Hanna, Ike, and South Florida

I have had several emails and phone calls asking if South Florida will be impacted by Hanna and/or Ike.  It is too early to say for sure, but we definitely need to watch both systems.

If either or both of them are forecast to get close to South Florida or the Florida Keys, the National Weather Service’s (NWS) National Hurricane Center, in coordination with the Miami and Key West National Weather Service Forecast Offices, will issue watches and/or warnings as appropriate.  Definitions follow:

Tropical Storm Watch:  An announcement that sustained winds of 34 to 63 knots (39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified coastal area within 36 hours.

Tropical Storm Warning:  An announcement that sustained winds of 34 to 63 knots (39 to 73 mph) are expected within the specified coastal area within 24 hours.

Hurricane Watch:  An announcement that sustained winds of 64 knots (74 mph) or higher are possible within the specified coastal area within 36 hours.

Hurricane Warning:  An announcement that sustained winds of 64 knots (74 mph) or higher are expected within the specified coastal area within 24 hours.

The Weather Forecast Offices will also issue a Tropical Storm/Hurricane Wind Watch or Warning as appropriate when a tropical cyclone is expected to remain at tropical storm or hurricane intensity inland.


11 thoughts on “Hanna, Ike, and South Florida

  1. Max,

    I just wanted to say thank you for all of the years of wonderful service you have given to our communities and for this blog. Our family has always appreciated your work.

  2. I am looking at the timelines of Hanna and, Ike. It leads me to wonder what would happen if the two of them basically “ran into” one another? Would they fuse, becoming a huge, huge storm? Or, would they tear each other up with windsheer?

  3. Hi. Do you think that Hanna’s impending arrival will require shutters? If so, when would be the time to put them up? (It is the middle of the week and so many of us are working!) Thanks, Lisa Gelfand Ft. Lauderdale

  4. Hi Max! If Hanna continues to wander south or generally stays where it is for the next 24 hours, what are the changes that we will start to see a Fujiwhara Effect with Ike? And if that does happen, what kind of impact will a Fujiwhara Effect between these two systems have on South Florida?

  5. Currently we are facing several potential tropical storms / hurricanes you Max have so effectively and expertly described. Right now it is the toss of the dice to some degree as to where some of these hurricanes may impact the Atlantic Seaboard or that of the Gulf Of Mexico shores. Either location can certainly cause a great deal of hardship and sorrow for residents of our great country.

    My concern is that we are not as prepared for the potential threat as we should be. We have been lulled into a false sense of security over the past two years since we have not had active and / or intense hurricane seasons. This year is different. Even a 1% risk is too much when it is simple enough with a bit of effort to prepare low cost emergency survival kits for each member of the family household including our pets as well as emergency preparedness plans to escape out of harms way.

    False security is just that FALSE! No one want to think about much less face the threat or reality of a hurricane disaster. It is much more difficult to face a hurricane when not prepared.

    May I strongly suggest that tonight after you have helped with homework and bedtime stories and kissed the kids goodnight, that you take an hour and go over your emergency preparedness checklist and review your emergency preparedness kits. It is important to get expert information that Max Mayfield provides on current and pending weather conditions that can affect you and loved ones. But knowing about he weather is not enough when you can possibly be located in harm’s way.

    It is vitally important to have solid disaster preparedness information. Know of at least 3 places outside your potential hurricane impact zone where you can ride out the wind and rain of a hurricane storm in safety. Know of private and public emergency shelter locations such as homes of family and friends as well as emergency shelters established by the local fire department or the American Red Cross.
    Don’t gamble on your loved ones safety. Your actions tonight is the best gift of love and care you can give your family during any season of the year. Remember they are counting on YOU – please don’t let them down!

    Dr. Terrie Modesto, PhD, author of Train For A Hurricane is an international expert in dying, death, loss and critical incident individual and community disaster preparation and response with 20+ year’s experience. Website: http://www.trainforahurricane.com Blog: http://www.hurricane-prepared-ness.blogspot.com

  6. Mr. Mayfield:

    Before posting my question, I would like to thank you for many years of dedication saving live during Hurricane Season. You opinion and your experience still the most important voice during Hurricanes.

    If for this, based in your Professional experience that I want to ask you if you feel that Ike is following the same patterns of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Even dough, Andrew followed a straight curse, looks like Ike will represent a danger as Andrew was. A mayor Cat 4, speed over 15 mph , formed in the middle of the Atlantic and with a direct track to South Florida.

    What do you think? I’m kind of uneasy with Ike.

    Thanks again.
    From Miami, FL

  7. Hi Max,

    I forgot to thank you for your Herculean patience with the countless hours of repetition of information for our community and your calm scientific demeanor. You are one of a short list who understands authenticity of care. It shows!

    Universal Kudos,

  8. Max,
    I would like to express my joy that you have joined the channel 10 team. You are the only true person I trust with the forecasting of a storm! You have always been accurate with your forecast and its good to know South Florida has someone we can trust when a Hurrican or Strom approaches. channel 10 got it right when they got you on board. Thank you for all that you do and I am happy to say you are the best!!!!!
    Take care

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