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A hurricane is a type of storm called a tropical cyclone, which is a rotating, organized system of clouds and thunderstorms originating over tropical or subtropical waters. This storm involves heavy rains and winds of 74 miles per hour or higher and, in some rare cases, reaches sustained wind speeds of 160 mph. A hurricane can cause extensive wind damage, flash flooding and storm surge. The impacts can include widespread damage or destruction to buildings and infrastructure along with downed trees/power lines, power outages and massive amount of debris on roads. The peak months for hurricanes are August and September; however, hurricane season extends from June 1 to November 30.

It is important to know the difference between a WATCH and a WARNING. A hurricane WATCH means current or developing conditions are possible for a hurricane, but the occurrence is neither certain or imminent. A hurricane WARNING means a hurricane is in progress, imminent or highly likely.

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