|Surviving the Storms (FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency, 1998, 8 p.)|
ADVISORY. Hurricane and storm information disseminated to the public every six hours.
INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY. Information update every twotothree hours, or as necessary.
SPECIAL ADVISORY. Information disseminated with any significant change in stormrelated weather conditions or warnings.
GALE WARNING. An advisory of 3954 mph sustained winds and strong wave action.
STORM WARNING. An advisory that sustained winds of 5573 mph are expected.
HURRICANE WATCH. An indication that a hurricane may threaten a specific area but is not imminent.
HURRICANE WARNING. An advisory that a hurricane is expected to strike the specified area within 24 hours or less, with sustained winds of 74 mph or higher and dangerously high water and waves.
TROPICAL DISTURBANCE. A moving area of thunderstorms in the tropics.
TROPICAL WAVE. A westwardmoving, lowpressure trough in the deep easterly current that tends to organize lowlevel circulation and sometimes travels thousands of miles with little change in shape, producing showers and thunderstorms along its path.
TROPICAL DEPRESSION. An area of low pressure, rotary circulation of clouds and winds up to 38 mph.
TROPICAL STORM. Counterclockwise circulation of clouds and winds of 3973 mph. At this stage the storm is assigned a name.
HURRICANE. A tropical storm with winds of 74 mph or more.
HURRICANE CENTER or EYE. The relatively calm area near the center of the storm which can last from several minutes to more than an hour.
When venturing out after a storm stay away from downed power lines as they present a danger of electrical shock or electricution.