Hurricane season in NC is back – Are you ready for the next big one?

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A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone, a storm system that forms over the ocean. In the Northern Hemisphere, they are called “hurricanes” if they reach wind speeds of 74 mph (119 km/h) or higher.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 to Nov. 30. But when is hurricane season in NC?

When is hurricane season in NC?

Hurricane season in North Carolina runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. The most active period is typically from September through November, although it’s possible to see a hurricane make landfall at any time of the year. To give you an idea, in 2018, Hurricane Florence made landfall on Sept. 14 as a Category 4 storm and caused widespread damage throughout the state. The following year, Hurricane Michael made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 4 storm on Oct. 10.

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

A lot of Americans living in coastal areas often evacuate their homes and head inland during hurricane season to avoid the storms. But the fear of a hurricane making landfall can cause people to take unnecessary risks. It’s important to understand the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale so you know what level of danger you could be in if a hurricane threatens your area.

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is used to rate the potential damage of hurricanes. The scale goes from Category 1, which has the weakest winds, to Category 5, which has the strongest winds. Like you can see in the chart above, a Category 1 hurricane has maximum sustained winds of 74-95 mph and can cause some damage to property.

A Category 5 hurricane has maximum sustained winds of 157 mph or more and can cause extensive damage or destruction. They can destroy homes and buildings. If you’re in the path of a Category 5 storm, evacuate as soon as possible.

How to prepare for hurricane season in NC

Wake schools emergency kit

There are many things you can do to prepare for a hurricane. Some of the most important preparations include having a plan, stocking up on supplies and knowing your evacuation route.

If you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, it is important to have a plan in place. This includes knowing what you will do if a hurricane is headed your way and what you will do if you have to evacuate. Make sure everyone in your family knows the plan and has a copy of it.

It is also important to stock up on supplies. This includes things like water, food, batteries and flashlights. You may also want to consider buying a generator if you live in an area that could lose power during a hurricane. Check out the 15 most important things you need for your emergency kit.

Finally, make sure you know your evacuation route. If a hurricane is headed your way, be prepared to leave quickly.

After the storm: Assessing damage and cleanup

Southport escaped major hurricane damage, except for two marinas

Once the storm has passed, it will be important to assess any damage that has been done and begin the cleanup process. If you need help, there are resources available to you. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety offers a list of Disaster Recovery Centers where you can find information on disaster assistance programs.

It’s important to be prepared for hurricane season. Make sure you have a plan in place and know what to do if a hurricane is headed your way. Stay safe this season!

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