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Aug222011

Tracking Hurricanes on Your Smartphone

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Hurricane Irene, now moving through the Caribbean and perhaps threatening the Southeast by week's end, is only the latest sign of one of the most active hurricane seasons in years. So you want to know where the action is and whether you're in the line of fire. Your smartphone could be your most valuable tool during or after a hurricane, with dozens of apps available to provide crucial information.

Here are a few apps:

Hurricane HD: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. $3.99Hurricane HD lets you track storms, with moving radar and satellite imagery from the National Hurricane center. It provides tropical bulletins, forecasts, and advisories for the Atlantic and Pacific Basins. You can watch video updates for storms currently underway or forming, and find data on major storms of the past, like Andrew, Hugo and Katrina.

The Weather Channel: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, Android. FreeThe Weather Channel has fully customizable weather maps, animated radar maps, detailed weather conditions and forecasts, severe weather alerts, and a notification bar with the current temperature and severe weather alert indicator. In addition to the popular location-based local video forecasts, the video section now includes the "Must See Six" videos each day from a national collection. It allows you to get weather forecasts for your location or search by city, ZIP code, street address or landmark. The app also includes interactive maps that are fully customizable and feature the functionality of Google Maps. Customers can decide to display layers such as radar, clouds, UV index, rainfall and more.

Global Alert Network: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android Blackberry. Free
– The Global Alert Network delivers hands-free national traffic and weather alerts. See iTunes for Apple devices, or go to BlackBerry for a download. The Global Alert Network is a location-aware network platform that automatically broadcasts audible hands-free alerts to mobile devices.

Extras:

National Hurricane Center – Tips on hurricane preparedness, storm surge, marine safety, with archives so you can track the past accuracy of storm forecasts.

The American Red Cross has an app called Shelter View that tells you what shelters are open and how close they are to capacity.

Disasterassistance.gov. After the storm is over, this free app from the government helps you locate and apply for relief.

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