Hurricane Florence is currently over the Atlantic, where she has weakened to a tropical storm. But experts say there is a decent chance she could strengthen to a major hurricane, hitting Bermuda on Tuesday and the East Coast of the USA in the following days.

The storm is likely to start making herself felt much sooner. If you are in coastal regions, make sure you check the weather forecast before heading to the beach or out to sea.

Now is the best time to prepare for the storm. We have shared some information for travellers below, as well as resources and guides that will help keep you and your loved ones safe.

 

Advice for travellers

If you are in the region – 

  • Monitor the local weather forecast. Use a couple of different apps and/or websites to get information from multiple sources.  
  • Look up and save contact details for your local embassy or consular services, and emergency services (different branches may have different numbers). For all contact information, make sure you make a note of it in an offline location too – you may need to make a call from a payphone or landline after your phone battery has died.
  • Make sure you have your travel insurance information to hand and know when to call. If you have booked your trip through a travel agent or a tour company, keep that information stored safely too. 
  • Monitor local media.
  • Keep mobile devices charged. 
  • Put aside a storm kit to help you wait out the worst of the weather. Include food that will not spoil and bottled drinking water, candles and matches, a first aid kit, medication, torch, phone charge, batteries, cash.
  • Know what form evacuation notices will take – siren, police announcement, text message, etc – and be prepared to comply with them. Put together a grab bag that contains ID, travel documents, insurance information, medication, snacks and a bottle of water. 
  • Comply with advice from the local authorities. 
  • Be prepared for delays and disruption.
  • Check in with friends and family.
  • If something bad happens, check in with your local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so. 

If you are heading to the region soon – 

  • Check in with your airline and travel agent. 
  • Monitor media reports/resources listed below.
  • Talk to your travel insurance provider to check what is/is not covered. 

Resources

These guides set out in more detail how you can plan to keep yourself and your loved ones safe during a hurricane –

Official advice

 

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