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When tropical weather starts to threaten, weather forecasts are filled with new terms and ideas that can be confusing especially to people new to South Florida and tropical weather. These terms should help de-mystify hurricane season, andÂ help youÂ to feel a bit more confident as we face the season of storms.
Test your hurricane preparedness by answering the questions below. Good Luck! 1) Whatâ€™s the difference between a â€œwatchâ€ and a â€œwarningâ€? 2) What do the numbers on the Saffir-Simpson scale mean? 3)Â What is the storm [â€¦]
High-rise living can have its down side when a hurricane strikes. Hereâ€™s what you need to know.
You now have more choices than ever for protecting your home. ALL shutters, impact-resistant windows, doors, and garage doors that have Miami-Dade County approval after September 1994 are very strong. If they are legal, they are strong.
Anyone who has gone through a hurricane remembers the endless days withoutÂ powerÂ and long lines for gasoline and food.
Your pets are members of your family. Donâ€™t leave them out of your hurricane plans.
South Florida is a boaterâ€™s paradise, except when a hurricane threatens. But you can do several things toÂ helpÂ your boat survive a storm.
Water is the one hurricane supply you canâ€™t live without. Before a storm approaches, or makes landfall, you should have a plan set in place so you wonâ€™t run dry after the storm.
Category 1 hurricanes are dangerous, and Category 5 storms can be survived. How well you and your family come through any storm depends on preparation.
Remember to get your proof of residency from your hurricane kit; you may need it to re-enter an evacuation area.
Keep in mind that NO types of plywood shutters meet the South Florida Building Code. If at all possible, install a commercially produced shutter or other product that does meet the building code
Storm preparations require supplies andÂ expertsÂ offer a shopping list of those necessary items.
Confused about the difference between a tropical disturbance and a tropical wave? CBS4 has the answers.
Hurricane hotline phone numbers and web links.
- Protecting Your Documents & Electronic Valuables Before AÂ StormCBS4â€“08/03/2011
- Aquatic Adventures: Boating Safety Ahead Of AÂ StormÂ CBS4â€“07/08/2011
- South Florida Guide To HurricaneÂ TermsÂ CBS4â€“06/21/2011
- Guide To HurricaneÂ SuppliesÂ CBS4â€“06/21/2011
TROPICAL WEATHER RESOURCES
- “Categories” Explained
- Guide To Hurricane Terms
- Hurricane FAQ’s
- Make A Family Disaster Plan
- National Hurricane Center
- Understanding Advisories
- Understanding Storm Surge
- Understanding The Storm