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Broward County > Hurricane > A-Z Hurricane Guide > Hurricane Information


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Before the Event

Hurricane season is June 1 through November 30. The season is typically most active from August through October. Hurricanes range from a Category 1, which produces the least damage, to a Category 5, which causes the most devastating damage.

2013 Storm Names

 Category 1

Sustained winds 74-95 mph, 64-82 kt, or 119-153 km/hr
  • Damage primarily to shrubbery, trees, and unanchored mobile homes. No real damage to other structures.
  • Some damage to poorly constructed signs.
  • Older (mainly pre-1994 construction) mobile homes could be destroyed, especially if they are not anchored properly.
  • Windows in high-rise buildings can be broken by flying debris.
 Category 2

Sustained winds 96-110 mph, 83-95 kt, or 154-177 km/hr
  • Considerable damage to shrubbery and tree foliage; some trees blown down.
  • Major damage to exposed mobile homes. Extensive damage to poorly constructed signs; some damage to roofing materials of buildings; and some window and door damage. No major damage to buildings.
  • Considerable damage to piers. Marinas flooded and small craft in unprotected anchorages torn from their moorings.
  • There is a substantial risk of injury or death to people, livestock, and pets due to flying and falling debris.
 Category 3

Sustained winds 111-129 mph, 96-112 kt, or 178-208 km/hr

  • Foliage torn from trees; large trees blown down.
  • Practically all poorly-constructed signs blown down; some damage to roofing materials of buildings; some window and door damage; structural damage to small buildings.
  • Mobile homes destroyed.
  • Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to a few weeks after the storm passes.
  • Most commercial signage, fences, and canopies will be destroyed.
 Category 4

Sustained winds 130-156 mph, 113-136 kt, or 209-251 km/hr

  • Shrubs and trees blown down; all signs down.
  • Extensive damage to roofing materials, windows and doors; complete failure of roofs on many small residences.
  • Complete destruction of mobile homes.
  • Large amounts of windborne debris will be lofted into the air. Windborne debris damage will break most unprotected windows and penetrate some protected windows.

 Category 5

Sustained winds greater than 157 mph, greater than 137 kt, or greater than 252 km/hr

  • Shrubs and trees blown down; considerable damage to roofs of buildings; all signs down.
  • Very severe and extensive damage to windows and doors; complete failure of roofs on many residences and industrial buildings; extensive shattering of glass in windows and doors; some complete building failures.
  • Small buildings overturned or blown away.
  • Complete destruction of mobile homes.

 Hurricane Names

The following names have been selected for the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season:

1. Andrea (AN-dree-uh)
2. Barry (BAIR-ree)
3. Chantal (shahn-TAHL) 
4. Dorian (DOR-ee-an)
5. Erin (AIR-rin)
6. Fernand (fair-NAHN)
7. Gabrielle (ga-bree-ELL)
8. Humberto (oom-BAIR-toh) 
9. Ingrid (ING-grid)
10. Jerry (JEHR-ee)
11. Karen (KAIR-ren)
12. Lorenzo (loh-REN-zoh)
13. Melissa (meh-LIH-suh)
14. Nestor (NES-tor)
15. Olga (OAL-guh)
16. Pablo (PAHB-lo) 
17. Rebekah (reh-BEH-kuh) 
18. Sebastien (suh-BASH-chuhn)
19. Tanya (TAHN-yuh)
20. Van (van)
21. Wendy (WEN-dee)

 

Updated March 2013


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