Hurricane Irma Puts Florida At Major Risk
Preppers on the eastern seaboard, particularly in Florida and the Carolinas, we strongly suggest you start prepper basics if you have not already. This is not a panic article, rather, encouragement to prep for Hurricane Irma and have a solid bug out plan for worst case scenario.
Hurricane Irma, now a category 3, is preparing to brush the Carribean islands. Extremely dangerous winds and almost certain flooding will take place in the islands which should already be preparing for massive damage.
“Irma is a serious threat for the Caribbean islands and the United States,” AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok said.
The effects of Hurricane Irma should be felt beginning on Tuesday when projections show Irma to be a likely dangerous and massive category 4 hurricane. That would place its wind speeds at 130-156 mph as it brushes the islands. Hurricane Irma is expected to make a northerly shift at some point, this will place the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, Montserrat, Antigua, Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands in danger. Even those locations not taking on the full wrath of Irma could easily flood and lose power. In mountainous regions, mudslides pose a significant risk. Rising ocean tides, powerful surf, will smash into many of the island coastal regions which face Hurricane Irma’s eyewall. Cruise ships are being placed on alternate routes so as to avoid encountering large ocean swells.
Hurricane Irma’s Path – The United States
Hurricane Irma’s path will offer up some clarity when it takes on its northern path. The timing and angle at which it makes this shift will bring further and much-needed clarity to the danger it may well pose to the United States. Right now, those in Florida and the Carolinas should be extremely concerned and prepped with supplies. Irma’s United States landfall would happen roughly next weekend. This leaves plenty of time to get fuel, food and water storage and make plans to potentially bug out altogether. Understand your local evacuation plans.
Hurricane Irma affecting the Gulf Coast is a bit less likely as of this morning, but not ruled out altogether. Additionally, Hurricane Irma wandering off to see as an innocuous storm remains in play as a possible scenario.
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In the future, a potential “Tropical Storm Jose” may form as it follows Hurricane Irma’s path. The bad news is Tropical Storm Jose (which does not exist as of yet) would encounter similarly favorable conditions to what Hurricane Irma has been fueled by. The good news is there is a chance that Hurricane Irma could help produce vital wind shear that would break up Jose. This depends strongly on Hurricane Irma’s path.
Hurricane Irma – When Should Florida / Carolinas Panic?
One of the major benefits of being a prepper is putting yourself in a position that yields the least amount of panic. If you prep, you shouldn’t need to panic. If you live in Florida or the Carolinas, you need to strongly consider the possibility that you will encounter this storm. This means making clear headed and calm preparations that should help you survive. The good news with hurricanes is that they offer us long range forecast. We can’t know that Hurricane Irma will make landfall in Florida, but we can clearly see that the environment is showing strong indications of such possibility.
Could Hurricane Irma churn up to a category 5 or beyond? That is not outside of the realm of possibility at this juncture. Irma appears set to miss Hispanolia, the only potential obstacle for potential intensification lessening. Warm tropical Atlantic waters combined with hardly any wind shear (10 – 20 mph at most which won’t thwart Hurricane Irma’s growth potential) can fuel a potential record breaking massive hurricane.
We have a bug out bag essentials list. Here’s a short list:
- Bottled water
- Canned foods
- Cash (very important)
- Fill your fuel tank (see fuel crisis)
- Potential self-defense items
- Full charged phones
- Escape plan if SHTF (what route would be open to take?)
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Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.