National Weather

What To Do For Hurricane Season?
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   Before the Hurricane [TOP]


- Protect your home. Cover windows with shutters or some
shielding materials. Be sure to bring inside lawn furniture
and all loose objects.

- Trim back dead or weak branches from trees. Make sure
leaks are repaired and clear any clogged drain gutters and

- Make sure to have supplies on hand. This should include:
a first aid kit, flashlights and extra batteries, emergency food
and water, essential medicines, cash and credit cards, and
sturdy shoes.

- Fuel up and service all vehicles.
- Make sure that you have a battery powered television or radio.

Coastal Areas -

- Plan an evacuation route. Learn safe routes inland and the
location of several shelters. Be prepared to travel 20 to 100
miles inland. - Make arrangements for pets. Pets are not allowed in official

- Determine where to move you boat prior to the storm's arrival. - Develop an emergency communication plan. Make sure a
family member or friend far inland knows your plan.
- Gather all important papers such as: Insurance policies,
deed or mortgage paperwork, birth certificates, passports,
visas, voter registration cards, photos (that are irreplaceable),
social security cards, wills, and any computer disks of
important data.

Evacuating -

- Leave as soon as possible.
- Notify someone when you are leaving and where you are
- Unplug appliances; turn off the electricity and the main
water valve.
- Bring preassembled emergency supplies.
- Lock up your home and leave.

What to bring to a shelter -

- Blankets or sleeping bags.
- Identification.
- First aid kit.
- Prescription medicines.
- Baby food and diapers.
- Foods for those on restricted diets.
- Cards, games, and books.
- Toiletries.
- Four days worth of clothing per person in plastic bags
to keep them dry.
- Beach chairs.
- Battery powered radio with headphones.

   During the Hurricane [TOP]

- Stay tuned to WLTX News 19 for the latest on the hurricane.
- Stay inside a well-constructed building preferably in an
interior first floor room.
- If the winds subside quickly, be wary of venturing outside.
You may be in the eye of a hurricane. If this is the case,
the winds can return from the other direction in a very
short time.

   After the Hurricane [TOP]

- Wait until an area is declared safe before entering.
- Check gas, water, and electrical lines for damage.
- Use the telephone to report life-threatening emergencies only.

   Terms to Know [TOP]

Tropical Cyclone
- A tropical cyclone is an area of low pressure that has a thunderstorm activity and the air around the system rotates counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere.

There are three basic classifications of tropical cyclones:
- Tropical Depression; a tropical cyclone that has winds of 3 8 mph or less.
- Tropical Storm; winds are in the range of 39 to 73 mph.
- Hurricane; winds are 74 mph or greater.
- Major Hurricane; any hurricane with winds above 110 mph.

Tropical Storm Watch
- Winds in the range of 39 to 73 mph are possible usually
within 36 hours.

Tropical Storm Warning
- Tropical storm force winds are expected within 24 hours.

Hurricane Watch
- Winds of 74 mph or greater are possible usually within 36 hours. This is time to start preparing for a hurricane's arrival.

Hurricane Warning
- Hurricane force winds are expected usually within 24 hours. All preparations for the storm should be rushed to completion and evacuation as soon as possible if directed by local officials.

Storm Surge
- An abnormal rise of sea level along the coast due primarily to onshore winds. The surge is highest north of the center of the storm as the hurricane makes landfall.