Tropical Storms

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What do people first think of when it comes to tropical storms? Hurricanes!

No matter where you live, tropical storms will affect you. However, they might leave a significant impact on you, your property, and your community depending if you live on or near a coast. Here is a quick overview about these storms, and then a variety of resources below that will help with tropical storm preparedness, response, recovery, live updates, FAQs, and more!

Hurricane at a Glance:

A Hurricane is a Tropical Cyclone. There are three classes of tropical cyclones: Tropical Depressions, Tropical Storms, and Hurricanes (or called Cyclones or Typhoons).

Tropical Depression:

Wind Speed: <39 mph

Tropical Storm:

Wind Speed: 39-73 mph

Hurricane/Typhoon/Cyclone:

Category 1: 74-95 mph

Category 2: 96-110 mph

Category 3: 111-129 mph

Category 4: 130-156 mph

Category 5: 157< mph

Tropical Storm Resources:

NOAA National Hurricane Center

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(FEMA) Ready.gov Hurricane Preparedness every step of the way

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NOAA Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

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Weather Underground Tropical Cyclone Current Activity

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CBS News What’s the Difference? Basic FAQs

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American Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness and Recovery Tips

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