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Storm Signal flags (U.S.)

Last modified: 2006-01-21 by rick wyatt
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[U.S. Storm Signal flags] image by Rick Wyatt, 6 August 1999

[U.S. Storm Hurricane flag]
Hurricane Flag
[U.S. Storm Gale Pennant] image by Antonio Martins, 15 August 1999
Gale Pennant

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Each U.S. Storm Signal Set consists of 2 Hurricane Flags and 2 Gale Pennants. They are used as follows:

  Type Wind Speed
1 pennant small craft
up to 38 mph
2 pennants gale
39-54 mph
1 flag storm/whole gale
55-73 mph
2 flags hurricane
74+ mph

In this day and age of satellite communications and instant information, these flags are no longer used by the government. However, individuals and marinas still use them.
Rick Wyatt, 6 August 1999