What to do, not to do ahead of a hurricane

October 3, 2015 2:37 PM

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While Hurricane Joaquin is forecast to avoid a direct hit along the East Coast, that doesn't mean dusting off your storm preparedness skills isn't a great idea. Anytime a major storm is close by, it's important to know what you would do should the situation deteriorate unexpectedly and rapidly.

Technically, a hurricane is a tropical cyclone that has matured from a tropical storm when its winds whip up to 74 mph or higher. As it churns close to land or makes a direct hit, hurricanes bring the hazards of wind, rain and flooding.

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