What You should Know About Hurricanes
While hurricanes can occur at any time of year, they are more likely during hurricane season. It’s currently hurricane season in the Northern hemisphere; most hurricanes occur between June 1 and November 30. The following are a few things that you should know about hurricanes to best protect your loved ones and your property.
How Do Hurricanes Form?
Hurricanes, also referred to as “tropical cyclones,” form over the Atlantic Ocean or the eastern Pacific Ocean. They only form over warm water near the equator, because the warm, moist air essentially acts as fuel. The air rises upward, leaving less air and lower air pressure near the water’s surface. The surrounding higher-pressure air then pushes into the low-pressure area, which then becomes warm and rises as well. When the air rises and becomes cooler, the condensation forms clouds. This creates a system of winds and clouds that continues to spin and grow.
How Are Hurricanes Classified?
Hurricanes are classified using the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, which features 5 categories:
- Category 1: 74 to 95 mile per hour winds
- Category 2: 96 to 110 mile per hour winds
- Category 3: 111 to 130 mile per hour winds
- Category 4: 131 to 155 mile per hour winds
- Category 5: winds greater than 155 miles per hour
What Are the Risks of Hurricanes?
As any Floridian will tell you, hurricanes can be serious business. They’re known to cause devastating damage to coastlines as well as hundreds of miles inland. In extreme cases, winds can reach more than 155 miles per hour, and can create tornadoes and coastal storm surges. In addition to wind damage, hurricanes can create torrential rainfall with deadly floods and flash-floods.
What Should I Do After a Hurricane?
Those who have lived through a high-category hurricane will attest to the devastating damage that can occur. Especially for coastal towns, it’s possible for entire homes to be destroyed, leaving families with nothing. In cases of less catastrophic damage, homes can experience water damage from flooding, structural damage, and the like. In cases like these, it’s important to have a disaster recovery plan in place, as well as seek assistance from a professional disaster recovery provider.
It’s always best to stay current on the news and prepare as much as possible in the face of a hurricane. For those who experience unfortunate damage to their home, call us at 855-352-2281 to bring life back to normal as soon as possible.