Understanding Hurricanes, Warnings & Hurricane Season

What is a Hurricane?

A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone, a powerful storm system characterized by a low-pressure center, strong winds, and heavy rain. Hurricanes form over warm ocean waters and can cause devastating damage when they make landfall, including flooding, high winds, and storm surges.

Hurricanes are classified into five categories based on their wind speeds, using the
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale:

  • Category 1: Wind speeds of 74-95 mph (119-153 km/h)
  • Category 2: Wind speeds of 96-110 mph (154-177 km/h)
  • Category 3: Wind speeds of 111-129 mph (178-208 km/h)
  • Category 4: Wind speeds of 130-156 mph (209-251 km/h)
  • Category 5: Wind speeds of 157 mph or higher (252 km/h or higher)

Different Warnings for Hurricanes

Understanding the different types of hurricane warnings can help you prepare and respond
appropriately to these storms:

1. Hurricane Watch

  • Definition: A hurricane watch is issued when there is a possibility that hurricane conditions
    could affect a specific area within 48 hours.
  • Actions: Begin preparing your home, secure outdoor items, and review your evacuation
    plan. Stay informed through local weather updates.

2. Hurricane Warning

  • Definition: A hurricane warning is issued when hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74
    mph or higher) are expected in a specific area within 36 hours.
  • Actions: Complete all preparations and evacuate if instructed by local authorities. Seek
    shelter in a safe location away from flood-prone areas.

3. Tropical Storm Watch

  • Definition: A tropical storm watch is issued when there is a possibility that a tropical storm
    conditions (sustained winds of 39-73 mph) could affect a specific area within 48 hours.
  • Actions: Monitor weather updates and begin initial preparations for potential impacts.

4. Tropical Storm Warning

  • Definition: A tropical storm warning is issued when tropical storm conditions are expected in
    a specific area within 36 hours.
  • Actions: Secure loose items, stay indoors, and be prepared for potential power outages and


Hurricane season is the period during which hurricanes are most likely to form and affect coastal
areas. The timing of hurricane season varies by region:

  • Atlantic Hurricane Season: June 1 to November 30
  • Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season: May 15 to November 30
  • Western Pacific Typhoon Season: Typically, from May to December, but typhoons can occur
    year-round in this region
  • Indian Ocean Cyclone Season: April to December in the northern Indian Ocean; November to
    April in the southern Indian Ocean

During hurricane season, it is crucial to stay informed about weather forecasts, have a
preparedness plan, and be ready to act if a storm threatens your area. Regularly check updates
from the National Hurricane Center and local authorities to ensure you are prepared for any
potential hurricanes.

The Golden Difference

At Golden Boat Lifts, we pride ourselves in being the innovators of our industry. We have even prepped your lifts to be operational after a power outage, with just a cordless drill. This ensures safety and accessibility no matter the conditions.


This guide is provided by Golden Boat Lifts as a reference to help you prepare your boat lift for

a hurricane and to inspect it after a storm. However, Golden Boat Lifts is not responsible for any

damage to your boat, your boat lift, or any personal injuries that may occur during a hurricane

or as a result of following this guide.

Hurricanes are unpredictable and can cause severe damage despite the best preparations. It

is important to use your judgment and consult with professionals when needed. Always

prioritize personal safety and follow official guidelines and directives issued by local


For any specific concerns or questions regarding the maintenance and repair of your boat lift,

please contact a certified marine technician or Golden Boat Lifts directly.