Well folks this is hard to say but summer’s on it’s last leg, and labor day is next week. While this is a good reason to grill and hang outside with family and friends as much as possible, this also means that those horrible late summer and early autumn storms and hurricanes are knocking at the door. For us that live close to the Atlantic coast line, we are at the highest risk of tropical storms and hurricanes, and the next weeks bring with them the highest likelihood of a storm.
Since we’re on the discussion of late summer and early fall storms, it’s a good time to review the basics of storm knowledge. We hear all the time for the weather man that there’s a tropical storm warning, or a hurricane watch for our state, but do you actually know what he’s referring to? Well read below to see what the official hurricane guidelines of the different threat levels that could make their way towards us in the weeks to come
- A tropical storm warning may be called if winds of 39 to 73 mph are predicted. Such a warning will not be issued first if a hurricane is expected to strike.
- A hurricane watch is issued for coastal areas when a tropical storm or hurricane conditions threaten within 24 to 36 hours.
- A hurricane warning is issued for specific coastal areas when hurricane-force winds are expected to strike within 24 hours or less
So now that you know what the weather man is talking about, you can now properly prepare yourself and your family when a storm strikes. Hopefully you have been smart and planned out a hurricane plan in case a storm were to strike, such as a safe point in the house that everyone should know that’s away from windows and anything that can fall out of cabinets or off of walls. Also you should have some food and water reserves stored safely and securely so that if the power goes out for a couple of days, you and your family will be alright. And finally, if damage occurs to your home, hopefully you invested in the right type of Connecticut homeowners insurance so you won’t have to worry about that either!