REMINDER: Reports of power outages are beginning to trickle in. Please keep the below in mind.
During a tropical storm and hurricane, wind may blow loose or dead tree limbs or entire trees onto the power lines causing the lines to touch and short out, fall to the ground, or possibly even break the lines and poles resulting in a power outage.
Heavy rains may also cause flooding in certain areas. Floods can cause damage to both above-ground and underground electrical equipment. To prevent major damage to the equipment, utility technicians may need to shut it down resulting in a power outage affecting service to some residents.
In our increasingly digital world, you should take steps to keep your phone and devices charged to assist with staying connected and informed.
1) Charge your devices now before the power potentially goes out.
2) Have a backup plan to charge your devices: Portable USB battery charger, Power Inverter for your car, or use your laptop battery to charge your devices over USB.
3) Close unnecessary apps. The more apps that continue to run the faster your battery will be drained.
Please continue to monitor local media outlets for the latest information on any changes in potential impacts from this storm, and please be prepared for the possibility of potential changes in the track of this storm.
Find additional tropical storm and hurricane safety tips at http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes