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Published 30th May 2007, 12:31pm

This is an Exercise WATCH - batten down Hurricane Stuart could strike within 36 hours The National Hurricane Committee is reminding residents that, with the forecast of hurricane-force winds of up to 94 miles-per-hour or more, to reach the Islands by tomorrow (Thursday), there are several precautions which should be taken NOW: Outside

  • Put up shutters or board up windows, glass doors and skylights. Wedge sliding glass doors and windows to prevent them from lifting from their tracks.
  • Bring in or securely tie down everything that could be blown away, such as outdoor furniture, potted plants, clothes racks, garden tools, garbage pans, etc.
  • Remove antennas and satellite dishes to prevent damage or loss.
  • Disconnect downspouts from cisterns and close all cistern openings.
  • Sterilize bathtub, pans, jugs and bottles and fill with water.
  • Turn refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and open as little as possible.
  • Raise furniture, appliances and other valuables off the floor. Cover and secure with plastic sheets. If your house has more than one storey, move furniture and valuables to upper floors.
Stay tuned to radio and local television for the latest official notices from the National Hurricane Committee. Mobile Homes: Mobile homes and trailer offices are especially vulnerable to hurricane-force winds. Do not try to ride out a storm in one of these. When a storm threatens, anchor them with over-the-top, or frame, ties. Pack breakables in boxes and put them on the floor. Remove mirrors and tape them; wrap them and lamps in blankets and place them in the bathtub or shower. Cover all windows with hurricane shutters or pre-cut plywood. If a Warning is announced, shut off electricity, water, sewer and propane gas tanks. Bring inside and secure awnings, folding furniture, trashcans, flower pots and other loose outdoor objects.