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Hurricane Watch:Hurricane conditions are possible within 36 hours in or near the watch area.


Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions are expected within 24 hours in or near the warning area.


Storm Preparations Map an evacuation route beforehand. A storm’s path can


change quickly, so have a few options. For evacuation instructions, check the National Weather Service or local radio and TV stations.


Highways and roadways may be closed or congested during


evacuation, so map out a few alternatives. The City of Jacksonville’s website has a detailed map of storm surge zones and evacuation routes, if needed. Three pet-designated shelters provide a place for animals during hurricanes; pre-registration is required for some shelters. Call the City of Jacksonville's Central Operations Department at 630-2489 or visit www.coj.net for more information.


Prepare your home for high winds and airborne objects by


installing hurricane shutters or pre-cut 3/4" marine plywood for all windows and glass doors. Remove all dead or damaged limbs from yard. All belongings that are not nailed down and may fly away in high winds should be taken inside including patio furniture, plants, toys, lawn tools, etc.


office to find out if you live in a potential flood zone. If so, consider stocking up on sand bags to keep water out of your home.


LIGHTNING More common than hurricanes, lightning can pose a


significant threat to Northeast Florida residents. The following tips can help ensure you and your family’s safety.


• When thunder roars…go indoors! Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles from the area where it’s raining, about the same distance from which you can hear thunder.


• Stay in a safe shelter (substantial building or enclosed, metal-topped vehicle) for at least 30 minutes after the last thunderclap.


• Unplug electronic devices and do not use those that are plugged in.


• Avoid plumbing. Don’t wash dishes or take a bath/shower during severe thunderstorms.


TORNADOES Northeast Florida’s tornadoes are not typically as powerful


as the ones in the Midwest, but can still cause significant damage. In case of a tornado, take shelter in a sturdy, reinforced building if possible. Crouch low on the floor and cover your head with your hands. Tornadoes can develop rapidly, so advanced warning isn’t always possible. Always be aware of severe weather in your area.


Call your local emergency management or planning/zoning Weather Words to Remember:


Tornado Watch: tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area Tornado Warning: tornado sighted or indicated on radar Waterspout: tornado that forms over warm water


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