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2015 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 Storm Fred expected to strike Cape Verde Islands as a hurricane, start weakening by mid-week


    National Hurricane Center forecasters were studying Tropical Storm Fred early Sunday morning after it formed overnight in waters near the African coast.

  2. Tropical Storm Erika dissipates, area watches and warnings lifted


    Tropical Storm Erika broke up in the Caribbean on Saturday, leaving behind a wave of moisture expected to bring heavy rainfall to the Tampa Bay area in the next few days.

    Joe's Stone Crab employees Jordan Garcia, left, and Manny Cortes install hurricane shutters in preparation for Tropical Storm Erika on Friday in Miami Beach. [David Santiago | El Nuevo Herald via TNS]
  3. Forecasters: Tropical Storm Erika more likely to hit Florida in subdued state



    Meteorologists may have remained divided Friday evening on the fate of Tropical Storm Erika, but bay area leaders prepared for the worst following a month of historic flooding.

    Broken traffic lights and street lamps lay on the ground as the strong winds of Tropical Storm Erika approach Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, Friday. [AP photo]
  4. Waterlogged Tampa Bay braces for Tropical Storm Erika — and more flooding


    Whether Tropical Storm Erika strengthens into a hurricane or dissipates into a tropical depression, it could still bring heavy rainfall to the area next week.

    Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, left, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Gov. Rick Scott, and Maj. Gen. Michael Calhoun of the Florida National Guard stand at a news conference Friday at the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center in Tampa for a briefing on Tropical Storm Erika. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
  5. Tropical Storm Erika: Here's where to get sandbags in Tampa Bay


    With expectations of heavy rain and flooding if Tropical Storm Erika continues to threaten Florida, local governments are making sandbags available to residents. Here are lists of locations:


  6. Storm prep: Here's what to have on your hurricane supplies grocery list


    Tropical Storm Erika may not be a devastating event, but it's never too early to think about what hurricane supplies you should have on hand.

    Even a minimal storm could affect power for days. Here are some of the supplies you should have in your hurricane kit. [Times (2009)]
  7. Death toll rising from Tropical Storm Erika (w/video)


    Tropical Storm Erika began to lose steam Friday as it skirted along the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, but it left behind a trail of destruction that included at least 20 people killed on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said.

    A couple looks out at a rough sea as Tropical Storm Erika moves away from the area in Guayama, Puerto Rico, on Friday. The storm was expected to dump up to 8 inches of rain across the drought-stricken northern Caribbean as it carved a path toward the U.S. [Associated Press]
  8. 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has been remade for better and worse


    NEW ORLEANS — It is a wonder that any of it is here at all: The scattered faithful gathering into Beulah Land Baptist Church in the Lower 9th Ward. The men on stoops in Mid-City swapping gossip in the August dusk. The brass band in Tremé, the lawyers in Lakeview, the new homeowners in Pontchartrain Park.

    The Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood of New Orleans on Aug. 1. The Lower Nine, as the neighborhood is sometimes called, became known to the world when the levee burst and blocks of working-class homes were bulldozed by the waters of the Industrial Canal after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. There was no place in the city where the destruction was more thorough, and the recovery more lacking. [Danny Landry | LandBros Aerial Photography for the New York Times]
  9. Erika projected to hit Florida landfall as Category 1 hurricane


    Emergency officials in Florida readied Thursday for the potential effects of Tropical Storm Erika, which lashed the small island of Dominica with flooding and landslides, still hundreds of miles away in the Atlantic Ocean.

    [Weather Underground Inc.]
  10. What's in a name? Why and how we name tropical storms and hurricanes


    This year we've been introduced to Ana, Bill, Claudette and Danny. None of them hung around for long. Now Erika looks like she might saunter right into our living rooms.

    To be clear, nobody invited her.

    Samantha Robbins, 15, of Key West pained a sign to ward off Hurricane Ivan during the summer of 2004. [Times files]
  11. Start checking the weather; Tropical Storm Erika's plans for Florida still aren't clear


    With each passing day, forecasters are growing more certain that Tropical Storm Erika will approach the Florida peninsula.

    Pause. Don't panic.

  12. Eastern Caribbean braces for rain, wind as Erika approaches


    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Governments ordered schools, airports and even casinos to close and they prepared shelters as Tropical Storm Erika approached the eastern Caribbean on Wednesday.

  13. Little strengthening of Tropical Storm Erika expected over next 48 hours


    MIAMI — National Hurricane Center forecasters reported Tuesday that Tropical Storm Erika continued to show little change in strength — and that any strengthening in the near future should be slow. Still they anticipated the storm would strengthen into a hurricane by Saturday, likely somewhere north of Haiti. …

    [Weather Underground Inc.]