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Service Change Notice 14-45
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
356 PM EDT Mon Aug 25 2014

To:      Subscribers:
         -Family of Services
         -NOAA Weather Wire Service
         -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
         -NOAAPORT
         Other NWS partners and NWS employees

From:    Charles McCreery
         Director, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Subject: Changes to the Tsunami Threat Message effective
         Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Effective Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at 0000 Coordinated
Universal Time (UTC), the NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
(PTWC) in Honolulu, HI, will eliminate the use of alerting terms
"watch" and "warning" in its WEPA40 PHEB Tsunami product for the
Pacific and instead provide rapid notification of potential
tsunami threats. This change is being made at the request of
member states of the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation
System to improve the service.

PTWC will issue Watch/Warning/Advisory products under different
headers for U.S. domestic locations which were formerly provided
tsunami alerts exclusively through the WEPA40 PHEB product. For
further information on these Watch/Warning/Advisory US domestic
locations please see:

  http://ptwc.weather.gov/about_messages.php

as well as the following recently released Service Change
Notices:

For Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/notification/scn14-43tsunamicca.htm

For American Samoa:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/notification/scn1418tsunami_pagoaab.ht
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The product is listed below:

Product Name                           AWIPS ID     WMO HEADER
------------                           --------     ----------
Tsunami Threat Message                 TSUPAC       WEPA40 PHEB

For more information, please contact:

  Charles McCreery
  Director, NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
  Honolulu HI 96818
  phone: 808-725-4301
  email: charles.mccreery@noaa.gov

National Service Change Notices are online at:

http://www.weather.gov/os/notif.htm

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