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The 2021 Hurricane season begins today and now is the time to get prepared! Another active season is forecast for this year.  We have your hurricane preparedness checklist below.  In an effort to make sure you are fully prepared, let's go through what all the watches and warnings associated with storms mean, thanks to NOAA.

As most of you know, there are 5 categories of hurricanes.  The most common type of hurricane that makes landfall near our area is usually a category 1 and 2 with winds from 74-110MPH.  Major categories are considered 3-5 with winds of 111MPH or higher.

 WHAT DOES A HURRICANE WARNING MEAN?

Hurricane warnings indicate that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph), the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds to allow for important preparation.

During a hurricane warning, complete storm preparations and immediately leave the threatened area if directed by local officials.

WHAT DOES A HURRICANE WATCH MEAN?

A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible within the specified area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds in an area.

During a hurricane watch, prepare your home and review your plan for evacuation in case a hurricane or tropical storm warning is issued. Listen closely to instructions from local officials

BE PREPARED!

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