Although we cannot predict what storms will come to us during Hurricane Season, we have the power (and hopefully wisdom) to evacuate and not be in harms way for any incoming wind storms.
KNOW - watches and warnings
Because outside preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER issues watches and warnings for specific areas of danger. Additional watches and warnings may be issued by local National Weather Service offices to provide detailed information on specific threats such as flash floods, floods, and tornados.
Watches are issued 48 hours in advance of anticipated onset. Warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of predicted onset.
Storm surge (life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the shoreline) WATCH means danger is possible. A Storm Surge warning would mean that danger is expected.
Tropical Storms (an organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39-73 mph are a watch, meaning conditions are possible and warning means these conditions are expected.
In a Hurricane, winds expected to have reached a constant speed of 74 mph or higher and blow in a large spiral around a relative calm center known as the 'eye'. Hurricane watch means conditions are possible and warnings that conditions are expected.
Actions for a watch or warning:
For a watch, prepare your home and review your plan for evacuation. Important to listen closely to instructions from local officials.
For a warning, finish storm preparations and immediately leave the threatened area if directed by local officials. Have a plan for where you will stay such as with family or friends, a hotel or at a shelter.
The action for any windscale over 115 mph requires to take immediate shelter in the interior portion of a well built structure. Keep in mind that storm surges are what put most people at risk and are the main reason for all to evacuate as well as the danger of falling limbs and debris flying around. Stay Safe!!!
More to follow. :)