Emergency Management 

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Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th, The Atlantic basin includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical cyclone: A rotating, organized system of clouds and thunderstorms that originates over tropical or subtropical waters and has a closed low-level circulation. Tropical cyclones rotate counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere. They are classified as follows:

  • 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.

2022 Hurricane Outlook

NOAA's outlook for the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season indicates that an above-normal season is most likely (65% chance), with the possibility of it being extremely (aka hyper-) active. The outlook also includes a 25% chance of a near-normal season, and only 10% chance of a below-normal season.

The 2022 North Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to produce (with 70% probability for each range) 14-21 named storms, of which 6-10 are expected to become hurricanes, and 3-6 of those are expected to become major hurricanes. The 2022 North Atlantic hurricane season could further extend the record streak of consecutive above-normal seasons to seven. Since the current Atlantic high-activity era began in 1995, 19 of 27 (about 70%) seasons have been above normal and only 4 (15%) have been below normal based on the 1951-2020 climatology.

Predictions of the location, number, timing, and intensity of hurricane landfalls are ultimately related to the daily weather patterns which determine storm genesis locations and steering patterns. These patterns are not predictable weeks or months in advance. As a result, it is not possible to reliably predict the number or intensity of landfalling hurricanes in a seasonal outlook, or whether a given locality will be impacted by a tropical storm or hurricane this season.

Source:  https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/outlooks/hurricane.shtml

Hurricane Links

Massachusetts Homeowner's Handbook to Prepare for Coastal Hazards 

Emergency Broadcast Sources

  • WNPD 105.5 FM - Nantucket Emergency Broadcast
  • WACK 97.7 FM - True Island Radio
  • NCTV18 - Nantucket Community Television
  • NOAA Weather Live Online
  • USCG Marine Broadcasts, VHF Channel 16 and 22a

Other Helpful Sources

  1. Brendan Coakley

    Lieutenant / Emergency Management Coordinator

  2. Emergency Management

    Physical Address
    4 Fairgrounds Road
    Nantucket, MA 02554

    Phone: : 508-228-1212
    Fax: : 508-228-7246
    Emergency Phone: : 911

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