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Posted May 23, 2013
NOAA National Hurricane Center Branch Chief James Franklin (left) and hurricane forecaster Robbie Berg (right). (Photo: NOAA).
Do you know what to do if a hurricane warning is ordered for your community? What should be in your hurricane plan?
Don't wait until a storm threatens your community to find out. Get answers to these questions and more during our Hurricane Preparedness Tweet Chat.
Just ahead of the start of Atlantic hurricane season (June 1), NOAA National Hurricane Center Branch Chief James Franklin and hurricane forecaster Robbie Berg, will answer your questions about tracking and forecasting of these potentially damaging storms and how best to be prepared.
Every coastal community — from the Canadian Maritimes to the U.S. East and Gulf coasts, Latin America, and across the Caribbean Islands — is vulnerable to these massive storms. Hurricane hazards include high winds, heavy rain, storm surge, flooding and tornadoes. These effects can extend well inland from the coast.
You’ve likely heard about NOAA’s updated 2013 Atlantic hurricane season outlook, which calls for an active to extremely active season and 13–20 named storms, of which 7–11 could become hurricanes. Regardless of the number of storms predicted, remember: It only takes one storm hitting your community to make it a “bad” year. Prepare well and have a hurricane plan.
Forecasters at NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami continuously monitor the tropical waters for signs of a developing storm and issue timely and accurate watches, warnings, forecasts and analyses to help keep the population safe, protect property and minimize economic impacts to communities.
The NHC produces a complete suite of text and graphical forecast products that are updated every six hours. Meteorologists use a variety of NHC data sources for forecasts, including real-time data from NOAA’s polar-orbiting and geostationary weather satellites, ocean and coastal observing systems, hurricane hunter aircraft (video) and land-based radars.
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