Evacuate under the following conditions: Hurricane Watches and Warnings
If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should do the following activities as soon as possible:
- Check the City of Raleigh’s website, listen to the radio, or watch TV for information.
- Bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
- Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purpose such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water.
- Fuel and service family vehicles. Be sure to have extra cash on hand.
- Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
- Prepare to cover all windows and doors with shutters or other shielding materials. Reinforce your garage doors.
- Turn off utilities and propane tanks.
Evacuate under the following conditions:
If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.
If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure – such shelter are particularly hazardous during hurricane no matter how well fastened to the ground.
If you live in a high-rise building - hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.
If you are unable to evacuate, go to your wind-safe room. If you do not have one, follow these guidelines:
- Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
- Close all interior doors - secure and brace external doors. Keep curtains and blinds closed.
- Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level.
- Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.
Hurricane Watches and Warnings
The difference between a hurricane watch and warning comes down to the amount of time before hurricane conditions are expected to hit your area. It's key to take the proper precautions and instructions from officials.
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A Hurricane Watch is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours.
A Hurricane Warning is issued when hurricane conditions (winds of 74 miles per hour or greater, or dangerously high water and rough seas) are expected in 24 hours or less.