UPDATE: Chris isn't a hurricane yet. It's still a tropical storm. It is expected to become a hurricane later tonight. Sorry about that. I mis-read the graphic.
Chris turned into a hurricane since the last time I checked and Accuweather predicts it will hammer Cuba and enter the Gulf sometime this weekend. All this is subject to change, of course, as weather has a habit of doing.
However, everyone within reach of this thing should keep a weather eye peeled.
We who live under threat of hurricanes know that while the season starts June 1st, historically, the threat isn't really intense until August and September. Here on August 2nd, we have the first named hurricane about to enter the Gulf.
It's time to hunker down, folks, and check your bug out bag. Make sure you have batteries, working lights, food and water for three days as a bare minimum. Test your bug-out plan and get in touch with the folks who will sustain you if you have to leave. Lawdog has a good post on travel plans. Ignore it at your peril.
Hopefully, we've learned a lot in the past year about hurricane evacuations, but I have a sneaking hunch that the plan won't survive contact, intact.
That is all.