Irma is going to go down as one of the strongest hurricanes to ever form in the Atlantic Ocean.  Its strength when it hits the US coast remains to be seen, but it is guaranteed to pack a punch.  Its path is uncertain as of Wednesday morning, but the majority of the Southeast and eastern Gulf Coast states should be expecting:

1. Increased high surf along the southeast coast by Thursday, some coastal flooding from the outer Banks southward as soon as Friday
2. Dangerous Life threatening storm surge flooding to the north and east of Irma’s path
3. Strong Winds
4. Heavy Rain
5. Power Outages
6. Structural Damage
7. Lack of essential services such as running water, due to power outages

Here are some recommendations for those in the target zone: 

1. Prepare your property by removing any loose items outside, securing tanks, boarding windows. Any outdoor displays, signs things that may typically be left outside, should be moved inside.
2. Secure first floor doorways with sandbags, heavy plastic or other item to prevent the interior from possible flooding
3. Move vehicles to a safe location, preferably out of the path of the storm
4. Heed all evacuation warnings
5. Check emergency generators and to ensure they will work when needed
6. If time permits,

    • Remove items form desktops and walls, disconnect electrical appliances and equipment
    • Any important files, computer, equipment should be moved to a higher floor, or if that is not possible, to the middle of the building. Remove items in the lower drawers if possible.
    • Cover copiers, printers, with heavy plastic
    • Make sure you have pictures of the building and inside areas

Remember, your safety is important. Evaluate the area if so ordered.

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