Back at the beginning of Atlantic hurricane season, I posted some information from the American Red Cross on ways you can prepare to deal with the hurricane-associated weather we see from time to time here in Maryland.
It’s a good time to review that post, as Hurricane Earl looms out in the ocean, threatening our Labor Day weekend plans.
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) reports it is closely monitoring Hurricane Earl in the Atlantic Ocean as its predicted track is expected to pass off the Atlantic Coast. They’re asking area residents and visitors to Maryland’s Eastern Shore to monitor weather broadcasts to make sure the storm does not pose an immediate threat to the area.
The MEMA memo continues: “The storm is expected to pass off the coast of Maryland late this week before heading into the North Atlantic. If the storm follows that forecast, at the very least, the Maryland coast will be hit with strong waves and rip-tides – even stronger than those seen over the last several days.
“This past weekend, about 250 swimmers in Ocean City had to be rescued by lifeguards because of strong rip currents caused by Hurricane Danielle, which passed several hundred miles farther east than the projected path of Hurricane Earl. One swimmer at Ocean City is missing and presumed drowned.
“If Earl moves father west than the current prediction, Maryland could see more serious impacts from the storm, including storm surge along the Atlantic Ocean, Coastal Bays and Chesapeake coastal areas, strong winds and rain.
“Residents are strongly advised to take these precautions now: develop or review your family disaster plan; assemble or check supplies in your emergency kit; and be ready to store or secure loose items around your home or business in case high winds are predicted.
“For more information about preparedness, please visit the following web sites: www.mema.state.md.us; www.ready.gov; or http://www.redcross.org/. To follow the track of Hurricane Earl and see updates from the national Hurricane Center, please visit http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.”