First Alert Weather Alert: Flood Warning expires at 10:04 PM on 4/24, issued at 10:04 PM Blackshear, GA | Bristol, GA | Mershon, GA | Millwood, GA

Scattered Convection But Nothing Organized

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Updated: 6/12/2013 9:07 am
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The tropics remain quiet overall.  A cluster of t'storms over the Western Gulf has been somewhat persistent in that there's been fairly steady convection, but the clusters come & go with outflow & a weak upper level disturbance helping to fuel thunderstorms.  No development is likely in the short term.  T'storms have also been firing near & over the Bahamas due to a trough of low pressure -- no development expected.

Long range forecast models -- especially the recently (going back to last year & so far this year) reliable GFS -- point to tropical development next week in/near the Western Gulf.  Looks like this will be our next "hot spot" to watch....& possibly the SW Atlantic &/or Gulf the following week.

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) is one of the best agencies I know that does a great job spreading the work about natural disaster preparedness, communication & mitigation.  Follow the plan of action below -- + click on the respective links -- & you'll be  "storm ready":

Now in the second week of the hurricane season, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® -- click ** here ** is offering Mitigation 2.0 --- an “upgrade” to traditional family preparedness and home mitigation activities.  Mitigation 2.0 combines safety with technology to empower families and streamline activities that strengthen homes and ensure that families are safe. 

“Simplified, streamlined hurricane preparedness will help ensure that people are ready throughout the season,” said FLASH President and CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson.  “For example, we’ve partnered with the country's premier weather data provider to offer a powerful, easy-to-use smartphone app that will give families the weather and mitigation information they want when they need it without unnecessary over alerting and confusion.  That’s the essence of Mitigation 2.0.”

“No matter what type of threat a storm inflicts – wind or water – mitigation is an essential component of successful preparedness,” said National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb.  “Mitigation 2.0 leverages technology to deliver critical information with speed and ease so more families can prepare.”
Each Mitigation 2.0 resource is aligned with the Hurricane Preparedness Week topic of the day to give families a streamlined path to hurricane readiness.

Storm Surge
• “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” Learn why with this safety animation -- click ** here **.
• See what a flood can cost you with the Flood Damage Calculator -- click ** here **.

• Learn how to conduct a Do-It-Yourself Wind Inspection -- click ** here ** and find the strengths and weaknesses of your home before the season starts with this video -- click ** here **.
Inland Flooding
View this animation ** here ** and learn how to:
• Dry or wet flood proof your home to either prevent floodwaters from entering or allow them to flow through unused parts of your home with this animation.
• Elevate appliances like the furnace, HVAC and washer/dryer 12” above the base flood elevation.
• Why you should purchase flood insurance -- click ** here ** as typical homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage.

Forecast Process
Download FLASH Weather Alerts ** here ** for the one day price of $4.99 and:
• GPS, precision text-to-speech weather hazard warnings.
• Follow hurricane tracks and watch/warning areas.
• Discover how you can protect your home and prepare your family for disasters of all kinds.

Get a Plan
View this video ** here ** and learn how to:
• Make a family emergency plan - click ** here **.
• Build a family hurricane emergency kit - click ** here **.

Take Action
View these videos and get your home hurricane-ready with DIY mitigation activities like:
• Measuring and cutting plywood panels for emergency shutters - click ** here **.
• Hurricane-proofing your landscaping -- click ** here **.
• Enhancing roof strength with adhesives, bracing and more -- click ** here **.

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