A storm system in the Gulf of Mexico could hit the Gulf Coast sometime tomorrow, bringing as much as a foot of rain and dangerous flooding to states already saturated from earlier storms. The American Red Cross is monitoring the situation to respond if necessary and urges people in the region to make their storm preparations now.
Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle could see the heaviest rain. If the storm strengthens as experts predict, it would be named Claudette, the third named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.
NOAA reports this year there could be 3 to 5 major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher. 2020’s hurricane season set records with 30 named storms and billions of dollars in damages. Read more about what to expect during this year’s Atlantic hurricane season.
Here are safety steps people should follow if they are in the path of these storms:
DOWNLOAD OUR APPS. The Red Cross app “Emergency” can help keep you and your loved ones safe with real-time alerts, shelter locations and safety advice. The Red Cross First Aid and Pet First Aid apps provide instant access to information on handling the most common emergencies. Download these apps for free by searching for ‘American Red Cross’ in your app store or at redcross.org/apps. Parents can also download the Red Cross Monster Guard App for a fun way to teach children what to do in case of a flood, hurricane and other emergencies.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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