Severe Weather

Hurricane Preparation

  • Tropical Depression—A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 38 mph (33 knots) or less.
  • Tropical Storm— A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph (34 to 63 knots).
  • Hurricane—A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots) or higher. In the western North Pacific, hurricanes are called typhoons; similar storms in the Indian Ocean and South Pacific Ocean are called cyclones.
  • Major Hurricane—A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 111 mph (96 knots) or higher, corresponding to a Category 3, 4 or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watch

This means that there is a possibility that you will experience hurricane conditions within the next 36 hours. So stay alert and keep listening to the radio for more information.

  • Know if you live in an evacuation area.
  • Listen to your local radio stations to find out if a storm is coming. You can also listen to NOAA Weather Radio.  You will also be told if you need to evacuate.
  • Click here to see Ave Maria’s emergency evacuation map.
  • As in the past your Emergency Management team will provide specific information pertaining to each severe weather event if warranted.

What to Listen For

  • Hurricane Season Begins June 1st – Hurricane/tropical storm conditions are possible in the specified area of the watch, usually within 48 hours of the onset of tropical storm force winds.
  • Educate yourself and be prepared for this season. During a Watch, prepare your home and review your plan for evacuation in case a Hurricane/Tropical Storm Warning is issued. Listen closely to instructions from local officials.
  • Hurricane/tropical storm conditions are expected in the specified area of the Warning, usually within 36 hours of the onset of tropical storm force winds. Complete storm preparations and immediately leave the threatened area if directed by local officials.

Extreme Wind Warning

  • Extreme sustained winds of a major hurricane (115 mph or greater), usually associated with the eyewall, are expected to begin within an hour. Take immediate shelter in the interior portion of a well-built structure.

Links to More Information

Disaster Preparation

  • Determine safe evacuation routes inland.
  • Learn locations of official shelters.
  • Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, generators and battery-powered equipment such as cell phones and your NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receiver.
  • Buy food that will keep and store drinking water.
  • Review your insurance policy.

Tornado Preparation

  • In the case of a tornado warning, seek shelter and stay away from windows if possible, seek shelter in hallways. If this is necessary, AMU Security will alert those indoors by using the ALL CALL over the fire system. They will then patrol outside, as long as it is safe to do so, instructing people to seek shelter immediately.