Tropical Storm Earl Now Category 1 Hurricane

Hurricane EarlHurricane Earl is making its way across Central America, specifically predicted to hit Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, Puerto Costa Maya, and the Yucatan peninsula. The main threats posed are heavy rains, forceful winds, flash floods, and the potential for mudslides due to the mountainous terrain. According to the National Hurricane Center, a Category 1 hurricane is defined by winds of 74-95 mph. The type of damage resulting from a Category 1 could include “damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap…Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days.” Residents should heed all warnings from officials and take into consideration the following emergency preparedness tips:

  • Store important documents in waterproof containers
  • Make a communication plan with family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues
  • Protect your property as much as possible in advance
  • Be aware of objects falling such as utility lines and trees
  • Prepare for travel delays and road/airport closures
  • Stock up on food and water in case of power outages
  • Assess your risk and map out evacuation routes

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