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Hurricane Hanna was the deadliest storm of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season. The storm was the eighth tropical cyclone and fourth hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season. It formed east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands on August 28. The cyclone struck Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, before moving up the Eastern Seaboard to become an extratropical cyclone as it moved by New England into Atlantic Canada early on September 7. The system raced across the North Atlantic, sweeping west of Great Britain on September 10 before turning north and becoming absorbed by a stronger extratropical cyclone between Iceland and Greenland late on September 12. At least 537 deaths were reported (the final death toll will likely never be known), mostly due to flooding in the northern part of Haiti, making it the deadliest tropical cyclone in the Atlantic basin since Hurricane Stan in 2005. Hanna also caused $160 million in damages to the U.S, but damage in Haiti is unknown.
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Links to Vital Hurricane Information - Stay alerted with the following sites.
- National Hurricane Center
All the detailed, up-to-date hurricane information.
Describes what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.
- American Red Cross
Helps to prepare an evacuation plan, assemble a disaster supplly kit, and prepare for the storm.
- The Weather Channel
Keep storm informed with The Weather Channel.
Hurricane Preparedness Tips Video
Atlantic Hurricane Names for 2010
Emergency Preparedness Kits
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Intensity Scale
The Saffir-Simpson Scale provides an indication of a hurricanes strength based primarily on wind speed. Other factors such as flooding and storm surge can be extremely dangerous.
Always listen to the information provided by your local Weather Service office or Emergency Management Officials.
One--- Winds 74-95 mph-- No real damage to building structures. Damage primarly to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees. Also, some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage
Two--- Winds 96-110 mph-- Some roofing material, door, and window damage to buildings. Considerable damage to vegetation, mobile homes, and piers. Coastal and low-lying escape routes flood 2-4 hours before arrival of center. Small craft in unprotected anchorages break moorings.
Three--- Winds 111-130 mph-- Some structural damage to small residences and utility buildings with a minor amount of curtainwall failures. Mobile homes are destroyed. Flooding near the coast destroys smaller structures with larger structures damaged by floating debris. Terrain continuously lower than 5 feet ASL may be flooded inland 8 miles or more.
Four--- Winds 131-155 mph-- More extensive curtainwall failures with some complete roof strucutre failure on small residences. Major erosion of beach. Major damage to lower floors of structures near the shore. Terrain continuously lower than 10 feet ASL may be flooded requiring massive evacuation of residential areas inland as far as 6 miles.
Five--- Winds greater than 155 mph-- Complete roof failure on many residences and industrial buildings. Some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away. Major damage to lower floors of all structures located less than 15 feet ASL and within 500 yards of the shoreline. Massive evacuation of residential areas on low ground within 5 to 10 miles of the shoreline may be required.