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2016 Hurricane preparedness guide

Hurricane Andrew, one of the costliest and most intense storms in U.S. history, barrels toward Florida’s east coast in August 1992.NOAA

Hurricane History Class: 10 lessons Tampa Bay can learn from 10 devastating storms

They say those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. That is especially true when it comes to hurricanes. Lessons from past storms could serve us well in future storms. Here's a look at 10 historic storms, what we've learned from them, and what we've forgotten. Great Galveston Hurricane (1900) In S …


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.)


Surviving the storm

Before a storm threatens Tampa Bay, you'll want to be prepared. If a storm strikes, you'll want to get out of town, or to a shelter. And after the storm, you'll want to survive. Find out how inside the hurricane guide published in print editions of the Tampa Bay Times.

  1. With more hurricanes, a buffer for the Atlantic coast


    In October, Hurricane Matthew roared through the Caribbean as a near-worst-case Category 4 storm, with high winds that devastated Haiti and other countries. But when it made landfall in the United States a few days later, Matthew limped into South Carolina as a Category 1, bringing torrential rains and flooding but …

  2. Conditions that form more hurricanes also protect U.S., study finds


    In October, Hurricane Matthew roared through the Caribbean as a near-worst-case Category 4 storm, with high winds that devastated Haiti and other countries. But when it made landfall in the United States a few days later, Matthew limped into South Carolina as a Category 1, bringing torrential rains and flooding but …

     Floodwaters encroach on a home as Hurricane Matthew strikes in Charleston, S.C., in October. A new analysis suggests that the climatic trends that lead to greater hurricane activity also create a coastal buffer that weakens storms at landfall.  [New York Times]
  3. 2016: Hermine brings severe flooding to west Pasco for second straight year


    The storm that would eventually be named Hurricane Hermine began in a cloud of uncertainty.

    Suzanne Hamilton surveys flooding in front of her home in the Bass Lake Estates on Sept. 6 where the Anclote River crested after Hermine.
  4. Penetrating hurricanes with 8 powerful new eyes in the sky


    Jettisoned from the belly of a plane, a Pegasus rocket blasted into space last week carrying eight hurricane-hunting microsatellites.

    An Orbital ATK L-1011 Stargazer aircraft carrying a Pegasus XL Rocket with eight NASA Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System, or CYGNSS, spacecraft takes off from the Skid Strip at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. With the aircraft flying off shore, the Pegasus rocket will be released. Five seconds later, the solid propellant engine will ignite and boost the eight hurricane observatories to orbit. The eight CYGNSS satellites will make frequent and accurate measurements of ocean surface winds throughout the life cycle of tropical storms and hurricanes. [NASA photo]
  5. Likely absence of El Nino pattern could lead to heavy hurricane activity this season, report says


    FORT LAUDERDALE — Another busy hurricane season may be on the way, according to an early assessment of climate patterns released Wednesday by a leading center for hurricane research.

  6. As flooded-out residents return home, Pasco officials look at buying out homeowners


    NEW PORT RICHEY — When the Riveras moved into their home on Elfers Parkway just a few weeks ago, they said nobody told them the nearby Anclote River flooded.

    From left, Matthew Sims, 12, Elizabeth Rivera, 4, David Rivera, 43, and Jasmine Rivera, 36, navigate through mud to get into their home near the Anclote River on Wednesday.
  7. Workers focus on human needs and damage assessment after storm


    NEW PORT RICHEY — As the levels began to recede in the Anclote River and other flooded areas, Pasco County workers were dispatched to offer affected residents the one thing they seemed to have more than enough of: water.

  8. Roads remain flooded in parts of southern St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street remained closed on Monday due to flooding, days after then-Tropical Storm Hermine passed the Tampa Bay region.

  9. Hermine lingers offshore, bringing rough waves and rip currents


    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Hermine twisted hundreds of miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday, creating large waves in some southern New England beach waters that lured in surfers despite the rough surf and rip currents that kept most beachgoers away on the last day of the holiday weekend.

    A man and a woman arrives at the Virginia Beach boardwalk in Virginia Beach, Va., Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. Hermine spun away from the East Coast on Sunday, removing the threat of heavy rain but maintaining enough power to whip up dangerous waves and rip currents and keep beaches off-limits to disappointed swimmers and surfers during the holiday weekend. [AP Photo/Ben Finley]
  10. Dazed Cedar Key deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine


    They thought they were doing the right thing as Hurricane Hermine approached.

    Debris washed up by Hurricane Hermine’s 9-foot storm surge blocks a street Friday in Cedar Key. The police chief estimated the town suffered at least $10 million in damage.
  11. Wind and rain trail Hermine


    Bruce and Sarah Pietri noticed their 12-year-old daughter, Shyanne, was missing just as the wind started whistling through the windows and their mobile home began shaking Thursday night.

    Five homes were destroyed and 13 were damaged by trees that fell in strong winds early Friday morning at the Town and Country Mobile Home Park, 1221 N Valrico Road in Valrico. The strong gusts also knocked over trees and power poles, downing wires in Plant City and Dover. No one was hurt.
  12. Hurricane Hermine makes landfall south of Tallahassee


    Hurricane Hermine made landfall south of Tallahassee early today as a Category 1 storm, slamming the state's Big Bend region with 80 mph winds and ending a hurricane-free streak of nearly 11 years.

    Pass-a-Grille Way in St. Pete Beach is flooded Thursday just south of 29th Avenue. A coastal flood advisory remains in effect for the bay area until 1 p.m. today.
  13. What it's like to be aboard a NOAA Hurricane Hunter as it flies into Hermine (w/video)


    As Hermine spins slowly northeast, weather scientists sort through computer data aboard a plane that shudders through savage blasts from the storm.

    After the end of a reconnaissance flight Wednesday, a Hurricane Hunter airplane shuts down at MacDill Air Force Base. Crews rotate in and out, but the four-engine turboprop takes off again three hours later.