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Before the Hurricane Season Begins
Develop a plan. Know your homes vulnerability to the threats above - surge, wind, and flooding. Check your supplies - water, batteries, food. For information on developing a Hurricane Supply kit, see our page on that topic. Know where you can evacuate to - friends, relatives, a hotel?
Know when to take action - Watch vs Warning
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Prepare before a Watch or Warning is issued and be ready to evacuate when the Watch comes or earlier if so instructed.
An Approaching Storm
As a storm approaches, you should prepare your house and your yard. Some things to consider:
If you have time, help your neighbors. Debris in their yards can easily impact your home and yard.
During a storm.
After a Storm
1. Move life jackets and first aid kits to house
2. Remove cushions and lose items (e.g. boat tops) and move to garage
3. Anchor hatch covers
4. Move to maximum davit height, fasten cables
5. Unplug davits/lifts
6. Turn off outside electricity to davits
7. For our Boston Whaler: put in main plug on boat (take out other plugs)
8. Tighten down davit locks
9. Tie down boat with dock lines
Active tropical cyclones in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico
Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlook-
ABNT20 KNHC 220150
SPECIAL TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
950 PM EDT TUE OCT 21 2014
For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:
Special outlook to update discussion on low pressure area over the
Bay of Campeche
Updated: Satellite and radar data indicate that showers and
thunderstorms associated with the well-defined low in the southern
Bay of Campeche have increased and become better organized during
the past hour or two. If the current development trend continues,
tropical cyclone advisories will be initiated later this evening
or overnight. Interests in Mexican state of Campeche and elsewhere
in the Yucatan Peninsula should monitor the progress of this system
as tropical storm warnings could need to be issued on short notice.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...70 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent.
A large non-tropical low located over the far eastern Atlantic
Ocean, a few hundred miles south of the Azores, is producing
disorganized thunderstorms and winds to gale force. This system
could still acquire some subtropical characteristics during the next
day or so while it moves westward to west-southwestward at 10 to 15
mph. Upper-level winds are forecast to become less conducive for
subtropical or tropical cyclone formation by Wednesday night
and development after that time is not likely. Additional
information on this system can be found in High Seas Forecasts
issued by Meteo France.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.
High Seas Forecasts issued by Meteo France can be found under WMO
header FQNT50 LFPW.
Summary for Tropical Depression NINE (AT4/AL092014)- ...TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMS OVER THE BAY OF CAMPECHE... ...TROPICAL STORM WARNING ISSUED... As of 10:00 PM CDT Tue Oct 21 the center of NINE was located near 19.4, -92.9 with movement E at 6 mph. The minimum central pressure was 1000 mb with maximum sustained winds of about 35 mph.
Tropical Depression NINE Public Advisory Number 1-Issued at 1000 PM CDT TUE OCT 21 2014
000 WTNT34 KNHC 220255 TCPAT4 BULLETIN TROPICAL DEPRESSION NINE ADVISORY NUMBER 1 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL092014 1000 PM CDT TUE OCT 21 2014 ...TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMS OVER THE BAY OF CAMPECHE... ...TROPICAL STORM WARNING ISSUED... SUMMARY OF 1000 PM CDT...0300 UTC...INFORMATION ----------------------------------------------- LOCATION...19.4N 92.9W ABOUT 160 MI...255 KM WSW OF CAMPECHE MEXICO MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...35 MPH...55 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...E OR 90 DEGREES AT 6 MPH...9 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1000 MB...29.53 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS -------------------- CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY... THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM WARNING FROM CELESTUN TO FRONTERA. SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT... A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR... * CELESTUN TO FRONTERA A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA...IN THIS CASE WITHIN THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS. FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE. DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK ------------------------------ AT 1000 PM EDT...0300 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION NINE WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 19.4 NORTH...LONGITUDE 92.9 WEST. THE DEPRESSION IS MOVING TOWARD THE EAST NEAR 6 MPH...9 KM/H...AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. ON THE FORECAST TRACK...THE DEPRESSION IS EXPECTED TO APPROACH THE COAST OF THE MEXICAN STATE OF CAMPECHE LATE WEDNESDAY OR WEDNESDAY NIGHT. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 35 MPH...55 KM/H...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. STRENGTHENING IS EXPECTED AND THE DEPRESSION IS FORECAST TO BECOME A TROPICAL STORM TONIGHT OR WEDNESDAY. THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1000 MB...29.53 INCHES. HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ---------------------- RAINFALL...THE DEPRESSION IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 10 INCHES ACROSS THE YUCATAN PENINSULA OF MEXICO... WITH MAXIMUM TOTALS OF 15 INCHES POSSIBLE. THESE RAINFALL AMOUNTS MAY PRODUCE LIFE THREATENING FLASH FLOODS. WIND...TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN PORTIONS OF THE WARNING AREA BY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. NEXT ADVISORY ------------- NEXT INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY...100 AM CDT. NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY...400 AM CDT. $$ FORECASTER BROWN
Tropical Depression NINE Forecast Advisory Number 1-Issued at 0300 UTC WED OCT 22 2014
000 WTNT24 KNHC 220254 TCMAT4 TROPICAL DEPRESSION NINE FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER 1 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL092014 0300 UTC WED OCT 22 2014 CHANGES IN WATCHES AND WARNINGS WITH THIS ADVISORY... THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM WARNING FROM CELESTUN TO FRONTERA. SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT... A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR... * CELESTUN TO FRONTERA A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA...IN THIS CASE WITHIN THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS. TROPICAL DEPRESSION CENTER LOCATED NEAR 19.4N 92.9W AT 22/0300Z POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN 20 NM PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE EAST OR 90 DEGREES AT 5 KT ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 1000 MB MAX SUSTAINED WINDS 30 KT WITH GUSTS TO 40 KT. WINDS AND SEAS VARY GREATLY IN EACH QUADRANT. RADII IN NAUTICAL MILES ARE THE LARGEST RADII EXPECTED ANYWHERE IN THAT QUADRANT. REPEAT...CENTER LOCATED NEAR 19.4N 92.9W AT 22/0300Z AT 22/0000Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 19.4N 93.2W FORECAST VALID 22/1200Z 19.4N 92.1W MAX WIND 40 KT...GUSTS 50 KT. 34 KT... 30NE 30SE 20SW 20NW. FORECAST VALID 23/0000Z 19.4N 91.0W MAX WIND 45 KT...GUSTS 55 KT. 34 KT... 40NE 40SE 30SW 30NW. FORECAST VALID 23/1200Z 19.4N 90.0W MAX WIND 35 KT...GUSTS 45 KT. 34 KT... 30NE 30SE 0SW 20NW. FORECAST VALID 24/0000Z 19.4N 88.9W MAX WIND 30 KT...GUSTS 40 KT. FORECAST VALID 25/0000Z 19.0N 86.6W MAX WIND 30 KT...GUSTS 40 KT. EXTENDED OUTLOOK. NOTE...ERRORS FOR TRACK HAVE AVERAGED NEAR 150 NM ON DAY 4 AND 200 NM ON DAY 5...AND FOR INTENSITY NEAR 15 KT EACH DAY OUTLOOK VALID 26/0000Z 18.5N 84.5W...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW MAX WIND 30 KT...GUSTS 40 KT. OUTLOOK VALID 27/0000Z 18.5N 83.0W...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW MAX WIND 30 KT...GUSTS 40 KT. REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF 19.4N 92.9W NEXT ADVISORY AT 22/0900Z $$ FORECASTER BROWN
Tropical Depression NINE Forecast Discussion Number 1-Issued at 1000 PM CDT TUE OCT 21 2014
000 WTNT44 KNHC 220301 TCDAT4 TROPICAL DEPRESSION NINE DISCUSSION NUMBER 1 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL092014 1000 PM CDT TUE OCT 21 2014 Satellite and radar data from Mexico indicate that deep convection associated with the small well-defined low pressure area over the Bay of Campeche has become organized in bands over the eastern and northern portions of the circulation during the past few hours. Thus the low is being designated as a tropical depression. Earlier aircraft data supported winds around 30 kt. The depression is over warm water and moderate southwesterly shear that has been over the system is forecast to decrease during the next 24 hours. This should allow for some strengthening and the depression is expected to to become a overnight or early Wednesday. The cyclone should weaken after it moves over the Yucatan Peninsula Wednesday night. If the small cyclone survives the passage across the Yucatan Peninsula, drier air and interaction with a frontal system is likely to prevent strengthening. The NHC forecasts calls for degeneration to a remnant low in 4 or 5 days, but this could occur much sooner. The depression is moving eastward at about 5 kt. This general motion is expected to continue during the next 24 hours and the cyclone is forecast to reach the west coast of the Yucatan Peninsula late tomorrow or tomorrow night. After that time, the track forecast becomes much more uncertain since the small system is likely to interact with a developing non-tropical low pressure over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. The ECMWF shows the tropical cyclone merging with the frontal system, while the GFS keeps the depression a separate system. For now, the NHC forecast shows a weak low pressure area over the northwestern Caribbean Sea in 4 to 5 days. FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS INIT 22/0300Z 19.4N 92.9W 30 KT 35 MPH 12H 22/1200Z 19.4N 92.1W 40 KT 45 MPH 24H 23/0000Z 19.4N 91.0W 45 KT 50 MPH 36H 23/1200Z 19.4N 90.0W 35 KT 40 MPH 48H 24/0000Z 19.4N 88.9W 30 KT 35 MPH 72H 25/0000Z 19.0N 86.6W 30 KT 35 MPH 96H 26/0000Z 18.5N 84.5W 30 KT 35 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW 120H 27/0000Z 18.5N 83.0W 30 KT 35 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW $$ Forecaster Brown
Tropical Depression NINE Wind Speed Probabilities Number 1-Issued at 0300 UTC WED OCT 22 2014
000 FONT14 KNHC 220255 PWSAT4 TROPICAL DEPRESSION NINE WIND SPEED PROBABILITIES NUMBER 1 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL092014 0300 UTC WED OCT 22 2014 AT 0300Z THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION NINE WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 19.4 NORTH...LONGITUDE 92.9 WEST WITH MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS NEAR 30 KTS...35 MPH...55 KM/H. Z INDICATES COORDINATED UNIVERSAL TIME (GREENWICH) ATLANTIC STANDARD TIME (AST)...SUBTRACT 4 HOURS FROM Z TIME EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME (EDT)...SUBTRACT 4 HOURS FROM Z TIME CENTRAL DAYLIGHT TIME (CDT)...SUBTRACT 5 HOURS FROM Z TIME WIND SPEED PROBABILITY TABLE FOR SPECIFIC LOCATIONS CHANCES OF SUSTAINED (1-MINUTE AVERAGE) WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST ...34 KT (39 MPH... 63 KM/H)... ...50 KT (58 MPH... 93 KM/H)... ...64 KT (74 MPH...119 KM/H)... FOR LOCATIONS AND TIME PERIODS DURING THE NEXT 5 DAYS PROBABILITIES FOR LOCATIONS ARE GIVEN AS OP(CP) WHERE OP IS THE PROBABILITY OF THE EVENT BEGINNING DURING AN INDIVIDUAL TIME PERIOD (ONSET PROBABILITY) (CP) IS THE PROBABILITY OF THE EVENT OCCURRING BETWEEN 00Z WED AND THE FORECAST HOUR (CUMULATIVE PROBABILITY) PROBABILITIES ARE GIVEN IN PERCENT X INDICATES PROBABILITIES LESS THAN 1 PERCENT PROBABILITIES FOR 34 KT AND 50 KT ARE SHOWN AT A GIVEN LOCATION WHEN THE 5-DAY CUMULATIVE PROBABILITY IS AT LEAST 3 PERCENT. PROBABILITIES FOR 64 KT ARE SHOWN WHEN THE 5-DAY CUMULATIVE PROBABILITY IS AT LEAST 1 PERCENT. - - - - WIND SPEED PROBABILITIES FOR SELECTED LOCATIONS - - - - FROM FROM FROM FROM FROM FROM FROM TIME 00Z WED 12Z WED 00Z THU 12Z THU 00Z FRI 00Z SAT 00Z SUN PERIODS TO TO TO TO TO TO TO 12Z WED 00Z THU 12Z THU 00Z FRI 00Z SAT 00Z SUN 00Z MON FORECAST HOUR (12) (24) (36) (48) (72) (96) (120) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - LOCATION KT FRONTERA MX 34 22 4(26) X(26) X(26) X(26) X(26) X(26) MERIDA MX 34 X 3( 3) 5( 8) 2(10) 2(12) X(12) 1(13) COZUMEL MX 34 X 1( 1) 1( 2) 2( 4) 11(15) 2(17) 1(18) COZUMEL MX 50 X X( X) X( X) X( X) 3( 3) X( 3) X( 3) BELIZE 34 X 2( 2) 1( 3) 4( 7) 6(13) 1(14) 1(15) PUERTO BARRIOS 34 X 1( 1) 1( 2) 1( 3) 2( 5) X( 5) 1( 6) GUANAJA 34 X X( X) X( X) 2( 2) 5( 7) 3(10) 1(11) CP SAN ANTONIO 34 X X( X) X( X) X( X) 3( 3) 2( 5) 1( 6) ISLE OF PINES 34 X X( X) X( X) X( X) 1( 1) 1( 2) 3( 5) GRAND CAYMAN 34 X X( X) X( X) X( X) 1( 1) 2( 3) 3( 6) $$ FORECASTER BROWN
Tropical Depression NINE Graphics-
5-Day Uncertainty Track last updated Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:56:37 GMT
Wind Speed Probabilities last updated Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:04:44 GMT