The National Weather Service has put Delaware under a tropical storm warning and says the biggest worry of the storm moving up the Eastern seaboard will be rain.
Heavy rains of 1 to 3 inches could cause flash flooding and some river flooding from Thursday afternoon into Friday morning, but not along the main stem of the Delaware River, the weather service said.
Earlier releases said that tropical storm force winds could lead to tree and power line damage, especially in southern Delaware.
The storm is expected to reach Delaware by 2 p.m.
The Delaware Department of Emergency Management on Wednesday recommended residents get their home and property ready for a big storm:
- Secure loose outdoor items such as grills, trash and recycling cans, and patio furniture.
- Clear drains around your home to prevent flooding.
- Trim back trees and bushes to prevent storm damage.
- Have a plan for how to stay cool if the power goes out.
- If you have a generator, make sure that you have fuel and test it in advance.
- Have a full tank of gas
- Keep phones, radios, and electronic devices fully charged in case of power outages.
- Have portable power banks to charge electronic devices.
- Make a plan for where you would go if you had to leave your home due to an evacuation or if it sustained damage.
- Communicate and practice your plan with family.
- Have a list of emergency contacts and copies of important documents.
- Make sure that you have emergency supplies, such as food and water, for each member of your family (and pets) to last more than three days.
- Have flashlights in case of power outages and fully charged power banks to charge electronic devices.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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