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Destin Hurricane Information

The Destin area is occasionally threatened by hurricanes and tropical storms.  The Atlantic hurricane seasons lasts from June to November.  It is important for everyone living in and visiting Destin to keep an eye on tropical weather, so you will have time to prepare if a hurricane does come our way.  The most dangerous aspects of a hurricane are the storm surge (how far inland the waters will come), the wind, and the rainfall, which can cause flooding.  It is important for people in coastal areas, such as Destin, to be aware of their home owners insurance policies regarding hurricane damage.  Many policies do not cover flood damage, even if the flood was caused by a hurricane.  In the case that a hurricane does come your way, stay tuned to emergency broadcast television stations or radio stations for evacuation instructions.  A volunteer evacuation means that it would be a good idea to leave, but you don't have to.  A mandatory evacuation means that you must leave.  

Tropical Weather Terminology:

Tropical Storm Watch ' tropical storm conditions with sustained winds
from 39 to 73 mph are possible in your area within the next 36 hours.

Tropical Storm Warning ' tropical storm conditions are expected in your
area within the next 24 hours. 

Hurricane Watch ' hurricane conditions (sustained winds greater than 74
mph) are possible in your area within 36 hours. 

Hurricane Warning ' hurricane conditions are expected in your area in 24
hours or less.

Coastal Flood Watch ' the possibility exists for the inundation of land
areas along the coast within the next 12 to 36 hours. 

Coastal Flood Warning ' land areas along the coast are expected to
become, or have become, inundated by sea water above the typical tide action.

Emergency Broadcast:

Radio:  AM 1250, FM 99.5, FM 105.5

Television:  WFGX-12, WEAR-3, The Weather Channel

American Red Cross Family Disaster Supplies Kit
A list of handy items to have in case a hurricane or other disaster should strike.

Hurricane Links:

National Hurricane Center

Florida Division of Emergency Management

Okaloosa County Emergency Information

The Weather Channel Tropical Update

American Red Cross of Northwest Florida

Federal Emergency Management Agency

National Insurance Consumer Helpline (1-800-942-4242)

The Insurance Information Institute (1-800-331-9146)


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