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Morrell Hurricane Predictions for Boaters for this Year -

You can use these predictions every year for the rest of your life.
        — Steve Morrell, Editor

Winds From 39 to 73 mph, up to 4 feet of surge (Tropical Storm)

High probability: from a direct hit or from the outer bands of a stronger storm. Easy to prepare your boat for.

Winds From 74 to 95 mph, 4-5 feet of surge (Category 1)

Good probability: from a direct hit or from the outer edges of a stronger storm. Easy to prepare your boat for.

Winds From 96 to 110 mph, 6-8 feet of surge (Category 2)

Reasonable chance: from a direct hit or from the outer edges of a stronger storm. Easy to prepare your boat for.

Winds From 111 to 130 mph, 9-12 feet of surge (Category 3)

Small chance: from a direct hit or from the outer edges of a stronger storm. Easy, but even more preparation work required. You will likely suffer some damage, but you can minimize it enough that you can take your boat Sailing after you put the sails back on.

Winds From 131 to 155 mph, 13-18 feet of surge (Category 4)—or above 155 mph, 18 feet and up surge (Category 5)

Very small chance: from a direct hit or category 4 winds from the outer edges of a category 5 storm. This will take a lot more prep work, but possible to survive with not too much damage if you are prepared and get lucky at the same time. If you don’t prepare and get lucky, it will be as if you didn’t get lucky, so prepare and hope for luck. If it’s a strong storm and lots of surge and you take everything off the boat you can, you will have that stuff, like sails and canvas and miscellaneous gear, for your next boat.

  


Hurricane Diana on 9/11/84. NOAA photo.