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There are a few challenges, and FEMA's "Ready" slogan is noteworthy "Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed!" With that in mind, if you found this article while looking for info on the latest tropical storms, check out StormFitters' free Storm Tracker (click/touch here to visit the Storm Tracker page on this web site.) As explained by FMEA, a hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm that forms in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
A typical cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms (learn more about thunderstorms and lightning here), and in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth's surface. All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes. Florida is prone to thunderstorms and hurricanes. Moreover, parts of the Southwest United States and the Pacific Coast also experience heavy rains and floods each year from hurricanes. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November, with the peak season from mid-August to late October. The following is from FEMA:
To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:
Hurricanes cause heavy rains that can cause extensive flood damage in coastal and inland areas. Everyone is at risk and should consider flood insurance protection. Flood insurance is the only way to financially protect your property or business from flood damage. To learn more about your flooding risk and how to protect yourself and your business, visit the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (NFIP) Web site,www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-800-427-2419. For more detailed information on how you can protect your property, view NFIP’s printer-friendly handout Avoiding Hurricane Damage.
To learn more about hurricane preparedness and what to do in the event of a hurricane, or even after a hurricane, check out the FMEA Ready site here: http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes/
The following video by the folks at MythBusters might interest you - it helps dispell a myth about opening your windows during a storm. The fact is that windows need to be "ready" for a hurricane, either by the fact they are "impact rated" or by having storm shutters cover them. Check out the video on YouTube:
All the best as you consider how to protect your property with storm protection!
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