Information on the Tropical Cyclones: Hurricane Season: From June
1 - November 30
A hurricane is a tropical cyclone, which generally
forms in the tropics and is accompanied by thunderstorms and a counterclockwise
circulation of winds. Tropical cyclones are classified as follows: Tropical
Organized system of
clouds and thunderstorms with defined surface circulation and max sustained
winds of 38 mph or less. Tropical Storm: Organized system of strong
thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of
39-73 mph. Hurricane:
Intense tropical weather system of strong
thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation & max sustained
winds of 74 mph or higher.
What are some Hurricane Hazards? Storm Surge: Water that is pushed toward the shore by
the force of the winds swirling around the storm. This advancing surge combines
with the normal tides to create the hurricane storm tide, which can increase the
mean water level 15 feet or more. Inland Flooding: In the last 30 years, inland flooding has been responsible for more than half
the deaths associated with tropical cyclones in the US. High Winds: Hurricane force winds can destroy poorly constructed buildings and mobile homes.
Debris such as signs, roofing material, and small items left outside become
flying missiles in hurricanes. Tornados: Hurricanes
can produce tornadoes that add to the storm's destructive power. Tornados are
most likely to occur in the right-front quadrant of the hurricane.
What should I do with a Watch or Warning? -
Hurricane Watch is issued for your part of
the coast this indicates the possibility that you could experience hurricane
conditions within 36 hours. This watch should trigger your family's disaster
plan, and proactive measures should be initiated especially those actions that
require extra time such as securing a boat, leaving a barrier island, etc.
Hurricane Warningis issued for your part of
the coast this indicates that sustained winds of at least 74 mph are expected
within 24 hours. Once this warning has been issued, your family should be in the
process of completing proactive actions and deciding the safest location to be
during the storm.
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