Asked in Hurricane Katrina
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 onset of hurricane conditions.