Hurricane season began as of June 1, and although storm activity has been limited so far, we shouldn’t let our guard down. Hurricane season extends through November 30, with some of our worst storms on record occurring in the latter half of the season. Here is some quick insight on hurricane basics and how to prepare (in advance) for the big one.
To start, here is a quick run through the terminology:
Tropical Depression – Tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 38 mph or less.
Tropical Storm – Tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph
Hurricane – A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher. When these types of storms form in the western North Pacific, hurricanes are called typhoons.
Major Hurricane – A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 111 or higher, corresponding to a category 3, 4, or 5 hurricane.