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How to prepare for a hurricane

The onset of hurricane season is a good time to take some necessary steps to prepare yourself and your family.

July 13, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Hurricane 101

Storm surge and safety actions

Storm surge is a rapid rise in the level of water that moves onto land as the eye of the storm makes landfall.

July 13, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Hurricane 101

Saffir-simpson scale ranks storms' strength

July 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Hurricane 101

Why storms are named

Experience shows that the use of short, distinctive names in written as well as spoken communications is quicker and less subject to error than the older, more cumbersome latitude-longitude identification methods. These advantages are especially important in exchanging detailed storm information between hundreds of widely scattered stations, coastal bases, and ships at sea. The use of easily remembered names also greatly reduces confusion when two or more tropical storms occur at the same time.

July 13, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Hurricane 101

Hurricane season is here - are you ready?

Barely a month into the 2010 hurricane season, weather conditions in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic are already ripe for producing potential storms.

July 12, 2010 | By Jen Alexander McCall Staff writer | Hurricane 101

What is a hurricane?

A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone, a low pressure system that generally forms in the tropics. A typical cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms, and, in the Northern Hemisphere, has a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth's surface.

July 09, 2010 | Staff report | Hurricane 101

Hurricane protocols change for season

With a new hurricane season here, changes for how and when warnings are issued as well as new assessments of Liberty County's hurricane-prone coastline will affect how residents prepare for storm-related circumstances. Hurricane season began earlier this month, with peak activity expected between September and October.

June 25, 2010 | By Jen Alexander McCall Staff writer | Hurricane 101

Imagine hurricane making landfall on Georgia

Imagine a hurricane making landfall near Georgia's coastline – pushing a surge of water through Georgia's coastal communities and further inland, causing flooding as the storm moves across the state. It has spawned tornadoes, and high winds have blown down trees and power lines causing power outages.

June 25, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Hurricane 101

Kroger hoping to spread weather radios around

ATLANTA - The Georgia Emergency Management Agency's Ready Georgia campaign is teaming with Kroger for the second year to arm Georgians with NOAA Weather Radios as hurricane season kicks off on the Atlantic coast.

June 25, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Hurricane 101

Area under tropical storm watch

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Tropical storm watches or warnings were extended from Georgia to areas just south of New York City on Friday as states along the Atlantic braced for Tropical Storm Hanna.

September 20, 2008 | By Kevin Maurer Associated Press writer | Hurricane 101

Hanna's track continues to shift

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Residents moved boats and booked inland hotel rooms while National Guard troops prepared to deploy along the Southeastern coast as Tropical Storm Hanna plowed through the Atlantic on Thursday on a shifting track toward the U.S.

September 19, 2008 | By Bruce Smith Associated Press writer | Hurricane 101

Guard preparing for Hanna in three states

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 4, 2008 - Four states along the East Coast are employing their National Guards as Tropical Storm Hanna nears.

Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina have almost 40,000 Army and Air National Guard members available to their governors, if needed. This includes almost 11,000 in North Carolina, 9,000 in Florida, 11,000 in South Carolina and 9,000 in Georgia.

September 19, 2008 | Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke Special to American Forces Press Service | Hurricane 101

Long County monitoring storms

LUDOWICI -- According to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency's State Operations Center, Hurricane Hannah appears to be moving north of our area.

September 19, 2008 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Hurricane 101

Next up, Ike

NASSAU, Bahamas -- While officials from Nassau to South Carolina were keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Hanna, behind it, Hurricane Ike was gaining strength as it lumbered across the Atlantic as a powerful Category 4 storm.

September 19, 2008 | By Mike Melia Associated Press writer | Hurricane 101

Evacuations ordered north of us

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Some Southeastern states declared emergencies and officials urged residents to head inland Thursday as Tropical Storm Hanna headed toward the Atlantic coast, where it could bring high winds and rain from South Carolina all the way to Maine.

September 19, 2008 | By Kevin Maurer Associated Press writer | Hurricane 101

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