"It's probably going to be a hurricane when it makes landfall, but we are confident that it will be reduced to a tropical storm by the time it moves up the coast,"
The storm is expected to start impacting
Before dissipating late Saturday, the storm is forecast to bring between 5 and 8 inches of rain across the area, though some areas could see as many as 10 inches of rain.
That much water could potentially lead to what Bandy called nuisance flooding, or, if it comes fast enough, flash flooding in some areas, Bandy said.
"We are monitoring it, obviously, and we know where our flood prone areas are,"
Dail said the county currently has no plans to open emergency operations centers this weekend, nor does he think they will be necessary.
--A three-day supply of water--one gallon per person per day
--A three-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
--Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
--First aid kit
--Medications (seven-day supply) and medical items
--Sanitation and personal hygiene items
--Copies of important documents such as a list of medications someone takes and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies
--Cell phone with chargers
--Family and emergency contact information
--Map(s) of the area
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