From the Office of Emergency Management
As we all know, the Hurricane Season will soon be upon us. The season runs from June 1 through November 30th. In preparation of what some predict to be an active season, your Office of Emergency Management is reviewing its policies and procedures to insure that proper decisions are made in the event we are threatened by these potentially catastrophic storms.
The most active months of hurricane season are August, September, and October. During summer and late fall, the air over the warm ocean gets hot, picks up moisture and starts swirling and a tropical depression is born. Once the winds exceed 39 miles per hour, it becomes a tropical storm. When the winds exceed 74 miles per hour, the storm is classified as a HURRICANE and given a name.
Hurricanes are classified through a scale called the SAFFIR/SIMPSON HURRICANE SCALE. This scale classifies each hurricane by its disaster potential with the category 1 being a minimal storm and category 5 being a catastrophic event. The complete scale is as follows: