Tropical Cyclone Information

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Your source for tropical cyclone information

Our DisasterAWARE platform, including Disaster Alert™, provides information about tropical cyclones happening around the world. Information is derived from a variety of scientific monitoring agencies.

Reporting Threshold

63 km/h (39 mph/34 kt)+ winds not forecast to impact land within 5 days but headed toward populated areas

Real-Time Processing


√ Global

SmartAlert™
Early Warning
for Tropical Cyclones

DisasterAWARE now includes PDC’s proprietary SmartAlert technology. You select the areas and hazards to monitor and we’ll alert you to threats within or approaching those areas automatically.

Offering the following alert severity levels:

Severity levels are designated by the authoritative reporting agency.

  Information
Tropical storm conditions of 63 km/h (39 mph/34 kt) or greater expected and not currently a threat to land.
  Advisory
Tropical storm conditions of 63 km/h (39 mph/34 kt) or greater expected and impact to land is within 5 days.
  Watch
Tropical storm conditions of 63 km/h (39 mph/34 kt) or greater expected and impact to land is within 48 hours.
  Warning
Tropical storm conditions of 63 km/h (39 mph/34 kt) or greater expected and impact land within 36 hours.

Available Formats

Professional versions: SMS Text | Email | App Alerts
Public version: App Alerts Only

Be Aware and Prepare

Always heed instructions from local authorities and receive alerts about major hazards from PDC’s DisasterAlert app or on the DisasterAlert website.

 

Find more information at www.ready.gov/hurricanes

Act now

If authorities have issued a tropical cyclone/hurricane warning for your area, find safe shelter right away!
  • Evacuate if told to do so.
  • Take refuge in a designated storm shelter or an interior room for high winds.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.

Plan ahead

Live in or plan to visit an area at-risk of tropical cyclones/hurricanes?
  • Know your area’s risk of tropical cyclones/hurricanes.
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system.
  • If you are at risk for flash flooding, watch for warning signs such as heavy rain.
  • Practice going to a safe shelter for high winds. The next best protection is a small, interior, windowless room in a sturdy building on the lowest level that is not subject to flooding.
  • Based on your location and community plans, make your own plans for evacuation or sheltering in place.
  • Become familiar with your evacuation zone, the evacuation route, and shelter locations.
  • Gather needed supplies for at least three days (at least two weeks if in Hawaii or other remote area). Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets.
  • Keep important documents in a safe place or create password-protected digital copies.
  • Protect your property. Declutter drains and gutters. Consider hurricane shutters.

Hazard Brief

Real-Time Impact and Needs Assessment

Through DisasterAWARE  and DisasterAlert you get access to PDC’s unique exposure modeling capabilities—providing accurate assessments of exposure and need for hazards in any part of the world.

How to access Hazard Brief (available for all hazards)

Helpful Features and Layers

DisasterAWARE provides layers of information to help assess the impacts of tropical cyclones. These include but are not limited to: • Potential impacts (TAOS Model) – wind, storm surge, rainfall • Position and segments • Winds (surface velocity and forecast) • Forecast uncertainty (3 day, 5 day) • Lightning strike density • Rainfall accumulation (3 hour, 1 day) • U.S. watches, warnings and advisories* • Ocean buoys* * = Available for professional version only

Are you a disaster management practitioner and want to know more?

Specialized Tropical Cyclone Products

for Disaster Management Practitioners

DisasterAWARE provides specialized situational analysis reports for use by disaster management practitioners. Some of these are generated automatically with every advisory, while others are custom created by PDC as needed to support hazard response.

Estimated Impact

Preliminary Flooding, Damage Assessment

Energy Lifeline–Electricity Impacts

Impact and Needs Analysis

Wind Exposure and Anticipated Impacts to Lifelines