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Hurricane Watch or Warning – what’s the difference?

By CSU Media | September 11, 2018

The South Carolina coast is halfway through hurricane season, which is officially June 1 – November 1. As Florence now approaches and other potential storms swirl in the Atlantic, it is important to know the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning.

According to NOAA, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, “A warning means that hurricane conditions are expected whereas a watch means that conditions are possible.”

A watch is issued when hurricane conditions are a possibility within 48 hours. A warning is issued when a hurricane is expected in an area within 36 hours.

CSU Emergency Operations Center personnel monitor hurricane activity closely and determine any threat to the CSU family. Any news pertaining to hazardous weather conditions will be reported through the CSU website and social media and also through Buc Alert.  

Stay updated on the latest Hurricane Florence updates regarding our campus here.


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