If you have never been through a Hurricane you have missed a scary experience. I do not recommend to anyone that they purposely stay in an area that is expecting a violent Hurricane to pass over. It is too dangerous!
Hurricanes are huge. Unlike Severe Thunderstorms or Tornadoes, Hurricanes cover entire states like Florida.
Here are some interesting facts from NOAA:
**Typical hurricanes are about 300 miles wide although they can vary considerably in size.
**The eye at a hurricane's center is a relatively calm, clear area approximately 20-40 miles across.
**The eyewall surrounding the eye is composed of dense clouds that contain the highest winds in the storm.
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**The storm's outer rainbands (often with hurricane or tropical storm-force winds) are made up of dense bands of thunderstorms ranging from a few miles to tens of miles wide and 50 to 300 miles long.
**Hurricane-force winds can extend outward to about 25 miles in a small hurricane and to more than 150 miles for a large one.
**Tropical storm-force winds can stretch out as far as 300 miles from the center of a large hurricane.
**Frequently, the right side of a hurricane is the most dangerous in terms of storm surge, winds, and tornadoes.
**Hurricane's Speed and path depend on complex ocean and atmospheric interactions, including the presence or absence of other weather patterns. This complexity of the flow makes it very difficult to predict the speed and direction of a hurricane.
**Do not focus on the eye or the track-hurricanes are immense systems that can move in complex patterns that are difficult to predict.
**Be Prepared for Changes in Size, intensity, speed, and direction.
Now that you have a basic feel for the make-up of a Hurricane, you can see that the impact of such a storm is far reaching. Even if you don't live near the coast, you can have Severe Weather Events such as Thunder Storms and Tornadoes that are part of the outer rainbands. So keep an eye out for that next storm even if you are like me and live several hundred miles from the coast!
Be Safe! Be Ready!