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Hurricane Information
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Hurricane season in Southwest Florida is June 1 - Nov. 30. Hurricanes are categorized by their wind velocities:

 

Category 1
74-95 mph winds; expect up to 7-foot tides; all mobile home parks, keys and other coastal areas at elevations of less than 7 feet above sea level must evacuate. Damage is likely to be primarily to landscaping and mobile homes.
Category 2
96-110 mph winds; there may be up to 12-foot tides; all above noted areas plus coastal areas at elevations of less than 12 feet above sea level must evacuate. Expect some trees blown down and damage to signs, mobile homes, some roofing, windows and doors of other buildings.
Category 3
111-130 mph winds; expect up to 14-foot tides; all above noted areas plus coastal areas at elevations of less than 14 feet must evacuate. Same damage as above, but with additional structural damage to small buildings. Mobile homes will probably be destroyed.
Category 4
131-155 mph winds; expect up to 20-foot tides; all above noted areas plus coastal areas at less than 20 feet must evacuate. There will be extensive damage to roofing materials, windows and doors, with complete failure of roofs on many small residences.
Category 5
156 and over mph winds; expect tides to be more than 20 feet; all above named areas plus coastal areas at less than 21 feet must evacuate. Extensive damage to windows and doors, complete failure of roofs on many residences and industrial buildings. Extensive shattering of glass in windows and doors. Some complete building failures. Small buildings overturned or blown away.

 


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