NHC Reports Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine Approaching East Coast

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is tracking a  "Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine" and forecasted on Tuesday July 28th, the storm reaching Florida over the weekend. While it's still early and predictions can change in the days to come,  everyone should monitor the storm's path and prepare. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is tracking a "Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine" and forecasted on Tuesday July 28th, the storm reaching Florida over the weekend. While it's still early and predictions can change in the days to come, everyone should monitor the storm's path and prepare.

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By / Local News / Tuesday, 28 July 2020 03:05

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY  - The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is tracking a  "Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine" and forecasted on Tuesday July 28th, the storm reaching Florida over the weekend. While it's still early and predictions can change in the days to come, NHC is urging people in the Leeward Islands, Virgin Island, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic of the potential of heavy rains and "potentially life-threatening flash flooding and mud slides."

NHC advised on Tuesday that tropical storm conditions are likely across portions of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Island Puerto Rico, and other areas beginning Wednesday and spreading westward through Thursday. In a forecast issued late Tuesday the NHC stated, "Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for these areas. Do not focus on the details of the track forecast, as rainfall and wind hazards will extend far from the center of the system."

The system currently does not have a well-defined center of circulation. The long range forecast is uncertain. NHC explained Tuesday, "This system could bring some rainfall and wind impacts to portions of Hispaniola, Cuba, the Bahamas, and Florida by the end of the week."

Hurricane Florence in 2018 was a long-lived, category 4 hurricane (on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale) that made landfall along the southeastern coast of North Carolina near the upper end of category 1. Florence caused devastating freshwater flooding across much of the southeastern United States and significant storm surge flooding in portions of eastern North Carolina. Florence resulted in 22 direct deaths and was also associated with 30 indirect fatalities.

In New Hanover County, a 41-year old woman and her 7-month old son were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington. In Lenoir County, a 77-year old man was killed when a tree fell on him while he was outside checking on his dogs in Kinston. In Gaston County, a 3-month old boy was killed when a tree fell on a mobile home in the town of Dallas.

Florence brought intense rainfall to North Carolina and for an extended amount of time, New Hanover County was largely cut-off from inland areas due to flooding.

As Tropical Cyclone Nine continues to travel across the Atlantic, the public is advised to plan ahead by securing supplies, protecting important documents and planning for an evacuation order amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to www.readync.org add these items for Hurricane Season 2020 - to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus:
• Face coverings / masks
• Hand sanitizer
• Sanitizing wipes
In addition to these regular items:
• Water - 1 gallon per person per day for 3 to 7 days
• Food – non-perishable and canned food supply for 3 to 7 days
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and National oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)  Weather Radio with extra batteries
• Cell phone with charger
• First aid kit and first aid book
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• Manual can opener for food
• Wrench or pliers to turn off water
• Blanket or sleeping bag – 1 per person
• Prescription medications and glasses
• Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy shoes
• Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, feminine supplies
• Extra house and car keys
• Important documents – insurance policies, copy of driver’s license, Social Security card, bank account records
• Fire extinguisher
• Cash and change
• Books, games or cards

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