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Hurricane Hazards From The National Hurricane Center

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Aug 032020
 

The National Hurricane Center Website tells us what we may expect from any hurricane as Isaias makes its way up the coast.

While hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property, tropical storms and depression also can be devastating. The primary hazards from tropical cyclones (which include tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes) are storm surge flooding, inland flooding from heavy rains, destructive winds, tornadoes, and high surf and rip currents.

  • Storm surge is the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm’s winds. This hazard is historically the leading cause of hurricane-related deaths in the United States. Storm surge and large battering waves can result in a large loss of life and cause massive destruction along the coast.
  • Storm surge can travel several miles inland, especially along bays, rivers, and estuaries.
  • Flooding from heavy rains is the second leading cause of fatalities from landfalling tropical cyclones. Widespread torrential rains associated with these storms often cause flooding hundreds of miles inland. This flooding can persist for several days after a storm has dissipated.
  • Winds from a hurricane can destroy buildings and manufactured homes. Signs, roofing material, and other items left outside can become flying missiles during hurricanes.
  • Tornadoes can accompany landfalling tropical cyclones. These tornadoes typically occur in rain bands well away from the center of the storm.
  • Dangerous waves produced by a tropical cyclone’s strong winds can pose a significant hazard to coastal residents and mariners. These waves can cause deadly rip currents, significant beach erosion, and damage to structures along the coastline, even when the storm is more than a 1,000 miles offshore.

Here’s The Latest on Isaias

Tropical Storm Warning
Southern New Haven County, CT
Dangerous winds (55 mph+) may arrive near Milford around Tuesday afternoon.
Ways to prepare, and stay safe now
Bring in outdoor furniture and other items that could blow away (potted plants, birdbaths, bird feeders, etc). These may become a safety hazard.

Remember Irene? We Sure Do.

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Aug 282016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 11.32.06 AMFive years ago, many in the town of Orange and around the state were powerless against the ferocity of Hurricane Irene.

Truth be told the shoreline towns, Milford, West Haven, East Haven, etc experienced the most damage with the Ocean waves crashing into homes, sea walls and destroying docks in its path.

Irene, which began forming as a tropical storm on Saturday, Aug 20, 2011. It became a Category 1 hurricane as it crossed over Puerto Rico on Aug. 21.

It intensified into a Category 3 hurricane with winds up to 120 mph as it made landfall in he Bahamas.

After the storm hundreds of residents in the town of Orange were struggling through each day with downed trees and power lines littering their lawns and streets.

The restoration of electricity was uncertain as crews came in from several other states to help us out.

One of the most impressive things was the town’s emergency management team, putting into action for the first time their emergency response plans and strike teams that worked so well.

Members of Orange CERT stepped up and manned the shelter at High Plains where dozens upon dozens of residents came every day to take showers and/or charge their cell phones.

The town was a mess for a very long time, but everyone came together and made it bearable.

The storm dissipated on Aug. 28 and left a total of 56 fatalities in its wake.