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    Preparation Still Crucial Despite Below-Normal 2014 Hurricane Season Predictions

    By Erin Cassidy, AccuWeather staff writer
    May 27, 2014, 9:27:26 AM EDT

    May 25-31, 2014 is Hurricane Preparedness Week. NOAA predicts a near-normal or below-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year, but it’s important to remember that it only takes one land-falling hurricane to cause major impacts. Hurricanes come with many hazards – storm surge, high winds, heavy rains, inland flooding and even tornadoes. The official Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1 and ends on November 30. As peak season approaches, it is important to understand and prepare for hurricane hazards, even if you don’t live right on the coast.

    These videos from NOAA’s National Hurricane Center, focused on Hurricane Preparedness Week daily themes, will help you learn more about hurricanes and prepare for hurricane season.


    - Overview of a Hurricane: Learn the basics about hurricanes and hurricane season. - Storm Surge: Storm surge and large waves produced by hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property along the coast - Wind: Hurricane force winds can destroy buildings and mobile homes, and send debris flying – like signs, roofing materials, siding and small items left outside. - Inland Flooding: Flooding from hurricanes is a major threat for people living inland. - The Forecast Process: Learn how hurricane forecasts are developed. - Get a Plan! Make a disaster plan and know what to do if you have to evacuate. - Take Action Before, During and After the Storm: Tips on what to do before, during and after a hurricane.


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