Tropical storms, such as hurricanes, are intense storms that originate in the Tropics. Hurricanes begin their life as a small mass of unorganized storms that gain energy from the heat of the ocean. There are certain conditions in the atmosphere that will cause individual clouds to group into a single storm. If the storm continues to feed off the heat of the ocean, the cloud clusters will intensify, and the winds will increase and circulate around a specific center, the eye. A hurricane can bring a number of serious hazards to coastal areas. Heavy rains (which cause flooding outside of coastal areas), high winds, storm surges (which push seawater inland during hurricanes, causing flooding in towns near the sea), and even tornadoes can cause damage. As a hurricane approaches, the air pressure drops. So we have gathered information not just being prepared during this time but tips on what you can do during the hit.
During a Hurricane
Be sure to check the marine forecast from the Weather Office website before going boating and listen to weather updates as you cruise. During a storm, never go out on a boat. When you see bad weather approaching while on the water, head for shore immediately.
You should not go down to the water to watch the storm. The majority of people killed during hurricanes are caught in large waves, storm surges, or floodwaters.
Once the hurricane's eye passes over, there will be a lull in the wind lasting from two minutes to half an hour. Keep yourself in a safe place. Do only emergency repairs and remember that when the eye passes, the winds will likely return from the opposite direction with even greater force.
Listen to reports from authorities on your portable radio.
During a severe storm, you can use your cellular phone, but you should not use a landline telephone if lightning is present.
On a farm, depending on the weather and the shelter available, it may be better to leave livestock unsheltered. In Hurricane Andrew, horses left outside suffered less damage than those kept in shelters. Due to the high winds, some shelters were unable to withstand the force. Several horses were injured by collapsing structures and flying objects that could have been avoided from the outside.
Pay attention to emergency information and alerts.
In the event that you live in an evacuation zone and local officials ask you to leave, leave immediately.
Dealing with the Weather
Determine how best to protect yourself from high winds and flooding.
Take refuge in a designated storm shelter, or an interior room for high winds.
If trapped in a building by flooding, go to the highest level of the building. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater.
Do not walk, swim, or drive through floodwaters. Turn-Around. Don’t Drown! Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
If you live in a mobile home:
Position your mobile home near a natural windbreak such as a hill or clump of trees.
Anchor the structure securely. Consult the manufacturer for information on secure tie-down systems.
When a severe storm approaches, seeking shelter in a more secure building as staying in a mobile home during a hurricane can be more dangerous than going outside.
If you must go to a community or group shelter remember to follow the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for protecting yourself and your family from COVID-19. Be sure to review your previous evacuation plan and consider alternative options to maintain physical distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and update your plan accordingly.
If you must evacuate, if possible, bring with you items that can help protect you and others in the shelter from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer, cleaning materials, and two clean, well-fitted masks that have two or more layers for each person.
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