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2016 Hurricane preparedness guide

Hurricane Andrew, one of the costliest and most intense storms in U.S. history, barrels toward Florida’s east coast in August 1992.NOAA

Hurricane History Class: 10 lessons Tampa Bay can learn from 10 devastating storms

They say those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. That is especially true when it comes to hurricanes. Lessons from past storms could serve us well in future storms. Here's a look at 10 historic storms, what we've learned from them, and what we've forgotten. Great Galveston Hurricane (1900) In S …


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.)


Surviving the storm

Before a storm threatens Tampa Bay, you'll want to be prepared. If a storm strikes, you'll want to get out of town, or to a shelter. And after the storm, you'll want to survive. Find out how inside the hurricane guide published in print editions of the Tampa Bay Times.

  1. Tropical Storm Matthew bashes Caribbean islands and forecast to turn north, east of Florida


    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Tropical Storm Matthew swirled westward into the open waters of the Caribbean early Thursday after hitting islands at the sea's southern entry with heavy wind and rain.

    Tropical Storm Matthew swirled westward into the open waters of the Caribbean early Thursday after hitting islands at the sea's southern entry with heavy wind and rain. [Weather Underground]
  2. Tropical Storm Matthew hits Caribbean islands


    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Tropical Storm Matthew lashed islands in the eastern Caribbean with heavy wind and rain Wednesday night as it gained strength and headed west into open waters.

    Tropical Storm Matthew has formed in the Atlantic Ocean moving through the Windward Islands as it makes its way toward the Caribbean Sea and perhaps the Gulf of Mexico. [Weather Underground]
  3. Tropical Storm Matthew likely to develop, forecasters say


    Showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave located about 250 miles east of Barbados continued to show signs of organization Tuesday night, leading forecasters to estimate a 90 percent chance they would develop into Tropical Storm Matthew within 48 hours.

    NOAA aircraft were investigating a storm system in the Caribbean on Tuesday afternoon that forecasters expected to become Tropical Storm Matthew within the next 48 hours. [Weather Underground]
  4. Forecasters monitoring tropical system that's strengthening, could impact Tampa Bay


    Forecasters were monitoring a large area of low pressure Monday morning that had a 90 percent chance of developing into a tropical system as it approaches the Caribbean within five days.

    Forecasters are monitoring a large area of low pressure that has a 90 percent chance of developing into a tropical system as it approaches the Caribbean within the next five days. Early Monday morning, Invest 97L was located 1,150 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands and is becoming better organized, forecasters said. [Weather Underground]
  5. Tropical Storm Lisa forms in the distant Atlantic; Karl to start strengthening soon (w/map)


    MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center declared the formation of Tropical Storm Lisa at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

  6. Tropical Storm Julia forms near Jacksonville


    The National Weather Service has confirmed the formation of Tropical Storm Julia near the northeast Florida coast.

  7. Disturbance along Florida's northeast coast given 40 percent chance of development


    Gov. Rick Scott is urging Floridians to prepare as Tropical Storm Julia hits the state's eastern coast.

  8. Tropical Storm Ian forms in Atlantic, far from land


    MIAMI — Tropical Storm Ian formed over the Atlantic on Monday, but was not immediately a threat to land.

  9. Pasco's storm clean-up and charitable relief expands


    NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County is continuing its clean-up following Hurricane Hermine and will begin curbside pick-up of storm debris Monday.

     Pasco County will begin the curbside pick-up of storm-related debris Monday morning. Heavy rain from Hurricane Hermine hit west Pasco Sept 1 and damaging 2,672 properties .LUIS SANTANA | Times
  10. Mandatory evacuations lifted in Pasco


    Pasco County officials lifted all the mandatory evacuations Thursday for neighborhoods that were flooded by Hurricane Hermine.

  11. As flooded-out residents return home, Pasco officials look at buying out homeowners


    NEW PORT RICHEY — When the Riveras moved into their home on Elfers Parkway just a few weeks ago, they said nobody told them the nearby Anclote River flooded.

    From left, Matthew Sims, 12, Elizabeth Rivera, 4, David Rivera, 43, and Jasmine Rivera, 36, navigate through mud to get into their home near the Anclote River on Wednesday.
  12. Amid Hurricane Hermine flooding, Pasco officials try to avoid last year's mistakes



    Pasco County's emergency management chief said officials this year are stepping up efforts to assess the damage from Hurricane Hermine to more swiftly and accurately document the impact on residents.

    Suzanne Hamilton checks out the flooding Tuesday in her front yard in Bass Lake Estates, where water continues to cause problems days after the Anclote River crested. On Tuesday, it had dropped by about 4 inches to 21.3 feet. 
  13. Workers focus on human needs and damage assessment after storm


    NEW PORT RICHEY — As the levels began to recede in the Anclote River and other flooded areas, Pasco County workers were dispatched to offer affected residents the one thing they seemed to have more than enough of: water.