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Hurricane Season

Get ready for hurricane season: preparations for before, during, and after hurricanes.

The Atlantic hurricane season is from June 1st through November 30th.

Important Terms

Watches versus Warnings. Watch: conditions are POSSIBLE. Warning: conditions are EXPECTED in warning area.

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Categories 1-5. 1- Wind: 74-95 mph. Damage: very dangerous winds will produce some damage. 2- Wind: 96-110mph. Damage: Extremely dangerous will cause extensive damage. 3- Wind: 111-129 mph. Damage: devasting damage occur. 4- Wind: 130-156 mph. Damage: catastrophic damage will occur. 5- Wind: 157 or higher. Damage: catastrophic damage occur.

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Before, During, and After the Storm

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First, evacuate if you are directed [see "Roads & Travel Page" for more information]  to do so or if you feel it might be unsafe to remain in your home. If you remain in your home, follow these tips to help you and your family stay safe during the storm:

  • Use a portable radio to listen to important storm updates, information, and instructions
  • Stay inside and keep away from all windows, skylights, and glass doors. Go to safe areas, such as an interior room, closet or downstairs bathroom. 
  • Never go outside the protection of your home or shelter before there is confirmation that the storm has passed the area. The eye of the sorm could create a temporary and deceptive lull, with high winds still approaching. 
  • If power is lost, keep the refrigerator closed to keep cold air trapped and delay spoilage of perishable food. 
  • If you use a portable generator, follow the manufacturer's instructions. Generators should be properly grounded to prevent electrical shock and should never be operated indoors, in garages, basements, or outdoors near any windows, doors, or vents. Because generators produce carbon monoxide (CO), make sure you have a working CO detector in your home. 



More information and links for after the storm are listed on the "The Next Steps," and "How to Help" pages.  

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