat to land. In the Pacific, Hurricane Orlene continues to weaken, its wind speeds currently at 85 mph as it moves north at 1 mph per the NWS.
Safety tips during hurricane season include the following:
- Know what season you’re in. Hurricane season usually runs from June 1 – November 30th and peaks in early-mid September.
- Be prepared by:
- Knowing your evacuation routes,
- Preparing your home with shutters, boards and ensure your home is up to code to withstand hurricanes
- Ensuring you have necessities: several days supply of water and non perishable food, medicines, first aid kit, flashlights, batteries, tools and important papers in waterproof packages
- Having radio access to monitor weather reports
- Stay indoors during the storm
- After the storm, venture out only once you’re sure the storm has passed. Be aware of and avoid downed power lines
Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and board certified Family Physician