Storm Cristobal is Approaching the Gulf States and Shelves are Emptying Out

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This post is by Bernie Carr,

As I mentioned in my recent article, this year’s hurricane season promises to be “higher than average” and sure enough tropical storm Cristobal is approaching the Gulf States.

According to the National Hurricane Center of the NOAA:

1. There is a danger of life-threatening storm surge outside of the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System from the Mouth of the Mississippi River to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and a Storm Surge Warning is in effect for those areas. Life-threatening storm surge remains possible in other portions of southern and southeastern Louisiana where a Storm Surge Watch is in effect. Residents in these locations should follow advice given by local emergency officials.

2. Tropical storm force winds are expected by late tonight along the northern Gulf Coast from central Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle, including metropolitan New Orleans, and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for this area. These winds will arrive well in advance of and extend well east of Cristobals center.

3. Heavy rainfall will continue across west and north Florida today, spreading from east to west across the eastern and central Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle into Louisiana today into Sunday. This heavy rain will move into the Lower Mississippi Valley on Monday. Significant flooding will be possible on smaller streams, especially where heavier rainfall occurs over portions of the Gulf Coast and Lower Mississippi Valley.

Grocery shelves are getting bare

Because of the approaching storm, shelves that have started to get restocked in the wake of COVID-19 have begun to empty out again. I’ve been in stores right before a storm or hurricane and items that typically get sold out right away are:

  • water
  • toilet paper
  • canned food
  • ice
  • bread
  • propane canisters

With the shortages brought about the coronavirus pandemic, many items such as baking ingredients such as flour and yeast and cleaning supplies such as antibacterial wipes, disinfectant sprays are already in short supply.

Hopefully you still have time to restock if you are in the storm’s path.

You still have time to prepare

You still have time to do the following in case power and water are interrupted:

  • Check your emergency supplies and place them in easy reach
  • Make sure everything works.
  • Charge your phones and battery banks.
  • Fill up water containers.
  • Wash dishes and clothes.
  • Take showers.

Take care and stay safe!

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About the author:
Bernie Carr is the founder of Apartment Prepper. She has written several books including the best-selling Prepper’s Pocket Guide, Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure, The Penny-Pinching Prepper and How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget. Her work appears in sites such as the Allstate Blog and, as well as print magazines such as Backwoods Survival Guide and Prepper Survival Guide. She has been featured in national publications such as Fox Business and Popular Mechanics. Learn more about Bernie here.

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