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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 »

What to do when warnings are issued

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What to do when a Hurricane Watch is issued: • Monitor radio and TV broadcasts for information regarding the storm’s progress. • Fuel-up the family or rental car. • Refill prescriptions for your family and pets, ensuring at least a two-week supply. • Get cash, since ATMs and banks may run out of money before… Read more »

How to ride out a hurricane - 30 Tips

30 Tips For Riding Out A Hurricane

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Another hurricane season is here, and like some before, it’s predicted to be an active one with quite a number of named storms, some projected to hit the US. For years we’ve heard “Have a kit, have a plan,” but what kind of kit?  Are kits really useful?  And what kind of plan?  What are… Read more »