Preparing For Hurricanes
Long before the eye of the storm makes landfall, heavy rains in the outer bands of the storm make their way onshore causing extensive flooding. These floodwaters can cause roads and evacuation routes to become blocked.
Storm surge is the offshore rise of water above ordinary sea level caused by the winds in a tropical cyclone pushing on the water surface. The storm surge, generally on the right-front quadrant of the eye of the storm, will accompany the tropical cyclone as it comes onshore. The level of the surge can also be a function of the tide elevation. The storm surge is the most deadly aspect of a hurricane, responsible for 90 percent of deaths during hurricanes.
Hurricanes can produce tornadoes, generally in the right-front quadrant and associated with the outer rain bands. In general, tornadoes associated with hurricanes are less intense than those that occur in the Great Plains. Nonetheless, tornadoes can contribute to the substantial damage of a hurricane.
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Coastal property owners should be prepared for coastal property hazards, such as hurricanes, erosion and floods. Having a plan is key to saving lives and property.
Take time now to learn about hurricanes, storm surge and how to prepare an emergency kit.
Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, peaking in August and September. Storms can and often do form in the Gulf of Mexico, providing very little time for last-minute preparations. Stay tuned to the local weather forecasts and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) weather radio and use helpful links to the right to help with preparations.
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