Hurricanes (Tropical Cyclones) making landfall in Bourne have resulted in varying levels of destruction. Recent hurricanes, such as Gloria in 1985, Bob in 1991, Earl in 2010, and Irene in 2011 all left behind widespread power outages, damaged boats, and destroyed or damaged roads and shoreline properties. Based upon our shoreline and the approaches into the Cape Cod Canal in Buzzards Bay, the potential for devastating storm surges is something every property owner must prepare for. Homeowners in Bourne can see whether their property is at risk for storm surge by viewing the inundation map available in the Emergency Management office or online through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency's website.
The Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th, with mid-August through mid-October being defined as the peak months. The most recent hurricanes have affected Bourne and Cape Cod during the period of late August through early September. In order to prepare for impending storms, you should know and understand the different definitions used for hurricanes and tropical storms.
Tropical Storm - Winds 39-73mph
Family PreparednessMake sure you and your family has developed a plan to provide for your safety. Before the beginning of hurricane season, check your family Disaster Supply Kit and replace or update items as needed. Your kit should contain enough supplies to provide for your family for at least 72 hours after a disaster. Discuss your family’s shelter plans, communications plan, and your house’s protection plan. For more information on hurricane preparedness for your family, click on the following link Hurricane Preparedness