Hurricane Irma: Why you may get Tropical Alerts on your phone

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Turning on hurricane data in weather app

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If you have the free WHIO Weather App on your smart phone, you’ve likely received a Tropical Alert  regarding Hurricane Irma.

Why are Ohioans receiving this kind of alert even though we’re more than a 1,000 miles away?

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It’s because the MIami Valley is in what the National Hurricane Center calls the “Cone of Uncertainty.”

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This is the Cone of Uncertainty for Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose in the Atlantic Basin.

This is the Cone of Uncertainty for Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose in the Atlantic Basin.
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This is the Cone of Uncertainty for Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose in the Atlantic Basin.

The cone is the projected path of a tropical storm or hurricane, and the areas that are likely to experience some kind of impact.

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Our WHIO Weather App users receive a Tropical Alert within 5 days of the expected impact. This allows users to prepare for the rain, wind, or forecasted impact expected to head our way.

The Tropical Alerts were issued during Hurricane Harvey and now Hurricane Irma.

This is what the alerts, similar to push notifications, look like on your phone.

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Push notification received by WHIO Weather App users regarding the impact forecast of Tropical Storm Harvey as it moves into our area this weekend.

Push notification received by WHIO Weather App users regarding the impact forecast of Tropical Storm Harvey as it moves into our area this weekend.
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Push notification received by WHIO Weather App users regarding the impact forecast of Tropical Storm Harvey as it moves into our area this weekend.

To receive the Tropical Alerts and see the Cone of Uncertainty related to tropical storms and hurricanes, you do have to turn “on” the layer on the radar in the app.

ExploreWatch a video by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs to learn how to do this.

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