Hurricane Matthew is topping the headlines this week as it moves across the Caribbean and heads towards the East Coast of the US.  Will the high pressure system steer it towards the coast or will the cold front push to the south in time to keep it offshore?  A good thing about Hurricanes is you learn about them with a lot of advanced warnings but the bad thing is that so many factors contribute to the path of the storm that its hard to tell what, if any, impact they will cause.

So what does that mean we should be doing now if the path doesn’t bring it onshore or along the NC Coast until Saturday?  First, we should all stay tuned to our local forecasts and take advantage of the good weather this week to make sure our houses and yards are ready, just in case.  Remember, hurricanes bring lots of rain and sustained winds inland.  With all the rain we received last week, creeks and rivers are still high increasing the risk of flooding, and the ground is saturated which can lead to trees being uprooted.  FEMA, the Red Cross, and the Disaster Center all have great hurricane preparedness tips we all should do in preparation for stormy weather.  Here are just a few tips:

  • trim trees and shrubs
  • clear your yard of debris which could become airborne and damage your home
  • clean you gutters to allow proper drainage away from your home
  • secure lawn furniture
  • have emergency supplies on had in case of power outages (batteries, flashlights, handheld radios, plenty of drinking water and food)
  • fill you car’s gas tank
  • charge your cell phone and electronic devices for your kids

If the storm reaches us inland, remember to:

  • check in with family members–text first if possible, it keeps phone lines available for emergency personnel
  • stay away from flood waters–“Turn around, don’t drown”
  • tarp or secure your home to prevent more damage as quickly as possible if it suffers storm damage from wind or fallen trees
  • take pictures of the damage for your insurance company
  • call PHC Restoration, we will have crews on call all weekend ready to assist you with your storm damage or water damage emergency