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2014 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. El Niño finally here; but this one is weak, weird and late (w/video)


    WASHINGTON — A long anticipated El Niño has finally arrived. But for drought-struck California, it's too little, too late, meteorologists say.

    In this Feb. 24, 1998 file photo, a woman waits for a tow truck on the hood of her brother's pickup after a wall of mud plowed down Laguna Beach Canyon Road in Orange County, Calif. forcing her to evacuate her home, in background. A long anticipated El Nino weather warping is finally here. But for drought-struck California, it’s too little, too late, meteorologists say. The National Weather Service Thursday proclaimed the somewhat infamous weather phenomenon El Nino is now in place. It's a warming of a certain patch of the central Pacific that changes weather patterns worldwide, associated with flooding in some places, droughts elsewhere, a generally warmer globe, and fewer Atlantic hurricanes. El Ninos are usually so important that economists even track it because of how it affects commodities. This year's El Nino that has arrived isn’t big and is late so it’s unlikely to do much to alleviate the current California drought. [Associated Press]
  2. Audit: FEMA mishandled payments after 2004, 2005 Florida hurricanes


    WASHINGTON — Some 10 years after the winds died down, federal officials are still cleaning up after a flurry of hurricanes hit Florida in 2004 and 2005, with a new federal audit saying the Federal Emergency Management Agency might have paid cities for damages that insurance should have covered.

  3. Quiet 2014 hurricane season coming to an end


    Hurricane season is nearly over, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 2014 will go down as a tranquil year for tropical storms.

    The Atlantic Basin has seen just eight named storms, including six hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or more, according to NOAA. [Photo by NOAA via Getty Images]
  4. Egyptian doctor freed in teen's death from genital mutilation



    Doctor freed in teen's death from genital mutilation

    Protests turn violent in Mexico City Riot police blocked hundreds of hooded demonstrators Thursday from shutting down the Mexico City international airport at the start of a national day of protest that began with firebomb attacks and rock-throwing clashes. Organizers convened the protests over the disappearance, and likely murder, of 43 students in late September in the state of Guerrero.
  5. Tropical Storm Hanna heads toward Nicaragua


    Tropical Storm Hanna has formed in the Gulf of Mexico very close to the coast of Nicaragua and is expected to move inland by Monday afternoon, the National Hurrican Center says.

  6. Tropical depression forms near Mexico; not expected to approach Tampa Bay


    A tropical depression swirling in the Bay of Campeche was expected to move over the Yucatan Peninsula in coming days and would probably stay well away from Tampa Bay, Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez said.

  7. Powerful Hurricane Gonzalo pounds Bermuda


    HAMILTON, Bermuda — The eye of Hurricane Gonzalo crossed over part of this tiny British territory Friday night, pounding Bermuda with fierce wind and heavy surf as a Category 2 storm that carried the threat of a dangerous storm surge.

    This image provided by NOAA taken at 11:15 p.m. EDT Thursday shows Hurricane Gonzalo, right, as it approaches Bermuda. [Associated Press]
  8. Gonzalo, now a major Category 3 hurricane, aims for Bermuda


    MIAMI — Hurricane Gonzalo barreled toward Bermuda as a major Category 3 storm Wednesday, threatening the tiny archipelago where people rushed to repair homes and clear trees and power lines knocked down by a weekend tropical storm.

    This image provided by NOAA on Wednesday shows Hurricane Gonzalo, lower right, which forecasters said could become a powerful category 4 storm as it heads toward Bermuda. [Associated Press]
  9. Now a hurricane, Gonzalo sweeps into Caribbean


    ST. JOHN'S, Antigua — Hurricane Gonzalo formed Monday in the Caribbean and was on course to move out over open ocean after buffeting Antigua and nearby islands with heavy rain and wind.

    A NOAA satellite image taken Sunday afternoon shows Tropical Storm Fay off the Carolina Coast just south of Bermuda. [Associated Press / Weather Underground]
  10. Fay hits Bermuda, and new storm threatens to become hurricane


    KINGSTON, Jamaica — Hurricane Fay toppled utility poles and knocked out power to 27,000 customers in Bermuda before moving out over open ocean on Sunday, just as a new storm raced toward the eastern rim of the Caribbean, threatening to become a hurricane.

    This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday at 1:45 a.m. shows Tropical Storm Fay off the Carolina Coast just south of Bermuda. [Associated Press]
  11. Subtropical Storm Fay forms south of Bermuda


    Subtropical Storm Fay formed in the Atlantic on Friday as forecasters issued a tropical storm watch for Bermuda.

  12. FEMA wants victims to repay $5.8 million in Sandy aid (w/ video)


    NEW YORK — After Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast nearly two years ago, the federal government quickly sent out $1.4 billion in emergency disaster aid to the hurricane's victims.

    Gary Silberman guides reporters on a tour of his parent's home that was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in Lindenhurst, N.Y. After receiving nearly $17,000 in assistance from FEMA, the agency is demanding a return on the funds. [Associated Press]
  13. No threat to Florida as Tropical Storm Dolly forms in gulf, heads toward Mexico (w/map)


    Tropical Storm Dolly formed Monday in the Gulf of Mexico and was expected to make landfall on the eastern Mexico coast by Wednesday morning.

    The storm poses no threat to Florida.