What to Do in the Event of a Tropical Cyclone

Tropical cyclones are massive storm systems that form over the ocean and move towards land. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale rates tropical cyclones’ maximum sustained winds on a Category 1-5 scale. The higher the category, the greater potential for property damage. Threats from tropical cyclones include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes.


Review your five steps on your Pathways to Preparedness

Decide early whether you will evacuate, and where you will go if ordered to leave

Prepare your home


If you don’t live in an evacuation zone, find a safe room within your home (an interior room, closet, or bathroom)

Do not go outside during the storm until the National Weather Service confirms the storm has left the area


Return home when local officials say it is safe

Check in with family and friends by texting or using social media

Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters

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