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A Hurricane or Tropical Storm Warning means that Hurricane or Tropical Storm conditions are likely to occur in the warning area within the next 24 hours.

Tropical storm conditions: Winds 39-73 mph
Hurricane conditions: 74 mph or greater

  • Closely monitor your local news for official bulletins. Listen to the advice of local officials, and leave immediately if they tell you to do so.
  • Complete preparation activities, such as putting up storm shutters, storing loose objects, etc.
  • If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows. Leave mobile homes in any case.
  • If evacuating:
    • Leave in daylight, if possible
    • Stay with friends or relatives, at a low-rise inland hotel/motel, or go to a predesignated public shelter outside a flood zone.
    • Notify neighbors and a family member outside of the warned area of your evacuation plans.
    • Stay away from flood waters. If you come upon a flooded road, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car and climb to higher ground.
    • Put food and water out for a pet if you cannot take it with you. Public health regulations do not allow pets in public shelters, nor do most hotels/motels allow them.
  • What to bring to a shelter:
    • first-aid kit
    • medicine
    • baby food and diapers
    • cards, games, books
    • toiletries
    • battery-powered radio
    • flashlight (one per person), extra batteries
    • blankets or sleeping bags
    • identification, valuable papers (insurance), and cash
  • Be aware that the calm "eye" is deceptive; the storm is by no means over. The worst part of the storm will occur once the eye passes over and the winds blow from the opposite direction. Trees, shrubs, buildings, and other objects damaged by the first winds can be broken or destroyed by the second winds.
  • Be alert for tornadoes. They can occur during a hurricane and after it passes over. Remain indoors, in the center of your home, in a closet or bathroom without windows.
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