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Track hurricanes on your phone or online

The first major hurricane of the season is making landfall. Learn how to track Irene and other severe weather events this season with your smartphone.


Every year as summer is winding to a close, hurricane season ramps up here in the United States. Though meteorologists officially describe hurricane season as being from June 1 to November 30, they admit that those are not magic dates and that the bulk of severe weather occurs between August and October. Right now in late August, Hurricane Irene is headed toward North Carolina and is expected to travel northward into New England. If you live in these areas or want to track the storm, there are several Web sites as well as iOS and Android apps that give you detailed maps, Doppler radar info, and news surrounding the storm as it makes landfall. You can use these resources--which are especially useful for those who live in the affected area--to track the storm's progress to make sure that you and your family and friends remain safe.

The best trackers give you up-to-the minute information, include radar and satellite images, and offer detailed push alerts for warnings and storm intensity changes. If you're interested in tracking storms this hurricane season, check out our roundups of hurricane-tracking Web sites, iOS hurricane-tracking apps, and Android hurricane-tracking apps.