Hurricanes

Overview

Hurricanes are tropical cyclones that rotate counterclockwise with wind speeds in excess of 74 mph. Most hurricanes form over warm seas near the equator. They are created when the sun heats the ocean surface, causing heated water vapor to rise, condense, and form clouds. These clouds begin to spiral as the earth rotates. More air is pulled underneath and a large vortex is formed.

On average, six Atlantic hurricanes develop each year. When a hurricane moves toward coastal areas it often causes severe damage. Strong winds create storm surges, floods, rip tides, and can even spawn tornadoes. As the hurricane moves forward, its right front quadrant is typically where the most devastation occurs.

Hurricane season begins June 1 and continues through November 30. Be sure to practice hurricane preparedness and learn about hurricane safety and survival.

To assist in being prepared before, during, and after a storm, review the following links for helpful information.

View the 2020 Hurricane Guide | North Carolina Department of Public Safety from Brunswick County

Hurricane Preparedness Tips

We would like to encourage you to start preparing for emergencies and help us #PrepareBrunsCo by reviewing the following tips.

During an emergency, stay tuned to reliable local media outlets (such as the National Weather Service) and Brunswick County on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Nextdoor for continuous updates. You can also subscribe to receive email updates from the County to stay updated on media releases and important announcements.