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5-Day Outlook

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There’s always been a lot of bad advice out there about getting ready for hurricane season. Here are seven myths emergency officials wish Floridians would just get over already.
May 24• Hurricane
The 10-day tax break will include the purchasing of generators up to $1,000, according to the Governor’s Office.
May 27• Hurricane
Masks will be needed to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading in evacuation shelters, say emergency officials and public health experts.
May 25• Hurricane
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts 13 to 20 named storms and 6 to 10 hurricanes.
May 20• Hurricane

HURRICANE PREPARATION GUIDE

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  1. The pandemic still affects hurricane preparations across Florida.
  2. Jerry Alonso 69, buys wood panels to possibly board up windows this home in preparation for Hurricane Dorian at the Home Depot store on 1712 N Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa, Florida on Thursday, August 29, 2019. A 10-day tax holiday on all hurricane supplies purchased in Florida begins Friday.
  3. Todd Lynas, produce manager, left, and Marc Sheppard, store manager, work in the rain to install aluminum hurricane shutters on the front windows of the Winn-Dixie store at 3327 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N in St. Petersburg in November 2020. For the latest news and updates throughout hurricane season, check tampabay.com/hurricane
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  7. Dr. James Barr is the chief medical officer of BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital. For the latest news and updates throughout hurricane season, check tampabay.com/hurricane
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  9. The devastation left by the 1921 Tampa Bay hurricane aka the 1921 Tarpon Springs hurricane after it made landfall in north Pinellas County on Oct. 25, 1921. This photo is from a University of South Florida collections of photos documenting the destruction.
  10. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis puts on his mask during a Feb. 26 news conference at the Amway Center in Orlando. The governor this month issued an executive order suspending city and county mask mandates and other local virus-related restrictions shortly before hurricane season officially starts June 1. But Tampa Bay emergency officials and experts say masks will still be needed to keep the coronavirus from spreading in emergency shelters if an evacuation is ordered because of an approaching hurricane.
  11. Water splashes against the seawall along Pass A Grille Way in St. Pete Beach Nov. 11 as squalls from Hurricane Eta move through Pinellas County.
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  13. A roof remains heavily damaged on Mexico Beach in May 2019, seven months after Hurricane Michael made landfall and destroyed many of the structures in the small coastal Florida panhandle city. For the latest news and updates throughout hurricane season, check tampabay.com/hurricane
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  15. Subtropical Storm Ana formed in the north Atlantic early Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is the first named storm of 2021, which also becomes the seventh year in a row that a named storm has formed in May, ahead of the traditional June 1 start to hurricane season.
  16. Jonas Brothers, from left, Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas and Kevin Jonas. The group has three Florida concerts in October 2021 in Jacksonville, Tampa and West Palm Beach for which “Freedom Week” tax holiday would apply if tickets purchased July 1-7, 2021.
  17. Two tropical cyclones are on the verge of forming in May — one in the north Atlantic, the other in the western Gulf of Mexico — days before the start of hurricane season, according to the National Hurricane Center.
  18. Scientists are monitoring two tropical systems that could become the first named storms of the 2021 season.
  19. The Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) aboard NOAA's GOES East captured this view of Hurricane Dorian overnight on Sept. 4, 2019. The GLM continually looks for lightning flashes in the Western Hemisphere, both on land and nearby ocean regions and can detect all three major lightning types: in-cloud, cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning. Alongside radar and other weather satellite data, lightning information helps forecasters understand when a storm is forming, intensifying and becoming more dangerous.
  20. A system in the northern Atlantic is expected to become Tropical Storm Ana by as early as Friday.
  21. Hurricane season has arrived early, once again. The National Hurricane Center is eyeing what could become the first named storm of the 2021 season to the northeast of Bermuda.

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