What To Do
In Case of a

What is a Hurricane?

Hurricanes are tropical cyclones with torrential rains and sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or greater which blow in a counter-clockwise direction around a center "eye". Hurricane winds can exceed 155 miles per hour and severely effect areas hundreds of miles inland.

As hurricanes approach the coast, a huge dome of water called a storm surge crashes into the coastline, causing major damage to everything in its path. About nine out of ten people killed in hurricanes are victims of the storm surge. Hurricanes also spawn tornadoes and cause severe flooding from heavy rains.

Hurricanes are classified into the five categories below, based on their wind speeds, central pressure and damage potential.

What should I do before a hurricane?

What should I do if a hurricane threatens?

What should I do after a hurricane?

Presented by:

City-Parish of Lafayette, Office of Emergency Preparedness,
Lafayette, Louisiana