Storm/ hurricane season is June 1 to November 30. The best time to prepare for summer storms is before they start.
In areas that frequently get hit with tropical storms and hurricanes, it’s a good idea to have a closet or an area set aside to store everything you need if disaster strikes. You should also have an emergency kit that you can grab and go if you have to evacuate.
It’s important to know the difference between a watch and a warning.
A watch lets you know that weather conditions are favorable for a hazard to occur. It is time to get ready, make sure you know where your emergency supplies are, discuss your emergency/evacuation plans with your family, and monitor the weather to find out if conditions have deteriorated.
A warning requires immediate action. It means that sustained winds above 73 mph are expected somewhere within the warning area. The National Hurricane Center says “Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds (which are 39 to 73 mph) “. For those people who haven’t been proactive, there is still a buffer for last minute preparations.
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Stay safe and dry!