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Images of devastation in
Florida caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma are heartbreaking. Our thoughts are with the victims and first responders.
hurricane updates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The first floor of Cory Worden's parents' house in Houston is almost completely submerged.
Cory Worden is manager of system safety, occupational health and safety, for Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, Texas. He also is chairman of the National Safety Council
Community Safety Division.
"With the citywide response to and recovery from Harvey still entirely under way, several near-miss events have occurred," he said days after the storm.
Worden offered the following safety tips and observations for first responders and others working to get residents back in their homes safely:
Unlike tornadoes and earthquakes, hurricanes can be forecast several days ahead of landfall, giving residents time to take precautions:
A hurricane is a tropical cyclone that forms in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. They are among the most destructive forces in nature. Hurricane season runs from June through November, peaking in early to mid-September. But hurricanes can happen any time.
While hurricane winds and tide surge pose a tremendous threat to life and property, resulting heavy rains and tornadoes also cause extensive damage. This
Tropical Cyclone Guide from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides extensive information on the anatomy of a hurricane and ways to prepare.
Tropical storms and depressions also can cause major damage. Even if a storm doesn't reach the maximum sustained wind speed of 74 miles per hour to classify as a hurricane, the 39 to 73 mile-per-hour winds of a tropical storm, along with heavy rains and tornadoes, can cause loss of life and property.
Hurricanes can be particularly troublesome for boaters. This video by the National Weather Service offers tips on being prepared.