It’s getting late in the official hurricane season but Gabrielle is about to make the first visit for the year. The former tropical storm is churning in the tropics and is predicted to pass over the island portion of the province during the weekend.
Latest reports have Gabrielle getting weaker as time passes but it is still a good warning to be prepared for hurricane-like conditions.
But nobody should have to be warned to be prepared for severe weather in this province.
We have had more than our fair share of damage from leftover hurricanes that have lost much of their strength while moving north.
As we have seen too often in the last decade, even weakened systems can cause millions of dollars in damage as they pass over this province.
We only have to hear the name Igor to know how much misery weather can cause to private and public property.
With these few days’ warning, residents should get prepared for trouble. If none arrives, all the better.
We should all be ready to fend for ourselves if we are slammed by rain and wind that knocks out power, damages roads and closes businesses.
There are plenty of lists to be found showing what should be included in an emergency kit.
Look it up on the Internet and get one gathered up. Also, look around the outside of your property for anything that should be safely stored out of the wind.
Check your house for loose siding and other materials that might be torn away. With any luck this will be another false alarm, but don’t count on it.
Better to be safe than sorry.