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A better understanding of tropical cyclones and hurricane hazards will help to make a more informed decision on your risk and what actions to take. Click the bubbles in the image below to learn more about these threats to life and property. Storm surge and large waves produced by hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property along the coast. Storm Tide is the water level rise during a storm due to the combination of storm surge and the astronomical tide. Tropical cyclones often produce widespread, torrential rains in excess of 6 inches, which may result in deadly and destructive floods.
Rainfall amounts are not directly related to the strength of tropical cyclones but rather to the speed and size of the storm, as well as the geography of the area. Atlantic and Eastern Pacific hurricanes are classified into five categories according to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, which estimates potential property damage according to the hurricane's sustained wind speed. The strong winds of a tropical cyclone can cause dangerous waves that pose a significant hazard to mariners and coastal residents and visitors. Rip currents are channeled currents of water flowing away from shore, usually extending past the line of breaking waves, that can pull even the strongest swimmers away from shore. In 2008, despite the fact that Hurricane Bertha was more than a 1,000 miles offshore, the storm resulted in rip currents that killed three people along the New Jersey coast and required 1,500 lifeguard rescues in Ocean City, Maryland, over a 1 week period.
In 2009, all six deaths in the United States directly attributable to tropical cyclones occurred as the result of drowning from large waves or strong rip currents. With that said, here are some important phone numbers and a checklist of items that you should have stocked and handy.
Please comment and add to these lists as they are surely not inclusive in any way whatsoever nor are they in order of importance, but gives you an idea of some things to have readily available.
If you know a major storm is approaching possibly turn the refrigerator and freezer up to their coldest settings and make as much ice as possible with the time that you have. I know this may appear to be somewhat scary and overwhelming, but preparing ahead of time will allow you to cope with a situation more easily.

Storm season’s just around the corner, and that means an increased chance of hurricanes heading up the coast.
Texas remains in the projected path of Tropical Storm Alex, which is expected to make landfall south of Brownsville Wednesday evening. Texas Military Forces: Up to 2,500 guardsmen, eight UH-60 helicopters and three C-130 aircraft are prepared for rapid deployment as needed.
Texas Forest Service (TFS): TFS is coordinating the activation and deployment of a Type III Incident Management Team to support disaster operations and the DPS McAllen Regional Headquarters. Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS): DPS is activating the disaster district committee in McAllen to support potential emergency response for resource coordination.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD): 50 TPWD Game Wardens, 17 airboats, 33 shallow draft boats and other resources will be stationed in Mercedes.
Texas Department of Transportation: Dynamic message signs are being used to urge residents along the coast to fuel up their vehicles.
The Alamo Regional Command Center has been activated, 50 buses have been deployed on standby to McAllen and 50 buses are on standby in San Antonio should they be needed to assist in a potential evacuation. The State Fuel Team has notified refineries and distributors in the area of a possible increase in demand for fuel as a result of the storm, and the Rapid Response Task Force – Austin has been mobilized. Federal funding is available to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the counties of Aransas, Atascosa, Bee, Bexar, Brooks, Cameron, Comal, Duval, Guadalupe, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, McMullen, Medina, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Webb, Willacy, Wilson, and Zapata. FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
For this reason, emergency managers plan on having their evacuations complete and their personnel sheltered before the onset of tropical storm-force winds, not hurricane-force winds. Debris, such as signs, roofing material, siding and small items left outside become flying missiles during hurricanes.
When the waves break along the coast, they can produce deadly rip currents - even at large distances from the storm. These tornadoes most often occur in thunderstorms embedded in rain bands well away from the center of the hurricane; however, they can also occur near the eyewall. Even though we are expecting a mild season, we still need to be prepared for the unfortunate occurrence of a catastrophe.
Additionally, many of these things should be kept in a watertight container as a storm approaches because what use are many of these items if they get wet.

Yes, it will cost you a little electricity, but it also may have your refrigerated products last longer. It will feature the latest info graphics and best practice articles designed to help brands maximise the return of infographic development and promotion and help improve social sharing and search optimisation. Rick Perry on June 29 sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a pre-landfall emergency declaration for 19 South Texas counties that allows the state to pursue federal assistance for debris removal and actions taken to prepare for Tropical Storm Alex.
TPW has closed the following state parks: Resaca de la Palma in Brownsville, Estero Llano Grande in Weslaco and Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley in Mission. Additionally, the state is working with volunteer organizations and private sector partners to coordinate efforts for potential evacuations and sheltering operations should these capabilities be required. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association would like to thank everybody who attended our Hurricane Preparedness SeminarĀ on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013.
Around 120 people, including a number of delegates from government and members of the press, attended the Seminar, which exceeded our expectations. Flash flooding, defined as a rapid rise in water levels, can occur quickly due to intense rainfall.
Usually, tornadoes produced by tropical cyclones are relatively weak and short-lived, but they still pose a significant threat.
This can occur without a hurricane upon us as we've recently seen from our recent rains and ensuing flooding. If the power does go out and you need to retrieve something from the refrigerator, think about where it is before opening the door. Take the time to secure your homeā€“preparing for a hurricane could prevent hundreds of dollars in damages.
The governor has already issued a state disaster proclamation for these counties, which allows the state to initiate necessary preparedness efforts, such as pre-deploying resources to ensure local communities are ready to respond to disasters.
In 2004, Hurricane Charley made landfall at Punta Gorda on the southwest Florida coast and produced major damage well inland across central Florida with gusts of more than 100 mph.
Also, don't forget that over time your food will thaw and there will be water that will collect in the bottom of your freezer and refrigerator.

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