Tropical storm advisories simplified

MIAMI - Officials at the National Hurricane Center say they're making their tropical storm advisories easier to read.

The public advisories give the positions of tropical depressions, named storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. They also include information about a storm's strength, how it's moving and any watches or warnings.

Spokesman Dennis Feltgen said some people have had trouble finding the information they need in the advisories, especially when a storm is close to making landfall.

Examples of the new advisories were posted Tuesday on the hurricane center's Web site. The proposed changes would group watches and warnings separately from the storm forecast summaries.