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. 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.

  2. 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.
  3. Hurricane Iselle gains strength as it nears Hawaii

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    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. 
  4. Bertha downgraded to a tropical storm, becomes even less relevant to Florida, U.S.

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

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

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

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

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

  7. Weather: Humidity returns this weekend

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

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

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

  9. Tropical depression downgraded, won't develop

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    Tropical Depression Two, which had been moving quickly toward the Lesser Antilles, was downgraded to a tropical wave Wednesday morning.

  10. Tropical Depression Two forms in Atlantic

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    Tropical Depression Two was moving west toward the lesser Antilles early Tuesday. But the storm wasn't expected to strengthen much, and in fact should dissipate by Thursday.

  11. Tropical depression forms in Atlantic

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    Hurricane forecasters are watching a batch of stormy weather in the Atlantic Ocean that became a tropical depression Monday afternoon.

  12. Typhoon Rammasun kills 20 in Philippines, eye misses Manila

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    MANILA, Philippines — A typhoon blew out of the northern Philippines on Wednesday after causing at least 20 deaths, knocking out power in entire provinces, damaging two parked jetliners and forcing nearly half a million people to flee from its lethal wind and rains, officials said.

    Residents return to their homes Wednesday, wading through floodwaters after Typhoon Rammasun battered the Philippines north of Manila with winds gusting up to 115 mph.
  13. It's official: Arthur is season's first hurricane

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    The season's first named hurricane was spinning somewhere off the coast of South Carolina early Thursday.