With dangerous waves and rip currents all along the East Coast, Hurricane Earl leaves no friend as it heads up the East Coast. With flooding along the East Coast, this storm seems to be weakening as it slowly moves its way toward the Northeast. Winds were 105 mph as Hurricane Earl passed by North Carolina. These sounds strong, but remember that the winds dropped from 145 mph, just a day earlier, giving room to residents up and down the coast. After just barely brushing the North Carolina Outer Banks, residents are breathing a sigh of relief. With only flooding and minor damage, the small vacation island is almost out of the woods.
No hurricane is complete without knocking out electricity a Hurricane Earl is no exception. Hurricane Earl knocked out power to thousands of residents in the Outer Banks. Thankfully, the electric s company was prepared as usual during a hurricane.
As a hurricane moves forward, we can be sure to continue to see strong winds, lots of rain, and flooding. Hurricanes tend to dump rain on low rising areas, which causes the flooding. Many residents tend to move to higher ground to ensure they don’t get caught in flooding.
Up and down the East Coast, vacations were spoiled as residents were made to evacuate. With Labor Day weekend upon us, vacationers are having a lively experience of what happens during hurricane seasons, hurricanes.
Tips for Vacationers Affected by Hurricane
Check your Cancelation Policy
If you haven’t already, check the cancelation policy of the hotel you are staying at. You may be able to salvage a portion of your vacation. You also may be able to change your reservation to a later date. As hotels may require deposits that are non-refundable, it is always best to contact your hotel ASAP.
Vacation Cancelled on Rental Property
Call your landlord to see if they offer you insurance on your vacation rental. Of course, you have to purchase this before you pay for the rental property. If you’ve already purchased your rental property, check to see if you added the insurance. If you did, the landlord will refund your money for every night you can’t stay at the property.
Watch the News
Whether you’ve already arrived at your destination or you are still at home, watch the news to see where the hurricane is headed. It may be better to not even head toward the coast and stay out of harm’s way. You always face the chance of being evacuated and have to turn around and go home. Check with the news and stay informed! The National Hurricane Center (www.nhc.noaa.gov/) has up to date information on hurricanes. This includes the path of the hurricane and the day t will hit.