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Volunteers work quickly, handing boxes of food off to one another to place in the trunks and backseats of the long line of vehicles driving through for a mega-pantry operation operated by Feeding Tampa Bay on May 26 at the State College of Florida in Bradenton. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
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HURRICANE PREPARATION GUIDE

LATEST

  1. Tropical Storm Cristobal formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, making it the earliest third named storm on record for the Atlantic hurricane season. [National Hurricane Center]
  2. Tropical Depression 3 formed over the Bay of Campeche on Monday and is expected to move north into the Gulf of Mexico this week, increasing rain chances for the Tampa Bay area, forecasters say. [National Hurricane Center]
  3. For the latest updates from the Tampa Bay Times this hurricane season, go to https://www.tampabay.com/hurricane/ [RON BORRESEN  |  Times]
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  5. Dr. Cathy Meeks is the regional vice president of medicine at BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital. [BluePearl]
  6. For the latest updates from the Tampa Bay Times this hurricane season, go to https://www.tampabay.com/hurricane/ [RON BORRESEN  |  Times]
  7. For the latest updates from the Tampa Bay Times this hurricane season, check out: www.tampabay.com/hurricane [RON BORRESEN  |  Times]
  8. Left: Port Tampa Bay CEO and President Paul Anderson: Right: A cruise ship docked at Port Tampa Bay in March. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times | Port Tampa Bay]
  9. Volunteers work quickly, handing boxes of food off to one another to place in the trunks and backseats of the long line of vehicles driving through for a mega-pantry operation operated by Feeding Tampa Bay on May 26 at the State College of Florida in Bradenton. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  10. Left: Spectrum Bay News 9 Chief Meteorologist Mike Clay. Right: A satellite image of Hurricane Michael as it enters the Gulf of Mexico on Oct. 9, 2018. [Spectrum Bay News 9 | NOAA]
  11. Dr. Rachel Dawkins is medical director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Clinics in the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Department of Pediatric Medicine. [John Hopkins All Children's Hospital | Tampa Bay Times]
  12. Dr. Paul Nanda is chief medical officer for TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track, a network of urgent care clinics on both sides of Tampa Bay that are affiliated with Tampa General Hospital. [Tampa General Hospital]
  13. Lee Jernigan, 60, from Leesburg, purchases gas containers and water at a St. Petersburg Home Depot in August 2019 to get ready for Hurricane Dorian. [ALLIE GOULDING  |  Times]
  14. From left: Lee Cathey, 37, Mayor Al Cathey, 71, and Charles Smith, 56, survey damage in the coastal Panhandle township of Mexico Beach after it was devastated by Hurricane Michael in October 2018.
  15. A defiant message was written on a plywood board covering the window of a West Tampa house as Hurricane Irma approached in 2017: "I am ready for Irma." [ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  16. Tropical Storm Bertha has formed off the South Carolina coast. [National Hurricane Center]
  17. For the latest updates from the Tampa Bay Times this hurricane season, go to https://www.tampabay.com/hurricane/ [RON BORRESEN  |  Times]
  18. Left: The U.S. National Institutes of Health released this electron microscope image of the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. in April. Right: The wreckage of Mexico Beach in December 2018, two months after Hurricane Michael made landfall that year with top sustained winds of 155 mph.  When hurricane season starts June 1, Florida must prepare for a major storm while still dealing with the pandemic. [DOUGLAS CLIFFORD  |  NIAID-RML via AP | Times]
  19. An overhead photo of Tampa International Airport terminal looking north.
  20. In this May 6 photo, a Florida forestry tractor trailer is parked near a hot spot from a Panhandle wildfire. The way Santa Rosa County evacuated people from the wildfires could be a preview of evacuations conducted during the pandemic this hurricane season. [DEVON RAVINE  |  AP]
  21. A summary infographic showing hurricane season probability and numbers of named storms predicted from NOAA's 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook. [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration]
  22. NOAA satellite image of Hurricane Dorian in 2019. [AP]

Hurricane Emergency Information

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