MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)- When a watch or warning is issued for a tropical system, time is of the essence. The first step in being prepared is to know what you’re preparing for.
Tropical Storm Watch: An announcement that tropical-storm conditions are possible within the specified area.
Hurricane Watch: hurricane conditions are possible within the specified area.
Tropical Storm Warning: Tropical-storm conditions are expected within the specified area.
Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions are expected within the specified area.
Warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.
Extreme Wind Warning - Extreme sustained winds of a major hurricane (115 mph or greater), usually associated with the eyewall, are expected to begin within an hour. You should take immediate shelter in the safe area of your house. Similar to a tornado warning.