Stormy Weather

Hurricanes, Monsoons, and Tropical Storms

What is the difference between a hurricane watch and a warning?

Somewhat like with tornado watches and warnings, a hurricane watch means that conditions are good that a hurricane will form within the next 36 hours or so. A hurricane warning means that a hurricane is expected to make landfall within 24 hours. Warnings and watches are issued by the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center.


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