Photograph by Benjamin Lowy, Reportage by Getty Images
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Taken during Hurricane Sandy, this photograph from aTime photographer, shared via Instagram, shows a beachgoer braving the surf during a hurricane.

Photograph by Benjamin Lowy, Reportage by Getty Images

Hurricane Safety Tips

Hurricane, cyclone, or typhoon: These huge, churning storms can spell disaster. Check out the do's and don'ts of hurricane safety.

Hurricanes can wreak havoc in many ways, with lashing winds, torrential rains, and inundating storm surges. Here are some tips on how to survive the fury of a hurricane.

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Before It Hits

• Coastal residents should form evacuation plans before a warning is issued to identify a safe shelter and a route to get there.

Prepare for a hurricane by stocking up on emergency supplies including food, water, protective clothing, medications, batteries, flashlights, important documents, road maps, and a full tank of gasoline.

During the Storm

• As a storm unfolds, evacuees should listen to local authorities on radio or television. Evacuation routes often close as a storm develops. Dedicated professionals and improved technology have made hurricane forecasting more accurate than ever before—but it’s far from precise.

• If forced to weather a storm, get inside the most secure building possible and stay away from windows.

• Remember that a lull often signifies the storm’s eye—not its end. Anyone riding out a hurricane should wait for authorities to announce that the danger has passed.