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Facts About Hurricanes

Hurricanes develop in the tropical waters of the Atlantic Ocean or Caribbean Sea. They can be extremely destructive and deadly. There are three main parts of a hurricane namely; the eye, the eye wall and spiral rain bands. Hurricanes begin as a tropical disturbance then progress or regress due to certain factors. Hurricane starts on June 1st until November of every year.

My first serious brush with a hurricane was with Hurricane David in 1979. At the time I was living in the United States Virgin Islands. There was a lot of torrential rain and wind. My second major experience was Hurricane Andrew in 1992 in Florida. I distinctly remember that the full effects of the hurricame was felt in the wee hours of the morning but in the previous hours leading up, the atmosphere was surreal. It was eerie and uncanny. There were no clouds in the sky and there was a sense of palpable sense of dread in the air. During the passing of Hurricane Andrew it was the scariest time of my life. Even the dog was nervous due to the howling of the wind, thunderstorms and non-stop rain.

Preparing For A Hurricane

Gather important documents and put them in a safe place

Have enough food and water for your family ad pets for 72 hours

Check your roof and batten down the shutters

Have a portable radio for critical weather updates, family emergency plan, emergency kit, flashlight with batteries, oil for lamps, and keep a bag of ice cubes in the freezer

What To Do During A Hurricane

Remain in a safe, fortified place in your home

Turn off all tools, appliances and electronic equipment and turn home heating thermostat down to minimum

Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls

Stay away from the beaches

What To Do After A Hurricane

Evaluate your surroundings

Monitor food stored in refrigerators and freezers for signs of spoilage after a power outage of more than two hours

Until you are told by local authorities that your water is safe use boiled, bottled ot treated water

Stay calm

Listen to emergency authorities for the most accurate information about what is happening in your area, and follow their instructions.

Helping Children

Parents can help to relieve their children's anxiety by giving them extra attention

Encourage chilren to talk about the hurricane and ask questions

Comfort and reassure them

Safe Evacuation

Leave a note saying where you are going

Take your pets with you. They may not be permitted at a public shelter so leave them at a friend's house or a pet-friendly hotel

Use travel routes specified by local authorities. Don't use shortcuts

Take your emergency kit and cellphone

In times of a hurricane, it is important for the whole family to stay together


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thanks Cynthia

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  about 1 decade ago

Your facts about hurricanes article can save lives. Great information. Well written. Scary picture!

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  about 1 decade ago
AJ  

Great information.

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  about 1 decade ago
  

thanks AJ

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  about 1 decade ago

Awesome article Barbara. I did not know the season went into November. I would not want to have to deal with one of these.

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  about 1 decade ago
  

Hi Shawn, the hurricane season starts on June 1 thru Nocember 30. thanks for reading my article

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  about 1 decade ago

Followed Hurricane Irene up the coast last year what devastation it did phew. Wouldn't have liked to be in it. Nice article.

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  about 1 decade ago
  

i agree James, hurricanes can be dangerous but you will be okay if you prepare for the storm

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  about 1 decade ago

Dangerous subject but good advise! Thanks

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  about 1 decade ago
  

thank you, Maria

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  about 1 decade ago

Great advice.

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  about 1 decade ago
  

thanks John

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  about 1 decade ago

Dear Barbara9, Perfect timing, a great and informative article, and who would have known that you had so much experience with hurricanes.

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  about 1 decade ago
  

thanks, Alfred

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  about 1 decade ago
Golfspice  

Generally speaking in the UK we do not get the extremes of weather other parts of the world experience. We actually had a minor tornado in Oxfordshire last week, but it was reported on the local news as a novelty. The last serious hurricane we had was 1987 as mentioned by Kim, when large areas of the South of England were affected.

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  about 1 decade ago
  

Hi Golfspice, thanks for reading my article

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  about 1 decade ago

Hi Barbara, I was living in Brighton on the south coast of England when the notorious hurricane of '87 struck. Although mild by most standards, it was never the less an awesome thing. Maybe I'll tell the story in an article.

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  about 1 decade ago
  

Hi Kim, I'm glad that you enjoyed reading my article

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  about 1 decade ago
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