Hot air mixes with sun-warmed ocean waters as moisture increases in the atmosphere, Each year between mid-August and mid-October. This marks the peak of Atlantic hurricane season, where thermodynamics syncs to create the most dangerous disturbances. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 87 percent of category 1 and 2 hurricanes and 96 percent of major hurricanes form during this time.
While no state is more prone to hurricanes than Florida, tropical cyclones impact much of the East Coast and Southeast. “Geographically, the fact that Florida is a peninsula surrounded on three sides by water means it’s vulnerable from the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea,” said Chief Meteorologist John Morales, who for nearly three decades has reported on the weather at different stations throughout Miami. “Between those three bodies of water in our vicinity, we are struck quite often by a tropical cyclone.”
Wind, Rain and Other Hazards
A tropical cyclone is the generic term for typhoons, hurricanes and cyclones, based on geography. These disturbances are classified by sustained winds and characterized by a rotating system of clouds and thunderstorms.
For example, a tropical storm ranges from winds of 39 to 73 mph; hurricanes carry winds of 74 mph or greater and major hurricanes deliver 111 mph-plus winds. While wind can pose a risk, its water that poses a greater risk. “People don’t seem to realize that hurricanes are not just a big windstorm – they also bring a substantial amount of rain,” Morales said. A mere six inches of water can knock over an adult, while two feet of swift floodwater can sweep away a vehicle.
Preparing Is Crucial
Preparing your home for flooding is tricky – sandbags and plastic sheeting provide a minimal line of defense. You can, however, protect you home from high winds and reduce the damage from any airborne debris. The most successful preventative measures are those completed well before a storm arrives, Morales revealed. Impact windows & accordion shutters are the best line of defense for your home. They provide protection form airborne debris from things you can’t prevent.
Hurricane season is here. Your family is counting on you to be prepared and keep them safe.
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