What are Hurricanes?

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Hurricanes are violent tropical storms with sustained winds of at least 74 mph. They form over warm ocean waters – usually starting as storms in the Caribbean or off the west coast of Africa. As they move westward, they are fueled by the warm waters of the tropics. Warm, moist air moves toward the center… Read more »

Hurricane Warnings

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Tropical Storm Watch – issued when tropical storm conditions may threaten a specific coastal area within 36 hours, and when the storm is not predicted to intensify to hurricane strength. Tropical Storm Warning – winds in the range of 39 to 73 mph can be expected to affect specific areas of a coastline within the… Read more »

Hurricane Terms

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Tropical Depression – an organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined circulation and maximum sustained winds of 38 mph (33 knots) or less. Tropical Storm – an organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph (34-63 knots). Hurricane – a warm-core tropical cyclone… Read more »

Hurricane Scale

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Category I – 74-95 mph winds with 4-5 ft. storm surge and minimal damage Category II – 96-110 mph winds with 6-8 ft. storm surge and moderate damage Category III – 111-130 mph winds with 9-12 ft. storm surge and major damage Category IV – 131-155 mph winds with 13-18 ft. storm surge and severe… Read more »