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.