Use These 6 Apps to Track Hurricane Isaac with your Tablet or Smartphone

Whether you live inland, relatively safe from the threat of a hurricane or along the coastal regions in a hurricane zone, hurricane tracking is important to keep tabs on. Hurricane Isaac originally threatening Florida has now moved further west and is following a path through the Gulf that is eerily familiar to the path Hurricane Katrina took back in 2005.

While it’s expected to be a weaker Category One storm when it makes landfall with sustained winds between 74 & 95 miles per house, it is nevertheless, a hurricane prompting the governors of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi to declare emergencies.

Here are 6 of 2012’s top hurricane tracking apps for tablets or smartphones:

  1. Hurricane Tracker by EX Apps’ (iOS) $2.99- Offers detailed storm maps, National Hurricane Center info, threat level maps, audio/video forecast updates, real-time feeds, and push alerts. It also gives four categories when it launches- hurricanes, tropical storms, tropical depressions, and invests.
  2. Hurricane Hound (Android) $1.99- Hurricane Hounds implements Google Maps as its framework and tracks both forecasts and locations of Atlantic and East Pacific hurricanes & tropical storms, points out areas that the National Weather Service is keeping their eye on and offers NWS “tropical outlooks & discussions, public advisories, forecasts, and satellite imagery.”
  3. Hurricane/Hurricane HD (iOS) by Kitty Code’s $2.99- Offers global meteorological information that includes tracking maps, satellite views, five-day forecast, radar and bulletins from the National Hurricane Center. Pull up info on Isaac and you can see wind speed, storm speed and direction as well as follow it from its genesis off the west coast of Africa in mid-August through its current position a few hundred miles southeast of the Mississippi River Delta. One of the most valuable functions of this app is the ability that it has to use iOS’s locational services to determine how far away you are to the hurricane. If you only need a tracker for the Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and the Easter & Central Pacific, this developer also offers Hurricane Express which is a cheaper version for $.99. This version doesn’t use the apps global features. Lastly, if you are looking for a tablet-optimized version of Hurricane, the developer also offers Hurricane HD for $3.99 which adds exclusive video and blog updates from HurricaneTrack.com.
  4. Hurricane Software (Android) Free with ads (ad-free version $2.99)- Packed with hurricane data from the National Hurricane center, high resolution maps, satellite images, warning info, and storm tracks.
  5. iHurricae HD (iOS) Free with ads (ad-free version $2.99)- Track hurricanes using satellite and radar data, stage email alerts, and gauge your distance from each coordinate of the storm. The $2.99 version allows you to use the app’s push services, more space on the main map, and removes the ads.
  6. Hurricane by American red Cross (iOS & Android) Free- Allows you to track hurricanes, monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power went out. More of a safety-first tracker.

Original article courtesy of Time Magazine.

Hurricane Isaac is seen churning in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana in this NASA handout satellite image taken on August 28, 2012. REUTERS/NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

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