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000 NOUS41 KCAR 231610 PNSCAR ...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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