Sandy criticism prompts change in storm warnings

By JENNIFER KAY
Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) – The National Hurricane Center is
changing the way it issues hurricane and tropical storm watches and
warnings after being criticized over its handling of Superstorm Sandy.

During Sandy, forecasters at the center in Miami
stopped issuing advisories and hurricane warnings because the storm lost
its tropical characteristics and mutated into a hybrid storm as it
merged with two cold-weather systems. Some people said that caused
Northeast residents to underestimate Sandy's danger when it hit the New
Jersey on Oct. 29.

Under the new policy announced Thursday, the
National Hurricane Center says it will continue to issue advisories and
warnings even when storms technically are no longer hurricanes or
tropical storms.

The hurricane center attributed 72 deaths in the U.S. to Sandy, but some estimates were higher.

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