How Will Florence Impact NEPA? It’s Too Soon To Tell

September 11, 2018

It is too early to tell if Hurricane Florence will impact Northeast Pennsylvania, weather forecasters say.

“Right now, there are good indications it will make a landfall between Virginia and Georgia. From here, there is significant uncertainty,” Josh Hodell, chief meteorologist at Eyewitness News, wrote in an email Monday.

“A landfall is expected Thursday/Thursday night,” Hodell wrote. “As we get closer, we’ll know more and will update our forecasts accordingly.”

Ally Gallo, a meteorologist at WNEP-TV, also felt it is too early to predict what Florence will do.

“There are still so many variables, including if/when/where it makes landfall and what happens after it does, that it’s too soon to say what exactly it will mean for us,” she wrote in an email Monday.

However, Gallo cautioned that the summer has been so wet, especially after heavy rains the past few days, that “it will not take a lot to see additional flooding.”

The slower Florence moves after it makes landfall, the worse things could be for the region, according to Gallo.

“If the storm slows or stalls, we would have the potential to see additional heavy rain and flooding this weekend and early next week,” she wrote.

Emergency management officials urge anyone who might be in the storm’s path to be prepared.

A basic emergency supplies kit could include:

n Water: one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation.

n Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.

n Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert.

n Flashlight

n First aid kit

n Extra batteries

n Whistle to signal for help

n Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.

n Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.

n Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.

n Manual can opener for food.

n Local maps.

n Cellphone with chargers and a backup battery.

For more on emergency kits, visit https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

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