St. Paul, MN–August 11, 2010–OceanGrafix, the first and only company to offer NOAA print-on-demand nautical charts, today announced the availability of hurricane charts that allow the public to track the paths of hurricanes and tropical storms. The charts are available for the eastern Pacific, the western Atlantic or the full Atlantic.
The OceanGrafix charts have been created in time for the peak of hurricane season, which takes place from late August through October. NOAA is predicting that 2010 could be the strongest hurricane season ever with as many as 23 named storms during the Atlantic hurricane season, with three to seven becoming serious enough to be classified as major hurricanes. Named storms have top winds of 39 mph or higher. NOAA is concerned that as many as 14 could turn into hurricanes, with winds in excess of 74 mph, and three to seven could be Category 3, 4 or 5 storms with winds of at least 111 mph.
“The greater likelihood of storms brings an increased risk of a landfall,” says Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “In short, we urge everyone to be prepared.”
“Families that live in areas that are susceptible to hurricanes and storms should be prepared by having a hurricane plan,” explains OceanGrafix President Ron Walz. “Part of that preparation should include having a hurricane chart, which allows residents to quickly and easily track the path of an impending storm so they aren’t caught off guard.”
OceanGrafix hurricane charts can be purchased by visiting hurricane charts.
St. Paul, Minnesota—based OceanGrafix (www.oceangrafix.com) is the first and only company to offer NOAA print-on-demand nautical charts for recreational and commercial boaters. Working in partnership with NOAA, the company ensures distribution of the most accurate, up to date NOAA paper charts.
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