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Tropical Storm Watch issued for Isaias

A Tropical Storm Watch means tropical storm-force winds are possible within the next 48 hours. Residents should finalize their storm preparations ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias. Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center predict the Upper Eastern Shore of MD will experience tropical storm conditions beginning early Tuesday and into Tuesday evening. While actual storm conditions remain uncertain, Forecasters say high winds, rain, flash flooding, isolated tornados and storm surge are all possible on Tuesday. We are recommending the following:

* Bring in lawn furniture and other loose objects, such as garbage cans, that may become hazards in high winds. * Keep your cell phones and mobile devices fully charged in case of power outages Tuesday. * Double check to make sure you have an emergency supply kit and emergency plan for your family. * Have multiple ways to get emergency warnings for your area. Some options include Wireless Emergency Alerts on your mobile phone, NOAA Weather Radio, and CodeRED Emergency Notifications. * Heed warnings issued by local public safety officials. When you hear an official alert, take safety precautions immediately. * Residents who live in mobile homes or in low lying areas prone to flooding should consider staying elsewhere during the storm. Stay with friends and family as a first option. Go to a motel or hotel, if possible. Be aware of potential flash flooding: * If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move to higher ground. Do not wait to be told to move. * Do not walk through moving water. Three to six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water isn’t moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you. * Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away. * Do not ever try to drive around or move barricades that are blocking a street. The Officers and Members of the RHVFC are monitoring this situation closely and will post updates as needed. Posted 8/2/18:45. PIO Brian Jones

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