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The season officially begins on June 1, 2016, and will end on November 30, 2016.


Anatomy of a Hurricane:

Hurricanes are a triple threat bringing high winds, soaking rain, and flying debris. Hurricanes can cause devastation and property destruction on a massive scale, making proper disaster mitigation and well-planned response all the more important. While all coastal areas are at risk for hurricanes, Louisiana is particularly vulnerable.

In addition, hurricanes are capable of causing flooding and damage hundreds of miles inland.

  • Eye: The eye is the “hole” at the center of the storm. Winds are light in this area. Skies are partly cloudy, and sometimes even clear.
  • Eye wall: The eye wall is a ring of thunderstorms. These storms swirl around the eye. The wall is where winds are strongest and rain is heaviest.
  • Rain bands: Bands of clouds and rain go far out from a hurricane’s eye wall. These bands stretch for hundreds of miles. They contain thunderstorms and sometimes tornadoes.

Evacuation Guides

Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide

Louisiana Contraflow Maps, Hurricane, and Evacuation Related Information


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