The hurricane season is here—in North Carolina, the season runs roughly from June 1 through the end of November. According to researchers at North Carolina State University, 14 to 18 tropical storms are expected to form around the Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean Sea this year. Seven to 11 might grow in strength and become hurricanes, depending on temperatures, wind factors, etc. When hurricanes roll up the east coast, the Outer Banks usually get hit hard, and the Triangle can get torrential rain and thunderstorms. Occasionally, tornados will form and cause serious damage.
As you would expect, people living in eastern North Carolina take heed of their local weather reports this time of year, and it’s a good idea to learn some of the terms related to hurricanes, just in case:
When tropical storms and hurricanes make the news, we often hear references to “categories,” which refer to wind speeds:
We don’t live close to the coast, but because it’s only a 2-hour drive away we should still take precautions. The effects of tropical storms and hurricanes have ruined countless homes and businesses in the Triangle through the years, and it’s worth preparing for. Putting together an emergency kit now is much better than running around trying to get everything at the last minute.
While talking to the kids about hurricanes and staying safe, you might want to take peeks at livestreams from various oceanfront locales.
[LINK TO COASTAL WEBCAMS: http://surfchex.com/cams/avon-nc-web-cam/]
Your emergency kit can start with a large plastic container/tub; most home-improvement stores carry huge ones.
There’s a mobile app called ReadyNC, which is both iOs and Android–compatible. This free app can be used to get weather updates, track storms, find shelter, check street and highway conditions, and much more. You can find invaluable information on their website by clicking here. (Clique aquí para español.)
Check out the Durham County Department of Emergency Management’s new AlertDurham app by going to alertdurham.com. You can track the storms and sign up for emergency notifications (you can choose text or email, and you can also set a “do not notify” period for your sleeping hours). You can register your whereabouts, whether you’re in your home or somewhere else; be sure to register your elderly neighbors and family members, too, especially if they live alone.