Trust your source, check your source
Communication is crucial during hurricane season—especially when a storm threatens. Studies have shown that clear and consistent messages result in a better understanding of the forecast. For that reason, the WBRZ Weather Team and NOAA’s National Hurricane Center work in tandem to deliver official statements from the most skilled tropical forecasters in the United States.
Be wary of sources that go rogue or issue their own statements ahead of the official word from NOAA. Mixed messages from multiple sources can lead to questionable decision making. Good information sources will be consistent with one another so that you are left with no confusion about the forecast or the proper actions to take.
The WBRZ Weather Team works with the National Weather Service to provide information regarding specific expected impacts from the storm for the local area. Emergency managers will make the decisions regarding evacuations.
The WBRZ Weather Team has invested in technology to be sure that you get an accurate and official word, the moment it is issued. We’re proud to be the only weather team in the Baton Rouge area with that capability. Here are some bulletins you may see from the WBRZ Weather Team during the tropical season:
-Tropical Outlooks are issued when an area in the tropics has a chance of further development. You should periodically check in with the WBRZ Weather Team for updates.
-Advisories are issued for depressions and named storms. These come out four times each day, at 4 and 10. To assess the progress of the system and possible impacts to the United States, you should check in frequently check in with the WBRZ Weather Team on social media for new information the moment it is released.
-Watches and Warnings are issued when storm impacts are possible or even probable. You should check in with the WBRZ Weather Team for a constant stream of information on News 2, wbrz.com, the WBRZ WX App. and social media. Begin to take action on the hurricane plan you put together before the season.
Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 15-21) concludes tomorrow. You will be able to get links to all of this information, on wbrz.com. All season long, check in with the WBRZ Weather Team on News 2, wbrz.com/weather, the WBRZ WX app., the WBRZ Cable Weather Channel and for the latest bulletins in the Capital City, please keep up with us on social media.