Stay up-to-date on Hurricane Florence’s path with these apps and websites

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Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the Carolina coast, and will bring winds, flooding, and storm surge that will rival some of the worst storms in memory in that area. But that’s not all: after an extremely quiet hurricane season in the Atlantic, the tropics have sprung to life and meteorologists have good reason to believe that the rest of the month could be just as busy.

While millions have evacuated from the coasts ahead of the storm, some have decided to stay put in an attempt to ride it out. Inland, there is a significant risk for widespread flooding as some places receive as much as a half-year’s worth of rainfall in just a few days. So what can you do to stay safe if you’re in Florence or any other tropical storm or hurricane’s path?

Thankfully, there are plenty of hurricane trackers to help you prepare for these potentially deadly events. Whether it’s the most advanced NOAA predictive models or simply tips for finding an emergency shelter, here are the best apps and websites to prepare for the worst.

Hurricane tracker apps

Hurricane Tracker ($4)

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Initially released in 2009, Hurricane Tracker has been one of the most popular hurricane trackers for years. The app uses National Hurricane Center (NHC) data to relay audio briefings and maps. Hurricane Tracker also broadcasts all NHC advisories and maps in real time to keep you up to date on the latest developments. You can customize the app  to receive alerts as new storms form and/or as existing systems make landfall.

Similarly, the Model Watch feature uses predictive models to better prepare for any swerve Mother Nature decides to send your way. Unlike the other offerings on this list, this app will cost you a few bucks, but when it comes to tried and true dedicated hurricane apps, Hurricane Tracker is our pick.

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Hurricane — American Red Cross (Free)

The American Red Cross created the Hurricane app and it’s one of the best free hurricane trackers for Android and iOS. Hurricane allows you to monitor conditions in your immediate area as well as locations currently within a storm system. The app of course incorporates an interactive storm tracker map and also predictive models to help you plan for the worst ahead of time.

Like other apps, Hurricane will relay real time alerts and updates, however, one of the standout functions is the in-app communication feature. Anyone in the direct path of the hurricane or storm system can post custom messages or select status updates within the app. This allows you to easily to communicate with loved ones without leaving the app itself.

The Red Cross has compiled a series of step-by-step guides to help individuals prepare for a storm, and advice to heed during and after a hurricane. This includes a tool to lead individuals to their nearest Red Cross shelter, as well as tips for managing drinking water if your area has been flooded our plagued by power outages. It is important to note that the Hurricane app is available in both in English and Spanish.

If you do end up losing power during a storm, it’s best to keep a portable power source on hand just in case. That said, here are some of the choicest portable generators and power stations on the market.

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