Your problem theirs

Your problem theirs

The first significant tropical system of the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season with potential consequence for the region (see inside) has appeared south-west of the Cabo Verde Islands. This is nothing to get alarmed over, as the cyclone formation chance was low during the next 48 hours and medium over seven days while the disturbance moves westward at 15 to 20 miles per hour. The centre of its preliminary track cone also shows well south of the local area.

However, storms have been known to defy early forecasts time and again, simply because these weather phenomena remain hard to predict with exactitude despite all modern technology. Carefully monitoring their progress is therefore a no-brainer.

It can serve as a good reminder to complete still unfinished preparations already a month into the season. Waiting for the historically most active part in August and September is risky business, because cyclones have formed even outside the season in the past.

It starts with simply thinking about a possible impact on the home or business and what should realistically be done to prevent or mitigate negative consequences. Timely temporary evacuation of families to alternative, more secure accommodations may become necessary in worst-case scenarios and is best planned beforehand.

This is not just about physical damage, but – more importantly – the well-being and safety of loved ones. At the end of the day property can be fixed or replaced, but never lives.

Think of others such as neighbours too. Dispose of, store or secure any loose-lying objects that may become dangerous projectiles in strong winds.

Don’t make your problem theirs.

The Daily Herald

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