A hurricane is an intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 miles per hour (64 knots) or higher.


  1. Category One
  2. Category Two
  3. Category Three
  4. Category Four
  5. Category Five

Winds of 74-95 mph. No real damage to building structures, Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees. Also, some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage.

Hurricane Sandy

Citizens with functional needs and who might need assistance during a disaster should contact OEM to be registered on our special assistance roster.

This will allow OEM the ability to check on your welfare before, during and after an emergency event.

Special Assistance Roster

Know Your Zone 

Know Your Zone is a colored coded map, provided by the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, that helps you determine which storm evacuation zone you live in. The zones are designated as either A, B, or C. In the event of severe weather, such as a hurricane, you may be asked to evacuate given your zone designation.  Just click on the link below to be taken to the interactive map.

Find Your Zone on the "Know Your Zone" Map


Storm Surge

A storm surge is a dome of water pushed onshore by hurricane and tropical storm winds. Storm surges can reach 25 feet high and be 50-1000 miles wide.

Storm Tide

A storm tide is a combination of storm surge and the normal tide (i.e., a 15-foot storm surge combined with a 2-foot normal high tide over the mean sea level created a 17-foot storm tide).

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Watch

This means hurricane/tropical storm conditions are possible in the specified area, usually within 36 hours. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.

Short Term Watches & Warnings

These warnings provide detailed information about specific hurricane threats, such as flash floods and tornadoes.

Monitoring Atlantic Storms

Tropical storms and hurricanes can be monitored through the National Hurricane Center website.