As media outlets
along the East Coast have reported, the National Hurricane Center is tracking
Hurricane Joaquin. Over the past 48 hours, Joaquin has developed from a tropical
storm into a category three hurricane with maximum sustained winds of approximately
125 miles per hour. At the time of this blog post, it is passing over
portions of the Bahamas and is currently traveling west-southwest, but is
expected to turn north within the next 48 hours. Virginia and New Jersey
have already declared a state of emergency in preparation of the worst.
The forecast models
have a significant amount of uncertainty at this time, but it appears that
large portions of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast could be at risk for a landfall. Even
if the storm tracks east and does not cause a landfall, it is still expected to
bring significant rain, winds and coastal flooding to much of the East Coast. The
location and timing of the storm may vary depending upon its trajectory.
Five tips to protect your
the forecast provided by the National Weather Service, http://www.weather.gov/, to stay up-to-date on the latest storm
up windows and remove or tie down
your essential documents to keep them from exposure
pictures of your property, inventory, roof and all building renovations for
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