A tropical system in which the maximum sustained wind ranges from 39 to 78 mph. A tropical storm can produce a lot of rainfall and wind, which can cause some beach erosion and boat damage.
Tropical Storm Watch
An announcement that a tropical storm or tropical storm conditions pose a threat to coastal areas generally within 48 hours.
Tropical Storm Warning
A warning that tropical storm or tropical storm conditions, including sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph, will affect a specific coastal area within 36 hours or less
A tropical system with the maximum sustained wind of 38 mph or less. Tropical depressions can produce tremendous rainfall amounts.
A tropical system with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or greater. A hurricane is the worst and strongest of all tropical weather systems.
An announcement that hurricane conditions pose a possible threat to coastal areas generally within 48 hours.
A warning that hurricane conditions are expected in a specified coastal area within 36 hours or less. This is the time to get ready for severe weather. High winds and coastal flooding will develop many hours before the eye of the storm actually comes onshore.
The calm center of the storm. In this area, winds die down and the sky is often only partly covered by clouds.
An abnormal rise in sea level accompanying a hurricane or other intense storm.