The British set up a storm warning system in 1860. Thirteen coastal telegraph stations were supplied with meteorological equipment and were to report conditions at 9 am. Then London would telegraph back warnings of a storm and the stations would hoist storm signals on a high mast. These would warn of "probable" dangerous winds and their direction (Moore 243). The system was popular, but the authorities became skeptical about the accuracy of the forecasts and the program was discontinued in 1866 (312ff . . .
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