Forecasters are predicting a hurricane this weekend. Weather in the Gulf could be severe if Tropical Storm Karen fully develops into a hurricane today. The system is stirring up in the Gulf of Mexico and is moving northward. Winds will increase through Saturday in an East to Southeast direction. Tide levels will also increase. Residents there should be preparing for severe weather. Meanwhile Wyoming is preparing for significant snow! The weather here at home however will still feel like summer.
Lancaster residents can expect another humid day today with a high of near 80 degrees. Tomorrow – Friday, 4 October – isolated showers and thunderstorms are expected in the morning. The rest of the afternoon will be cloudy, with a high of near 82. There is another chance of isolated storms in the early evening. Readers heading out to First Friday events may want to take along an umbrella.
Saturday and Sunday should be nice for the ArtWalk and the Harvest Breakfast at Central Market. Predictions show both days to be partly sunny with a high of 82 Saturday and 81 Sunday.
Despite the government shutdown, the National Weather Service is considered to be essential to public safety. For continued forecasts, regardless of your location, visit www.weather.com.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) had predicted a busy hurricane season this year. Seven to 11 hurricanes were expected, three to six of those were thought to possible become be major hurricanes.
“This year, oceanic and atmospheric conditions in the Atlantic basin are expected to produce more and stronger hurricanes,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, at the beginning of the hurricane season.
Be Prepared is more than just a slogan for the Boy Scouts. It is a realistic necessity in order to keep your family safe and maintain a quality of life. First and foremost, make a plan! What would you do if TS Karen develops and strikes the Gulf with any force? What would you do if you get stuck out in a blizzard or avalanche in Wyoming? Are you prepared for a power outage or flooded roads and wet basements in Lancaster?
If you do not already have one, now is the time to make a family emergency plan. If you do have one, review it and update it if needed. Include communications as part of your family plan. Plan for severe weather events like: hurricanes, blizzards, and heavy rain.
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