When it quakes, it pours. Hurricane Irene, a major Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 115 mph as of Wednesday morning, is taking a path toward southern New England, the National Weather Service is predicting.
The NWS says Irene's track remains uncertain, but the possibility of heavy rain, flooding and strong, damaging wind exists for the weekend for the Brookline area.
Meteorologists at WHDH say humidity levels will also be high on Sunday.
MSNBC predicts Irene to be a Catergory 1 hurricane, with sustained winds of 80 mph, when it makes landfall in southern New England early Monday morning.
Severe weather will also be possible Thursday ahead of Irene.
The NWS says isolated strong to severe thunderstorms may affect the area, with localized flooding possible.
- Cover all of your home's windows with pre-cut ply wood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds.
- Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
- Keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
- Secure your home by closing shutters, and securing outdoor objects or bringing them inside.
- Turn off utilities as instructed. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Install a generator for emergencies
- Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage, it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
- Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
- Find out how to keep food safe during and after and emergency by visiting www.FoodSafety.gov.
The hurricane preparedness page also include definitions of the five hurricane categories and recommended materials for a "to-go bag" or emergency supply kit. Supplies can be purchased at local hardware and grocery stores.