Hurricane Center To Change Alert System After Sandy
December 05, 2012
By Ken Kaye
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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