HURRICANE INFORMATION

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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Advisories

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.

Storm
Number
Public
Advisory
Tropical
Cyclone
Discussion
Strike
Probabilities
Marine
Advisory
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

Radars

US Sites from Weather Underground


Brownsville

Corpus Christi

Houston

Lake Charles

New Orleans

Mobile

Red Bay

Tallahassee

Tampa

Key West

Miami

Melbourne

Jacksonville

Savannah

Wilmington

Morehead City

Norfolk

Dover

Philadelphia

New York City

Boston

Portland



San Juan
NWSAccuweather

US Sites from Intellicast

US Sites
from the National Weather Service
from Accuweather
from The Weather Channel

International Sites - Can Be Slow to Load

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".

Satellite Pictures

These links are the sources of satellite data.

Other Tropical Weather Pages

HURRICANE FACTS

DEFINITIONS

Tropical Depression 20-34kts "closed" circulation
Tropical Storm 35-64kts name assigned
Hurricane >65 kts or >74 mph see categories below

HURRICANE CATEGORIES

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

AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON

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.

BEFORE A STORM

  1. Moor your boat securely or evacuate it to a designated safe area. Once moored, don't return while winds and waves are up.
  2. If your home is above the evacuation levels and well constructed, you may choose to stay. If you do, prepare a safe room. This may be a large closet or windowless hallway. Mattresses or seat cushions can be used to protect you during the height of the storm. See "During The Storm."
  3. Be alert for high water in areas where streams or rivers may flood after heavy rains.
  4. Board up windows, or put storm shutters in place. When you board up, use good lumber and fasten securely. Makeshift boarding may do more damage than none at all. Have strong bracing for outside doors.
  5. Stock non-perishable foods that can be eaten without cooking or little preparation. Remember that electric power may be off and you may be without refrigeration.
  6. Be sure emergency facilities, flashlights and/or emergency lights are in working condition. Keep extra batteries on hand.
  7. Sterilize the bathtub as well as jugs, bottles, cooking utensils and fill with drinking water, as city water service may be interrupted.
  8. Be sure to have gasoline in your car, and that the car is in good working condition. If electric power is off, filling stations may not be able to operate pumps for several days.
  9. Check on everything that might blow away or be torn loose. Garbage cans, garden tools, signs, porch furniture, awnings, TV antennas, and other objects become weapons of destruction in hurricane winds. Anchor them securely or store them inside.

DURING THE STORM

  1. Stay away from windows and doors.
  2. Monitor rising waters and raise furniture on cement blocks if necessary.
  3. Move to the second floor or attic if the home begins to flood. Use an ax to cut a hole in the roof. With the aid of a rope, use the hole as an emergency exit.
  4. Remain indoors until the "All Clear" is given by authorities.
  5. Remember - even if it gets calm - YOU MAY BE IN THE EYE OF THE STORM!The winds could return without warning, and may be even stronger than before.Also - many structures and trees that were weakened by the force of the wind blowing from one direction - may not withstand the pressure of the wind from the opposite direction.WATCH OUT!
  6. Do not go out during the eye of the storm unless absolutely necessary to reach nearby shelter. I DO MEAN NEARBY! Remember that roads may not be passable. The last thing you want is to be caught outdoors when the winds return.

IF AN EVACUATION IS ORDERED

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.

AFTER THE STORM

  1. Seek medical care at hospitals for persons injured during the storm.
  2. Don't touch loose or dangling wires. Report such damage to the light and power company or nearest police officer.
  3. Use caution when entering your home.
  4. Check for structural damage and gas leaks.
  5. Report broken sewer or water mains to the water department.
  6. Don't turn on lights or appliances if your home is flooded until an electrician inspects your home.
  7. Guard against spoiled food in mechanical refrigerators if power has been off any length of time. Boil all drinking water until authorities tell you that the water is safe to drink.
  8. Unless you are qualified to render valuable emergency assistance, stay away from disaster areas where you may hamper first aid or rescue work.
  9. Drive automobiles cautiously. Debris filled streets are dangerous, so keep your eyes on the road. Along the coast, soil may be washed from beneath the pavement which may collapse under the weight of vehicles.
  10. Be alert to prevent fires. Lowered water pressure makes fire fighting difficult after storms.
  11. Take down shutters and save the lumber. Store in a handy place for future use.
  12. Call your local Red Cross if you have immediate or special needs such as food, clothing and shelter.
  13. Document any damage and notify your insurance agent.
  14. Notify your relatives of your safety and whereabouts.

ABOUT PETS -----

Red Cross shelters cannot admit persons with pets so plan ahead. Determine your options of where to leave your pet:

  1. Boarding kennels
  2. Friends or relatives who can provide temporary care inside their home.
  3. Motels that allow pets (check on any restrictions concerning pets).

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.

YOUR HURRICANE KIT SHOULD INCLUDE

  • Baby food
  • Baby formula
  • Batteries for radios, flashlights, etc.
  • Books, magazines, games
  • Bottled water
  • Can opener
  • Canned fruits & vegetables
  • Canned meats
  • Canned puddings
  • Canned soups
  • Canned, powdered or shelf pack milk
  • Cereal, cookies, crackers & snacks
  • Coffee & tea
  • Condiments
  • Disposable diapers
  • Disposable plates, glasses, utensils
  • Disposable washcloths
  • Dried fruit
  • First aid supplies
  • Flashlights
  • Fuel & fuel can
  • Ice chest & ice
  • Lamp oil
  • Lanterns
  • Masking tape
  • Matches
  • Non-electric clock
  • Peanut butter & jelly
  • Pet food, if needed
  • Plastic drop cloth
  • Portable radio
  • Powdered or individually packaged drinks
  • Prescription medicines
  • Sterno
  • Toiletries
  • Water containers
  • Window protection