Hurricane Irene is expected to hit Cinnaminson and surrounding areas overnight Saturday into Sunday morning. Here is an updated weather report and tips on how to prepare for the storm.
UPDATED: Weather report 9 a.m., Saturday
Irene has been downgraded and now Cinnaminson will likely experience tropical storm, not hurricane, conditions according to the National Weather Service in Mt. Holly.
While usually not as deadly, tropical storms still pack a powerful punch, and flooding and wind-related problems remain a concern.
Rainfall will begin on Saturday, and be heavy at times, said meteorologists. Rainfall on Saturday should be around 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch.
On Saturday night, tropical storm conditions are expected, with hurricane conditions still possible. Winds could be as high as 49 miles per hour, with gusts at 60 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. Rainfall amounts could exceed 4 inches.
The bulk of Hurricane Irene is supposed to hit our area early Sunday afternoon, with periods of rain before 2 p.m A northwest wind of 38 to 48 mph, decreasing to 30 to 35 mph, are expected. Winds could gust as high as 60 mph. New rainfall amounts between 3 and 4 inches.
Make a disaster kit: Make sure you have bottled water (one gallon, per person, per day), non-perishable food, manual can opener, fire extinguisher, clothes, first-aid kit, bedding, prescription drugs, toiletries, AM/FM radio, flashlight, batteries.
Prepare your home: Bring in lawn furniture or other outside items; close windows and doors; unplug small appliances; prepare for flooding
Charge ’Em, Fill It: Make sure all cell phones and laptops are fully charged. Fill up your gas tank in your car.
Avoid low-lying areas: Parts of Cinnaminson, especially around Pompeston Creek, are prone to flooding. Residents should try to stay with family and friends in higher, dryer locations.
Animals are people, too: Bring your outdoor cats inside; Make sure pets have enough food and water.
Know the numbers: Only call 911 if it's a true emergency. Stick with Cinnaminson Patch and 1620 AM radio station for updates. .
Stay inside: You're not Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz or even Bill Murray from "Groundhog Day." Stay where it's safe and the next day, you can assess any damage.
Fill the tub: Fill up your bathtub with water. You'll need it to be able to flush the toilet in case of a power outage.
For more Red Cross safety tips, click here.
For Irene's projected path, follow a map here.