Hazards: Hurricanes

Hurricanes are severe tropical storms with sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or greater. Hurricane winds can reach 160 miles per hour and extend inland for hundreds of miles.

Hurricanes bring torrential rains and a storm surge of ocean water that crashes into land as the storm approaches. Hurricanes also spawn tornadoes.

Hurricane advisories are issued by the National Weather Service as soon as a hurricane appears to be a threat. The hurricane season lasts from June through November.

Hazards: Hurricanes

Other Hazards

Planning Considerations

The following are considerations when preparing for hurricanes:

Prepare to move records, computers and other items within your facility or to another location.

Last Modified: Tuesday, 21-Mar-2006 08:36:51 EST