If you are traveling or cruising through the Caribbean or Gulf Coast during hurricane season, you might want to check out the National Hurricane Center’s website to see if there might be a storm on the horizon.
National Hurricane Center is part of the National Weather Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). They track Tropical Storms and Hurricanes as well as monitor potential storms. You can check storm or hurricane’s projected paths, see potential upcoming storm probabilities, and check various radar and atmospheric imaging and other tools.
Using these tools, you can see how far a storm can travel in a day and what areas will be affected. There’s even the capability to see what storm systems could be forming on the other side of the Atlantic ocean. Those systems might be weeks away from the Caribbean. If you’re going on a cruise, this will give you a heads up to check with your cruiseline’s website for more detailed information. It will allow you to be better prepared if your ship has to take a detour or skip a scheduled port. For a land-based vacation, you might want to have a contingency plan in mind.