What you can do to prepare for a power outage

Here are things that you can do ahead of time to prepare for a potential power outage during severe weather.

Plan to have enough nonperishable food, water, supplies and medications to last at least three days,according to EcoWatch.

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It’s also a good idea to put the fridge on the coldest possible setting so that food inside will stay cooler for a longer period of time if the power goes out.

If power is lost, open the fridge as little as possible so that the items inside can remain chilled.

Another handy tip: If you evacuate and you’re unsure whether your food is safe to eat when you return, place a frozen cup of water in the fridge before you leave and place a quarter on top of it,Country Living reported.

The trick is if you find the quarter has moved to the bottom of the cup, the food was unrefrigerated for too long and it’s no longer safe to eat.

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Be sure to charge all battery-operated devices in the event of an outage, such as phones and laptops. It’s important to keep track of the storm through a radio or laptop even if you lose power,Popular Mechanics reported.

Tropical Storm Barry strengthening, expected to make landfall as Category 1 storm

Tropical Storm Barry strengthening, expected to make landfall as Category 1 storm

NEW ORLEANS —

Tropical Storm Barry's wind and rain are starting to hit Louisiana as New Orleans and coastal communities brace for what's expected to be the first hurricane of the season.

A hurricane warning is in effect along the Louisiana coast, and forecasters said the storm could make landfall as a hurricane by early Saturday.

But it's the storm's rains that are expected to pose a severe test of New Orleans' improved post-Katrina flood defenses. Barry could bring more than a foot and a half of rain to parts of the state as it moves slowly inland.

The National Weather Service said that as of 10 a.m. the storm is about 100 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and 115 miles south-southeast of Morgan City. It is moving west at just 5 mph.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to 65 mph with higher gusts.

President Donald Trump on Thursday declared a State of Emergency ahead of Barry’s anticipated landfall. The declaration authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards had asked the Trump administration in a letter earlier Thursday that the state receive supplementary federal resources as soon as possible should they be needed.

Edwards said it is necessary that critical pre-positioning be provided through federal assistance.

 
 
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