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Please review our site to learn more about the supplies you can use for a hurricane or other emergency when you lose power. Keep in mind this should be done in advance since it is often difficult to find gasoline, generators and other items a few days before a hurricane.

Being unprepared for a hurricane can be frightening and dangerous. The day before hurricanes people are subject to long gas lines and often home depot supplies of plywood as well as generators are out. The news shows people lining up at 5 am or earlier to get supplies, so it's best to think ahead.

Don't forget to have a safe room set up too!

With proper preparation a hurricane or a power loss doesn't have to be terrifying. Always have a portable radio to keep informed. If you need to evacuate the area please do so as the authorities are only trying to protect you.

The terms "hurricane" and "typhoon" are regionally specific names for a strong "tropical cyclone". A tropical cyclone is the generic term for a non-frontal synoptic scale low-pressure system over tropical or sub-tropical waters with organized convection (i.e. thunderstorm activity) and definite cyclonic surface wind circulation (Holland 1993).

Tropical cyclones with maximum sustained surface winds of less than 17 m/s (34 kt, 39 mph) are called "tropical depressions" (This is not to be confused with the condition mid-latitude people get during a long, cold and grey winter wishing they could be closer to the equator ;-)). Once the tropical cyclone reaches winds of at least 17 m/s (34 kt, 39 mph) they are typically called a "tropical storm" and assigned a name. If winds reach 33 m/s (64 kt, 74 mph)), then they are called:

"hurricane" (the North Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Pacific Ocean east of the dateline, or the South Pacific Ocean east of 160E)

"typhoon" (the Northwest Pacific Ocean west of the dateline)

"severe tropical cyclone" (the Southwest Pacific Ocean west of 160E or Southeast Indian Ocean east of 90E)

"severe cyclonic storm" (the North Indian Ocean)

"tropical cyclone" (the Southwest Indian Ocean)

Explore our site and you'll feel safer and more prepared.
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