Hurricane Matthew Hitting Boca Raton


 

Hurricane Matthew is headed for Boca Raton and Pompano Beach. The storm is being described as the worst weather in a decade, it’s sure to cause widespread damage.

Hurricane Matthew Boco Raton

Stay safe and follow the emergency services advice.

“If Matthew directly impacts Florida, there will be massive destruction that we haven’t seen in years,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott, R, said during a news conference.

Matthew was predicted to approach the east coast of Florida on Thursday evening, hours after tropical storm conditions could begin in the state, and it could remain at a Category 3 or become even stronger by that point, the National Hurricane Center said.

If Matthew is a Category 3 or stronger hurricane when it hits Florida, it would be the first major hurricane to make landfall in the country since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. In early September, Hurricane Hermine touched down in Florida’s Panhandle as a Category 1 storm and then quickly weakened.

“This is a serious storm,” Obama said after he was briefed on hurricane preparations at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington. He added: “You can always rebuild, you can always repair property. You cannot restore a life if it is lost.”

Things to Do After the Storm

  1. Continue listening to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
  2. Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
  3. If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
  4. Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
  5. Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
  6. Stay out of any building that has water around it.
  7. Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
  8. Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.
  9. Avoid drinking or preparing food, brushing teeth or washing dishes with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
  10. If under boil-water order bring water to a rolling boil for 10 minutes and let cool before drinking.
  11. Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
  12. Never use a generator indoors or in a garage, the fumes could kill you.
  13. Use heavy duty power cords to plug into generators.
  14. Do not store gasoline in an attached garage or anywhere its fumes could be ignited
  15. Do not grill, charcoal or gas, inside a home
  16. Make sure batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are fresh.
  17. If you have damage, call your insurance company’s claims office as soon as possible after the storm passes.
  18. Make temporary repairs to protect your property.
  19. Compile a list of all damage.
  20. Get detailed, written bids from licensed contractors.

SOURCE: American Red Cross

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