Hurricanes

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Overview

Hurricanes are born and thrive in the ocean, but they can also have disastrous effects far inland. Heavy rains from weakening tropical systems have led to some of Virginia's worst disasters.

Hurricanes, once they make landfall, can produce extensive flooding and high winds hundreds of miles from the coast. It is important to remember that every county and city in the state is vulnerable in some way to the destructive forces of hurricanes; even counties that are far inland, like Loudoun, are vulnerable to the effects of hurricanes. Whether the threat comes from violent winds, storm surge, flash flooding, or spawned tornadoes, the important factor in saving lives and property is being prepared.

National Weather Service

Virginia Department of Emergency Management

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