Hurricanes arenโ€™t just high winds with an attitude.

Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are all rapidly-rotating storm systems characterized by a low-pressure center, strong winds, and a twisting arrangement of thunderstorms that produce heavy rain.ย 

Tropical storms become hurricanes once they reach sustained winds greater than 74 miles per hour. Remember, hurricane season across the U.S. runs from June 1 to November 30.ย 

A hurricane may include a storm surge, flooding, and high winds. Severe winds pose a threat to lives, property, and vital utilities.

If thereโ€™s chance of a hurricane, stay tuned to weather reports and evacuate if thereโ€™s an evacuation warning. Prepare an emergency supply kit, have an evacuation plan, and never stay in a manufactured home during a hurricane.

Check out MEMA’s Flood Mitigation Page for more info.

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Hurricanes 101

Watch this video from National Geographic to find out how hurricanes can be so destructive.

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