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2015 Hurricane preparedness guide

Evacuation maps, shelter locations

If a storm comes, you'll need to know how to get out of town or go to a shelter. Know your county's evacuation routes. Might there be a low-lying area between you and a major route? Study up in advance and have a backup plan. (Note: Some of the maps take a while to load, and it's recommended that you have an updated version of Adobe Flash to display them.)


  1. Debris spotted as crews search for Florida-based ship lost off Bahamas


    NASSAU, Bahamas — The search for a U.S. cargo ship that was lost during Hurricane Joaquin off the southeastern Bahamas turned up more clues Sunday but no word yet on the fate of the vessel or its 33-member crew.

    Families gathered Sunday at the Seafarers Union Hall in Jacksonville to wait for news on the 33-member crew aboard the missing cargo ship El Faro. The ship has not been heard from since it lost power and was taking on water in seas churned up by Hurricane Joaquin.
  2. Fate unknown of Florida-based ship caught in Hurricane Joaquin off Bahamas


    NASSAU, Bahamas — An intensive, dawn-to-dark search Saturday turned up a life ring but no other sign of a cargo ship from Jacksonville with 33 people on board that lost power and communications off the southeastern Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin.

  3. European model again leads the pack on Hurricane Joaquin forecast


    For days, the models that guide the National Hurricane Center's forecasts had been split over the future of Hurricane Joaquin.

    This map from Thursday showed the European model's projections for Hurricane Joaquin for the next 10 days. [European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts]
  4. Hurricane Joaquin batters the Bahamas but may bypass U.S. coast


    ELEUTHERA, Bahamas — Hurricane Joaquin hammered islands in the central Bahamas with torrential rains that flooded homes and forecasters warned that the "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm could grow even stronger.

  5. 2 a.m. update: Hurricane Joaquin batters Bahamas; storm could threaten U.S. (w/video)



    ELEUTHERA, Bahamas — Hurricane Joaquin hammered islands in the central Bahamas with torrential rains that flooded homes, and forecasters warned that the “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm could grow even stronger as it roared on a path that could take it near the U.S. East Coast.

    This satellite image, taken at 8 a.m. Thursday and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shows Hurricane Joaquin. The powerful Category 4 hurricane pounded lightly populated islands of the eastern Bahamas on Thursday, and forecasters said it could grow more intense while following a path that would near the U.S. East Coast by the weekend. [NOAA via AP]
  6. Hurricane Joaquin gains force near Bahamas


    MIAMI — Hurricane Joaquin grew into a Category 3 storm late Wednesday as it approached the central islands of the Bahamas on a projected track that would take it near the U.S. East Coast by the weekend.

  7. Tropical Storm Joaquin likely to become hurricane, deluge East Coast


    The East Coast is about to get a lot of rain because of Tropical Storm Joaquin.

    As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center reported that the center of Tropical Storm Joaquin was 405 miles east of the northwestern Bahamas. Joaquin was moving toward the west-southwest near 5 mph. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph with higher gusts. Joaquin could become a hurricane on Wednesday. [National Hurricane Center]
  8. Atlantic storm may become Tropical Storm Ida, no immediate threat to land


    A storm system in the Atlantic Ocean may develop into a tropical storm in the next few days, but it is not considered an immediate threat to land.

  9. Grace dissipates east of the Carribbean


    MIAMI — Grace has degenerated into an open tropical wave, the National Hurricane Center reported late Wednesday morning in the last advisory they will issue on the storm.

  10. Tropical Storm Grace weakens into a depression, could dissipate in days


    MIAMI — Tropical Storm Grace weakened into a tropical depression Tuesday as it moved across the Atlantic.

  11. Controversial study asks: Are we shifting to fewer, weaker Atlantic hurricanes?


    WASHINGTON — A new but controversial study asks if an end is coming to the busy Atlantic hurricane seasons of recent decades.

    A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration infrared satellite images shows Hurricane Katrina. The study's lead author Phil Klotzbach says the busy cycle started around 1995 and probably ended in 2012; in 2005 alone, Katrina, Rita and Wilma killed more than 1,500 people and caused billions of dollars of damage. [Associated Press]
  12. Storm study puts Tampa in a very vulnerable spot


    Last week the nation focused its attention on the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the most destructive hurricane in U.S. history. But it wasn't the worst storm that could have possibly hit New Orleans.

    You think this flooding in June on Rome Avenue in Tampa looks bad? Scientists say the right combination of factors could bring a nearly 37-foot storm surge to the city.
  13. Afternoon forecast calls for storms; Tampa Bay area braces for potential flooding


    TAMPA — The good news: Hurricane Fred is far from Florida and poses little concern.

    Street flooding at Hanna and Central in Tampa. [WTSP 10News]