If Holden Beach is threatened by a tropical storm or hurricane during your vacation with Hobbs Realty, you can and should keep up with local news and weather updates. The emergency telephone number to use during a Town of Holden Beach Evacuation is (910) 842-6488, and the Brunswick County Emergency Services Department can be reached at (910) 253-5383.
Hurricane season begins on June 1 and lasts until November 30. A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone and normally begins in the tropics as a low-pressure front.
There are different classifications of hurricanes, as provided by the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety:
- Tropical Depression: A tropical depression is an organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined circulation and maximum sustained winds of 38 mph or less.
- Tropical Storm: A tropical storm is an organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph.
- Hurricane: A hurricane is an intense tropical weather system with a well-defined circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher.
Here are some tips from ReadyNC.org that you can use to keep your family safe in the event of a hurricane.
- Know your evacuation routes and locate your local emergency shelters.
- Don't get caught by surprise. There is not enough time to think of everything you need to do when a hurricane gets close.
- As a hurricane moves closer to your area, begin monitoring the weather reports every hour.
- Listen for hurricane watches and warnings.
- Put fuel in all vehicles and withdraw some cash from the bank. Gas stations and banks may be closed after a hurricane.
- If authorities ask you to evacuate, do so promptly.
- If you evacuate, be alert to flooded or washed-out roads. Just a few inches of water can float a car. Remember: Turn Around, Don't Drown.
- There is never enough time to get ready for nature's fiercest weather. Give yourself and your family a head start.