While hurricanes are known and feared for their ferocious winds, historically it is the water that causes most of the deaths in hurricanes. About 90 percent of all hurricane fatalities occur from drowning in either storm surge or freshwater flooding.
Watches and Warnings
According to the National Weather Service a flood watch means that current and developing weather conditions are such that there is a threat of flooding, but the occurrence is neither certain nor imminent. A flood warning means a flood is already occurring or will occur soon in your area, that may pose a serious threat to life or property.
Pre-Planning is Important
Storm surge can cause water levels to rise quickly and flood large areas, leaving you only a few minutes to take action. The National Hurricane Center has 10 Tips to Be Ready.
Updated April 2015