The Hurricane Watch Net will activate today, Monday, November 16, at 1300 UTC, for Hurricane Iota, now a strong Category 1 storm.
The Hurricane Watch Net will begin operation on 14.325 MHz, remaining there for as long as propagation holds, then moving to 7.268 MHz.
Iota is expected to be a major hurricane by the time it makes landfall on the eastern coast of Central America. It’s expected to bring potentially catastrophic winds, life-threatening storm surge, and extreme rainfall.
As of 1300 UTC, Hurricane Iota was some 170 miles east of Isla de Providencia, Columbia, and 315 miles east-southeast of the Nicaragua-Honduras border, with maximum sustained winds of 90 MPH, moving to the west at 9 MPH.
The National Hurricane Center expects that Iota will rapidly strengthen and possibly reach Category 4 with sustained winds of 140 MPH. The net invites observed ground-truth weather data from stations in the affected area, which are relayed to NHC forecasters.
A way for Back Up Communication
The net is a way for back-up communication for official agencies such as emergency operations centers, Red Cross officials, and storm shelters in the affected area. The net also collects and forwards significant damage assessment data to FEMA officials at the NHC.
WX4NHC at the NHC will be on the air starting today, Monday, November 16, at 1700 UTC, monitoring the Hurricane Watch Net on 14.325 and 7.268 MHz, as well as the VoIP Hurricane Net, Winlink, APRS, and other modes listed on the station’s website.
Relay any reports from stations or ships at sea in the affected area with or without weather data for use by NHC forecasters. A WX4NHC online Hurricane Report Form is on the station’s website.
You can find it here: http://w4ehw.fiu.edu/WX-form1.php