Hurricane Preparedness Week: What Exactly Is A Hurricane?

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May 28, 2014

The National Preparedness Community

What is a Hurricane?


History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.


This week we're sharing information on the development of these powerful storms and how you can work to prepare yourself and your loved ones to be ready at a moments notice. 


Watch this easily shareable video (click the Twitter button to share!) that provides an overview of #HurricaneHazards and the importance of not using the seasonal outlook to prepare for the season.

Overview of HurricanesClick here to tweet this video!

The Makings of A Hurricane: Storm Surges & Storm Tides

Storm surge is an abnormal rise of water generated by a storm, over and above the predicted astronomical tides. Storm surge should not be confused with storm tide, which is defined as the water level rise due to the combination of storm surge and the astronomical tide. This rise in water level can cause extreme flooding in coastal areas particularly when storm surge coincides with normal high tide, resulting in storm tides reaching up to 20 feet or more in some cases.


Storm Surges and Storm Tides

Spread the word! Click the button below to share a short #HurricanePrep Video about storm surges to Twitter and Facebook!

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