Millions of Americans live in the potential path of a hurricane.
The good news is that hurricane and cyclone forecasts have gotten significantly more accurate in recent decades. The bad news is that climate change and population growth combine to make hurricanes more dangerous to more people.
And research suggests that people are confused by common graphics and warnings about where hurricanes are headed and how they'll affect communities in their path.
Here are some basic principles you can use to avoid confusion when a hurricane is headed your way.