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How to Survive a Hurricane, According to Science

How to Survive a Hurricane, According to Science


The rain is beating down
in a heavy downpour. Your hat is blown off, and strong gusts whip your hair
around your eyes. It gets very hard to walk because
you’re being hit with so much wind. As you make your way towards shelter, there’s danger all around you. Hurricanes can kill you in many ways. You may be crushed by
a heavy, flying object, drowned in a flood, or even buried in a landslide. So, what do you do? How do you stay safe? Here’s how you can survive a hurricane, If you live near the Atlantic Ocean, a hurricane is likely to happen sometime between June 1st
and November 30th. If you’re close to the Pacific Ocean, hurricane season is from May 15th
to November 30th. Most of these monstrous storms
happen in September. Why are hurricanes considered
to be so dangerous? Well, hurricanes produce massive
winds of at least 120 km/h (74 mph), and such strong wind speed can be deadly. Since hurricane winds can damage homes, schools and roads that are
more than 160 km (100 miles) inland, you won’t be safe just
because you’re on land. Here are some important tips
to help you survive a hurricane. Take the hurricane warnings seriously. When people ignore hurricane warnings, they put themselves in terrible danger. If an emergency alert tells you to
find shelter, do it right away. If the alert advises you to evacuate,
leave town for somewhere safe. This tip from the U.S. government means
that if you’re in the water, turn around and go inland. Do not try to walk,
swim or drive through floodwaters. It may seem safe at the moment, but trying to go through floodwaters
is not a risk worth taking. Conditions change quickly during hurricanes, so what seems like a quick and safe passage one moment can turn into a deadly surge. A storm surge is ocean water that
hurricane winds push to the shore. It’s very fast, and it’s a lot of water, up to 6 meters (20 feet) of it, that floods the shore,
destroys property and drowns people. It takes only 15 cm (6 inches)
of fast flooding water to sweep you off your feet and
put you in danger of drowning. Winds can break glass and send
the shards flying at your face. Close the storm windows if there’s time, then avoid windows until the storm passes. Go to the highest floor inside
a building that has a large room, but not into a small, closed attic, as rising waters could trap you there. No matter how high they are, bridges are a dangerous place
to be during a hurricane as they are completely surrounded
by fast-moving water and high winds. If you live in a trailer, mobile home
or a boat, you must leave. These structures are neither heavy
enough nor strong enough to withstand the kind of
damage a hurricane can do. Go to your nearest emergency shelter, because your home is
a very dangerous place to be. The storm is over, you’re safe,
and you’re unhurt. Surviving the storm is a great triumph! Unfortunately, after the hurricane
dies down you’re still not safe. Be aware of your surroundings and stay away from electrical equipment. Don’t go into flood water for any reason, as there could be downed power
lines that could electrocute you. Listen to the radio. The government will tell you where
to find drinkable water, food supplies and safe shelter. If your home is insured, document your property damage
with photos and videos. Surviving a hurricane is no small feat, and it’s most important that you
and your loved ones are safe. Your home and your town may be
very damaged after a hurricane, so get ready to rebuild
your life and community. However, if you follow the advice in this video you have a good chance
of surviving a hurricane, According to Science.

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