Developed in the early 1970s by Herbert Saffir, a consulting engineer in Coral Gables, Florida, and Dr. Robert Simpson, then director of the National Hurricane Center, the scale is based primarily on wind speeds. Each of the five categories also includes estimates of barometric pressure and storm surge. The scale is a guide to the potential property damage and flooding expected along the coast from a hurricane landfall.
Our area of the East Coast is currently under a hurricane watch and predictions are that we will experience a category 2 hurricane on Sunday.
There are two types of weather events that spur New Englanders to swift action, blizzards and hurricanes. By action I mean a hurried trip to the grocery store to buy bread...
and milk or water.
You can see from the pictures that this hurricane watch has us scurrying as usual. We are also making certain our gas tanks are full...
...and our boats are out of the water.
We are taking the threat of Hurricane Irene very seriously. These actions are part of the hurricane preparidness plans being urged by emergency management officials. We have been urged to assemble a hurricane survival kit that includes:
•A 3 to 7-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day)
•Formula, diapers, and other baby supplies
•Manual can opener
•First aid kit
•Prescription and non-prescription medicines
•Cell phones and battery-powered cell phone chargers
•Battery-powered radios and flashlights
•Plenty of batteries
•Blankets, sleeping bags, books, and games (especially if evacuating)
People along the immediate coast are being urged to determine if they reside in a targeted evacuation area and plan their evacuation routes.
Yes, indeed, we are a little busy here by the shore.