HURRICANE UPDATE September 2, 7:30am from The Weather Channel:
What to Know If You’re in Dorian’s Hurricane Watch, Hurricane Warning, Tropical Storm Watch or Tropical Storm Warning
Hurricane Dorian is a threat to the entire Southeast coast and will be so for days. As the storm moves up the coast, millions of people from Florida to Virginia should be prepared to receive these alerts from the National Hurricane Center: hurricane watch, hurricane warning, tropical storm watch or tropical storm warning.
These alerts are critical indications of not only what kind of conditions Dorian will bring your way, but also how soon you should expect them to arrive.
But what do they really mean for you?
A tip, before we break the alerts down in detail: A warning means bad conditions will arrive sooner than a watch.
Here’s a rundown of each of these critical alerts and what they mean.
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If you’re under a hurricane warning you should prepare for sustained winds 74 mph or greater to hit your area. These are not gusts, but a steady, damaging wind greater than 74 mph. Wind gusts often exceed sustained winds in tropical systems, so prepare for the potential for even stronger winds to hit.
Hurricane warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of when the first tropical storm-force winds (39 to 73 mph) are expected. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.