With hurricane season kicking off on June 1st, people along the coast have begun to prepare for the unknowns of hurricane season. Hurricanes come with a lot of questions like; when are they coming, how do I prepare, and what category is it? Now is the time to start talking about hurricanes. Although the 2014 hurricane season has been predicted to be below average in activity level, it is important to be prepared at all times. Let’s start off with the basics, terminology and definitions. Although it is very easy to let all the definitions run into one simple phrase “bad weather”, let’s try not to do that. So what do all of these terms really mean?
Hurricane season for the Atlantic begins on June 1st and runs until November 30th.
Depending on the size and the strength of the storm you may be advised to evacuate for the storm. This is a very important thing to do specifically for your safety. Typically if you live in a mobile home or in a place with a high flood rate it is in your best interest to evacuate. If you have nowhere to go, normally there are hurricane shelters for people to go too to ride the storm out. This most likely depends on the category of the storm.
What?! What the heck is a category? A category is basically the ranking system for a hurricane going from number one all the way up to five. A category one hurricane is slightly stronger than a tropical storm but is still something that should be taken seriously. If a storm makes it all the way to a category five, it is detrimental and should be handled with EXTREME caution.
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