A tropical cyclone is a rotating, organized system of clouds and thunderstorms, with a closed low level circulation that develops over tropical or subtropical waters. A hurricane is a tropical cyclone with sustained winds of more than 119 km/h. The Atlantic tropical cyclone season runs from June 1st up to November 30th.
There are several favorable environmental conditions that must be in place before a tropical cyclone can form. They are:
Before bad weather:
During bad weather
Hurricane Tomas on Curacao
What can you do yourself
The effects of a hurricane can be serious for your house if you do not take precaution. The government has set up a disaster office where all necessary organizations and services know what to do when danger presents itself during and after a hurricane. The representatives of the organizations meet regularly, follow local and international developments and help advice the government about the steps to be taken.
The government also have shelters for the people, who are in danger in their homes. The government also gives the public information, and in the case of a hurricane, explains to the public the gravity of the hurricane. However, it is your own responsibility to be informed; inform your family in advance and take the necessary precautions.