Tracking Hurricane Sandy the high-tech way

Unless the approaching hurricane knocks out all the power for days, there are numerous ways the tech savvy storm enthusiast can track the progress of Hurricane Sandy. Here are just a few of them:

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Google tracking tool

Google has launched a tool that allows you follow the progress of Hurricane Sandy, but also lets you locate active emergency shelters in case they're needed. You can also find related videos that have been uploaded by users in the path of the hurricane, as well as live webcams tracking the storm's progress.

Weather.com

Since weather is their specialty, Weather.com is not about to be outdone when it comes to watching hurricanes. Their highly detailed weather tracker for web browsers lets you see the current strength of the hurricane, and what strength it's expected to be when it hits certain points in its path. It also gives you lots of detailed information like wind speed, movement and barometric pressure.

Hurricane app for iOS

For $2.99, you can get this app which provides detailed information on the current hurricane, and provides lots of supplementary information for those who want to learn more about Hurricane Sandy — and hurricanes in general. CNET recommends the app because of the abilities to navigate between different regions of weather alerts, search feeds on sea temperatures and satellite images, as well as the ability to explore animated views of the hurricane's progress.

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Hurricane Software

If you aren't on an iPhone or iPad, or are just looking for an alternative, you can check out this app for free, or go ad-free with Pro for $2.97. You can track the hurricane on high resolution maps using a connect-the-dots approach to track the path. It also gives you warning information, satellite images and a history of the hurricane's progress, which can be helpful in predicting where it's headed.

The app is available for iPhone, iPad, Windows 7, Windows Phone 7 and Android.

Environment Canada

While not nearly as pretty as some of the other apps and tracking software, Environment Canada's website is still one of the best places for Canadians to find out about the weather in their area. It's also the direct source for weather alerts, which means you'll be the first to know if weather in your area is about to get significantly worse.

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