Hurricanes, typhoons and cyclonic storms are all forms of tropical cyclones, creating havoc and causing damage with high winds, rain and storm surge in low-lying regions.
Thunderstorms, ranging from mild to severe, are the most common weather formation, producing heavy rainfall, hail, high winds, flash floods, and damaging tornadoes.
The National Weather Service explores why people ignore warnings of approaching severe weather. Answers are vital to those that utilize NWS forecasts including mariners.
Hurricane watches and warnings are issued to warn residents of danger and damages that could occur with a hurricane. Understand the warnings and prepare to minimize risk.