Hurricane season is here and the time to prepare is now! Brush up on hurricane preparation, know your evacuation route, finalize your hurricane kit, and get the facts straight. There’s a lot of information out there about the threat of hurricanes. Here are six common misconceptions.
1. Wind is the deadliest and most damaging hazard. False! Storm surge is the #1 killer during a hurricane, and it can stretch tens of miles inland.
2. A below average seasonal forecast means I won’t get hit. False! Just because a below average season is predicted doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the same amount of precautions if it was predicted as an above average season. Hurricanes could still form and may cause widespread destruction no matter what’s predicted.
3. My homeowner’s/renter’s insurance covers flooding. False! Most of the time flooding isn’t covered in these types of insurance. Get flood insurance if you live in a hurricane prone area- it’s better to be safe than sorry.
4. I live inland so I don’t have to worry about hurricanes. False! Storm surge, flooding, and rain are all a risk even miles inland from the coast. Impacts from a hurricane do not remain close to shore, inland residents need to be just as prepared for the storm as those living on the coast.
5. It won’t happen to me because it never has before. False! This is an extremely dangerous mindset to have. Hurricanes aren’t weather systems that hit the same spot over and over every year. Their paths can truly move anywhere, so even if your area hasn’t been hit before, it’s never out of the realm of possibility that one day it could happen.
6. I went through the max winds of that hurricane. False! Once a hurricane has made landfall, the storm weakens because it’s not over the warm water that fueled the storm in the first place. While strong winds are present onshore, the strongest happen while the system is still over the ocean.
Now that you’re more informed about hurricane misconceptions, it’s time to finalize your hurricane plans and preparations before the peak of the season! Get more hurricane safety information below and on this page, and watch The Weather Channel to stay updated on the latest tropical activity.