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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 …

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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. Dry weather expected in Tampa Bay on first day of summer as Danielle drenches Mexico

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    As Mexico braces for Tropical Storm Danielle, the first week of summer is expected to be a relatively normal one in the Tampa Bay area.

    Monica Vernon works out on the beach during sunrise Monday at 6:34 a.m. at North Shore Park in St. Petersburg, on the first day of summer, which  officially begins at 6:34 p.m. DIRK SHADD | Times
  2. Tropical Storm Colin leaves mess across Tampa Bay area

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    Tropical Storm Colin had more in store for Tampa Bay on Tuesday after blowing through the region the day before.

    A motorist drives down Meadowlawn Drive near Kingswood Drive in St. Petersburg after Tropical Storm Colin dumped heavy rains over the Tampa Bay area on Tuesday. The city was the hardest hit in the area.
  3. Live now: Tampa Bay deals with impacts from Tropical Storm Colin

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    One day after Tropical Storm Colin brought downpours and high winds to Tampa Bay, a soggy Tuesday morning offered little reprieve for weary residents.

    City workers put signs up warning people of contaminated water next to the Perry Bayview Community Playground at 27 Ave. S. and 38 St. next to Clam Bayou Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Sewage overflowed due to storm conditions.
  4. Forecast change prompted early dismissal of Pasco schools

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — Journey Sanders kicked her feet anxiously against the floor.

    Schraeder Elementary staff member Shaun Burr helps students on to buses in the rain Mondayfor a 12:30 p.m. dismissal after Pasco County Schools closed early in anticipation of possible severe weather from Tropical Storm Colin. [BRENDAN FITTERER | Times]
  5. All Eyes photo gallery: Tropical Storm Colin leaves flooded streets in Tampa Bay

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    Tropical Storm Colin was expected to track north of Tampa Bay toward the panhandle on Monday, but the storm still dumped heavy rain across much of the Tampa Bay area.

    Angel Alaluf, of Tarpon Springs, walks through a flooded section of Dodecanese Boulevard in Tarpon Springs as squalls of wind and rain from Tropical Storm Colin move into the Tampa Bay area on Monday. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
  6. T.S. Colin bears down on Florida's Big Bend and leaves a soggy mess in Tampa Bay

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    Leo Potts and Nancy Bowman rode atop tricycles Monday afternoon through the ankle-deep water on Shore Boulevard in Gulfport. Nearby, reams of seaweed piled against doorways of beachside motel rooms.

    Tampa: Kenneth Jones helps a driver whose BMW stalled in floodwaters in front of his house near W Azeele and S Occident streets in the West Shore area.
  7. Colin's shift prompts Pasco officials to switch gears; residents urged to stay indoors

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — Changing weather conditions ahead of Tropical Storm Colin's landfall forced Pasco County officials to switch gears Monday morning.

    Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco discusses preparation for Tropical Storm Colin at the Pasco County Emergency Operations Center on Monday. Pasco County Sheriff's Office
  8. Tropical Storm Colin takes aim at Panhandle, but Tampa Bay could see heavy rain, flooding

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    Even as forecasters adjusted the predicted path of Tropical Storm Colin northward, anticipating a Monday afternoon landfall in the Florida panhandle's Big Bend region, Tampa Bay braced for the impact.

    Beachgoers on Anna Maria Island Beach try to secure their tents and belongings as highwinds sweep through the area on Sunday afternoon. [BOYZELL HOSEY   |   Times]
  9. Tropical Storm Colin may form, move toward Tampa Bay early next week

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    A collection of storms in the Gulf of Mexico may develop into Tropical Storm Colin with forecasts showing it moving toward the Tampa Bay area early next week.

  10. Forecasters: System could produce strong storms, flooding in Tampa Bay area next week

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    Just one day after the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, the National Weather Service said an area of low pressure in the Caribbean is expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico early next week, bringing deep tropical moisture that could produce heavy rain and localized flooding.

    Just one day after the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, the National Weather Service said an area of low pressure in the Caribbean is expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico early next week, bringing deep tropical moisture that could produce heavy rain and localized flooding. National Weather Service
  11. Storm surge imperils 455,000 Tampa Bay homes, report says

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    Nearly 455,000 Tampa Bay homes could be damaged by hurricane storm surges, the most in any major metro area except Miami and New York City. And rebuilding all those homes could cost $80.6 billion.

  12. Tropical Depression Bonnie brings heavy rain to Carolinas

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    MIAMI — Tropical Depression Bonnie's heavy rains are weakening over South Carolina as a wet Memorial Day holiday weekend comes to an end in the area.

    This NOAA satellite image taken Saturday at 9:45 AM EDT shows Tropical Depression Two continuing to move northwest toward the North and South Carolina coastline. [Weather Underground va AP]
  13. Tropical Depression Bonnie means another bad beach day

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    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Tropical Depression Bonnie reached the South Carolina coast early Sunday before stalling just inland, bringing heavy rain and rough tides to an area packed with tourists for the Memorial Day weekend.

    This NOAA satellite image taken Saturday at 9:45 AM EDT shows Tropical Depression Two continuing to move northwest towards the North and South Carolina coastline.  [Weather Underground va AP]