Terms to know

Gale Warning


This warning may be issued when winds of 39-54 miles per hour (34-47 knots) are expected.

Storm Warning


This warning may be issued when winds of 55-73 miles per hour (48-63 knots) are expected. If a hurricane is expected to strike a coastal area, gale or storm warnings will not usually precede hurricane warnings.

Hurricane Watch


A Hurricane Watch is issued for a coastal area when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours.

Hurricane Warning


A Hurricane Warning is issued when hurricane conditions are expected in a specified coastal area in 24 hours or less. Hurricane conditions include winds of 74 miles per hour (64 knots) and/or dangerously high tides and waves. Actions for protection of life and property should begin immediately when the warning is issued.

Flash Flood Watch


This means a flash flood is possible in the area; stay alert.

Flash Flood Warning


This means a flash flood is imminent; take immediate action.

Small Craft Cautionary Statements


When a tropical cyclone threatens a coastal area, small craft operators are advised to remain in port or not to venture into the open sea.

Tornado Warning


Tornadoes spawned by hurricanes sometimes produce severe damage and casualties. If a tornado is reported in your area, a warning will be issued.