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How to be safe during a hurricane

By steadfast
In August 31, 2017

Hurricanes are large, swirling storms. They produce winds of 119 kilometers per hour (74 mph) or higher.

Hurricanes form over warm ocean waters. Sometimes they strike land. When a hurricane reaches land, it pushes a wall of ocean water ashore. This wall of water is called a storm surge. Heavy rain and storm surge from a hurricane can cause flooding. Once a hurricane forms, weather forecasters predict its path. They also predict how strong it will get. This information helps people get ready for the storm.

Before it hits

Prepare for a hurricane by stocking up on emergency supplies including food, water, protective clothing, medications, batteries, flashlights, important documents, road maps, and a full tank of gasoline.

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 During the Storm

 

 To stay safe in a home during a hurricane, it is suggested that individuals follow these steps:
  • As a storm unfolds, evacuees should listen to local authorities on radio or television. Evacuation routes often close as a storm develops.
  • Stay inside and away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Find a safe area in the home (an interior room, a closet or bathroom on the lower level).
  • If flooding threatens a home, turn off electricity at the main breaker.
  • If a home loses power, turn off major appliances such as the air conditioner and water heater to reduce damage.
  • Do not use electrical appliances, including your computer.
  • Do not go outside. If the eye of the storm passes over your area, there will be a short period of calm, but at the other side of the eye, the wind speed rapidly increases to hurricane force and will come from the opposite direction. Also, do not go outside to see “what the wind feels like.” It is too easy to be hit by flying debris.
  • Beware of lightning. Stay away from electrical equipment. Don’t use the phone or take a bath/shower during the storm.
  •  Remember that a lull often signifies the storm’s eye—not its end. Anyone riding out a hurricane should wait for authorities to announce that the danger has passed.

 

Source:  nasa.gov/ national geographic/hurricanescience.org

 

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