Martin weakens to post-tropical cyclone

Martin is now a post-tropical cyclone as it causes strong winds and hazardous seas across a large portion of the Central North Atlantic late Thursday. Martin has maximum sustained winds near 80 mph with higher gusts.” A slower northward to north-northwestward motion is expected tonight, followed by a much slower turn toward the east on Friday. An eastward to east-southeastward motion is then anticipated into the weekend,” the NHC said. “Martin’s peak sustained winds will slowly decrease over the next few days, but it will continue to produce strong winds over a very large area well into the weekend.” Meanwhile, Lisa has weakened. KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WATCH IS ISSUEDStay tuned to WESH 2 News, WESH.com, or NOAA Weather Radio for storm updates. Prepare to bring inside any lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants and anything else that can be picked up by the wind. Understand hurricane forecast models and cones. Prepare to cover all windows of your home. If shutters have not been installed, use precut plywood. Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first-aid supplies, drinking water and medications. The WESH 2 First Warning Weather Team recommends you have these items ready before the storm strikes. Bottled water : One gallon of water per person per dayCanned food and soup, such as beans and chiliCan opener for the cans without the easy-open lidsAssemble a first-aid kitTwo weeks’ worth of prescription medicationsBaby/children’s needs, such as formula and diapersFlashlight and batteriesBattery -operated weather radioWHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUEDListen to the advice of local officials. If you are advised to evacuate, leave. Complete preparation activities. If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows. Be alert for tornadoes. Tornadoes can happen during a hurricane and after it passes over. Remain indoors, in the center of your home, in a closet or bathroom without windows.HOW YOUR SMARTPHONE CAN HELP DURING A HURRICANE smartphone can be your best friend in a hurricane — with the right websites and apps, you can turn it into a powerful tool for guiding you through a storm’s approach, arrival and aftermath. Download the WESH 2 News app for iOS | AndroidEnable emergency alerts — if you have an iPhone, select settings, then go into notifications. From there, look for government alerts and enable emergency alerts. If you have an Android phone, from the home page of the app, scroll to the right along the bottom and click on “settings.” On the settings menu, click on “severe weather alerts.” From the menu, select from the most severe, moderate-severe or all alerts. PET AND ANIMAL SAFETY Your pet should be a part of your family plan. If you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe space for them, could result in injury or death. Contact hotels and motels outside of your immediate area to see if they take pets. Ask friends, relatives and others outside of the affected area whether they could shelter your animal.

Martin is now a post-tropical cyclone as it causes strong winds and hazardous seas across a large portion of the Central North Atlantic late Thursday.

Martin has maximum sustained winds near 80 mph with higher gusts.

“A slower northward to north-northwestward motion is expected tonight, followed by a much slower turn toward the east on Friday. An eastward to east-southeastward motion is then anticipated into the weekend,” the NHC said. “Martin’s peak sustained winds will slowly decrease over the next few days, but it will continue to produce strong winds over a very large area well into the weekend.”

Meanwhile, Lisa has weakened.

KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WATCH IS ISSUED

Stay tuned to WESH 2 News, WESH.com, or NOAA Weather Radio for storm updates.

Prepare to bring inside any lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants and anything else that can be picked up by the wind.

Understand hurricane forecast models and cones.

Prepare to cover all the windows of your home. If shutters have not been installed, use precut plywood.

Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first-aid supplies, drinking water and medications.

The WESH 2 First Warning Weather Team recommends you have these items ready before the storm strikes.

Bottled water: One gallon of water per person per day

Canned food and soup, such as beans and chili

Can opener for the cans without the easy-open lids

Assemble a first-aid kit

Two weeks’ worth of prescription medications

Baby/children’s needs, such as formula and diapers

Flashlight and batteries

Battery-operated weather radio

WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUED

Listen to the advice of local officials. If you are advised to evacuate, leave.

Complete preparation activities.

If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows.

Be alert for tornadoes. Tornadoes can happen during a hurricane and after it passes over. Remain indoors, in the center of your home, in a closet or bathroom without windows.

HOW YOUR SMARTPHONE CAN HELP DURING A HURRICANE

A smartphone can be your best friend in a hurricane — with the right websites and apps, you can turn it into a powerful tool for guiding you through a storm’s approach, arrival and aftermath.

Download the WESH 2 News app for iOS | Android

Enable emergency alerts — if you have an iPhone, select settings, then go into notifications. From there, look for government alerts and enable emergency alerts.

If you have an Android phone, from the home page of the app, scroll to the right along the bottom and click on “settings.” On the settings menu, click on “severe weather alerts.” From the menu, select from the most severe, moderate-severe or all alerts.

PET AND ANIMAL SAFETY

Your pet should be part of your family plan. If you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe space for them, could result in injury or death.

Contact hotels and motels outside of your immediate area to see if they take pets.

Ask friends, relatives and others outside of the affected area whether they could shelter your animal.

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