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MIAMI (AP) — The National Hurricane Center is changing the way it issues hurricane and tropical storm watches and warnings after being criticized over its handling of Superstorm Sandy.

During Sandy, forecasters at the center in Miami stopped issuing advisories and hurricane warnings because the storm lost its tropical characteristics and mutated into a hybrid storm as it merged with two cold-weather systems. Some people said that caused Northeast residents to underestimate Sandy’s danger when it hit the New Jersey on Oct. 29.

Under the new policy announced Thursday, the National Hurricane Center says it will continue to issue advisories and warnings even when storms technically are no longer hurricanes or tropical storms.

The hurricane center attributed 72 deaths in the US to Sandy, but some estimates were higher.

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6 Comments on "Sandy criticism prompts change in storm warnings"

2015 years 8 months ago

Wait, what really.

The weather service issued all types of warming to the people in New Orleans all the way up till the storm it. Did it help? No, people are not smart enough to take actions. I have lived here all my life and I do listen to their warnings and I do take action.

It is just the north crying wanting to find someone to blame because they are too stupid to take care of themselves.

2015 years 8 months ago

Wow calling people stupid because they aren’t accustomed to experiencing anything ever in their lifetime like Superstorm Sandy is really uncalled for. Just like people in New Orleans and other areas impacted by other major weather events were devastated so were the people of NY and NJ. We love our beaches and coastline just like you do in your state. This storm hit not only beachfront areas where almost all people DID heed warnings and evacuate but it hit inland and noncoastal areas that historically have never been hit. These people lost everything..some of the homes still haven’t been found because they literally washed away and others burnt to the ground. There are hundreds still homeless and some towns have been destroyed forever. Have some compassion. Many in NY and NJ in particular have been doing nonstop fundraisers and reaching out for months to help both neighbors and strangers aike. We are proud of our efforts and applaud those from all over the country that have also helped. Negative comments are uncalled for in a time of crisis. I hope you never experience the level of loss many have felt here. Our landscape here is forever changed and it is very heartwrenching for those of us who call this area home.

2015 years 8 months ago

I believe that we make too much of storms anyway. You want to build a $4M palace 150 ft from the ocean? Go right ahead. Being foolish is non-denominational, non-partisan and applies to both sexes. It also applies to young and old.
But AFTER the storm is no longer a hurricane I would rely on local weather guys to warn me about the potential damages from a storm that’s no longer nationwide media worthy. I dislike the hype the Weather Channel injects into hurricane forecasting.
Jerry Jackson can forewarn the idiots who build the oceanfront palaces far more effectively than Jim Cantore does. As Sandy pointed out a two day nor’easter can pack a far more devastating punch than many hurricanes.
The Disaster Cats at the WC serve a purpose but as storms get closer I’d take a local guy’s view over the WC any day.


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2015 years 8 months ago

Go back to the Old School method of meteorology…and quit waiting for 3 or 4 computers to decide our fate. Or…everyone buy a copy of Farmers Almanac and read it…and it ain’t up for downloads on Farmers.com either.

2015 years 8 months ago

Wet your finger – stick it up in the air.
Voila – instant meteorologist

Well, maybe not…..


2015 years 8 months ago

I remember quite vividly the news describing the “perfect storm” qualities of Sandy. The whole idea that it was played down is BS.

Prior to Katrina there was absolutely no doubt about how horrible a major hurricane would be if it hit that area. There was even an article in Nat Geo a couple of years before that described the exact situation…the idiots still stayed.



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