KNOW the storm

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Hur­ri­canes are no laugh­ing mat­ter. Hur­ri­canes are strong storms that can wreak havoc. Strong hur­ri­cane winds and rain can cause sub­stan­tial dam­age, as can tidal surges that cause flood­ing to coastal ar­eas. Hur­ri­canes are some­times re­ferred to as ty­phoons and trop­i­cal cy­clones. But no mat­ter the name, th­ese storms pack the same pow­er­ful punch. Storms earn the hur­ri­cane des­ig­na­tion when they in­clude winds that reach 74 mph (119 kph).

Hur­ri­cane sea­son typ­i­cally runs be­tween May and Novem­ber. Na­tional Ge­o­graphic says that hur­ri­canes form over warm ocean wa­ters near the equa­tor. This warm, moist air from the ocean rises and then causes air from sur­round­ing airs to be sucked into a con­tin­u­ous storm for­ma­tion. Clouds be­gin to ro­tate with the Earth’s ro­ta­tion. If there is enough warm wa­ter to feed the storm, then the hur­ri­cane forms.

Sur­viv­ing a hur­ri­cane can come down to un­der­stand­ing the risks of the storm.

UN­DER­STAND­ING HUR­RI­CANE TER­MI­NOL­OGY ALSO CAN HELP. THE FOL­LOW­ING ARE SOME HUR­RI­CANE FACTS AND PRE­PARED­NESS TIPS.

˜ *' 56410)'56 2#46 1( # *744+%#0' +5 %#..'& the wall. It is the most dan­ger­ous part of the hur­ri­cane with the strong­est winds, heav­i­est rains and thick­est clouds. The wall im­me­di­ately sur­rounds the cen­ter eye of the storm. ˜ *' %+4%7.#4 \';'[ 1( 6*' *744+%#0' +5 )'0'4#..; calm with no clouds. Hur­ri­canes ro­tate in a counter-clock­wise di­rec­tion around the eye. ˜ 744+%#0'5 #4' )'0'4#..; %.#55+(+'& +061 (+8' cat­e­gories, de­pend­ing on their sever­ity. The higher ˜ *' the #6+10#. num­ber, 744+%#0' the more '06'4 po­tent 56#46'& the storm. )+8+0) of­fi­cial names to storms in 1953. If a hur­ri­cane has been es­pe­cially de­struc­tive, its name may be re­tired. Ex­am­ples of re­tired names in­clude An­drew, Ka­t­rina, Mitch, and Sandy. ˜ 744+%#0'5 9+.. .15' 564'0)6* 18'4 .#0& be­cause they re­quire moist ocean wa­ter for fuel. ˜ %%14&+0) 61 %+'0%' +&5X %1#56#. 4')+105 are most at dan­ger from hur­ri­canes be­cause of their prox­im­ity to the ocean. ˜ #6# (41/ 6*' 6.#06+% %'#01)4#2*+% #0& Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Lab­o­ra­tory found the three states with the most hur­ri­cane land­falls are Florida, Texas and Louisiana. ˜ 744+%#0'5 &1 016 #(('%6 #0#&+#0 %+6+'5 and towns as much as places in the United States, but the Cana­dian Hur­ri­cane Cen­tre was cre­ated as an ex­pert source of in­for­ma­tion for Cana­dian res­i­dents. At­lantic Canada, namely Novia Sco­tia, is an area in Canada that is most likely to be im­pacted by hur­ri­canes. ˜ '12.' 9*1 .+8' +0 #4'#5 9*'4' *744+%#0'5 fre­quently touch down are ad­vised to put to­gether hur­ri­cane pre­pared­ness kits, which should in­clude drink­ing wa­ter, non­per­ish­able foods, ex­tra cloth­ing, flash­lights and bat­ter­ies, can­dles, and other sup­plies that are help­ful if the power goes out. ˜ .6*17)* /#0; .+-' 61 $#66'0 &190 6*' hatches and ride out storms, if a hur­ri­cane evac­u­a­tion is ad­vised, peo­ple should leave their homes. It may take days for power to be re­stored, and emer­gency per­son­nel may not be able to reach in­jured or stranded res­i­dents in the in­terim.

Hur­ri­cane sea­son is heat­ing up and knowl­edge is key to re­main­ing safe when storms start to blow through.

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