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Check Out Hurricane Maps Tracked By The National Hurricane Center

When a hurricane is bearing down on your travel location, a tracker app can help you monitor the situation. Here’s what you need to know.

13 June 2011
Check Out Hurricane Maps Tracked By The National Hurricane Center

What is the Best Hurricane Tracking Website?

The National Hurricane Center tracks all tropical storms throughout the year and they make their data available to everyone.

Points of origin for hurricanes

These maps show the points of origin (by 10-day periods) for named storms during years 1851 through 2009 for the Atlantic storm region.

Early season

Early hurricane season

Mid season

Mid hurricane season

Late season

Late hurricane season

Typical hurricane paths

These maps show the zones of origin and typical hurricane paths through the hurricane season – clearly demonstrating that hurricanes originate and travel different paths during different months.

Early season

Early season hurricane paths

Mid season

Mid season hurricane paths

Late season

Late season hurricane paths

See Where is the Hurricane Zone for more information about traveling during hurricane season.

Hurricane damaged coastal vacation home

Historical Hurricane Maps

These maps show where hurricanes and tropical cyclones have historically occurred.

Tropical cyclone history

Tropical cyclone history

Hurricane history

Hurricane history

Can you see hurricanes on Google Maps?

Google has added tools to their maps app to help travelers survive a natural disaster. Google isn’t in the weather business, but it’s tapping into official sources like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Japan Meteorological Agency to track hurricanes.

In the days leading up to a hurricane, Google Maps will show you a visualization of the hurricane in their maps. This is known as a ‘hurricane forecast cone’ and it’s just like the ones you see on television weather forecasts.

Visualization of hurricane over Florida

How do I see hurricanes on Google Earth?

Tropical cyclones are one of the most powerful and damaging storms that affect our planet. The strongest qualify as hurricanes and Google Earth will show a visualization of active tropical storms. The past, current, and projected path of an active hurricane is updated every 30 minutes.

The icon on the map will also display the severity level of the storm according to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

The projected location of the storm is sown on the map as a blue cone, but hazardous conditions can occur outside the tracking area.

Google warns: the data is on a delay and should not be used as a real-time forecast or way to determine current safety conditions.

What is the best free hurricane tracking app?

While there are plenty of weather apps, hurricane tracking apps are different. Most can alert you when a storm is approaching your location. Hurricane tracking apps will also tell you the detailed forecast. If you, or someone you know, may be in danger of an impending hurricane, here are the best free tracking apps (according to Lifewire):

  • Storm Radar (from The Weather Channel) – this one shows you exactly where the storm is moving.
  • Hurricane (by the American Red Cross) – this one lets you track your loved ones and shows alerts.
  • My Hurricane Tracker – this one lets you stay up-to-date on current storm changes.
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Damian Tysdal is the founder of CoverTrip, and he believes travel insurance should be easier to understand. He started the first travel insurance blog in 2006.

Damian Tysdal is the founder of CoverTrip, and he believes travel insurance should be easier to understand. He started the first travel insurance blog in 2006.