No one wants to get stuck in a hurricane on vacation. These severe weather events are inconvenient at best and dangerous at worst. To prevent a hurricane from ruining your vacation, figure out a good-weather strategy here.
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- Understand that hurricanes occur only during a specific season.
- In the Caribbean, Florida, and other states bordering the Gulf of Mexico, hurricane season stretches from June 1-November 30.
- August is peak hurricane season.
- Not all Caribbean islands are subject to hurricanes.
- Islands least likely to get hit are ones located furthest south.
- These include Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, Curaçao, and Turks and Caicos.
- If you're determined to visit Florida or the Caribbean during this time (when rates are temptingly low), find out if your hotel has a hurricane guarantee.
- Acquaint yourself with the National Weather Service's Hurricane Awareness site.
- If you can't bear the idea of stormy weather (or worse), go someplace else.
- If you do get caught in a hurricane, seek shelter on high ground and follow instructions.
- Insist on going to the tropics in August anyway? Pack a raincoat but keep your fingers crossed.