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More rain! Be prepared

Another series of storms packing high winds and torrential rains is expected to make landfall sometime today and last through the weekend.

If you haven’t already prepared for it, do it now. While predicted high winds could knock out power, it’s the amount of rain – up to 14 inches – that poses the biggest threat.

According to FEMA, there are a number of things people can do to stay safe before, during and after flood events.

The simplest way to start is by checking your rain gutters and drainage system to make sure there isn’t any debris clogging them. Monitor those systems throughout storm and call city or county officials immediately if you are unable to remove a clog.

FEMA offers these additional tips:

•Locate streams and drainage channels in your neighborhood and figure out the best route to get to high ground if necessary.

•Learn how to turn off utilities to your home.

•Be sure to keep your car’s gas tank full, so you won’t be stranded in a potential flood.

•Make emergency kits for your home and car with supplies such as a flashlight, batteries, water and non-perishable food.

•And remember, never drive in water that is a foot deep. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and pick-ups.


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