Category One: Winds 74-95 mph: Generally, no substantial damage to building structures;
potential damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery and trees.
Category Two: Winds
96-110 mph: Possible damage to roofs, doors and windows; expect
considerable damage to vegetation, mobile homes and piers; potential
flooding in low-lying areas
Category Three: Winds 111-130 mph: Some structural damage to
small residences expected; destruction of mobile homes; coastal and
Category Four: Winds 131-151 mph: Some complete roof structure failure on small residences; beach
erosion; major damage to lower floors in coastal homes.
Category Five: Winds
greater than 155 mph: Complete roof failure on many residences and
industrial buildings; some complete building failures; major damage to
coastal homes; possible mandatory evacuations issued.
A Hurricane Watch indicates the possibility that you
could experience hurricane conditions within 36 hours.
An emergency plan that includes gathering emergency
supplies necessary for power outages, securing loose
outdoor items such as plants, grills and lawn furniture,
making arrangements for pets and locating evacuation
routes if notices are issued should be ready to heed.
A Hurricane Warning indicates that sustained winds of
at least 74 mph are expected within 24 hours or less in
a particular area. Once issued, the emergency disaster
plan should be implemented.