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 start to the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane season starts this Sunday, June 1st. 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 get 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 when it comes to flooding: Turn around, don't drown.
With improving 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.
- Even with advanced warning, you don't want to be scrambling at the last minute to fill your emergency hurricane kit and devise an evacuation plan. Do it now. In fact, Virginia residents can purchase items such as batteries, flashlights, first aid kits, bottled water, NOAA weather radios, etc. tax free through Saturday.
With an average, to slightly below average, Atlantic hurricane season predicted, are you are and your family prepared?
- (NOAA - National Hurricane Center)
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.