NWS: 2 tropical storms to miss Connecticut
A tropical depression that has caused the National Hurricane Center to issue warnings for coastal North Carolina, is expected to miss Connecticut.
The eighth tropical depression of the season will be near the Outer Banks of North Carolina Tuesday afternoon or this evening. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Slow strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the depression could become a tropical storm later today.
The good news for the Northeast is that the system is expected to turn toward the northeast, farther into the Atlantic, on Wednesday.
The most recent map from the NHC shows only a 5 percent change of tropical force winds at the Twin Forks of Long Island, Block Island, Martha’s Vinyard and Cape Cod.
If you have plans to visit Misquamicut Beach, Block Island in Rhode Island, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket or Cape Cod in Massachusetts, expect increasing suft and rip currents to develop Tuesday.
Currently, there are two tropical depressions and one hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane Gaston is far in the mid-Atlantic and poses no danger of making landfall in the U.S.
Basic Preparedness Tips
Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
Put together a disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications.
To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”
Preparing Your Home
Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.
Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
The ninth tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico poses some risk in central/northern Florida and southeastern Georgia with heavy rain and gusts of up to 50 mph. That depression is also expected to strengthen. The track of that system is forecast to clip the Outer Banks of North Carolina and travel into the Atlantic, safely away from Connecticut.
The National Hurricane Center recently revised its season outlook, calling for a higher likelihood of a near-normal or above-normal season, and decreases the chance of a below-normal season to only 15 percent, from the initial outlook issued in May. The season is still expected to be the most active since 2012.
The National Weather Service says on its Facebook page, “Now is the time to prepare for the peak of this season. Supplies are more plentiful, and you will save time for more immediate preparations in the event a tropical storm or hurricane approaches your home.”
The National Hurricane Center says “From mid-August through mid-October, the activity spikes, accounting for 78 percent of the tropical storm days, 87 percent of the category 1 and 2 hurricane days (Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale), and a whopping 96 percent of the major (category 3, 4 and 5) hurricane days.
“Why does this peak period of activity begin so deep into summer? There certainly is no lack of disturbances throughout the entire six-month hurricane season. Tropical waves are coming off of the coast of Africa roughly every three days, and the very early and late parts of the year provide additional types of potential seedlings. What’s different, though, is the environment that these potential tropical cyclones tend to encounter. Both dynamics (wind factors) and thermodynamics (temperature and moisture) play a role.”
The statistical peak day of the hurricane season - the day you are most likely to find a tropical cyclone somewhere in the Atlantic basin - is Sept. 10.