Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall in the Florida Keys 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. ET on Sunday, continuing up Florida’s west coast. It’s expected to reach Tampa by 2 a.m. Monday.
When Hurricane’s approach, evacuating is the safe thing to do. Power outages can thaw food, and if the power comes back before you return, you may not know whether your food is still frozen or refrozen.
There’s a simple trick you can do that lets you know if your food’s still good, and all you need is a quarter and a cup of frozen water.
“It’s called the one cup tip,” Sheila Russell, from Lumberton, North Carolina, explains. “You put a cup of water in the freezer. Freeze it solid and then put a quarter on top of it and leave it in your freezer. […] If the quarter has fallen to the bottom of the cup that means all the food defrosted and you should throw it out. But if the quarter is either on the top or in the middle of the cup then your food may still be ok.”
With this simple trick, you can tell when you return home what happened in your freezer while you were away. This is actually a handy little trick to use all the time, actually.
If the quarter still rests on top, then most likely the power didn’t go out for any extended amount of time, but if the quarter rests somewhere in the middle, then you should use your own judgement in determining if you should still eat what was left in the freezer.
Irma is currently devastating Northern Cuba. The Category 4 hurricane is expected to cause huge storm surges in southern Florida, and millions of residents have been ordered to evacuate.
Governor Scott reminds Floridians that Irma is “way bigger than Andrew,” and, for those who’ve been ordered to evacuate, action is required immediately. “Not tonight, not in an hour, now.”
The New York Times reports:
Gov. Rick Scott said the lower half of Florida could face life threatening storm surge as early as Saturday morning.
The storm’s outer bands were hitting the Florida Keys on Saturday morning. The National Hurricane Center warned of “life-threatening surge and wind.”
Irma, which made landfall on the Camagüey Archipelago of Cuba as a Category 5 hurricane with 160-mile-per-hour winds, had already caused flooding in Cuba’s northeast on Friday as it continued to move along the nation’s northern coastline, according to the National Hurricane Center.
In the Caribbean, where more than 20 people were killed, residents in Barbuda and St. Martin, islands that suffered excessive damage from Irma, wearily prepared for Hurricane Jose, the Category 4 storm that could hit those islands within the next two days.
In Florida, officials estimated that 5.6 million residents had been ordered to evacuate. They repeatedly urged Floridians not to underestimate the power of Irma. Governor Scott has said it would be “way bigger than Andrew,” referring to the 1992 storm that was the most destructive hurricane to hit the state.
“If you have been ordered to evacuate, you need to leave now,” he said at a news conference Friday evening. “Not tonight, not in an hour, now.”
Any Florida residents who were ordered to evacuate should take Scott’s warning to heart and evacuate immediately.
H/T: Wesh 2