Other Natural Threats to Be Aware of During a Hurricane

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Unfortunately, when a hurricane hits, the storm isn’t the only thing you have to worry about.

Hurricanes can bring along other weather hazards. Here’s what to watch for.

Tornados

Hurricanes can spawn tornados, creating entirely new threats. They can form quickly, and without much warning. Sometimes they’re also hard to see with the rainy conditions.

Stay safe: Stay sheltered inside and continue to listen for updates about the storm, until storm reports say the danger has completely passed.

Storm Surges & Flooding

Heavy rains and storm surges (abnormal rise of water levels during a storm) that accompany a hurricane can create forceful and dangerous flooding. Floods are usually the most lethal threat after a hurricane. They’re also the biggest cause of damage, so consider solid flood insurance if you’re in a risky area. Flood waters can often be much deeper than you can tell from looking.

Stay safe: Check your elevation, and whether your area is a flood hazard. If your home is likely to flood, consider taking shelter on higher ground when a hurricane watch is issued. Don’t drive or walk through pooled water, no matter how shallow it appears.

Eye Walls

This is a part of the hurricane itself, but deserving of extra caution. The “eye,” or center of the storm, is calm, but the borders of this calm patch are the most high-intensity winds of the storm. So, when a hurricane is passing through, it can sometimes seem like the storm has passed, but you will actually need to be bracing for the second half of the storm.

Stay safe: Stay sheltered inside and continue to listen for updates about the storm, until storm reports say the danger has completely passed.

Remember that even once a storm has passed, the damage it may have caused can create additional hazards. Be mindful of damaged areas, and watch especially for electrical hazards.

Get more hurricane preparedness tips to stay safe during a storm.