by Suzi Q
WHAT ARE THEY?
Hurricanes are large circulating storms which are 300 or more miles across with wind speeds over 85 miles per hour. They usually start in the south Atlantic near the equator as tropical storms and grow in size and speed as they move west and north across the ocean.
WHERE AND WHEN DO THEY USUALLY HAPPEN?
Hurricanes typically happen during the months of June through November in the North Atlantic as the waters are warmed during the summer months. Most Hurricanes hit the eastern coast of North America in the fall.
WHAT DO WE DO TO BE PREPARED
Put together a hurricane emergency kit. It should include flashlights and batteries, fresh water, radio, canned goods, candles and matches, etc. Put away all loose items in your yard and board up your windows. Plan to stay indoors during the storm unless you live near the coast where flooding might happen. Listen to local weather forecasts and instructions so you are ready to respond to whatever needs to be done.