What's the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning?

With it being hurricane season, it's important to know the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning.

According to Ready.gov

A tropical storm/hurricane watch means sustained tropical storm (39 mph to 73 mph) / hurricane (74 mph and higher) force winds are possible within 48 hours. Be prepared to evacuate.

A tropical storm/hurricane warning means sustained tropical storm (39 mph to 73 mph) / hurricane (74 mph and higher) force winds are expected within 36 hours. If local authorities advise you to evacuate, leave immediately.

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More hurricane preparedness tips:

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- What you should do to prepare for a hurricane


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