In the early part of this century,
coastal residents may have had
less than a day to prepare or
evacuate their homes from an
oncoming hurricane. Today, these
same locations receive warnings
to evacuate from one to two days
in advance, let alone the extra
days they are also aware of its
existence. Before satellites and
radars, people had very little
knowledge of the weather just
100 kilometers offshore.
Obviously it is a vastly different
world today. Thanks to satellites,
we know about the existence of a
tropical cyclone immediately.
Meteorologists at the Tropical
Prediction Center work to
constantly monitor these systems
as they move, issuing hurricane
watches and warnings.