From the ABC 7 Weather team

Hurricane Preparedness: Are You Ready?

May 30, 2013 - 05:00 AM
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It's that time of year where our attention turns to the tropics. With hurricane season days away, are you and your family prepared? 

 

The official 2013 Atlantic hurricane season is just days away (Saturday, June 1st).  With superstorm Sandy still fresh in our mind, have you and your family started planning in the event of another major tropical weather system?  By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. 

This is National Hurricane Preparedness week, which makes it the perfect time to understand the risks of tropical storms and hurricanes and devise a plan should you and your family be caught in this type of threatening weather. 

The major hazards associated with hurricanes are storm surge and storm tide, heavy rainfall and inland flooding, high winds, rip currents, and even tornadoes.  The images below give a good visual of the storm tide and storm tide and flooding hazards associated with tropical storms and hurricanes.  Always remember, turn around, don't drown. 

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With increasing satellite and radar technology, combined with more advanced and powerful numerical weather models, meteorologists can warn the public of potential tropical storms days and sometimes a week in advance.  Here's a look back at the track map the Friday before Sandy hit the Northeast. 

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Stay on top of your local forecast, as well as those issued by the National Hurricane Center.  The WJLA weather page will always have the latest information on any impending tropical weather.  Now is the time to get your emergency kit ready and an evacuation plan in place.  With an above average Atlantic hurricane season predicted, are you are and your family prepared?

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