How to Track Hurricanes

Have you ever wanted to track tropical cyclones with accuracy and know when to prepare? Here's how!

Steps

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    Know when storms form. Hurricane season is from June to November in areas surrounding the Atlantic Ocean. Most news agencies will mention newly-developed hurricanes, but for up-to-the-minute information of cyclones, the National Hurricane Center's site is a must.
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    Keep a close eye on it early on if it's deemed a threat in your area. The National Hurricane Center's list of active storms will show the storm's projected path.
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    Check in every day or so leading up to the hurricane. Once it's bearing down on your area, look for updates every few hours. There are an unlimited number of sources for tropical cyclone data,
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    Be prepared for anything, but don't rush at the last minute. Hurricanes are deadly, dangerous, and powerful. At times, they do chance course (depending on other weather factors and water/land temperatures) and may spare areas originally thought to be in their paths. However, a new course means new threats until it has officially been called off as a threat or possible warning.
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    Listen to officials if a hurricane is expected to impact your area. Evacuation orders aren't taken lightly, and if you're told to leave it was likely for good reason.
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    Never underestimate the effects of a storm. Even if the tropical storm is expected to strike a city well away from you, its outer bands may still spawn heavy rains, gusty winds, and perhaps tornadoes.

Warnings

  • Preparing for a hurricane can be dangerous. To avoid strain or other injuries, consider contacting local authorities to determine how best to board up your home or pack up the car.

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Categories: Storms