What is a Hurricane: A hurricane is a violent, tropical, cyclonic storm of the western North Atlantic. Wind speeds of a hurricane can reach an excess 72 miles per hour.
Location: Most prominent Off the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf States and East Coast coastlines off the Atlantic Ocean. Occasionally Pacific Ocean.
Duration: May be tracked days before any impact, allowing 24-72 hours warning for preparation. Hurricanes may last days, so preparation is essential.
Caveat: Hurricanes have 5 categories: Category 1: 74-95 MPH winds; Minor flooding, limited damage to shrubbery. Category 2: 96-110 MPH winds; High Flood, evacuate low-lying areas; damage to mobile homes, signs, roofs, windows and doors. Category 3: 111-130 MPH winds, serious flooding up to 8 miles (13km), damage to small buildings, mobile homes destroyed. Category 4: 131-155 MPH winds; Extreme flooding anything under 10 feet above sea level. Evacuation all residents residing 500 yards (457 m) off shore and single-story homes within 2 miles of shore. Category 5: 156+ MPH winds; catastrophic, Trees, signs, traffic lights and water vessels blown around. Extensive damage to buildings, lower floors of structures and massive required evacuations of residential areas 5-10 miles (8-16km) from shore. Hurricanes will incapacitate cell phone use, clean water sources, bridges and drivable roadways…Be prepared!