For those who may not know, we have links to a ton of weather resources here: Hurricane Links. The links aren’t storm-specific, so they won’t get outdated. They’re to official and unofficial information sources where you can easily locate the information you need about whatever storm may be of interest. We collected those links several years ago, so it’s possible that some no longer work.
Our favorite is Weather Underground. If you go there, you’ll see a map of the world with the current storms shown. Click on the one that concerns you. You’ll see a three-day projection, a five-day projection, and two separate maps showing computer models of the storm’s track.
The official tracking site operated by National Hurricane Center is right here. You’ve probably been there before. You’ll have to click on “Matthew” to see the latest track. The projected path changes slightly every few hours, and the last day or so it’s been looking worse for Florida and states along the Eastern coast.
If you’re in or near the storm’s predicted path, you should already know what to do, but don’t overlook some necessary things before you lose electric power: charge your cell phone, get cash from the bank while their ATM machines are still working, and gas up your car while the gas pumps are still functioning.
Your Curmudgeon’s secret underground headquarters are in Florida, so it’s possible that we may lose power for a few days, maybe longer. If that should happen, we’ll be back — whenever power is restored.
Our biggest concern, aside from the risk of being transported to the Land of Oz, is that the dogs won’t be able to go outside while the wind is raging. You know what that means. Even if the eye of the storm stays offshore, as most (but not all) computer models currently predict, it could be close, and the winds on land can be 50 to 60 mph — or more — for several long hours. Isn’t nature grand?
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