A “Hurricane Watch” means that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible. The watch is issued 48 hours before the anticipated tropical storm winds begin. This is the time for you to prepare your home and make plans for a possible evacuation.
A “Hurricane Warning” means that hurricane conditions are expected. The warning is released 36 hours before tropical storm winds are anticipated. During the warning, you should complete storm preparations and leave the area if directed to do so by authorities.
Category 1 = Very dangerous winds of 74 to 95 mph will produce some damage.
Category 2 = Extremely dangerous winds of 96 to 110 mph will cause extensive damage.
Category 3 = Devastating damage will occur with winds of 111 to 129 mph.
Category 4 = Catastrophic damage occurs with winds of 130 to 156 mph.
Category 5 = More intense catastrophic damage with winds of 157 mph and higher.
2014 Hurricane Name List
Look for future posts to cover things like hurricane preparedness, evacuation routes, useful phone numbers and stay safe this hurricane season.