A hurricane is a severe type of tropical storm. Hurricanes produce high winds, heavy rains and thunderstorms. Hurricanes can cause tremendous damage. Winds can exceed 155 miles per hour. Hurricanes and tropical storms can also spawn tornadoes and lead to flooding. The high winds and heavy rains can destroy buildings, roads and bridges, and knock down power lines and trees. In coastal areas, very high tides called storm surges cause extensive damage.
Although there are no guarantees of safety during a hurricane, you can take actions to protect yourself. You should have a disaster plan. Being prepared can help reduce fear, anxiety, and losses. If you do experience a disaster, it is normal to feel stressed. You may need help in finding ways to cope.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Consumer's Guide to Food Safety: Severe Storms and Hurricanes (Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service)
- Hurricane Preparedness (American Red Cross) Available in Spanish
- Hurricanes (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
- National Weather Service: Watch, Warning, Advisory Display (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
- Shelter (Department of Homeland Security)
- Summary of Natural Hazard Statistics for 2014 in the United States (National Weather Service) - PDF
- Tornadoes, Hurricanes and Children (American Psychological Association)
- USDA Programs That Assist Individuals and Small Businesses (Department of Agriculture) - PDF
- Wireless Emergency Alerts (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Available in Spanish