Here are some of the most common terms forecasters use when discussing hurricanes and tropical storms:
Hurricane and storm information is disseminated to the public every six hours.
Information is disseminated when there is significant change in storm-related weather conditions.
Sustained winds of 35-54 mph and strong wave action are expected.
Sustained winds of 55-73 mph are expected.
There is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours.
A hurricane is expected to strike within 24 hours or less, with sustained winds of 74 mph or more and dangerously high water.
A moving area of thunderstorms is in the tropics.
An area of low pressure, rotary circulation of clouds and winds up to 38 mph is identified.
A storm characterized by counterclockwise circulation of clouds and winds 39-73 is brewing.