Tropical Outlook for next 5 Days

Watch/Warning Definitions

Be Prepared! Tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified area within 48 hours.

Be Prepared! Hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or greater) are possible within your area. Because it may not be safe to prepare for a hurricane once winds reach tropical storm force, The NHC issues hurricane watches 48 hours before it anticipates tropical storm-force winds.

Be Prepared! The possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland
from the shoreline somewhere within the specified area, generally within 48 hours, in association
with an ongoing or potential tropical cyclone, a subtropical cyclone, or a post-tropical cyclone.
The watch may be issued earlier when other conditions, such as the onset of tropical storm-force
winds, are expected to limit the time available to take protective actions for surge (e.g.,
evacuations).

Take Action! Tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected within your area within 36 hours.

Take Action! Hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or greater) are expected somewhere within the specified area. NHC issues a hurricane warning 36 hours in advance of tropical storm-force winds to give you time to complete your preparations.

Take Action! The danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland
from the shoreline somewhere within the specified area, generally within 36 hours, in association
with an ongoing or potential tropical cyclone, a subtropical cyclone, or a post-tropical cyclone.
The warning may be issued earlier when other conditions, such as the onset of tropical stormforce
winds, are expected to limit the time available to take protective actions for surge (e.g.,
evacuations).

Take Action Now! Extreme sustained winds of a major hurricane (115 mph or greater), usually associated with the eyewall, are expected to begin within an hour. Take immediate shelter in the interior portion of a well-built structure.

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

Very dangerous winds will produce some damage. Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days.
Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage. Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage. Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks.
Devastating damage will occur. Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes
Catastrophic damage will occur. Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
Catastrophic damage will occur. A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.

2017 Tropical Cyclone Names (Atlantic Basin)

Arlene
Bret
Cindy
Don
Emily
Franklin
Gert
Harvey
Irma
Jose
Katia
Lee
Maria
Nate
Ophelia
Philippe
Rina
Sean
Tammy
Vince
Whitney