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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. 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.

  5. Tropical Storm Arthur could disrupt Fourth of July weekend

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    RODANTHE, N.C. — As one of the year's busiest travel weekends approaches, so does another visitor: Tropical Storm Arthur, which is expected to grow into a hurricane by July Fourth and hit most harshly at North Carolina's Outer Banks, a popular getaway spot of thin barrier islands along the shore.

  6. Ahead of July Fourth, East Coast eyes Tropical Storm Arthur

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    CHARLESTON, S.C. — As one of the year's busiest travel weekends approaches, so does another visitor: Tropical Storm Arthur, expected to grow into a hurricane by the Fourth of July and hit most harshly at North Carolina's Outer Banks, a popular getaway spot of thin barrier islands along the shore.

    Surfer Nick Haven looks for a place to surf near the old damaged Hatteras Pier on Wednesday in Cape Hatteras, N.C. A hurricane warning has been issued for North Carolina's Outer Banks due to approaching Tropical Storm Arthur that is expected to gain strength. [Getty Images]
  7. Tropical Storm Arthur moves on, leaves hot, stormy July 4 forecast behind

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    As Tropical Storm Arthur moved away from Florida early Wednesday, forecasters warned of extreme heat and thunderstorms for the July Fourth holiday.

    A satellite image released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shows the center of Tropical Storm Arthur off the east coast of Florida on Tuesday. [Associated Press]
  8. Tropical Storm Arthur expected to become hurricane later this week

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    With the July Fourth weekend on the horizon, the Atlantic hurricane season's first named storm plodded off Florida's east coast Tuesday, though Arthur wasn't yet spooking too many in the storm's potential path.

  9. Tropical storm watches issued for Florida's east coast as depression forms

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    Tropical storm watches were issued for Florida's east coast late Monday night after forecasters upgraded a patch of stormy weather to a tropical depression.

  10. National Hurricane Center monitors system off St. Augustine

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    The National Hurricane Center was tracking an area of low pressure Monday morning with a 60 percent chance of tropical cyclone formation over the next two days.

  11. Storm system off Florida's east coast has good chance of becoming tropical depression

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    Forecasters are watching a patch of stormy weather off Florida's east coast that they believe has an 80 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next five days.

  12. Forecasters monitor weather system in western Gulf of Mexico; no threat to Florida seen

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    Forecasters are monitoring a patch of bad weather in the western Gulf of Mexico that at this point appears to pose no danger to Florida.

  13. Forecasters predict slow Atlantic hurricane season

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    NEW YORK — A slower-than-usual hurricane season is expected this year because of an expected El Niño, federal forecasters said Thursday, but they warned that it takes only one storm to wreak havoc and urged Americans to be prepared.

    Hurricane Charley approaches Fort Myers in August 2004. This coming season NOAA forecasters predict eight to 13 named tropical storms and three to six hurricanes.