Hurricanes vs. Tornadoes
Hurricanes are weather systems that begin over warm ocean water and develop into extremely large storms with sustained winds of 74 mph or more. They can last up to several weeks, but decrease in intensity once they move over land.
Tornadoes are formed when warm, moist air and cold, dry air collides, often over a body of water or from a thunderstorm. Tornadoes are accompanied by violent winds, tend to cover a small area and usually last less than 10 minutes.
Dave Price, weather anchor from CBS’ The Early Show and veteran of extreme storm coverage, explains how hurricanes are categorized and when to seek shelter or evacuate.
“When you hear the word hurricane, it’s dangerous,” Dave explains. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a [category] one, three or five, it can pose a threat.”
Dave Price’s Hurricane Checklist:
2. Extra gasoline
3. One gallon of water per person or more
4. Extra cash
5. Non-perishable food, canned food and can opener
• Secure your home by closing shutters, windows and doors. For best protection, install permanent storm shutters over windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8 inch marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape will not prevent windows from breaking.
• To reduce the risk of roof damage, install straps or additional clips to securely fasten the roof to the house’s frame structure.
• Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
• Consider creating a safety shelter in your home.
• Bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
• Keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
• Turn off utilities as instructed. Otherwise, turn refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed. Turn off propane tanks.
• Before the storm approaches, fill the bathtub and other large containers with clean water so that you have a supply of water for sanitary purposes, such as cleaning and flushing toilets.