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Hurricane Irene Apps: Tools To Help You Track The Storm

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As hurricane Irene comes barreling across the eastern seaboard, it might be worth downloading a few apps to your smartphone or tablet to help you track the storm. Assuming cellular networks stay intact and you've charged your device, these apps will give you up to date information of the storm's status (Read more about how to stay connected during the hurricane here).

The Weather Channel has a pretty slick (and free!) app that offers interactive weather maps as well as severe weather alerts and forecasts. Another freebie option noted by ABC News is the Global Alert Network, which provides location based handsfree alerts for androids, blackberries and Apple devices.

You might also want to try the ever-reliable Accuweather app. With the ability to add other cities, you'll get localized weather updates and access to forecasts, bulletins and maps and according to Information Today, they've even got an Android App.

If you prefer to listen to what's happening, why not download the iMapWeather Radio. According to CBS News, you'll get local radio weather news updates, but you'll also receive text and voice alerts in the event of life threatening weather. No doubt, a useful tool for those in the heart of the hurricane, but it will cost you a bit more at $9.99.

Hurricane HD is a key app iPad users will find useful, says CNN. For $3.99, you'll get a good interactive tracking map and you'll be able to see the storm develop in detail.

Should you want to view radar from National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, The New York Times suggests the NOAA Radar US. Priced at $1.99, the app is only available for Apple users. Android users, never fear, the Sea Storm app hasn't forgotten you. TechNewsDaily points out it will provide information from the National Hurricane Center.

Believe it or not, your insurance company's app might also come in handy if you have to make a claim after the storm, reports AP. So far, USAA, Allstate, Geico, and State Farm have apps that will help you make speedy claims.

If shelter is your concern, be sure to follow the American Red Cross Twitter feed and Facebook page. And for iPhone users, they a free app to help you locate an American Red Cross Shelter nearby.

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