2013 Hurricane preparedness guide

Evacuation maps

If a storm comes, you'll need to know how to get out of town. 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.)

 

Shelter locations

If it's not possible for you to leave the area entirely as a hurricane approaches, you'll need a safe place to take shelter. Might there be standing water between you and your nearest shelter? Will you need to bring pets? Know what preparations are available in your county.

  1. Emerging El Niño raises hopes for another slow hurricane season

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    Hurricane forecasters are reporting signs of a developing El Niño, a weather phenomenon that can significantly suppress the number of hurricanes over the upcoming six-month Atlantic season.

    Hurricane activity in the Gulf of Mexico could be weakened this season, which begins June 1, depending on a developing El Niño.
  2. Quiet close to an otherwise quiet season

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    The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season proved to be the most inactive in 30 years.

  3. No threat to land, subtropical storm Melissa nears hurricane status in Atlantic

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    Subtropical Storm Melissa has strengthened to near-hurricane status as it continues to head north in the central Atlantic Ocean.

  4. Tropical Storm Melissa forms in central Atlantic Ocean

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    A broad area of thunderstorms in the central Atlantic Ocean has developed into the 13th named storm of the 2013 hurricane season.

  5. Q&A: Could this year's quiet hurricane season be start of a trend?

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    The 2013 hurricane season has not lived up to predictions.

    Hurricane Dennis swirls over the gulf in 2005, an active season following the year Florida was hit by a record four hurricanes.
  6. Forecasters watching area of low pressure over central Caribbean

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    Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center were tracking an area of disorganized storms and low pressure that was located over the central Caribbean Monday.

  7. Tropical Storm Lorenzo forms in central Atlantic, no threat to land

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    Tropical Storm Lorenzo has formed in the central Atlantic Ocean, the 12th named storm of the 2013 hurricane season.

  8. Quietest hurricane season in two decades confounds forecasters

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    As hurricane season winds to a close, this year may well be remembered for what didn't happen:

    Waders enjoy the waters off Pensacola Beach this month as the approach of Tropical Storm Karen led to red flag warnings. Tropical Storm Karen eventually dissipated before its remnants hit the United States.
  9. Low pressure area in Eastern Atlantic could develop over next five days

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    Forecasters were tracking an area of low pressure southwest of the Cape Verde Islands Wednesday.

  10. Weakened Karen loses tropical storm strength, will bring Monday rains to Tampa Bay

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    Karen lost more of its punch late Saturday and fell below tropical-storm status while stalling off the Louisiana coast.

    Red flags warn swimmers to stay out of the Gulf of Mexico because of dangerous currents as a squall from what used to be Tropical Storm Karen moves offshore at Gulf Shores, Ala., on Saturday.
  11. Karen threatens U.S. during quiet hurricane season

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    Tropical Storm Karen showed signs of weakening Friday night, but still threatened the Gulf Coast with heavy rains and storm surge as it staggered toward shore.

    Residents evacuate as heavy rains and wind begin in Grand Isle ahead of Tropical Storm Karen on Friday in New Orleans.
  12. Tropical Storm Karen has Florida Panhandle under state of emergency

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    Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 18 North Florida counties on Thursday as Tropical Storm Karen barreled toward the Gulf Coast.

  13. Caribbean weather system could become tropical storm, head to Florida

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    A glob of bad weather in the Caribbean became better organized Wednesday and was poised to become a tropical cyclone that could spin toward Florida.

  14. Tropical Storm Jerry named in Atlantic

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    Tropical Storm Jerry became the season's tenth named storm Monday afternoon.

  15. Storm in Caribbean could affect Tampa Bay weather

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    Forecasters are monitoring a mass of storms in the Caribbean that could affect the weather in Florida.

  16. Mexico slammed by Manuel in Pacific, low pressure zone to the east

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    A low pressure zone was expected to bring more flooding to Mexico's east coast Thursday as Hurricane Manuel closed in from the West.

  17. Low pressure system could develop into depression by week's end

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    An area of low pressure over Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula has a high chance of developing into a named storm over the next two days.

  18. Forecasters watching low pressure system heading to gulf

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    Forecasters are keeping close watch on a strengthening low pressure system off the Yucatan Peninsula.

  19. Tropical Storm Humberto reorganizes, Hurricane Ingrid expected to make landfall today

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    The remnants of Hurricane Humberto, the 2013 season's first hurricane, reorganized Monday morning and regained its tropical storm classification.

  20. Hurricane Ingrid forms off Mexico

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    XALAPA, Mexico — Ingrid became the second hurricane of the Atlantic storm season off Mexico on Saturday.

    A man walks through a flooded street during heavy rains caused by Hurricane Ingrid in the gulf city of Veracruz, Mexico, on Friday.