The Cone of Uncertainty And How To Read A Hurricane Map : Short Wave Federal forecasters are predicting a busy hurricane season this year — three to six of them could be major hurricanes. So how do you know if one is headed toward your community, and if so, how to prepare? There are maps and forecasts, but they're often confusing. NPR climate reporter Rebecca Hersher explains how to avoid the most common mistakes.
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How To Know If A Hurricane Is Coming For You

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How To Know If A Hurricane Is Coming For You

How To Know If A Hurricane Is Coming For You

How To Know If A Hurricane Is Coming For You

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In this NOAA satellite image, Hurricane Dorian is a Category 2 storm. It moved slowly past the Bahamas as it unleashed massive flooding. Getty Images hide caption

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In this NOAA satellite image, Hurricane Dorian is a Category 2 storm. It moved slowly past the Bahamas as it unleashed massive flooding.

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Federal forecasters are predicting a busy hurricane season this year — three to six of them could be major hurricanes. So how do you know if one is headed toward your community, and if so, how to prepare? There are maps and forecasts, but they're often confusing. NPR climate reporter Rebecca Hersher explains how to avoid the most common mistakes.

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This episode was produced by Brit Hanson, edited by Viet Le and fact-checked by Berly McCoy.