Hurricane Watch – A hurricane watch means residents in a designated coastal area could experience hurricane conditions within 36 hours. Families should enact their disaster action plan and begin to secure homes, vehicles and boats. Residents on barrier islands should consider evacuating.

Hurricane Warning – A hurricane warning indicates sustained winds of at least 74 mph are predicted for a designated area of the coastline within 24 hours. Residents should complete disaster action plans and seek shelter in the safest location.