Starting this coming hurricane season, Floridians will get an earlier heads-up that mayhem is on its way.
Miami's National Hurricane Center announced Tuesday that it will issue watches and warnings for tropical storms and hurricanes 12 hours earlier than in previous years. Officials say that thanks to scientific advancements, forecasters to are able to provide greater lead time for those along threatened coastal areas.
Tropical storm watches will now be issued when tropical storm conditions are possible along the coast within 48 hours. Tropical storm warnings will be issued when those conditions are expected within 36 hours. This is an increase of 12 hours from those issued in previous years.
Similar increases in lead-time will apply to hurricane watches and warnings.