ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — On the official start of hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center is monitoring a disturbance just south of the Gulf of Mexico.
As of Monday morning, the NHC said the disturbance has a 60-percent chance of development in the next two days.
It is expected to move into Mexico during that time.
The NHC said regardless of development, southern parts of Mexico and south Texas could see heavy rainfall over the next few days. There is not expected to be any impact on Florida at this time.
Getting prepared for hurricane season:
Hurricane season started on June 1, and you'll want to have your hurricane kits ready. Here are the critical supplies you want to include in your emergency disaster kit for hurricane season.
You'll want to have enough non-perishable food, medicines and water to last each person in your family for at least one week. Don't forget cash – ATMs won't work if the power goes out – and batteries for cell phones, radios and other devices.
Other items you’ll need:
- Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3-7 days; also fill the bathtub and other containers; sports drinks are good to fend off dehydration
- Food - at least enough for 3-7 days; non-perishable packaged or canned food; juices; foods for infants or elderly family members; snack foods; food for special diets
- Non-electric can opener
- Cooking tools, fuel
- Paper plates and cups, plastic utensils
- Bedding: blankets, pillows, etc.
- Rain gear
- Sturdy shoes
- First aid kit, medicines, prescription drugs
- Toiletries, hygiene items, moisture wipes, dry shampoo
- Flashlight, batteries, lanterns
- Radio: Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
- Telephones: Fully charged cell phone with extra battery; chargers; traditional (not cordless) telephone set
- Cash (with some small bills) and credit cards: Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
- Important documents: Place in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag: Should include insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, prescriptions, etc.
- Tools: Keep a set with you during the storm
- Gas: Fill up your vehicles several days before landfall is expected; Gas stations could lose power during a storm and supply trucks may not be able to reach the area
- Pet care items: Proper identification, immunization records, medications, ample supply of food and water; a carrier or cage; muzzle and/ or leash
- Bleach without lemon or any other additives
- Fire extinguisher
- Mosquito repellent
- Toys, books and games for children
- Duct tape
- Cell phone charging stations -- locations where you can charge mobile devices
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