Be Prepared; Arthur Upgraded to Category 2 Hurricane

Submitted by Amanda Glazer

Community Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Long Island Volunteer Center
July 3, 2014

No SwimmingIt’s official: as Arthur, the first named storm of 2014, churns off  the eastern coast of North Carolina and continues moving north, the Atlantic hurricane season has begun.

Arthur was upgraded to a Category 2 Hurricane (sustained winds of 96-110 mph) early this morning and is forecast to move past the North Carolina Outer Banks tonight. Hurricane Watches and Warnings, along with Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings, remain in effect from southeast Virginia to South Carolina. In addition to coastal flooding, dangerous rip currents will impact much of the East Coast through this weekend due to Hurricane Arthur.

A high surf advisory was issued for all south-facing shorelines, including those on Long Island, from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.  NWS said waves could reach heights of up to 10 feet throughout the advisory period.  A high alert of rip currents at all South Shore beaches was also issued for Thursday and all of Friday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. These currents “will be life-threatening to anyone who enters the surf,” said NOAA.  Parts of the south shore and eastern Long Island, have a potential for coastal flooding at times of high tide within 12 hours of the center of Arthur passing by, even though the center of circulation is expected to stay offshore.  North and South Carolina are expected to be hit the hardest, but by no means does this mean that those of us in Northeast shouldn’t be concerned, especially if Arthur is passing by as a Category 2 hurricane on Friday, meaning now is the time to prepare.

Not sure how to get started?  Well the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) has posted a link on the FLASH website with useful tips as to how you can protect yourself, your family, and your home today:

http://www.newbernsj.com/sj-express/tips-to-prepare-for-arthur-1.340148

Please be safe and heed any “No Swimming” warnings at our Long Island beaches; rip currents are incredibly dangerous and not to be underestimated!

If you find yourself caught in a rip current, the United States Lifesaving Association says to follow a number of steps to escape:

  • Yell for help immediately.
  • Don’t swim against the rip current – it will just tire you out.
  • Escape the rip current by swimming parallel to the beach until you are free.
  • If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water.
  • When out of the current, swim toward the shore at an angle away from the rip current.

About Long Island Volunteer Center (LIVC): The Long Island Volunteer Center is the resource center for volunteerism and community service initiatives throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Established in 1992, LIVC operates year round, and its services are provided free of charge. The LIVC collaborates with corporations and community organizations to address the needs of Long Islanders. LIVC is an affiliate of the HandsOn Network since 2008, connecting agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities. In 2011, the LIVC was designated by New York State as the Regional Volunteer Center for Long Island.

 

 

 

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