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Hurricane Florence strengthens in the Atlantic ocean: Tips to prepare for the storm

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(Hurricane Florence is the sixth named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane of the season.)

Hurricanes can cause considerable damage to the coastal areas, but there are steps you can take to prepare before a storm strikes.

In fact, there are things that you can do in this moment, Ready.gov says — such as the hanging of the three days of the supplies together and know the local evacuation routes, and where shelters can be found.

Read further for other steps that you can follow as Hurricane Florence is the first major hurricane of the year.

The countdown

Ready.gov recommends taking a number of steps that a storm is 36 hours away.

“Fill in your emergency preparedness kit,” the site says. “Such as food and water, enough for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.”

Also stimulates the is about the evacuation routes and locations, as well as how to connect with your loved ones when there is power failure. Vehicles must also be ready to go.

“Keep your car in good condition, and keep the tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes,” the readiness of the site advises.

Closer

There are also other tips that people can follow if they 18 to 36 hours before a hurricane.

Ready.gov advises people to “loose, lightweight objects such as trash bins and the cutting of trees that can hit buildings. They also need to hide windows such as shutters or boards.

If a hurricane is closer — 6 to 18 hours — mobile phones need to be charged.

There are also tips for when the storm is only 6 hours drive away.

“If you’re not in an area recommended for evacuation plan to stay at home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are,” he says. Other tips are putting refrigerators and freezers to the coldest-possible option, and the avoidance of windows.

People in these two categories must also check for the latest weather updates and emergency instructions” in half an hour.

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