Harnett County,
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 2020 Hurricane Preparedness Guide


North Carolina Division of Emergency Management has their North Carolina Hurricane Guide available in PDF format online.  Click the link above to be redirected to the guide.  If needed, Harnett County Emergency Management has hard copies available in English and Spanish.  Call 910-893-7580 to request a copy.  



The Tropical Storm Wind Arrival graphics depict when tropical storm winds could begin for individual locations given forecast uncertainties.

  • Most Likely Arrival Time
  • Earliest Reasonable Arrival Time





Beginning this season, the expected peak storm surge values in the public advisory will be depicted in an experimental graphic. These surge values represent the peak height water could reach above ground at the immediate coast within the specified areas. 



--Hurricane Watch--
Hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours of the onset of tropical storm force winds.

--Hurricane Warning-- 
Hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area, generally within 36 hours of the onset of tropical storm force winds. 

--Storm Surge Watch--

There is the possibility of life-threatening inundation generally within 48 hours.

--Storm Surge Warning--
There is a danger of life-threatening inundation generally within 36 hours.


Tropical Depression 
Sustained winds are less than 39 mph

Tropical Storm 
Sustained winds are between 39 and 73 mph

- Hurricane 
Sustained winds are 74 mph or greater

Major Hurricane 
Sustained winds are 111 mph or greater


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