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2017 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.)


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. Invest 92 could target Florida as Tropical Storm Harvey heads west


    While Tropical Storm Harvey continues its westerly track toward Central America, forecasters are keeping a wary eye on a trailing system that could target the East Coast — and Florida — by late next week.

    While Tropical Storm Harvey moves west, forecasters are monitoring a system that could track toward Florida by the end of next week. [National Hurricane Center]
  2. Late night update: Second wave follows Tropical Storm Harvey


    UPDATE: At 11 p.m. the National Hurricane Center said a hurricane hunter plane had determined that Tropical Storm Harvey had formed with sustained winds of 40 mph.

    Three tropical waves are expected to strengthen as they move across the Atlantic Ocean. [Courtesy of the National Hurricane Center]
  3. 25 things to remember on the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew


    Twenty-five years ago today, Andrew was born.

    Aerial of a mobile home community in the Homestead area, destroyed by Hurricane Andrew. [Times (1992)]
  4. While Gert strengthens into hurricane, forecasters monitoring two more systems


    MIAMI — Forecasters say Gert has strengthened to become the second hurricane of the season in the Atlantic Ocean.

    Forecasters say Gert has strengthened to become the second hurricane of the season in the Atlantic Ocean.
  5. Gert likely to become a hurricane Tuesday, forecasters say


    MIAMI — Tropical Storm Gert, the seventh named storm of the Atlantic season, continued to strengthen Monday and could become a short-lived hurricane Tuesday, National Hurricane Center forecasters said.

    Tropical Storm Gert, which formed on Sunday off the coast of Florida, poses no threat to land as it moves away from the East Coast. []
  6. Hurricane Charley destroyed Punta Gorda and kept Tampa Bay on edge 13 years ago this weekend


    All of Tampa Bay breathed a sigh of relief when Hurricane Charley changed track before making landfall in Florida on August 13, 2004. Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, and other towns, however, suddenly found themselves facing the full brunt of Charley's devastating power. By the time it had made its way across Florida, …

    A Punta Gorda, Fla., neighborhood  lays in ruin Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004 after Hurricane Charley wasted much of the city Friday. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)
  7. Remnants of Hurricane Franklin dump rain in Mexico


    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The remnants of Hurricane Franklin soaked central Mexico Thursday, threatening mudslides and flash floods after the storm hit the country's Gulf coast overnight.

    Fishermen move their boats, normally moored in the Gulf of Mexico, onto a coastal road to protect them ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Franklin, in the port city of Veracruz, Mexico, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. A strengthening Tropical Storm Franklin took aim at Mexico's central Gulf coast after a relatively mild run across the Yucatan Peninsula, with forecasts saying it would grow into a hurricane before making its second landfall late Wednesday or early Thursday. [Associated Press]
  8. Franklin becomes first hurricane of 2017 Atlantic season


    MEXICO CITY — After a relatively mild run across the Yucatan Peninsula, Franklin became the first hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season on Wednesday afternoon. It is expected to make landfall along Mexico's gulf coast Wednesday night or early Thursday.

    Clouds hang over the town of Mahahual, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, after the passage of Tropical Storm Franklin on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. Residents said parts of the beach had shrunk by several meters the morning after the storm struck. A weakened Tropical Storm Franklin chugged across Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula Tuesday, dumping heavy rain after coming ashore on the Caribbean coast. [Associated Press]
  9. NOAA releases bleak update on hurricane season, now forecast to be most active since 2010


    Times Staff Writers

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is now predicting an above-average hurricane season driven in part by warmer-than-normal water temperatures in the …

    In an update on Wedesday, NOAA forecasters say there's now an even higher chance of an above-normal hurricane season, with an increase in the predicted number of named storms and major hurricanes. [Courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration]
  10. Tropical Storm Franklin moving onto Yucatan in Mexico


    MEXICO CITY — The leading edge of Tropical Storm Franklin began moving onto Mexico's Yucatan, and the storm was expected to pass over the peninsula during the night before entering the Bay of Campeche on a path toward central Mexico.

  11. Tropical Storm Franklin could be hurricane when hits Yucatan


    MIAMI — Tropical Storm Franklin could be near hurricane strength when it hits Mexico's Yucatan peninsula Monday evening.

  12. Emily rainwater runoff leads to some minor flooding


    With Tropical Storm Emily dumping inches of water onto the Tampa Bay area Sunday night and Monday, some local rivers are feeling the strain from rainwater runoff.

    Tropical Storm Emily on Monday produced drenching rains, seen here through rearview mirror. But they weren't heavy enough to cause major problems along area rivers, the National Weather Service reported. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times]