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Hurricane FAQS

What is a Tropical Depression?
This is the term given to an organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 38 MPH (33 knots) or less.

What is a Tropical Storm
A Tropical Storm is an organized system of strong thunderstorms with maximum sustained winds of 39–73 MPH (34–63 knots).

Is a Tropical Storm different from a Hurricane?
Yes. The wind speed of a Hurricane is significantly stronger than a Tropical Storm.

Are storm surges dangerous?
Yes. A storm surge is a large body of water pushed onshore by hurricane and tropical storm winds and can reach as high as 25 feet and as wide as 50–1,000 miles. It is extremely important to evacuate if you live in low-lying areas or as soon as instructed by local authorities.

What is the difference between a Hurricane or Tropical Storm Warning and a Hurricane or Tropical Storm Watch?
A Hurricane or Tropical Storm Watch
is usually given when weather conditions are Possible for a storm in a specified area, within 36 hours.

A Hurricane or Tropical Storm Warning is by the NOAA or local Met Office when storm conditions are Expected in a specified area, usually within 24 hours.