As we enter the peak of hurricane season, it’s important to know how to monitor tropical storms. There are a few different ways to do this, and the best method may vary depending on your location. Here are a few tips on how to stay up-to-date on tropical storms.
1. Check the National Hurricane Center’s website
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is a great resource for tracking tropical storms. Their website includes a map that shows the current location of storms, as well as information on wind speed, storm surge, and rainfall. The NHC also issues advisories and updates on storms, which can be found on their website or through email or text alerts. You can sign up for alerts here.
2. Follow local news outlets
Another good way to stay informed on tropical storms is to follow local news outlets. Many news stations will have a dedicated section on their website for tracking storms, and they will often provide updates on air. In addition, you can usually find information on power outages, evacuation routes, and shelters through local news outlets.
3. Download a weather app
There are a number of weather apps that can be useful for tracking tropical storms. Some of our favorites include AccuWeather, Weather.gov, and Weather Underground. These apps can provide you with up-to-date information on storms, as well as allow you to set up alerts for specific areas. Many of these apps also have a radar feature that can be helpful in tracking storms.
4. Listen to the radio
In addition to following news outlets and downloading weather apps, another good way to stay informed on tropical storms is to listen to the radio. Many radio stations will provide updates on storms, as well as information on power outages, evacuation routes, and shelters.
5. Stay tuned to The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel is another great resource for tracking tropical storms. In addition to their website, they also have a TV channel that provides constant updates on storms. You can also find information on The Weather Channel app, which is available for both iOS and Android.
Social media can also be a great way to stay up-to-date on tropical storms. Many news outlets and weather organizations will provide updates on their Twitter or Facebook pages. In addition, you can often find information on power outages, evacuation routes, and shelters through social media. Some of our favorite Twitter accounts to follow for tropical storm information include @NHC_Atlantic, @NWSNHC, and @weatherchannel.
7. Have a plan
Finally, it’s important to have a plan in place in case a tropical storm threatens your area. Make sure you know your evacuation route and have a list of supplies that you’ll need in case you lose power. You should also have a plan for where you’ll go if you need to evacuate. If you have pets, make sure you have a plan for them as well. For more information on preparing for a tropical storm, you can visit Ready.gov.