This is the first big storm of the 2015 winter and everyone's talking about it!
States of emergencies declared, schools closed, flights cancelled, 11 inches expected PLUS flooding...
What can YOU and your family do to prepare? Check out our list below!
The Weather Channel--
Millions of people in the Northeast are bracing for Winter Storm Juno, which will become a major snowstorm today through Wednesday with the potential for blizzard conditions and more than 2 feet of snow. At least 28 million people are in the zone of potential blizzard conditions, and millions more will see enough snow to complicate travel.
The National Weather Service is still forecasting 2-3 inches of snow tonight on the Northeast, although most of the model guidance we’ve recently reviewed suggests more like an inch of snow.
The winter's first snowstorm, which stalled midday Monday, is expected to pick up in intensity after nightfall and dump up to 11 inches on northern Delaware by the time it ends late Tuesday, The strongest periods of snow should come between 7 p.m. Monday and 3 a.m. Tuesday, National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Gorse said.
The winds from Juno will have several impacts:
1. As mentioned before, strong winds will combine with the snow to produce low visibility and blizzard or near-blizzard conditions Monday night through Tuesday night.
2. The winds could also cause tree damage and power outages from northern and central New Jersey to parts of New England. As our power outage threat map shows, widespread outages are possible in a swath from Long Island to southern and eastern New England. These outages may last several days.
3. Winds will pile up water from the Atlantic Ocean and produce destructive coastal flooding. Here are the impacts according to storm surge expert Michael Lowry of The Weather Channel:
4. Huge waves will likely lead to beach erosion, and freezing spray from the crashing waves could lead to significant ice accumulations on buildings and other objects along the immediate shoreline in parts of New England. These waves will also combine with the storm surge to worsen structural damage along exposed east-facing coastlines, especially in Massachusetts.
Some key points:
States of emergency have been declared in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Travel ban on all non-emergency vehicles in Rhode Island at 8 p.m., Connecticut at 9 p.m., NYC at 11 p.m.
Thousands of flights already cancelled.
Schools closed Tuesday across the region.
All preparations should be rushed to completion by late this afternoon for this major winter storm. Do not proceed with any travel plans in the affected areas late Monday and Tuesday or you could put yourself in great danger. Prepare for power outages both during and in the days after the storm.
While thousands of flights were canceled Monday ahead of the pending storm, the New England Patriots were able to get out of Boston en route to Arizona for Sunday's Super Bowl.
HOW CAN YOU PREPARE FOR THE STORM??
- MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A FULL TANK OF GAS.
- INSULATE YOUR HOME. COVER YOUR WINDOWS TO KEEP THE COLD AIR OUT.
- PLENTY OF WATER, AT LEAST A 3-DAY SUPPLY.
- STOCK UP ON NON PERISHABLE FOODS.
- OH! AND YOU'RE GOING TO NEED A GOOD SHOVEL/ SNOW BLOWER AND SOME SALT AFTER THE STORM HITS.
Here is a detailed list that we compiled that should prepare you for any storm or natural disaster... good luck!
Your basic emergency kit should include:
- Water – one gallon per person per day
- Food – ready to eat or requiring minimal water
- Manual can opener and other cooking supplies
- Plates, utensils and other feeding supplies
- First Aid kit & instructions
- Zip plastic waterproof bags for documents & phone numbers
- Warm clothes and rain gear for each family member.
- Heavy work gloves
- Unscented liquid household bleach and an eyedropper for water purification
- Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, feminine supplies, hand sanitizer and soap
- Plastic sheeting, duct tape and utility knife for covering broken windows
- Tools such as a crowbar, hammer & nails, staple gun, adjustable wrench and bungee cords.
- Blanket or sleeping bag
- Large heavy duty plastic bags and a plastic bucket for waste and sanitation
- Any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with disabilities.
- Don’t forget water and supplies for your pets.