Smartphone Apps Keep Eye on Hurricanes
Hurricane season isn't a problem if you live in Nebraska, but many residents on the East Coast are keeping a wary eye on Hurricane Irene this week. Fortunately, there are plenty of smartphone apps that can help you track hurricanes approaching your area and prepare for them.
While many weather apps , such as The Weather Channel app (free for iOS and Android ), will give updates on hurricanes, there are dedicated hurricane-tracking applications that are much more detailed. Depending on the app, users can find live radar and infrared feeds from weather satellites and information on what the various hurricane classifications mean.
For iPhone and iPad users, an app called Hurricane HD ($2.99) provides videos and up-to-date information from experts at HurricaneTrack.com.
Another app, called Hurricane Tracker (free, or $1.99 for full version), offers dedicated versions of the app for specific areas of the coastline, organized by state.
Other iOS hurricane apps include Hurricane Watch ($1.99, or $2.99 for HD version), Hurricane Tracking Center (free), Hurricane Track (free) and Hurricane Station (free, or $0.99 for full version).
Android users have many similar options, sometimes by the same companies that make the iPhone apps. Some options for Android users include Hurricane Tracker ($1.49), Hurricane Hound (free, or $1.99 for full version), Hurricane Net ($0.99) and SeaStorm ($1.99).
If you don’t want to purchase an app, you can still stay up to date by reading the National Hurricane Center website, which has a wealth of free information on hurricanes. There is even a mobile-optimized version of the site so that users can easily use the site in a smartphone browser.
However you decide to track hurricanes, remember to be prepared and follow directions from your local authorities.