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Hurricane Warning Definition Has Been Altered by National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center has announced that it's going to alter the definition of a "hurricane warning."

This means that the next time there's a storm headed toward land that has the potential to be another Sandy, a "hurricane warning" will be posted by the Hurricane Center -- even if the storm is not yet technically a hurricane.

This also means that WSVN Channel 7 is going to literally have its anchors running around the Newsplex with arms flailing in the air screaming, "WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!"

It's gonna be great.

The change comes mostly after Sandy struck New York and New Jersey as a massive monster Frankenstorm but was forecast to transition into a post-tropical system before making landfall.

A hurricane warning wasn't posted before Sandy hit the East Coast. The hurricane center received a lot of criticism after that -- especially Weather Channel Tropical Expert (and former South Florida weather dude) Brian Norcross.

Sandy's core came apart before hitting land, but it still struck with hurricane conditions and massive storm surges that brought flooding and devastation, especially in New Jersey.

So, naturally the resolution is to tag any sort of bad-looking storm a "hurricane warning."

Of course, it's always better to be safe than sorry and all that.

It'll also be a lot of fun watching the WSVN talking heads yelling at us wearing tribal face paint and holding makeshift spears while a bonfire burns in the background, Lord of the Flies style.

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Chris Joseph
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