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New Set of Watches and Warnings Coming From The National Hurricane Center in 2015

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Starting in 2015, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center will begin to issue storm surge watches and warnings.

“Storm surge is often the greatest threat to life and property from a tropical cyclone, and it can occur at different times and at different locations from a storm’s hazardous winds, NASA said in a press release of the new watches and warnings.

The hope, with issuing these new products, is to better communicate the overall danger of tropical systems.

Many times, residents in places commonly affected by tropical cyclones choose to ride the storm out, instead of evacuating. And the message of the effect of storm surge is often overshadowed by the warnings regarding wind.

As the warnings are phased in over the next couple of years, the totality of risk is likely to be much more effectively communicated.

Meteorologist Alan Raymond

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