In this week's article I would like to discuss the importance of being prepared for the upcoming hurricane season. When hurricanes make landfall, they can affect the lives of thousands of Texans along the coast and across the state. As hurricane season approaches, being aware of hazards and having a plan for evacuation can be lifesaving.
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1 and concludes on November 30. The United States Department of Homeland Security, the American Red Cross, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Texas Department of Public Safety, and many more agencies work diligently to create awareness and provide resources to keep Americans safe throughout hurricane season.
During hurricane season, tropical cyclones are more likely to form. Tropical cyclones are a rotating organized system of clouds and thunderstorms that originate over tropical or subtropical waters, have a closed low-level circulation, and rotate counterclockwise. Not all tropical cyclones produce hurricanes. NOAA defines a tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 38mph or less as tropical depressions. A tropical storm is a tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 39-73mph. Hurricanes are a tropical cyclone with wind speeds of 74 mph or higher and a major hurricane has a maximum sustained wind speed of 111 mph or more.
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