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.)
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.
From Hurricane Sandy to the Boston Marathon Bombing to Tropical Storm Debby, we know smartphones and social media can be especially helpful communication options during times of natural disaster or crisis situations.
Early into the season and looking ahead there are signs of a below-average Atlantic/Gulf Hurricane Season as far as number of named storms goes.
TAMPA — In a state where residents were once lucky if an insurer even offered them a policy on their homes, calmer skies have finally brought Floridians a chance to shop around for plans.
Doomsday survival gear is big business in the United States, where some worry about threats like the Mayan calendar or a zombie apocalypse. So when it comes time to get ready for a hurricane, we have a lot great gadgets to choose from.
In hurricane-wary Florida, residents have long heard the basics of how to protect their houses and themselves from an approaching storm: board up the windows, check the roof and — if you don't evacuate — find a safe space inside the home to ride out the storm.