Dear Ireland: Please Read

by Isabella @TheWandCarver

Hurricane Ophelia is making a move toward Ireland and at present writing, she is a Category 2 hurricane which means her winds are 96 to 110 mph per the Saffir-Simpson scale. Ophelia is still about 2-1/2 days away from making landfall, possibly near Galway.

Hurricane Ophelia Going to Ireland 3

From NOAA – Please note: The times are probably in Eastern Daylight Time, so advance by 5 hours for BST

In that time, Ophelia could easily go to a higher category. We’re keeping everything crossed that she won’t…in fact, she can just go piss off. Still, it’s doubtful she will, so…

Most important:  Watch progression of the storm by logging onto NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric] website. They’ve been doing this for a fair number of years and know what they’re doing. You’ll get the best possible information on the hurricane’s track here. Everything else will be heresay.

If you live on the beautiful Irish coastline, move further inland. Do not think for a moment [unless you live in a castle with 2 foot thick walls] that your house won’t blow away in 100 mph + winds. It well could do, depending upon its construction. I hope that evacuation centres will be offered but if not, try to find a friend or family member further inland to stay with.

Board up your windows and doors as best you can with MDF or plywood sheets. Nothing worse that having half a tree or anything, for that matter, being chucked into your windows.  The thicker, the better.

Lay in supplies. You could very well have a lengthy power cut. Buy in bottled or jugged water, tins of foods you can bear to eat without warming, unless you have a gas cooker – and do have a hand-cranked tin opener on hand incase of power cuts. Nothing like having tins of food and no way to open them because you just had to have that electric tin opener last Christmas.

Buy plenty of kitchen and bog roll. Seems when there is a crisis that goes first.

Not a good time to buy a full week’s shopping. I did that in 1987. Was I ever upset when it all spoiled!

Make certain you have plenty of torches and batteries. Having loads of candles is helpful but do be careful with them. Extinguish before going to sleep. Oh yes, and if you’re using candles, get a supply of waterproof matches.

If you live on the seaside and need to evacuate to higher and further away land, please be sure to take any and all important documents with you such as birth certs, passports, etc.

Incase of potential flooding, please do not leave your laptop on the floor or anything you really value less than about 3 feet above floor. If you can shift things to upstairs before you leave, this is helpful against losing everything to floods.

Don’t be stupid – or stubborn – if you are told to evacuate, you really must. If the storm’s potential is to get up to Category 3 by the time it hits, those winds will be nearly 130 mph. Nah…I don’t think it a good idea to hang about.

Do stay calm. Do not go to supermarket and try to clean off the shelves singlehandedly. Be kind to others and only take what you know you will need. I know it’s a scary situation but it’s the same for others and all.

I wish everyone the best of luck and please stay safe. If you wonder who the hec I am to tell you what to do in a hurricane situation, I’m only the woman who worries about her daughter when every hurricane season rolls round in Florida, and have learned chapter and verse what to do from her and by my own experiences. I would rather err on the side of caution any day than to think I’m capable of winning against a storm. And, it doesn’t bear repeating that this is nearly the 30th anniversary of the Storm of 1987.

One other thing…tornadoes are spawned from the winds in the upper right quadrant of a hurricane. If you find you are living in an area where you may be in danger of tornadoes, please do take all the same precautions as outlined above. It’s not like we get tornadoes hardly ever so board up and stay safe!

And this message isn’t just for Ireland…wherever this storm turns up, please take all precautions seriously. Warmest blessings to all x

 

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