- A Hurricane Watch is issued for a coastal area when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours.
- 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 an hour (64 knots) or greater, and/or dangerously high tides and waves. Actions for protection of life and property should begin immediately when the warning is issued.
When a Hurricane Watch is issued for your area:
- Check often for official bulletins on radio, TV, or NOAA Weather Radio.
- Ensure your car's fuel tank is full.
- Check mobile home tie-downs.
- Securely moor small craft (double lines) or move to safe mooring.
- Stock up on canned provisions.
- Check supplies of special medicines and drugs.
- Check batteries for radio and flashlights. Have plenty of spare batteries.
- Secure lawn furniture and other loose material outdoors.
- Tape, board, or shutter windows to prevent shattering.
- Wedge sliding glass doors to prevent their lifting out of their tracks.
When a Hurricane Warning is Issued for Your Area:
- Stay informed to learn whether government officials want you to shelter-in-place or evacuate.
- Know the scale of the hurricane (category 1 - 5) and how that will affect your home and the surrounding area. Visit the National Hurricane Center to learn more.
- Be prepared for floods, power outages, and other effects of the hurricane.
Sign up for Alert Montgomery to receive hurricane watches and warnings for Montgomery County directly to your phone or e-mail.
For more information on winter storms visit Ready.gov
For more information on hurricanes, visit the National Hurricane Center