Google's Crisis Response team whips up a new Google Map to let users track Hurricane Irene, which is storming the East Coast. The Map has several layers to help users visualize the Category 1 happening.
Irene has captured the attention of most folks on the East Coast, so it's good
to be aware of the latest updates to the event.
Just as it has
for earthquakes, tsunamis and tornadoes in recent years, Google's
team has come through again with its typical trove
of Google Maps data
to let users track the storm.
Users may also
learn more about how to prepare for its possible effects from trusted sources the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Hurricane
Center and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA).
Crisis Map shows up-to-date geographic information, allowing users to zoom and
pan the map and turn layers of information on or off just by clicking. Users
may also find out more about the map layers by visiting the linked Websites of
the content owners.
for the Crisis Map include U.S. radar graphics, cloud imagery, "red
zone" warnings, storm-surge graphics (in rainbow colors, no less), three-
and five-day forecasts, hurricane evacuation routes and pins indicating Red
has found a
map to provide an excellent distillation of information for the Category 1
blast of weather, which includes wind gusts from 74 to 95 miles per hour
certainly provides the most detailed information, culled with all the power of
the government's intelligence at its disposal. FEMA's
Website is also helpful.
CNET pointed out other Websites
that provide valuable information,
from the obvious, such as Weather.com
, to the less well-known, such as Weather
this provides a starting point for information-gathering for everyone. To all
East Coasters in the coastal tri-state area and northward into New England:
hunker down and batten down the hatches.