Every Friday, we do a “What We’re Watching” blog as we look ahead to the weekend. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.
Tropical Storm Emily
Since our last blog update on Tropical Storm Emily, we continue to monitor the remnants of what was Tropical Storm Emily. The National Hurricane Center forecasts that the weather system remains disorganized but conditions are favorable for the system to possibly regenerate into a tropical cyclone over the weekend. Our regional offices in New York and the Caribbean remain in close contact with the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency, which has remained activated since Tropical Storm Emily passed the area this week.
Although at this time it does not appear that Emily will have much impact in the Southeast region of the U.S., we encourage residents to continue to monitor weather conditions. History has taught us that storm tracks can change quickly and unexpectedly, and it is still very early in this hurricane season –it’s critical that all members of the public that live in coastal areas get ready.
Tropical storms can often create heavy rainfall which in turn causes flooding hundreds of miles inland. Here are some safety tips to remember, in case severe weather, tropical storms or hurricanes threaten your community:
- Listen to the direction of local officials. Be sure to know your evacuation route in case evacuation orders are given.
- Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
- Driving through a flooded area can be extremely hazardous. Almost half of all flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. When in your car, look out for flooding in low lying areas, at bridges, and at highway dips. As little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
For the latest information on Tropical Storm Emily, visit http://www.hurricanes.gov/ or visit www.ready.gov/hurricanes for tips to get prepared.
The National Weather Service forecasts widespread flooding continuing in the Midwest over the weekend. Excessive heat and drought conditions continue to impact many parts of the U.S. along the Eastern and Southern regions. The National Weather Service expects the excessive and dangerous heat and humidity to continue throughout the weekend.
Read our blog post on tips to stay safe and cool and remember:
- Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
- Drink plenty of water and limit alcohol intake.
- Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
Check Out Our Latest Photos and Videos
As we continue our ongoing recovery efforts in areas that have been impacted from the severe weather over the past several months, we encourage you to take a look at our photo and video libraries. Here are a few of our recent photos to get you started:
Tuscaloosa, AL, August 2, 2011 -- Habitat for Humanity volunteers work in 100 degree heat to rebuild homes on 5th Street in Tuscaloosa after they were destroyed by a series of tornados that struck Alabama on April 27. FEMA supports the generosity and expertise of volunteer agencies like Habitat for Humanity. FEMA attempts to coordinate the agency's recovery efforts through its volunteer agency liaison and specialists.
Joplin, MO, August 1, 2011 -- Contractors completed the transfer of 20 temporary houses to Roger Hines site. FEMA is providing assistance to those who were affected by the storms in Missouri.