THIS SEASON, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florid, will issue watches and warnings for tropical storms and hurricanes along threatened coastal areas 12 hours earlier than in previous years.
According to NHC experts, advancements in track forecasters are making it possible for forecasters to provide greater lead time. Tropical Storm watches will be issued when tropical storm conditions are possible along the coast within 48 hours. Tropical storm warnings will be issued when those conditions are expected within 36 hours. This is an increase of 12 hours from those issued in previous years.
Similar increases in lead-time will apply to hurricane watches and warnings. The hurricane watches and warnings will generally be timed to provide 48 to 36 hours notice, respectively, before the onset of tropical storm force winds. That additional time will allow people to prepare for the storm – securing your windows and doors, getting food and water stockpiled, securing oil rig platforms- enough time to finish preparations and get to a safe shelter.
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