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Be Aware of Weather Warnings vs. Watches


Katie Mosher, 919/270-4962,

Posted Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011

Many coastal residents and visitors confuse official emergency advisories regarding hurricanes, according to North Carolina Sea Grant researchers at East Carolina University. “A warning means take action. It is imminent for the areas specified in the warning,” explains Catherine Smith, who continues to work with emergency managers and the National Weather Service at local, state and national levels.

A storm “watch” would be issued earlier to advise people in a wider area to prepare for conditions to rapidly change.

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