A hurricane is defined as a tropical storm that has sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or greater. Hurricane winds blow in a large spiral around a calm center known as the “eye”. In the northern hemisphere, the winds circulate in a counterclockwise motion around the eye; in the southern hemisphere, the motion is clockwise. Besides high winds, hurricanes can cause torrential rain, coastal surges, inland flooding, and tornadoes.

Fast Facts:

*During the 1970s, ’80s & ’90s more than half of the deaths associated with hurricanes were due to inland flooding which can affect residents in upstate New York.
*The Atlantic coastal storm and hurricane season begins June 1st through November 30th each year.
*Hurricane Watch – threat of hurricane conditions exists within 24-36 hours;
*Hurricane Warning – hurricane conditions (winds 74mph or greater) are expected in 24 hours or less.

NYS EDEN Fact Sheets

Hurricanes and Evacuation Warnings Guide

Things to have on hand in case of a Hurricane

Additional Resources

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides information on being prepared, mitigating damages, storm watches, and general facts such as how hurricanes are named.

Disaster Program Information​ – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)​​

Hurricane Preparedness Week is designated each year to provide important safety information about being prepared for a hurricane.

High winds can easily damage or destroy poorly constructed buildings and mobile homes.

Coastal storm surges are a potential threat to loss of life during a hurricane.

Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning – a critical issue related to using emergency generators or small gasoline engines during and after natural disasters. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)