Florida’s hurricane good fortune has finally worn off. With Hurricane Matthew quickly approaching our coastlines at Category 4 speeds, now is the time to ensure that you and your family know what to do while riding out the storm. Though the storm should weaken some by the time it passes by Central Florida, the potential for danger and damage is real.
Advice for When Hurricane Matthew Strikes
- Even if you were able to shudder or board up your windows, it is best to find a central location within your home, away from windows. Bring all essentials, including food, water, first aid, candles, a battery-powered radio and flashlights, into this room and ride out the most intense hours of the storm.
- You should never attempt to drive during the storm, nor should you leave the safety of your home. Though the storm may just seem like a lot of wind and rain, dangerous debris can be thrown through the air, becoming lethal and destructive missiles. Flooding is also a major danger during and after the storm.
- Monitor the storm online, on TV or on a battery-powered radio if the power goes out. It is important to monitor the storm, as officials will update you as to when it is safe to leave your home.
- Lightning can pose many dangers to both you and your home. Unplug all unessential electronics and ensure that the rest of your tech is plugged into surge protectors. Also avoid showering or bathing during the storm, as lightning has been known to travel through water pipes.
As we brace for Hurricane Matthew, please make sure that safety remains your top priority in the coming hours. Find your safe room, stay indoors and away from windows, monitor the storm closely and avoid some major lightning dangers in order to weather the storm.
From everyone at Wieland Hilado & DeLattre, please stay safe.