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U.S. Weather Phenomena

Safety Rules and preparation for a hurricane

When your area receives a hurricane warning:
  • Leave low-lying areas.
  • Moore your boat securely or evacuate it.
  • Protect your windows with boards, shutters, or tape.
  • Secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
  • Unplug electricial devices.
  • Stay at home if it is sturdy and on high ground.
  • Leave mobile homes for more substantial shelter.
  • Stay indoors during the hurricane.

Other organizational preparations:
  • Have cash and credit cards always handy.
  • Fuel your car.
  • Save several days' water supply.
  • Have enough batteries for your devices like radios

Hurricane WATCH
Hurricane conditions pose a possible threat to your area. In especially vulnerable areas, early evacuation may be necessary when a Watch is issued. Otherwise you should review hurricane safety procedures and make preparations. 
Hurricane WARNING
Hurricane conditions are expected in your area within 24 hours. Areas subject to storm surge or tides should be evacuated as well as areas which could be isolated by flood waters. Follow the instructions of local officials. You will not be asked to leave your home unless your life is threatened.
A hurricane causes sea level to rise above normal tidal heights, with giant wind-driven waves and strong, unpredictable currents. These are the storm's worst killers.
  • Know your property's elevation above mean sea level.
  • Have a safe evacuation route planned.
  • Learn the storm surge history for your area.

Tornadoes spawned by hurricanes are extremely dangerous. When a hurricane approaches, listen for tornado watches and warnings, and be ready to take immediate shelter.

Hurricane Season - be prepared!
Enter the June-November season prepared. 
Inventory boards, tools, batteries, nonperishable foods, and other emergency equipment.
Be informed!
Latest storm-related information will be available on NOAA Weather Radio and commercial radio and television.
Do not tie up telephone lines by calling local officials or the National Weather Service. 
Listen carefully to broadcasters serving your immediate area.



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Source: National Weather Service - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Last modified: 20100308
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