Hurricane Terms to Know
Tropical Storm Watch - A Tropical Storm Watch is issued when tropical
storm conditions (winds between 39 - 73 mph) are possible within 36 hours.
Tropical Storm Warning - Is issued when tropical storm conditions (winds
between 39 - 73 mph) are expected in the warning area within 24 hours or
Hurricane Watch - Is issued when hurricane conditions (winds greater then
74 mph) threaten the watch area within 36 hours.
Hurricane Warning - a Hurricane Warning is issued when sustained winds
of 74 mph or greater are expected in the warning area within 24 hours or
Did you know...
Our hurricane season, the Atlantic hurricane season, begins June 1 and ends November 30.
There are on average six
Atlantic hurricanes each
year; over a three-year
period, approximately five
hurricanes strike the United
States coastline from Texas
Rating Hurricanes: The Saffir-Simpson Scale
Category 1 - Winds of 74 - 95 mph: Damage is primarily to shrubbery, trees,
mobile homes, and poorly constructed signs. Some low-lying coastal roads
may be flooded.
Category 2 - Winds of 96 - 110 mph: Moderate damage to trees and shrubbery.
Substantial damage to exposed mobile homes and street signs. Minor structural
damage to doors, windows, roofs, and local piers. Low-lying areas usually
Category 3 - Winds of 111 - 130 mph: Signs and large trees are blown down.
Major damage to mobile homes and piers. Serious flooding of low-lying areas
will leave a substantial number of structures in those areas destroyed.
Category 4 - Winds of 131 - 155 mph: Trees, shrubs, and signs are blown
down. Major damage to roofs, doors, and windows. Major flooding as far
as six miles inland, resulting in major beach erosion and leaving most
structures in the flood zone either heavily damaged or completely destroyed.
Category 5 - Winds greater then 155 mph: Catastrophic damage to most coastal
areas as well as major damage to areas further inland. Low-lying cities