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Stay prepared this Atlantic Hurricane Season

This hurricane guide will update you on new evacuation zones and introduce you to resources that will help you stay weather-aware.

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Forecasters predict a busy hurricane season, use our guide to stay prepared.

Graphics by CHStoday, photo provided by Danila Popov vis Pexels

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The 2024 hurricane season is here and we want to help you stay ready. This guide will update you on new evacuation zones, refresh you on preparing for a storm, and provide some resources to stay weather-aware.

The Atlantic hurricane season started Saturday, June 1, and runs until Saturday, Nov. 30, and forecasters predict this season will be a busy one.

Predictions

Experts think this season will see above-normal activity due to La Niña events which enhance hurricane activity in the Atlantic. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts 17-25 named storms this summer + fall, with eight-13 achieving hurricane status of 75+ mph sustained winds.

New evacuation zones

State leaders unveiled new hurricane evacuation zones. The new zones have evolved to accommodate the region’s growing population and make adjustments to avoid potential hazards. Factors like storm surge risk + flood susceptibility played a role in creating the new zones.

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These zones were updated to accommodate the region’s growing population.

Map by SC Emergency Management Division

Quick vocab lesson

  • Tropical Depression: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 38 mph or less.
  • Tropical Storm: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph.
  • Hurricane: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher.
  • Major Hurricane: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 111 mph or higher.

Category breakdown

  • Category One: Winds 74 to 95 miles per hour.
  • Category Two: Winds 96 to 110 miles per hour.
  • Category Three: Winds 111 to 129 miles per hour.
  • Category Four: Winds 130 to 156 miles per hour.
  • Category Five: Winds 157 miles per hour.

Watch vs. warning

When a storm is expected, the National Hurricane Center will issue advisories until the storm makes landfall.

  • Watch: Tropical storm or hurricane conditions pose a possible threat, and you should begin preliminary preparations.
  • Warning: Tropical storm or hurricane conditions are expected, and all preparations should be completed.

Prepare

  • Stay up to date on forecasts + advisories.
  • Prepare your home — this could include bringing loose items inside, trimming trees, or reinforcing windows.
  • Gather supplies like non-perishable food, water, medications, flashlights, batteries, cash, blankets, and first aid supplies.

Pets

  • Pack a pet kit with food, water, leashes, medications, and health records.

Weather resources

City, county, and state resources

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