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.)
DALLAS — Tropical Storm Bill has made landfall on the Texas coast along Matagorda Island northeast of Corpus Christi.
MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center says a broad area of low pressure near the Yucatan Peninsula could brew nasty weather along the Texas and Louisiana coasts and inland Monday night and Tuesday.
Two million more people have taken up residence in Florida since a hurricane last hit in 2005. That growth, concentrated along coastal areas likeliest to be washed away by a storm, means the state is in many ways more vulnerable than ever to catastrophic damage from a tropical hurricane.
Just a few days from the start of hurricane season, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday its storm predictions for the next six months.
Looks like it could be a quiet one.
TAMPA — The hurricane planes known affectionately as "Miss Piggy" and "Kermit" are getting new Rolls-Royce engines, new wings and better radar.
Building a hurricane kit is a lot like packing for a wilderness camping trip. You need to be able to survive for several days on your own without any outside assistance.
TAMPA — Call it the double dip. The back-to-back. The Double D with a capital E. Behold, El Niño, a weather phenomenon so hot, it warms the tropic waters every few years, but so cool it can calm Florida's jittery nerves during the five-month hurricane season.
In late August of 2005, Times reporters Chris Tisch and Aaron Sharockman were sent to the Florida Panhandle to cover the landfall of Hurricane Katrina. As the storm tracked farther west, the pair headed to New Orleans.
Surfers love hurricanes because these low-pressure systems produce long lines of well-spaced waves that are easier to catch than the sloppy whitecaps of a typical winter cold front.
Most Floridians know that hurricanes bring strong winds, heavy rain, high tides and storm surge. If that's not enough to make you move inland, don't forget about flying debris and tornadoes. But there is much more to keep in mind, especially after the storm passes.
Advice from the dog: Cultivate an inland friend, a tolerant one with a home that is high and dry. Do it now before a storm comes barreling up the coast.
Long before you head out to Home Depot for plywood and duct tape as a hurricane approaches, there's an even more critical step you should take: preserving the documents that prove who you are and verify ownership of your most important assets.
As this year's hurricane season approached, the Times interviewed Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center, to talk about preparation.