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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. Powerful Hurricane Gonzalo pounds Bermuda

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    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]
  2. Gonzalo, now a major Category 3 hurricane, aims for Bermuda

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    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]
  3. Now a hurricane, Gonzalo sweeps into Caribbean

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    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]
  4. Fay hits Bermuda, and new storm threatens to become hurricane

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    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]
  5. Subtropical Storm Fay forms south of Bermuda

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

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

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    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]
  7. No threat to Florida as Tropical Storm Dolly forms in gulf, heads toward Mexico (w/map)

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    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.

  8. Early forecasts indicate Caribbean storm may spare Florida

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    Early projections by the National Hurricane Center indicate a weather system in the eastern Caribbean that could strengthen into a tropical storm today will turn northward and spare Florida a direct hit.

  9. Forecasters still monitoring area of low pressure in Atlantic

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    Forecasters are watching an area of low pressure that was moving over the Leeward Islands early Friday.

  10. Forecasters monitor low pressure system in Atlantic

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    Forecasters Wednesday were monitoring an elongated area of low pressure that could develop into a tropical depression over the next several days.

  11. Forecasters watching weather system in Atlantic that could be headed toward Florida

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    Forecasters are monitoring a patch of rough weather in the Atlantic Ocean that has a good chance of becoming a tropical depression and could be heading toward Florida.

  12. Two tropical waves, but no cause for concern

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    Two tropical waves developed this week in the eastern Atlantic but should not be cause for concern, forecasters said Tuesday.

  13. 10 YEARS AGO, TAMPA BAY FEARS WERE SPARED

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    We were in the cross-hairs. On Thursday evening, Aug. 12, 2004, Hurricane Charley was barreling northward into the Gulf of Mexico straight at Tampa Bay. This was expected to be the first hurricane to hit us head-on since 1921 — and at least a Category 3, at that.

    Cecilia Carr poses outside of her home on August 9, 2014, which was built after her previous home was destroyed in Hurricane Charley nearly ten years ago in Punta Gorda.