A hurricane is a type of storm called a tropical cyclone, which forms over tropical or subtropical waters. Hurricanes have an arsenal of effects that can destroy property and cause loss of life. The combination of wind and water can have devastating consequences for people and nature.
Hurricanes produce strong persistent winds that have the ability to destroy the structures and toppling trees and power lines. Hurricane Saffir-Simpson estimates the type of wind damage that can be expected from the various categories of hurricanes. The main hurricane is considered a category 3 or higher. Maximum sustained winds of greater than or equal to 111 miles per hour. Strong winds blowing in the garage doors, broken windows or lifting roofs off houses. Make sure that you have shutters or plywood to cover windows properly during a hurricane.
The safest place to stay in the basement you and your family, sheltered from strong winds. If you are in a flood zone, to evacuate to higher ground.
All hurricanes do not produce severe flooding. There are several factors that contribute to the potential of flooding a hurricane or tropical cyclone weaker. The most important factor is the speed. If a tropical cyclone moves into the area where the steering currents are weak winds can lead to very heavy rain. It is possible for the tropical cyclone almost motionless for several days as a result of very heavy rainfall of 40 to 50 inches or more.
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