Be prepared, don’t be afraid
Florida storm watchers are urging residents to keep an eye on weekend weather reports as a tropical wave churning in the Caribbean begins to pick up steam.
“Everyone who lives on the Gulf Coast should pay attention to the forecast for this tropical disturbance,” Fox Meteorologist Jeff Bahnsen told The Post on Thursday.
Bahnsen said it was too early to predict the intensity and trend of the system.
The wave is expected to become a tropical storm by the weekend and become a hurricane by next week.
Pablo Santos, chief meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Miami, warned the Sunshine Staters to stay put.
“We insist on preparation,” he said. It is too early to say what will happen.
Florida has been relatively unscathed from hurricanes so far this season, and residents are hoping a tropical wave doesn’t give the Gulf Coast an unwanted blow.
Santos said it’s a good time for Floridians to reexamine their hurricane preparedness plans and be careful.
If the system develops and affects Florida, it will be felt most early next week, forecasters said.