Critical Hurricane & Tropical Cyclone Terminology
Understanding the difference between WATCHES and WARNINGS is critical to being prepared for any dangerous weather hazard, including hurricanes.
A Hurricane/Typhoon Watch means a hurricane may hit your area.
Tropical Storm Watch: An announcement that tropical-storm conditions are possible within the specified area.
Hurricane Watch: An announcement that hurricane conditions are possible within the specified area.
Action: During a watch, prepare your home and review your plan for evacuation in case a Hurricane or Tropical Storm Warning
A Hurricane Warning is issued when a hurricane is predicted by weather radar. This means a weather event is imminent — it is either occurring (a tornado has been spotted, for example) — or it is about to occur at any moment.
Tropical Storm Warning: An announcement that tropical-storm conditions are expected within the
Hurricane Warning: An announcement that hurricane conditions are expected within the specified area.
Extreme Wind Warning — Extreme sustained winds of a major hurricane (115 mph or greater),
usually associated with the eye wall, are expected to begin within an hour.
Action: Take immediate shelter in the interior portion of a well-built structure.
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