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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Be Prepared - Hurricane Joachim

Coastal RI "within the cone" of areas that will feel the effects of Joachim, expected to reach hurricane strength.
Storm track currently shows landfall in New Jersey
By Will Collette



Even though storm tracks show Joachim hitting the US just south of where Superstorm Sandy struck, the National Weather Service does not expect the consequences to Charlestown and coastal Rhode Island to be more than the following:

A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IS ISSUED FOR MINOR COASTAL FLOODING OF THE MOST VULNERABLE SHORE ROADS AND/OR BASEMENTS DUE TO THE HEIGHT OF STORM TIDE OR WAVE SPLASHOVER.  THE MAJORITY OF ROADS REMAIN PASSABLE WITH ONLY ISOLATED CLOSURES. THERE IS NO SIGNIFICANT THREAT TO LIFE AND ANY IMPACT ON PROPERTY IS MINIMAL.


CONFIDENCE IS LOW THAT TROPICAL STORM JOAQUIN...OR ITS REMNANTS... COULD IMPACT OUR REGION THIS WEEKEND. HOWEVER...RENEWED HEAVY RAINFALL IN ADVANCE OF THIS SYSTEM IS LIKELY THIS WEEKEND...ALONG WITH POSSIBLE FLOODING.

Here is the press release sent out by the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency:



RIEMA Urges Rhode Islanders to Prepare for Upcoming Severe Weather; Monitoring Tropical Storm Joaquin
Cranston, RI – The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) urges Rhode Islanders to prepare for upcoming severe weather anticipated to impact the State of Rhode Island late Tuesday, September 29, into Wednesday, September 30. Additionally, RIEMA is also tracking Tropical Storm Joaquin, which recently formed in the Atlantic Ocean.
The initial storm front is expected to bring 1.5" – 2.5" of rain across the state late Tuesday and early Wednesday, with potential to create urban, street, and coastal flooding. Rains are expected to impact the Wednesday morning commute and drivers are urged to use caution and allow extra time to travel. There is also a High Rip Current risk along the Southern Rhode Island coast throughout the duration of these storms.
There remains uncertainty with the second round of heavy rains stemming from Tropical Storm Joaquin, which is currently located Northeast of the Bahamas. Current projections from the National Weather Service predict Rhode Island to experience heavy rains and strong winds associated with Joaquin on Friday. 
The track of this storm, which is widespread and uncertain at this time, will determine where the heaviest rainfall and winds will occur. We still can expect some heavy rainfall into Southern New England Saturday into Sunday from this system.
"We are very well in the midst of the Atlantic Hurricane Season," said Director Peter Gaynor. "In Southern New England, we are prone to experiencing tropical storms and hurricanes around this time of year and therefore, we are prepared to deal with such weather. However, it's imperative that Rhode Islanders are also prepared so that they are ready for both the upcoming severe weather, as well as Tropical Storm Joaquin. 
"Now is the time to double check your disaster-supply kit and gather any additional items that you may need. We also encourage individuals, families, and businesses to take a look around their property and check for dangling or damaged tree limbs and safely remove them in order to avoid debris that could potentially damage your home or property."
Below are additional tips on how individuals, families, and businesses can be prepared for severe weather:
• Gather a disaster-supply kit that includes water, food, flashlight, extra batteries, NOAA Weather Radio, first aid kit, and any necessary medicines and prescriptions. 
• Develop a family communications plan in case you are separated during an emergency. 
• Make sure all family members have an emergency contact list. 
• Know your local emergency evacuation routes by visiting the RIEMA website at www.riema.ri.gov/prepare/evacuation
• Take down any outdoor decorations and bring in lawn furniture. 
• Properly secure or bring in your boat. 
• Clear leaves, sticks, and other debris from nearby storm drains in order to avoid clogging that could lead to street flooding. 
• Visit www.riema.ri.gov to Register with CodeRed and receive free emergency notifications from local and state officials. 

RIEMA will provide additional updates on Tropical Storm Joaquin, as well as rainfall potential over the next several days via Twitter, Facebook, and the RIEMA website. For additional preparedness information, visit RIEMA's website atwww.riema.ri.gov/prepare.

For additional questions please contact RIEMA at (401) 946-9996.