Terms to Know

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.

Gale Warning


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

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.

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.

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.

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.