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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. 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.

  2. Early forecasts indicate Caribbean storm may spare Florida


    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.

  3. Forecasters still monitoring area of low pressure in Atlantic


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

  4. Forecasters monitor low pressure system in Atlantic


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

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


    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.

  6. Two tropical waves, but no cause for concern


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



    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.
  8. Hurricane Iselle gains strength as it nears Hawaii


    HONOLULU — Hawaii residents prepared for what could be the first hurricane to hit the state in more than 20 years as weather officials said Wednesday that an approaching storm appears to have strengthened and will probably maintain its speed as it heads toward the islands.

    This image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday shows Hurricane Iselle, center, and tropical storm Julio, right, in the Pacific Ocean. 
  9. Bertha downgraded to a tropical storm, becomes even less relevant to Florida, U.S.


    Observations from Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft found Bertha had weakened to a tropical storm at 5 a.m. Tuesday.

  10. Bertha gains strength, becomes season's second hurricane


    Bertha strengthened into the season's second hurricane Monday morning.

  11. Weather: First week of August will bring heat, rain


    The first week of August will bring high temperatures and high rain chances, and a hurricane too, for good measure.

  12. Weather: Humidity returns this weekend


    After a few dry days, this weekend will spell a return to rainy, humid weather.

  13. Forecasters: Area of low pressure has high chance of tropical development this week


    Forecasters were eyeing an area of low pressure located about 1,000 miles east of the Windward Islands early Wednesday.