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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. Scott on Tropical Storm Erika: 'Hope for the best; prepare for the worst'

    Hurricanes

    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.]
  2. What's in a name? Why and how we name tropical storms and hurricanes

    Weather

    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]
  3. Start checking the weather; Tropical Storm Erika's plans for Florida still aren't clear

    Hurricanes

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

    Pause. Don't panic.

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

    Hurricanes

    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.

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

    Hurricanes

    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.]
  6. Danny fizzles out over the Caribbean — but behind it …

    Hurricanes

    ROSEAU, Dominica — Tropical Storm Danny brought rain and strong winds Monday to the islands of the eastern edge of the Caribbean and then quickly dissipated as it headed east.

    [Weather Underground Inc.]
  7. Danny weakens tropical storm; South Florida in possible path

    Hurricanes

    Once powerful Hurricane Danny continued to weaken, dropping to tropical storm strength late Saturday — but remaining on a track that could steer it toward South Florida by late next week.

  8. Hurricane Danny strengthens into Category 3 storm

    Hurricanes

    MIAMI — Hurricane Danny has grown to a Category 3 storm, according to a National Hurricane Center plane sent to investigate the compact storm Friday afternoon.

  9. Hurricane Danny raises worry over mudslides, flooding in Caribbean

    Hurricanes

    MIAMI — With Hurricane Danny growing to a Category 3 storm Friday and headed toward Caribbean islands gripped by drought, emergency officials starting preparing for the possibility of flash floods and mudslides.

    [Weather Underground Inc.]
  10. Tropical Storm Danny could be a hurricane within days, forecasters say (w/video)

    Hurricanes

    National Hurricane Center forecasters said Tropical Storm Danny's inner core was more organized Wednesday than it was Tuesday, and there didn't seem to be anything obvious that would keep it from intensifying over the next few days.

    [Weather Underground Inc.]
  11. Tropical Depression Four is now Tropical Storm Danny

    Hurricanes

    The fourth tropical depression of the 2015 hurricane season became Tropical Storm Danny on Tuesday and likely will strengthen to the first hurricane of the Atlantic season by Thursday, forecasters said.

    The fourth tropical depression of the 2015 hurricane season is now Tropical Storm Danny and will likely strengthen to a hurricane by Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. [National Hurricane Center]
  12. More flooding possible with storms expected this week

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    TAMPA — Potential thunderstorms rumbling through the Tampa Bay area this week could yield even more flooding, forecasters say.

  13. El Niño intensifying, could rival strongest in recorded history

    Hurricanes

    The present El Niño event, on the cusp of attaining "strong" intensity, has a chance to become the most powerful on record.

    This images shows sea surface temperature anomaly. Yellow and red indicate where temperatures are warmer than normal. El Nino is characterized by unusually warm temperatures in the Pacific Ocean off the coast  of South America. [earth.nullschool.net]