Hurricane Preparations

It's important to know the difference between a watch and a warning, and when they are issued for tropical storms and hurricanes.

A Hurricane Warning means hurricane conditions (sustained winds above 73 mph) are expected somewhere within the warning area, and it is time to finish preparation to protect people and property. "Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds" -- 39 to 73 mph, the National Hurricane Center says.

A Hurricane Watch means hurricane conditions are possible in the watch area, and are issued 48 hours before the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical-storm-force winds are expected somewhere in the designated area within 36 hours. A tropical storm watch means such conditions are possible within 48 hours.

Here are recommendations on what to do before a storm approaches:

We hope you will find this information helpful and wish you a safe hurricane season.

Bill King


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