Relax: New Jersey is NOT under a Hurricane Warning
The National Hurricane Center raised a false alarm last night, as they accidentally posted a map with a large portion of the Atlantic coast under a Hurricane Warning.
This is one for the "Whoops!" file.
Just before 11 p.m. Sunday night, the National Hurricane Center issued its first advisory for Tropical Depression 11. The Atlantic's newest tropical system is currently a cluster of showers and storms about 700 miles east of Melbourne, Florida.
But there's a big problem with one of the forecast graphics the NHC issued for the storm ...
See that red line that stretches from Virginia to Long Island along the Atlantic seaboard? That's a hurricane warning!
A hurricane warning is issued when hurricane force sustained winds of 74 mph or greater are expected within 36 hours.
But don't board up the windows just yet, New Jersey — the red line is completely erroneous. No tropical watches or warnings are currently in effect for the entire Atlantic basin, and there's certainly no hurricane threat within the next few days. The National Hurricane Center has since corrected the graphic on its web site. It has yet to comment on the error.
Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 11 is moving very slowly toward the northwest. It is currently forecast to develop into a weak tropical storm on Tuesday. A U.S. landfall is certainly possible - in fact, some forecast models take the storm (or at least its remnant moisture) right past New Jersey. The bottom line - the storm is worth watching, but it is not necessary to sound the alarm just yet.