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                                                        Northern Notes from page 1
         Editorial Board

                                                           When thunder roars, go indoors! Pay attention to

                                                        weather reports and warnings of thunderstorms. Be ready   Hurricanes
                                                                                                             Hurricanes can cause loss of life and catastrophic
         Editor:       James A. Cioffi                  to change plans, if necessary, to be near shelter. A sturdy   damage to property on coastlines and several hundred
                       james@jcclaw.com                 building is the safest place to be during a thunderstorm. If   miles inland. A hurricane is a tropical cyclone or severe
         Feature Writers:  Dawn Levinstein, POA         necessary, take shelter in a car with a metal top and sides.   tropical storm with sustained winds reaching speeds of
                       Commissioner Hal R. Valeche      Do not touch anything metal. If boating or swimming,   74 miles per hour or higher. These storms form in the
                       O’Neal Bardin Jr.
                                                        get to land and find a sturdy, grounded shelter or vehicle   southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico,
         Contributing                                   immediately.                                       and the eastern Pacific Ocean. Hurricanes develop in four
         Reporter:     Don Kiselewski                                                                      stages: tropical disturbance, tropical depression, tropical
                                                        Tornadoes                                          storm and finally, hurricane. Hurricanes are classified
            Your editors strongly believe that the number      About 1,200 tornadoes hit the United States every year,   into five categories based on sustained wind speed. The
         of people who do become involved with any      and every state is at risk. Tornadoes can strike in any season,   Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June 1 to Nov. 30,
         news medium directly reflects on that medium’s   but most often occur in the spring and summer months.   with the peak season from mid-August to late October.
         excellence, versatility and broad viewpoint.   Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms, spawned from   To prepare for these powerful storms, learn whether your
         Therefore, we invite PGA residents to contribute
         articles or current, timely news items and/or   powerful thunderstorms. Tornadoes appear as a rotating,   property is flood-prone, prepare an emergency kit, secure
         “Letters to the Editors.”                      funnel-shaped cloud extending between a thunderstorm and   your property against high winds and water damage, and
            Articles/letters are subject to editing and editors’   the ground. Some tornadoes are clearly visible, while others   know evacuation routes.
         right to publish. Submission must include writer’s   may be hidden from view by rain or nearby low-hanging
         name, address and telephone number. Unsigned articles   clouds. Winds in most of these storms blow at 100 miles
         /letters will not be published. Opposing views to article   per hour or less, but in the most violent occurrences, wind
         viewpoints contained in this paper are welcome.   speeds can reach 300 miles per hour. Tornadoes can cause
         Articles do not necessarily represent the viewpoint   fatalities and devastate a community in seconds. Damage
         of the C.A.N.! organization. Submissions should   paths from these weather events can exceed one mile wide
         be mailed or delivered by the tenth of each month   and 50 miles long. Everyone is at some risk of this hazard.
         for the following month’s publication (example: by   That’s why it’s important to establish a protective location,
         January 10 for February publication) to:
            C.A.N.! Editors                             secure financial, insurance, medical documents and contact
            Post Office Box 33436                       information to prepare for tornadoes.
            Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420 or
            Contact the publisher for additional information   Floods
         regarding submissions, fax (561) 627-9088 or e-mail      Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the
         canpga@yahoo.com.                              United States and can happen in any U.S. state or territory.
            Let’s hear from you.                        Flooding can occur during any season, but some areas
                                                        of the country are at greater risk at certain times of the
                                                        year. Coastal areas are at greater risk for flooding during
                                                        hurricane season (i.e., June to November), while the
                                                        Midwest is more at risk in the spring and during heavy
                                                        summer rains. Ice jams occur in the spring in the Northeast      Trim trees and shrubs now since garbage collection
                                                        and Northwest. Even the deserts of the Southwest are   may stop once tropical storm force winds effect the
                                                        at risk during the late summer monsoon season. It is   area. After the storm, make sure to separate yard trash
                                                        particularly important to be prepared for flooding if   from household garbage and recycling. Be patient –
                                                        you live in a low-lying area near a body of water, such   the first priority for garbage collection is to restore
                                                        as a lake, marsh or canal; along a coast; or downstream   normal collection of household garbage and food waste.
                                                        from a dam or levee. The physical destruction caused by   Depending on the severity of the storm, it could take three
                                                        flooding depends on the speed and level of the water, the   to six weeks for the first collection of storm debris.
          Garage sales/yard                             duration of the flood, terrain and soil conditions, and the   Additional Resources
                                                        built environment (e.g., buildings, roads, and bridges).
                                                                                                             For more information on protecting yourself from

                                                        Everyone should be aware of flood hazards. If you are in
                    sales are                           a flood-prone area, be prepared to evacuate flooded areas   natural disasters and protecting your property and
                                                                                                           belongings, please visit www.Ready.gov.
                                                        on short notice, elevate electrical panels and utilities,
               NOT allowed                              clear debris from gutters and downspouts, and consider     grass clippings and tree trimmings have been properly
                                                                                                             NPDES tip: Before a storm, make sure all of your
                                                        purchasing flood insurance.
                                                           Avoid flooded roadways. Turn around. Don’t drown!
           in PGA National.                               Just 6 inches of fast-moving water can knock you down,   stored – do not leave them outside to become potential
                                                                                                           projectiles, and clog the storm drains and canals.
                                                        and 1 foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.


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