Hurricanes are a destructive natural phenomenon that occurs about 40 to 50 times worldwide each year. Hurricane season takes place in the Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Central Pacific from June 1 to November 30.
Hurricane damage results from three primary causes:
Storm Surge: Approximately 90% of all hurricane deaths can be attributed to the storm surge, the dome of water created by the low pressure center of a hurricane. This storm surge quickly floods low-lying coastal areas with anywhere from 3 feet for a category one storm to over 19 feet for a category five storm.
Wind Damage: The strong, at least 74 mph winds of a hurricane can cause widespread destruction far inland of coastal areas, destroying homes, buildings and infrastructure.
Freshwater Flooding: Hurricanes are huge tropical storms and dump many inches of rain over a widespread area in a short period of time. This water can engorge rivers and streams, causing hurricane-induced flooding.
What We Do to Help:
Coastal Electric Cooperative continually monitors weather conditions and prepares in advance when inclement weather is forecast. We suggest you follow these tips to stay safe during a hurricane:
Hurricane WATCH vs. hurricane WARNING
A WATCH means hurricane conditions are possible in the specified area of the watch, usually within 36 hours.
A WARNING means hurricane conditions are expected in the specified area of the warning, usually within 24 hours.
Be prepared with an Emergency Supply Kit as many services may not be available during or after the storm.