With Tropical Storm Isaac becoming a Hurricane soon, I thought I remind everyone about what a Hurricane Watch is and how it differs from a Hurricane Warning
What is the difference?
When a Hurricane Watch is issued this means the storm is within a 48 Hour time frame. You should already have a plan ready to take action and to be prepared if a warning is issued later. Make sure to check the news frequently for any changes in the storms path, a storm could grow to be a bigger threat than initially anticipated.
When a Hurricane Warning is issued, you can expect the storm track to have a better chance to hit the predicted area within 36 hours. You should be ready to take precautions and stock up with supplies. Again check your local news for details if an emergency declaration or evacuations are issued by state or local authorities.
I want to thank the American Red Cross for providing important safety information to the public
If you are in a Hurricane prone area, such as the Gulf Coast or the South, or Southeast coast of the US, I suggest you read more information here;