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Suppose your neighborhood is placed under a hurricane watch: you know what that means?
When the threat of a hurricane is threatening, it is important for residents to know if hurricane warnings or watches are issued for areas where they live. Read on for a look at the two terms.
Hurricane warnings and watches have slightly different meanings about “hurricane conditions”, or sustained winds hit 74 mph or higher, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Ocean Service (NOS) says.
“A warning means that hurricane conditions are expected that a watch means that conditions are possible,” the agency explains.
What should I know?
Hurricane warnings and watches are issued 36 hours and 48 hours, respectively, for the tropical storm-winds force can strike, according to the NOS.
“Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force (sustained winds of 39 to 73 km / h), the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-wind power for the important preparation,” the group says.
The office shares a message as a warning to the corridor.
“During a hurricane warning, complete storm preparations and immediately leave the threatened area if directed by local officials,” the NOS adds.
Hurricane warnings can also be applied for other reasons.
“The warning remains in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and waves continue, even though the wind is less than hurricane strength,” the National Weather Service says online.
What about tropical storm warnings usa. watches?
Warnings mean tropical storm conditions are “expected,” while tropical storm watches indicate that they are “possible”, according to the NWS.