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Watches and Warnings
 
If a storm is approaching Broward County, the National Weather Service may deem certain areas under a Tropical Storm Watch or Tropical Storm Warning. If the storm worsens, or changes trajectory, all or a portion of the County may be placed under a Hurricane Watch or a Hurricane Warning. There may also be Storm Surge​ watches and warnings.

Tropical Storm Watch

According to the National Weather Service, a Tropical Storm Watch is issued when a tropical cyclone containing winds of 39-73 miles per hour or higher poses a possible threat, generally within 48 hours. These winds may be accompanied by storm surge, coastal flooding and/or river flooding. A watch does not mean that tropical storm conditions will occur; it only means that these conditions are possible. According to Broward County Emergency Management, your preparations should be underway.

Tropical Storm Warning

A Tropical Storm Warning is issued when sustained winds of 39-73 miles per hour or higher associated with a tropical cyclone are expected in 36 hours or less. These winds may be accompanied by storm surge, coastal flooding, and/or river flooding. According to Broward County Emergency Management, your preparations should be rushed to completion.

Hurricane Watch

A Hurricane Watch is issued when a tropical cyclone containing winds of 74 miles per hour or higher poses a possible threat, generally within 48 hours. These winds may be accompanied by storm surge, coastal flooding, and/or river flooding. The watch does not mean that hurricane conditions will occur; it only means that these conditions are possible. According to Broward County Emergency Management, your preparations should be underway.

Hurricane Warning

A Hurricane Warning is issued when sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or higher associated with a tropical cyclone are expected in 36 hours or less. These winds may be accompanied by storm surge, coastal flooding, and/or river flooding. A hurricane warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and exceptionally high waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force. According to Broward County Emergency Management, your preparations should be rushed to completion.​