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...HURRICANE AWARENESS WEEK...

THE FORECAST PROCESS--STATEMENTS, WATCHES, AND WARNINGS

THE ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON RUNS FROM JUNE 1ST THROUGH
NOVEMBER 30TH. HURRICANE HAZARDS COME IN MANY FORMS,
INCLUDING STORM SURGE, HEAVY RAINFALL, INLAND FLOODING,
HIGH WINDS, TORNADOES, AND RIP CURRENTS.

DURING HURRICANES AND TROPICAL STORMS, THE NATIONAL
HURRICANE CENTER AND LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES
ACROSS THE COUNTRY SHARE IN THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR PROVIDING
CRITICAL WEATHER INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC.  TO DO SO, THE
HURRICANE CENTER AND LOCAL OFFICES CLOSELY COORDINATE ON THE
FORECAST, IN ORDER TO PROVIDE CONSISTENT INFORMATION TO THE
PUBLIC.  CONSEQUENTLY, THE NORMAL ZONE FORECASTS MAY BE
DELAYED DURING THESE SITUATIONS.

LIKE ALL WEATHER-RELATED THREATS, THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE RELIES ON A WATCH AND WARNING PROGRAM TO ALERT THE
PUBLIC TO THE POTENTIAL DANGERS FROM TROPICAL STORMS AND
HURRICANES.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH/HURRICANE WATCH IS ISSUED WHEN
TROPICAL STORM/HURRICANE FORCE WINDS ARE POSSIBLE ALONG THE
COAST WITHIN 48 HOURS.  IF YOU HAVEN`T DONE SO PRIOR TO THE
ISSUANCE OF THE WATCH, IT`S A GOOD TIME TO BEGIN
PREPARATIONS FOR THE POTENTIAL STORM, ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE
ACTIONS THAT REQUIRE EXTRA TIME.

A TROPICAL STORM/HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN TROPICAL
STORM/HURRICANE FORCE WINDS ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE COAST
WITHIN 36 HOURS.  ONCE THE WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED, YOU
SHOULD COMPLETE ANY PREPARATORY ACTIONS AND GET TO A SAFE
LOCATION.

ONCE THE STORM ARRIVES, STAY IN THE SAFE LOCATION UNTIL THE
STORM HAS COMPLETELY PASSED.  DON`T BE FOOLED BY THE EYE OF
THE STORM, WHICH CAN MISLEAD PEOPLE INTO THINKING THAT THE
STORM IS OVER.  WINDS AND RAIN WILL INCREASE RAPIDLY
IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE EYE PASSES OVERHEAD.

QUESTION OF THE DAY:  DURING WHICH MONTH ARE TROPICAL STORMS
MOST LIKELY TO DEVELOP?

WHILE THE FREQUENCY OF TROPICAL STORMS INCREASES IN JULY,
THE MOST ACTIVE PART OF THE ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON RUNS
BETWEEN AUGUST 1 AND OCTOBER 31.  ACCORDING TO THE
HISTORICAL RECORD FROM 1886 TO 1997, THE PEAK MONTH FOR
TROPICAL STORM ACTIVITY IS SEPTEMBER.  BELOW IS THE
PERCENTAGE OF THE STORMS THAT DEVELOPED IN EACH MONTH.

               MONTH       PERCENTAGE OF STORMS
               MAY                  1%
               JUNE                 6%
               JULY                 8%
               AUGUST              24%
               SEPTEMBER           34%
               OCTOBER             21%
               NOVEMBER             5%
               DECEMBER             1%

NOW IS THE TIME TO PREPARE FOR HURRICANES AND TROPICAL STORMS:

HTTP://WWW.NHC.NOAA.GOV/PREPARE/
HTTP://WWW.READY.GOV/EVACUATING-YOURSELF-AND-YOUR-FAMILY

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