Hurricane and Tropical Storm Action Plan
According to international agreement, all cyclone circulation originating over tropical waters are referred to as “tropical cyclones” and are classified by intensity and form:
A moving area of thunderstorms in the tropics that maintains its identity for 24 hours or more.
Rotary circulation at the surface, highest constant wind speed 38 mph (33 knots).
Distinct rotary circulation, constant wind speed ranges from 39-73mph (34-63 knots).
A tropical cyclone with winds of 74mph or greater that is usually accompanied by heavy rain, thunder, lightning, coastal tidal surges and possible tornadoes. These storms are also known as typhoons in the Western Pacific and cyclones in the Indian Ocean and South Pacific Ocean around Australia.
Issued for a coastal area where there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours.
Issued when hurricane conditions are expected in a specified coastal area in 24 hours or less. Actions for protection of life and property should begin immediately.
Flash Flood Watch:
A flash flood is possible in the area. Stay alert.
Flash Flood Warning:
A flash flood is imminent. Take immediate action.
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What To Expect
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a measurement scale of hurricane wind and ocean surge intensity ranging from 1 to 5. Category 1 is a weak hurricane and Category 5 is the most intense.
- Category 1 Hurricane
- Category 2 Hurricane
- Category 3 Hurricane
- Category 4 Hurricane
- Category 5 Hurricane
- The Classification System
For More Information on Hurricanes
Centers for Disease Control Hurricanes and Other Tropical Storms: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/index.html
National Hurricane Center: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
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