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What does a tropical storm warning mean?

NEW YORK — A tropical storm warning has been issued for New York City and Long Island as Hermine moves towards the tri-state.

But what does a tropical storm warning mean?

A tropical storm warning means that conditions associated with a tropical storm are expected within a specified area, according to the National Hurricane Center.

It’s more serious and urgent than a tropical storm watch. A warning means that hazardous weather is imminent and is either already occurring or will occur at any moment.

It also means that when a warning is issued, you should continue any safety plans you’re making and make sure you head to a safe area immediately, according to the NHC.

Weather-wise, a tropical storm warning means you should expect winds between 39 and 73 mph within the next 36 hours. Moderate to major coastal impacts are anticipated when a tropical storm is on the way, according to the National Weather Service.

Each storm brings its own set of hazards. Hermine is expected to heighten the risk of coastal flooding, cause high surf, dune erosion and dangerous rip currents, and bring tropical storm force winds between 39 and 73 mph.

New Yorkers have also been urged to refrain from entering the water at the beach, as the strong rip currents caused by Hermine are dangerous.

City officials have placed a ban on swimming at beaches starting Sunday because of the risk and potentially extend it into Labor Day and Tuesday.