Here's some things to remember in preparing for and dealing with Sandy:
Keep some cash on hand in case the ATMs have no power. How much will depend on your situation. Give it some thought.
Aside from being sure you have enough food and water to get by for several days, be sure you have a way to cook the food and keep the food from spoiling ... or just have nonperishable food.
Study and/or print out food safety rules, so you have some idea of what's good and what's not.
Don't forget food for the pups, kitties, and other critters around the house, and also litter for the animals that need it. If the animal usually stays outdoors, you might want to give it a bath right before the storm hits.
Be sure you have good ventilation for that camp stove you might be using, and for the generator if you're using one. Generators are best kept outside. Don't forget to have enough fuel for it, and for your car, too.
You might want to have your laundry all done before the storm. You don't want to have to run that generator to wash clothes unless you have to.
If you don't have pictures of your stuff, take a few minutes to take pictures for insurance purposes.
Take one last shower just as it's getting bad (assuming there's no lightning at the time). That way if the power goes out, you're clean for a while.
Test stuff before the storm, so you're sure it works and so you're sure you know how to use it.
Prepare for cabin fever, too. You may want a way to keep the gadgets charged, some fresh books on your shelf, and in the wake of the storm start the cleanup with making a safe area for your family to stretch their legs.
After the storm, remember to treat any downed power line as live. Leave it be and let the crews handle it.
If you have any other suggestions for storm prep that are beyond the standard recommendations and very helpful, leave it in a comment below.
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Cool air nosing into the south will give some a nice and cool weekend, while others will be stuck under a front and get soaked. There are a few things to watch in the tropics but no imminent threats.
Some tropical features will affect the South in the coming days. I don't expect anything too serious except that moisture from them will lead to some soaking rains, especially where they interact with the front moving in.
A front will move into the South and stall, bringing rain and storms for many but those fortunate enough to be north of the front this weekend will have enjoyable weather.
Wind and rain will continue in eastern Virginia and Delmarva through tomorrow. Meanwhile, heat building again in Texas will be carried east ahead of the next cool front, which will cause some heavy thunderstorms.
A few more hot days are ahead but another shot of cool air is about to push into the South. Tropical excitement remains confined to Texas and the Southwest for the next several days.
The heat is about to expand east again and this time not many places will see it get beaten back next week. Aside from one critter that may bring some rain to Texas, the tropics are quiet and will be for a while.