|Tropical Depression||up to 39 mph||Rough seas, small craft warnings, heavy rain and wind gusts.|
|Tropical Storm||39 - 73 mph||Heavy seas, capsizing of smaller vessels, flooding of low areas, heavy rain and strong wind gusts.|
|Hurricane Category 1||74 - 95 mph||Very dangerous winds will produce some damage: Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days. Some coastal flooding with minor pier damage.|
|Hurricane Category 2||96 - 110 mph||Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage: Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage. Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks. Flooding damages piers, docks and small bridges. Small craft in unprotected moorings may break their moorings. High tides may flood lower elevations.|
|Hurricane Category 3||111 - 129 mph||Devastating damage will occur: Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes. Terrain may be flooded well inland, more serious flooding during high tide.|
|Hurricane Category 4||130 - 156 mph||Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months. Severe flooding and tornado risk well inland. Serious damage to pier, marina and dock structures.|
|Hurricane Category 5||157 mph & over||Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly many months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months. Severe flooding and tornado risk well inland. Complete failure to pier, marina and dock structures.|
|Advisory||Indicates Hurricane or Tropical Storm conditions may threaten your area. Begin to decide and plan your actions should conditions become worse. Check status of conditions frequently.|
|Watch||Indicates the possibility that you could experience hurricane conditions within 36 hours. Disaster plan and protective measures should be initiated, especially those actions that require extra time such as securing a boat, leaving a barrier island, etc.|
|Warning||Sustained winds of at least 74 mph
are expected within 24 hours or less.
Complete your protective actions and travel to the safest location. If a category 4-5, evacuation may be ordered by authorities in lower lying areas and barrier islands.