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HURRICANES


Hurricanes are tropical cyclones with torrential rains, sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or greater, and blow in a counter-clockwise direction around a center "eye." Hurricane winds can exceed 155 miles per hour and severely affect areas hundreds of miles inland. Hurricanes are rated on a 1 to 5 scale, with 1 being the weakest. Category 3, 4, and 5 storms are considered major storms.
What You Should Do:
  • Listen for information and instructions on radio, television or NOAA Weather Radio.
  • Inventory personal property.
  • Secure all essential records and valuable documents in a safe water-tight place.
  • Moor your boat securely.
  • Shutter, board or tape windows.
  • Refill prescription medications, secure credit cards and cash.
  • If your job requires you to work during a storm, make sure that at least one adult will be with children, the elderly or those with special needs.
  • Prepare to bring inside lawn furniture and other loose lightweight objects such as garbage cans, garden tools, propane grills, and children's toys.
  • Check batteries and stock up on canned foods, first aid supplies, drinking water and medications.
  • Make arrangements for pets. Pets may not be allowed in shelters for health reasons. Contact your local humane society for additional information.
  • Review procedures on how to shut off utilities. Know where gas pilots are located and how heating and air conditioning systems work.
  • Fuel your car, and be prepared to evacuate upon the recommendation of the Saddle River Emergency Management personnel.

Hurricane Terms


Hurricane Watch: Issued for coastal areas when there is a threat of a hurricane to a specific area, generally within 36 hours. 

Hurricane Warning: Is issued when hurricane conditions are expected in a specific coastal area in 24 hours or less.Hurricane conditions include sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour and/or dangerous high tides.

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