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Information on Tropical Cyclones:
Season is 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 Depression: 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 should I do with a Watch or
Warning? - When a
Hurricane Watch is issued for your part of the coast this indicates
the possibility that you could experience hurricane conditions within 48 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.
- When a
Hurricane Warning is issued for your part of the coast this indicates that
sustained winds of at least 74 mph are expected within 36 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. See the Difference
Betweeen a WATCH and a WARNING 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. Tornadoes: 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.
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