Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 22-28. As part of the mission, Blackmon Mooring is encouraging everyone to take the time to understand the potential dangers and how to be prepared in the event of this natural disaster.
The Hurricane Basics - What is a Hurricane?
A hurricane is an intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher.
Hurricanes are categorized according to the strength of their winds using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. A Category 1 storm has the lowest wind speeds, while a Category 5 hurricane has the strongest. These are relative terms, because lower category storms can sometimes inflict greater damage than higher category storms, depending on where they strike and the particular hazards they bring. In fact, tropical storms can also produce significant damage and loss of life, mainly due to flooding.
What Can You Do? Get a Plan!
The 2011 Hurricane season is predicted to be very active. Be sure to have a family plan and brush up on your hurricane safety.
Here are some additional Hurricane resources:
Hurricane History (article)
Storm Surges (article)
Storm Surges (video)
High Winds (video)
High Winds (article)
Inland Flooding (video)
Inland Flooding (article)