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CNET News Video: Tech Minute: Apps to track hurricanes, tornadoes
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CNET News Video: Tech Minute: Apps to track hurricanes, tornadoes

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The official hurricane season runs through the end of November. If you live in a severe-storm region of the United States, you'll want to arm your smartphone with a few handy apps to help you be the most prepared in case of disaster. In this Tech Minute, CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports on the best iPhone and Android severe weather apps.

For people living in hurricane or tornado country, a simple weather app does little good in the event of a major storm. A good extreme weather app to start with is Radar Cast Pro-- $2 in the App Store for iPhones only. The app gives you the option of checking maps and satellites. Users also appreciate how the Apple forecast the weather patterns an hour out. For more serious storm watchers, try downloading Radar Scope. This $10 app works on both iPhones and Androids and gives you the most precise and accurate storm data available. Handy color codes are used to indicate thunderstorm warnings, tornadoes, and flashflood warnings. Finally, Radar Alive is a great app for people seriously interested in tracking storms versus preparing for them. It costs $5 and runs only on Androids and even offers a tool for actual weather chasers. I hope these apps can keep you better prepared this hurricane season. In San Francisco, I'm Kara Tsuboi, CNET.com for CBS News.

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