Emergency Plan Key Information

How To Prepare For A Hurricane

Hurricane season starts June 1, and ends November 30.

Know These Terms

  • Hurricane: An intense, tropical weather system with a well-defined circulation and sustained wind speed of 74 mph or higher.
  • Hurricane watch: Conditions are possible within the specified area within 48 hours.
  • Hurricane warning: Conditions are expected in the specified area within 36 hours.
  • Tropical depression: An organized system of thunderstorms with a defined circulation and top sustained winds of less than 39 mph.
  • Tropical storm: An organized system with a defined circulation and top sustained winds between 39-74 mph.
  • Tropical storm watch: Conditions are possible in the specified area of the watch within 48 hours.
  • Tropical storm warning: Conditions are expected in the affected area within 36 hours.

Citation: Internet, various emergency preparedness sites.

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