What is the National Hurricane Center?
The National Hurricane Center is a division of the Tropical Prediction Center in the United States National Weather Service. They handle all tropical activity for the eastern North Pacific and North Atlantic ocean basins and issue all watches and warnings regardless of potential impact on United States land. They are located on the campus of Florida International University in Miami, Florida.
During hurricane season (June 1 - November 30), they issue tropical outlooks every 6 hours available on their website (see related link). When a tropical depression forms, they offer a number of different products for tracking and prediction of the storm, including discussion and model forecasts. The current deputy director is Edward Rapapport.
How close does a hurricane have to be in order for the national hurricane center to issue a warning?
When the national hurricane center issues a hurricane warning how much warning does that give the people in its path?
It depends. For storms that form relatively quickly, the warning period may be a few hours, but thankfully most storms are not like that. Usually, when a hurricane warning is issued, it means that the National Hurricane Center is expecting hurricane conditions to occur in the warning area within 24 hours. However, hurricane warnings are usually issued after hurricane watches, which specify a period of 24-36 hours from the issuing of the warning to the…
In the United States most severe weather watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Warnings are usually issued by the local National Weather Service offices of the area affected. Hurricane watches and warnings are issued by the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.
A hurricane bulletin is a public forecast issued by the National Hurricane Center, and is written in plain language. Information is provided on the hurricane's current location and where hurricane watch and warnings apply. Information on the physical conditions such as wind speed, size, central pressure and direction of movement of the hurricane are also provided.