This site has been designed to load as fast as possible, so you can get the information you need. Be aware that during a time of emergency, such as an approaching hurricane - that many of the sites listed here will be seriously overloaded by people trying to obtain information. I urge you to get what you need and get out fast so you don't contribute to the problem.
Please visit the hurricane fact section at the end of this document - it contains information you can use to protect lives and property.
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How to get advisories:
The NHC reserves 5 sets of numbers for tropical systems. As the season progresses, they discard the oldest set of data, re-using the numbers. How many storms have there already been? Look up the number of the current storm. If you don't know, select a number and see if you are right. You have a 1 in 5 chance - you will probably see a named storm and be able to figure it out from there. As the season progresses, the visited link color will help you keep track.
|1,6,11,16 or 21||NHC||NHC||NHC||NHC|
|2,7,12 or 17||NHC||NHC||NHC||NHC|
|3,8,13 or 18||NHC||NHC||NHC||NHC|
|4,9,14 or 19||NHC||NHC||NHC||NHC|
|5,10,15 or 20||NHC||NHC||NHC||NHC|
from the National Weather Service|
from The Weather Channel
Cuban Sites - Castro doesn't have to make these available, so I publically thank him for allowing access. When the map of Cuba appears, click on the drop down menu at the top of the page. Select "Radares", and then select "Casblanca" (West) or "Camaguey" (East) from the "Seleccion" drop down menu that appears when you selected "Radares".
|These links are the sources of satellite data.|
|Tropical Depression||20-34kts||"closed" circulation|
|Tropical Storm||35-64kts||name assigned|
|Hurricane||>65 kts or >74 mph||see categories below|
|Category 1||65-82 kts||74-95 mph||>980 mb||>28.94" Hg|
|Category 2||83-95 kts||96-110 mph||965-979 mb||28.50-28.91" Hg|
|Category 3||96-113 kts||111-130 mph||945-964 mb||27.91-28.47" Hg|
|Category 4||114-135 kts||131-155 mph||920-944 mb||27.17-27.88" Hg|
|Category 5||>135 kts||>155 mph||<919 mb||<27.16" Hg|
Make sure your hurricane supplies are stocked and on hand. Some of your supplies from last year may no longer be usable. Remember that batteries, prescriptions and even canned foods carry expiration dates. Check your supplies and restock the items you need.
Know the elevation of your property above sea level and learn the storm surge history for your neighborhood. A storm surge is a dome-like rise in ocean level associated with a hurricane. The difference between the abnormal rise in sea level and the level that would occur otherwise is called storm surge. It is highest to the right of where the eye reaches land. You may be safe in your home during a storm, but many residents will have to evacuate. Have a family meeting to discuss and plan a safe evacuation route. Inventory home furnishings and keep the list in a safe place.
Watch TV or listen to the radio for the latest alerts, warnings and advisories. Get away from low-lying beaches or other locations which may be swept by high tides or storm waves. If passage to high ground is over a road likely to be under water, leave early. DON'T RUN THE RISK OF BEING MAROONED!
Your homeowners or renters insurance does NOT COVER FLOOD DAMAGE!!!You need to purchase separate flood insurance from your insurance agent. It is too late to buy it when a storm is bearing down on the area - the flood insurance will not take effect until after the storm has hit, and you have suffered your losses.
As information becomes available from the National Hurricane Center, local and state officials will be analyzing the forecasts to determine when to order an evacuation. An evacuation order may come from local officials and/or the Governor. WTVT will broadcast evacuation orders by zone number. KNOW IN ADVANCE IF YOU ARE IN AN EVACUATION ZONE AND THE PRESCRIBED ROUTE TO YOUR DESIGNATED SHELTER. Contact your local Emergency Management Service for evacuation zones and routes. If you live in a safe area, prepare your home and stay indoors. If you live in a mobile home you must evacuate since mobile home construction is vulnerable in hurricane force winds. Remember, time is precious; leave immediately if you are ordered to evacuate. Bring necessary medication and, for small children, disposable diapers, baby food and formula. For your own comfort you may want to bring a pillow or blanket.
Red Cross shelters cannot admit persons with pets so plan ahead. Determine your options of where to leave your pet:
For information concerning pet care in a weather emergency, call the Humane Society. Some kennels have certain requirements for boarding your pet. Please familiarize yourself with these and make arrangements accordingly. There is no longer a pet evacuation shelter provided during weather emergencies. This makes it even more important to plan ahead for the safety of your pet. At the time of a weather emergency, questions regarding pet evacuation procedures can be directed to the American Red Cross.