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Hurricane definitions changing this year due to Sandy

The tri-state doesn't have to deal with tropical systems very often, but many of us remember the 80 mph winds that the remnants of Ike dealt to the area in 2008.

After Hurricane Sandy caused so much destruction along the east coast last fall, NOAA has decided to change the way they warn for tropical storms and hurricanes.


Beginning June 1st of this year(the start of hurricane season), the National Hurricane Center will broaden the definition of tropical cyclones once they become "post-tropical", meaning the storm loses it's traditional tropical characteristics.  That's what happened during Sandy as the storm neared the northeast.  

In the past, once a storm became post-tropical, the National Hurricane Center stopped issuing alerts and warnings were issued on a local level.  This caused plenty of confusion which is why the guidelines have now been changed.

The new guidelines will allow watches and warnings to be issued or remain in effect after a tropical cyclone becomes post-tropical, when such a storm poses a significant threat to life and property. In addition, the National Weather Service would ensure a continuity of service by allowing the National Hurricane Center to issue advisories during the post-tropical stage. 

 

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