In his video yesterday, Administrator Fugate mentioned we’re continuing to closely track tropical storm Emily as it moves through the Atlantic. Forecasts from the National Hurricane Conference are calling for 6-10 inches of rain for Puerto Rico today/tomorrow, and forecasts are calling for Emily to approach the east coast of Florida later this week. Through our Regional offices in Atlanta Ga., New York, N.Y. and our Caribbean Area Office located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, we’re in close coordination with our state and territory partners, including the Virgin Islands Territory Emergency Management Agency and Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency (en espanol).
At this point, the future path and strength of Emily remains uncertain, so it’s important that those in coastal areas along the Atlantic are taking steps to get prepared. In addition to damaging high winds, tropical storms and hurricanes often cause flooding and flash flooding that can be extremely dangerous.
If you’re in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or other areas that may be affected, here are some safety tips to remember:
- Follow the direction of local officials – if the order is given to evacuate, do so immediately along your prescribed route. This direction could include sheltering in place, so know what supplies you and your family will need to sustain you for at least 72 hours,
- Stay away from low-lying, flood prone areas – these are most susceptible to flash flooding,
- Keep up to date on the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center at hurricanes.gov, or on your mobile phone at hurricanes.gov/mobile (FEMA’s mobile site has tips on staying safe before, during and after a tropical storm or hurricane)
Visit Ready.gov/hurricanes for more information on getting prepared for severe tropical weather. Our Severe Tropical Weather category has our latest on tropical storm Emily.
Several state emergency management agencies have been posting updates about tropical storm Emily on their Twitter accounts, so here's a quick list of emergency management agencies on the east coast:
- Florida Division of Emergency Management
- Georgia Emergency Management Agency
- South Carolina Division of Emergency Management
- Virginia Division of Emergency Management