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Hurricane Center To Change Alert System After Sandy

December 05, 2012

By Ken Kaye

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The next time a system like Superstorm Sandy threatens a coastline, a hurricane warning will be posted.

That`s because the National Hurricane Center said it now will issue one even if a hurricane is expected to downgrade into a tropical, subtropical or post-tropical system before it makes landfall.

Because Sandy was forecast to transition into a post-tropical system just before striking New Jersey in October, the hurricane center did not post a hurricane warning, relying instead on local warnings already in place.

The problem was that even though its core unraveled before landfall, Sandy struck with hurricane conditions, including a devastating storm surge. That prompted some to criticize the hurricane center, mainly Bryan Norcross, a former South Florida weathercaster.

The basic definition of a hurricane warning - an alert that hurricane conditions are expected to hit a certain area within 36 hours - has not changed.

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(c)2012 Sun Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Distributed by Mclatchy-Tribune News Service.

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Story image: In this Dec. 4, 2012 photo, builders Reginaldo Ferreira, left, and Liudmil Petrov of Russe Builders construct a wall to protect a beachfront home in Fairfield, Conn. AP Photo/Jessica Hill

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