Atlantic Hurricane Advisories are issued by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami Florida which include Tropical Storm and Tropical Depression Advisories. Our Software Systems capture this data once every minute, next our custom software cleans and formats the Advisory, but without changing any of the original content. This method enhances the web browser viewing of the Advisory. We have been providing Hurricane & Tropical Storms & Tropical Depression advisories for the internet community since 1998.
The Hurricane Center actually starts tracking these storms well before they ever pose a threat to the U.S. Mainland, this is very helpful information to neighboring Countries that don't have the technology that we possess.
The Staff at the Weather Information Network has experienced firsthand the wrath of several Hurricanes, first there was Frances born August 24, 2004, Frances pounded the Palm Beach County area for hours as she had slowed in forward speed. Frances caused over $12 billion dollars in damage before she died on September 10th, 2004.
This was a very frightening storm for the people of South Florida, as it had really been the first big one since Andrew in 1992, if that wasn't bad enough, here comes Jeanne born September 13, 2004, she took almost the exact same path as Frances, but was not as violent.
The Weather Information Network provided food, hot coffee and cold drinks as we were the only location around with a Generator, as night fell, we were like a beacon in the storm (The only lights for miles around). Both Frances and Jeanne brought neighborhoods together, people who didn't know who their neighbors were before the two Hurricanes, surely did afterwards. Generator sales went through the roof after these storms.
We stayed online during the worst portions of these hurricanes, we do this as a public service.
Our Principal Engineer, Lawrence R. Hughes, Sr. has written all the Software that captures the Advisories and Tropical Storm data, he also keeps all network traffic balanced and our Servers running at peak performance.
Stay advised about Hurricanes and how they can impact you and your family, by finding the latest information about approaching hurricanes and tropical storms.
If you would like to track the current tropical storms, then you can use our Hurricane Tracking Map located here.
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale:
The Saffir-Simpson Scale rating of Category 1 to Category 5 is to approximate a hurricane's current strength. The reason for the Saffir-Simpson rating at all, is to help forecasters give a better estimation of what kind of damage can be expected to property from both winds and flooding. There is no rating scale for a Tropical Depression or Tropical Storm. Wind speed is by far the most determining factor used in the Saffir-Simpson Scale.
Category 1 (Cat1) Hurricanes:
Wind Speeds of 74 - 95 mph and a Storm Surge that is about 4 - 5 feet above the normal. Most structures will not be damaged, but some damage might be expected to mobile homes that are not anchored correctly, or at all. Trees could be slightly damaged, but there could also be a good deal of rain, which was the case in 1999 from Irene, when Florida's east coast was caught off guard by her sudden presence!
Category 2 (Cat2) Hurricanes:
Wind Speeds of 96 - 110 mph and a Storm Surge that is about 6 - 8 feet above the normal. Roof damage, Window and Door damage might be expected with a Cat2 type storme. Heavy damage and destruction for some Trees. Major damage to mobile homes anchored correctly, or not and Coastal flooding hours before the storm arrives.
Category 3 (Cat3) Hurricanes:
Wind Speeds of 111 - 130 mph and a Storm Surge that is about 9 - 12 feet above the normal. Structural damage to some homes and outer buildings. Large trees, tree limbs, and Mobile homes destroyed. Heavy flooding in Low-lying areas cut-off escape routes several hours before the Hurricane arrives.
Category 4 (Cat4) Hurricanes:
Wind Speeds of 131 - 155 mph and a Storm Surge that is about 13 - 18 feet above the normal. Major roof and structure damage on small homes. Life-threatening for Animals and Humans alike, with complete destruction to mobile homes. Heavy damage to Windows and Doors and complete evacuation in areas where water is rising at rapid rates. Most people leave the local area or state, when word is spread about a Cat4!
Category 5 (Cat5) Hurricanes:
Winds Speeds in excess of 155 mph and a Storm Surge that is about 18 feet above the normal. Catastrophic devastation of some homes and buildings. Very life-threatening to Humans and Animals with total devastation to trees, Power Lines, Telephone Poles and Mobile homes. Just like Cat4, Cat5 Storms take years and years to rebuild communities.