Hurricane Matthew is slowly making its way to the United States, possibly making landfall in Florida on Thursday evening. How can you track the storm’s path and keep track of where it is?
Here’s what you need to know.
Interactive Websites & Twitter Hurricane Trackers
There are a number of hurricane trackers out there that you can use to stay updated. The National Hurricane Center is the best resource, as it updates several times a day and includes multiple graphics with rainfall potentials, wind speed probabilities, and warning cones. You can visit their website here. You can also follow the National Hurricane Center on Twitter. Many meteorologists and weather accounts are also tweeting frequent updates, including Ryan Maue, The Weather Channel, Jim Cantore, and Mark Sudduth.
If you just want the hurricane’s latest location, follow Hurricane Central on Twitter, where they tweet the hurricane’s latest coordinates.
If you’re looking for a map that shows the hurricane’s current position and future possible path, Live Tracker is one of several websites that provides this feature. Choose the storm you want to track from the righthand pull-down column.
A number of websites also have great interactive maps. NBC 2 has a hurricane tracker here. My Fox has a storm tracker with satellite imagery here. Weather Underground has a map here, and Accuweather has one here. For Accuweather’s, first select the basin (Atlantic) and then select the storm from the column on the right.
Mobile App Tracking for Hurricanes
You can also use a number of hurricane tracker apps for mobile devices that you can use to keep up with the storm’s progress.
The Red Cross has a hurricane app for Apple and Google Play that monitors conditions in your local area and let’s you alert others that you’re safe even if the power’s out.
EZ Apps has an iOS hurricane tracker that’s fully updated for the 2016 season. The app is rated 4 1/2 stars by customers. Max Mayfield of WPLG 10 has a hurricane tracker app for iOS here. And Kitty Code has a very detailed app that works well for iPad users.
On Google, HTVMA Solutions has a Hurricane Tracker that’s rated 4 out of 5 stars. WJXT has a hurricane tracker for Google rated 4 1/2 stars. And NOAA has a Google app rated 4 1/2 stars that includes weather radar and alerts.