A Hurricane is a tropical cyclone, a low pressure system that usually builds in the tropical. The typical cyclone comes with thunderstorms and a counterclockwise spread of winds near the surface of the earth.
Facts about Hurricane
Hurricanes can make far-flung torrential rains. The coastal areas of the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico are subjugated to hurricanes. Some areas of the Southwest United States and Pacific Coast receive heavy rains and floods each year from the hurricanes. The Atlantic hurricane season is in the month of June to November. The high season ranges from mid August to the late October month.
Hurricanes are able to cause huge damage to the coastal areas and hundreds of miles of inland. Winds can blow more than the speed of 155 miles per hour. Hurricanes can also bring tornadoes, microbursts and storm surges near the coast. It can cause huge damage due to heavy rainfall.
Categories of Hurricane
Hurricanes are classified into five categories. They are based on wind speed, pressure and potential to do damage.
Hurricanes in Categories One and Two are very dangerous. They can warrant you the full attention.
Hurricanes in Category Three are termed as major hurricanes by trade winds that blow towards opposing directions that make the storm spin. The rising warm air makes the pressure to reduce at the higher altitudes.
Here is how you can face the Hurricane, taking the following measures-
Before a Hurricane
- Have a secured property with permanent storm shutters. They are the best way to have protection.
- Board the windows of your home with marine plywood. It must be fit to size and ready to install. The tape may not prevent the windows from collapsing.
- Install the straps with extra clips to fasten the roof to building structure firmly and securely. It will minimize the chances of roof damage.
- Be sure to trim the trees and shrubs around your home properly.
- Do not allow the loose downspouts and rain gutters to clog.
- Make sure how you can make your boat safe.
During a Hurricane
- Stay updated with the latest information through the radio or TV.
- Be safe in your home and close the storm shutters. Stay away from the windows and glass doors.
- Make your outdoor objects secure.
- Turn off all the utilities on the authorities’ instructions.
- Turn the propane tanks off.
- Do not use the phone until it is serious.
- Keep enough water for sanitary purposes in a bathtub or some big containers.
- Evacuate immediately when the local authorities tell you to. Follow all their instructions.
- Never stay in mobile home high-rise buildings, on the coast, floodplain, near a river
- If there is a risk to evacuate, try to find a safe refuge.
After a Hurricane
- Return home but with great caution.
- Check for the injuries around you.
- Do not move seriously injured persons and call for help. Still, while moving injured people first make their neck and back steady.
- Keep the battery operated radio with you and listen to all emergency and news updates.
- Keep safe from dangerous wildlife and other animals
- Stay indoors.
- While going out look for fallen objects, such as electrical wires, heavy objects, open ditches or walls, weak bridges or roads.