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How to prepare for hurricane season

Posted: 7:21 PM, May 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-01 16:09:34Z

With hurricane season just two days away, it's time to start preparing for potential inclement weather - if you haven't already done so. 

The American Red Cross has shared steps you can take now to be prepared in case of severe weather or an emergency. 

  • Start building an emergency kit - this should include a gallon of water, non-perishables flashlights, batteries and a safety kit.
  • Create and evacuation plan - then, practice it so you're ready. 
  • Research hurricane response plans in your area - make sure you know what shelter you would go to (and have a back-up plan or two).

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2018 STORM NAMES

Alberto Leslie
Beryl Michael
Chris Nadine
Debby Oscar
Ernesto Patty
Florence Rafael
Gordon Sara
Helene Tony
Isaac Valerie
Joyce William
Kirk


HURRICANE TERMS TO KNOW

Tropical Storm WATCH: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified coastal area within 48 hours.

Tropical Storm WARNING: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected within the specified coastal area within 36 hours.

Hurricane WATCH: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

Hurricane WARNING: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.