By Joe Barker, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and SecurityMay 17, 2011
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Hurricane season is approaching, and it's time to take precautionary measures.
Hurricanes, or tropical cyclones, are also known as typhoons, tropical storms, cyclonic storms and tropical depressions. Tropical cyclones happen in areas of warm air and low pressure, and they rotate in a counterclockwise direction in the northern hemisphere. Hurricanes and typhoons are tropical cyclones in which the wind velocity exceeds 74 mph.
Such systems are accompanied by heavy rain and tornadoes, often producing flooding and abnormally high tides called storm surges. Because hurricanes make many turns along their path, it's difficult to predict where they will go next.
Weather satellites and specially-equipped aircraft flights have made predictions of paths and possible landfall considerably more reliable.
It is critical that all military and civilian personnel, working or living on or off post, know how to prepare for a hurricane, what to do if there is a hurricane and what to do after a hurricane.
(Editor's Note: Barker is the installation management emergency officer.)