Public Storm Warning Signal #1 means that the storm poses an imminent danger to the public in at least one of the following ways: tornadoes, flash floods, or landslides. If you find yourself under Public Storm Warning Signal #1, seek shelter as soon as possible and do not leave until it is safe to do so. If there is imminent danger, you will only have a short time to act before the storm hits and seeks you out, so move quickly!
How can we be prepared for severe weather?
Public Storm Warning Signal #1 is raised when residents are advised to seek shelter and remain indoors. With Hurricane Irma rapidly approaching and this being only the third hurricane that has ever made landfall in Florida, it’s important for Floridians to be prepared by stocking up on supplies, preparing their homes and signing up for storm alerts. Here are some of the steps you can take:
-Secure your home by preparing items like tarps, plywood boards and nails or screws in case windows shatter. If power goes out you may need to board up a window if it’s structurally sound enough. Find out how to prepare your windows ahead of time here. -Install storm shutters (or shutter any open windows) before hurricane winds start blowing your window screens away.
Most people are not aware of severe weather signs
Public Storm Warning Signal #1 means there is a need to prepare for possible evacuation. Listen closely to your local authorities. Disaster can happen suddenly so it’s always better to be safe than sorry. If your children go to school, listen for announcements about school closings or dismissal plans before deciding what to do next. Remember that pets should never be left alone in an emergency, so plan ahead if you are in an area where you may not be able to evacuate with them.
Red flags of an approaching storm
Today, October 27th, 2017 is Public Storm Warning Signal #1. This is your warning. According to the National Weather Service, this means a sustained tropical storm with winds of 40 mph is possible in the next 36 hours. This can be seen as a preparatory stage of a hurricane to come as it gets closer to land. That’s why these signals are so important. They keep you up-to-date and prepared for what’s to come in an emergency situation like this, which was created by storms brewing in the Atlantic Ocean that can have severe impacts on land masses like Florida, Puerto Rico and Hispaniola who are currently under Hurricane Watch and Alert due to Category 2 Hurricane Nate churning over their waters.
What can you do when you get the signal?
If you receive a Public Storm Warning Signal #1, it means that the weather is extremely hazardous and there is potential for loss of life and property. Stay indoors if possible, and make sure your pet animals are secure. Do not approach flood waters and do not go near downed power lines. If you absolutely have to be outside, stay away from buildings that can be flooded or may collapse due to high winds.
How does it work in Hawaii?
Public Storm Warning Signal #1 is a four-tiered warning system that you might notice on TV or other media outlets. In Hawaii, this signals what you should do and how to prepare for incoming storms. When it’s at Public Storm Warning Signal #1, stay alert and be sure to update yourself regularly. At Public storm warning signal level 2, don’t take any chances because it means things are going downhill fast and preparation becomes crucial.
Be smart and aware when dealing with any hurricane threats in Hawaii, always heed our warning signals as they help provide you with necessary information that could save your life or the lives of your loved ones.