DISCUSSION: With the tropical Atlantic basin now coming up on the climatological peak of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, there are several things which are imperative to continue thinking about as time moves along. First and foremost, the biggest thing tied to tropical cyclone awareness is ALWAYS being adequately prepared for any and all situations. More specifically, this should involve having critical supplies and personal emergency kit(s) at the ready and in a convenient location, so all crucial essentials are ready to go if the situation should call for it.
The predominant reason for why it is so important to have personal emergency supplies ready to go at any time is because if and/or when a powerful tropical cyclone develops and intensifies under specific circumstances, it can often be quite challenging to get all the proper emergency supplies together. Thus, anytime where there happens to be a legitimate tropical cyclone threat developing, be sure to collect and organize any and all emergency supplies such as personal medications, a first aid kit, 4 to 7 days of food and water, important legal documentation, portable electronic charging station(s), etc. as soon as possible. The reason for why this is so important is due to the fact that there can often be a good likelihood that such items will quickly sell out through both in-person as well as online retailers as a consequence of the increased demand with the approaching tropical cyclone (or threat thereof).
In addition, ALWAYS know where you plan to go if you are mandated to evacuate your hometown and how long it will take to get to the given location. If you are aware of a tropical cyclone threat being incredibly legitimate, then it is crucial to take any evacuations orders and/or recommendations incredibly seriously since tropical cyclone forecast tracks can often be hard to anticipate more than 3 days out to within 100 miles of total accuracy.
So, in short, the next time there happens to be a particularly concerning tropical cyclone threat in the vicinity of where you are or where you may be planning to travel to at a given point in time, be sure to ALWAYS heed the best advice provided by local officials and law enforcement since they are only ever trying to prevent the unnecessary loss of life and critical infrastructure.
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©2019 Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz