Hurricanes

Hurricanes are capable of causing devastating damage to communities. Hurricanes are storm systems with circulating air and sustained wind speeds of 74 miles per hour or higher, with the strongest hurricanes bringing wind speeds of over 155 miles per hour. Areas on the Atlantic Coast, near the Gulf of Mexico, as well as parts of the Southwestern United States are vulnerable to hurricanes. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November, and peaks between August and October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins in mid-May, and also ends in November.

This section provides information on hurricane warnings, the hazards that hurricanes cause, and precautions that workers and employers should take after a hurricane has occurred.


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