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Sandy Criticism Prompts Change in Storm Warnings

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MIAMI (WBOC/AP)- The National Hurricane Center announced Thursday that it 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, the National Hurricane Center says it will continue to issue advisories and warnings even when storms technically are no longer hurricanes or tropical storms. 

"Our forecasters now have more flexibility to effectively communicate the threat posed by transitioning tropical systems," said Louis W. Uccellini, Ph.D., director of NOAA's National Weather Service. "Sandy's forecast was remarkably accurate and under a similar situation in the future, forecasters will be able to choose the best option to underscore the urgency involved".

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

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National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

 

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