Experts say the best way to protect your home from costly hurricane damage is to protect the areas in which wind can enter. A great time to hurricane your proof your home is when you are making other improvements or adding an addition.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the greatest potential for loss of life during a hurricane is from a storm surge. A storm surge consists of water pushed towards a shoreline by the force of winds circulating around the storm.
Don't return to your flood-damaged home before the area is declared to be safe by local officials. Returning home can be both physically and mentally challenging. Above all, use caution.
A breakdown on the differences between tropical weather watches vs. warnings.
The Saffir-Simpson scale is used to rank hurricanes on a scale from 1-5. Click here to learn more about the scale.