Hurricanes are severe tropical cyclones.
Always treat them with extreme caution, and never take risks.
Hurricanes are a fact of life in the US Virgin Islands, as many residents have come to find out.
Planning, understanding, and education are keys to survival during a severe weather event. In cooperation with our agency partners, we not only respond to severe weather events but work to protect and assist our communities before, during, and after.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October.
Download our hurricane preparedness guide HERE.
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WHAT is a hurricane?
A hurricane is a type of storm called a tropical cyclone, which forms over tropical or subtropical waters.
When a storm's maximum sustained winds reach 74 mph, it is called a hurricane.
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating, or category, based on a hurricane's maximum sustained winds
WHY are hurricanes dangerous?
These hazards include heavy rains, high winds, a storm surge, and even tornadoes.
Storm surge pushes seawater on shore during a hurricane, flooding towns near the coast.
High winds, storm surge, flooding and tornadoes cause damage to houses and cars that are in the path of a hurricane.
WHERE do I go during a hurricane?
Your own personal circumstances will dictate this.
Stay indoors. Locate the strongest part of the building you are in.
Tell someone where you are. Write your social security number on a piece of paper and put it in your pocket.
Stay indoors until the all-clear has been given.