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What Do My Tropical Alerts Mean?

24 Aug 2017, 3:06 pm

There are many different alerts in effect right now for Hurricane Harvey, and here’s what it means based on where you live.

Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the specified area.

Tropical Storm Watch means tropical-storm conditions are possible within the specified area.

Watches are issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.  During a watch, prepare your home and review your plan for evacuation in case a Hurricane or Tropical Storm Warning is issued. Listen closely to instructions from local officials.

Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the specified area.

Tropical Storm Warning means tropical-storm conditions are expected within the specified area.

Warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. During a warning, complete storm preparations and immediately leave the threatened area if directed by local officials.

Storm surge flooding has accounted for nearly half of the deaths associated with land-falling tropical cyclones over the past fifty years according to a National Hurricane Center study.  So, for the first time this hurricane season, storm surge watches and warnings have been issued.

A Storm Surge Watch indicates that life-threatening inundation is possible somewhere within the specified area, generally within 48 hours.

A Storm Surge Warning indicates there is a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the shoreline somewhere within the specified area, generally within 36 hours.

For WeatherNation, I’m Meteorologist Meredith Garofalo

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