Two Tropical Systems Being Monitored In Indian River County

Indian River County Emergency Services and the National Hurricane Center are closely monitoring two systems.
Indian River County Emergency Services and the National Hurricane Center are closely monitoring two systems. (Photo: NOAA)

SEBASTIAN – There are two areas of interest that are closely being monitored by the National Hurricane Center and Indian River Emergency Services.

One tropical system is just off the coast of Africa and the other is in the eastern Caribbean.

There is no threat to Florida within the next seven days but both systems should continue to be monitored.

It is recommended that all Indian River County residents be prepared for hurricane season, especially during the most active months of August and September.

Hurricanes are one of nature’s most destructive, widespread weather systems, occurring most frequently during “hurricane season,” from June 1 – November 30.

Hurricanes, known also as typhoons, are severe tropical storms with heavy rains and intense winds which blow in a large circle around a center known as the “eye.”

Here is a list of some of the most important items to have before a hurricane:

  • Battery-powered radio or television
  • Flashlight(s)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Manually operated can opener
  • Disinfectant
  • Household bleach
  • Credit card and cash
  • Personal identification
  • Extra set of car keys
  • Matches or lighter in a waterproof container
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Whistle or flare to signal for help
  • Map of your local area
  • Water (1 gallon/person/day)
  • Seven day supply of non-perishable food items
  • Two week supply of medications
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Instant tire sealer
  • Two coolers (one for food, one for ice)
  • Tarps
  • Clean up supplies
  • Camera
  • Garbage can or bucket with kitty litter (for emergency toilet)
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Toilet paper, paper towels, moist towelettes
  • Infant necessities
  • If you evacuate you also should take:

  • Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or air mattresses
  • Extra clothing, shoes, eyeglasses, etc.
  • Folding chairs, lawn chairs or cots
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
  • Quiet games, books, playing cards, favorite toys for children, etc.
  • Important papers and irreplaceable keepsakes
  • Precious commodities before/after storm:

  • Cash (banks may be closed)
  • Charcoal, matches and grill
  • Ice
  • A corded phone
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    About Andy Hodges
    Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.