Storm warning

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For other uses, see Storm Warning (disambiguation). For weather warnings in general, see Weather warning.
"Storm watch" redirects here. For other uses, see Stormwatch (disambiguation).
Storm warning flag (USA)

At sea, a storm warning is a warning issued by the National Weather Service of the United States when winds between 48 knots (89 km/h, 55 mph) and 63 knots (117 km/h, 73 mph) are occurring or predicted to occur soon. The winds must not be associated with a tropical cyclone.[1] If the winds are associated with a tropical cyclone, a tropical storm warning will be substituted for the storm warning and less severe gale warning. In US maritime warning flag systems, a red square flag with a black square taking up the middle ninth of the flag is used to indicate a storm warning (the use of two such flags denotes a hurricane force wind warning or a hurricane warning). The same flag as a storm warning is used to indicate a tropical storm warning.

Example[edit]

The following is an example of a storm warning issued by the National Weather Service office in Seattle, Washington.[2]

246 
WHUS76 KSEW 180451
MWWSEW

URGENT - MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
851 PM PST SUN JAN 17 2010

PZZ150-153-156-170-173-176-181300-
/O.UPG.KSEW.GL.W.0087.000000T0000Z-100118T2300Z/
/O.NEW.KSEW.SR.W.0003.100118T0451Z-100118T2000Z/
COASTAL WATERS FROM CAPE FLATTERY TO JAMES ISLAND OUT 10 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM JAMES ISLAND TO POINT GRENVILLE OUT 10 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM POINT GRENVILLE TO CAPE SHOALWATER OUT 10 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM CAPE FLATTERY TO JAMES ISLAND 10 TO 60 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM JAMES ISLAND TO POINT GRENVILLE 10 TO 60 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM POINT GRENVILLE TO CAPE SHOALWATER 10 TO
60 NM-
851 PM PST SUN JAN 17 2010

...STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PST MONDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A STORM
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PST MONDAY. THE GALE
WARNING IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A STORM WARNING MEANS WINDS OF 48 TO 63 KNOTS ARE IMMINENT OR
OCCURRING. RECREATIONAL BOATERS SHOULD REMAIN IN PORT OR TAKE
SHELTER UNTIL THE WINDS AND WAVES SUBSIDE. COMMERCIAL VESSELS
SHOULD PREPARE FOR VERY STRONG WINDS AND DANGEROUS SEA
CONDITIONS...AND CONSIDER REMAINING IN PORT OR TAKING SHELTER IN
PORT UNTIL WINDS AND WAVES SUBSIDE.

&&

$$

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Weather Service. "Storm Warning". Glossary - National Weather Service. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  2. ^ National Weather Service. "Storm Warning". Iowa Environmental Mesonet NWS Product Archive. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 

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