Residents along the East Coast of the U.S. should pay close attention to the Hurricane Joaquin forecast now through this weekend.
Hurricane Joaquin is still gaining strength as a Category 3 storm Thursday, and is now blasting the central Bahamas with hurricane-force winds, storm surge flooding and torrential rain.
The first U.S. land falling hurricane in 15 months may still occur later this weekend along some part of the East Coast, however, considerable uncertainty remains at this point.
Preparing Your Home
- Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
- Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
- Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.
- Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
Looking for an emergency power option? Speak to the generator experts at Granite City Electric at 1-855-GCE-POWR or visit a branch near you.