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Hurricane Season Preparedness

Hurricane Season runs June 1st, through November 30th, and we want to keep you up to date with whatever comes our way. Hurricanes can produce widespread torrential rains. Floods are the deadly and destructive result. Slow moving storms and tropical storms moving into mountainous regions tend to produce especially heavy rain. Excessive rain can trigger landslides or mud slides, especially in mountainous regions. Flash flooding can occur due to intense rainfall. Flooding on rivers and streams may persist for several days or more after the storm.

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Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

Sustained winds of 74-95 mph; no significant structural damage; coastal flooding; widespread power outages.
Sustained winds of 96-110 mph; considerable damage on poor construction; power outages, loss of potable water very likely for days.
Sustained winds of 111-130 mph; destruction of homes and building without a solid foundation; power loss for weeks.
Sustained winds of 131-155 mph; heavy, irreparable damage, power loss for weeks.
Sustained winds of more than 156 mph; complete roof failure on majority of buildings; evacuations required; very few buildings stay intact; power and water loss possible for months.

Hurricane Terms

Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify a hurricane hazard:

Tropical Depression: An organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 38 MPH (33 knots) or less. Sustained winds are defined as one-minute average wind measured at about 33 ft (10 meters) above the surface.

Tropical Storm: An organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39-54MPH (34-47 knots).

Hurricane: An intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74MPH (64 knots) or higher.

Storm Surge: A dome of water pushed onshore by hurricane and tropical storm winds. Storm surges can reach 25-28 feet above normal tide level.

Storm Tide: A combination of storm surge and the normal tide (i.e., a 15-foot storm surge combined with a 2-foot normal high tide over the mean sea level created a 17-foot storm tide).

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Watch: Hurricane/tropical storm conditions are possible in the specified area, usually within 36 hours. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Warning: Hurricane/tropical storm conditions are expected in the specified area, usually within 24 hours.

Short Term Watches and Warnings: These warnings provide detailed information about specific hurricane threats, such as flash floods and tornadoes.

Before a Hurricane

To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:

During a Hurricane

If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:

If you are unable to evacuate: