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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. Tropical Storm Don degenerates into an open wave over Caribbean


    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Tropical Storm Don pelted the southeast Caribbean with heavy rain on Tuesday before dissipating, the National Hurricane Center said.

    Crews were boarding up windows at homes and hotels across the southeastern Caribbean on Tuesday as Tropical Storm Don approached the region after forming in the Atlantic Ocean. [National Hurricane Center]
  2. Tropical Storm Don forms in the Atlantic; no threat to Florida


    Tropical Storm Don formed east of the Windward Islands late Monday, but is expected to weaken again as it continues churning westward, National Hurricane Center forecasters said.

    National Hurricane Center
  3. Tropical depression forms in Atlantic but further strengthening unlikely


    The tropical system that formed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa early this week has strengthened into a tropical depression, but isn't expected to get much stronger.

    The system out in the Atlantic Ocean strengthened into Tropical Depression 4 around 11 p.m. Wednesday night but isn't expected to develop into a tropical storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.
  4. Atlantic storm system stalls but is still expected to strengthen


    An Atlantic weather system's development into a cyclone stalled Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center. But researchers still believe the area of low pressure, called Invest 94L, has a high probability of organizing in the next few days. The likelihood of cyclone activity within the next 48 hours is …

  5. System out in Atlantic could become Tropical Storm Don by end of week


    A tropical system churning way out in the Atlantic Ocean has a 70 percent chance of strengthening into Tropical Storm Don over the next five days, according to the National Weather Service.

  6. Forecaster says budget cuts could hurt hurricane predictions


    MIAMI — Recent progress in forecasting the intensity of hurricanes — which has lagged behind storm track forecasting — could be undermined by proposed cuts in federal funding for tropical weather research, says the retiring chief of a team of U.S. hurricane specialists.

    Chief hurricane forecaster James Franklin prepares for a live update on Hurricane Earl at the National Hurricane Center in Miami in 2010. Franklin, a retiring chief of the hurricane specialist unit at the National Hurricane Center in Miami says further cuts to tropical weather research threaten to undermine recent improvements in hurricane intensity forecasts. [Associated Press]
  7. Remnants of Cindy expected to drench Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia (w/video)


    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Forecasters expect remnants of Tropical Depression Cindy to drench parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia Friday afternoon and evening, bringing heavy rainfall, possible flash flooding and higher river and lake levels through the weekend.

    Wth a rising tide, strong southerly winds from Tropical Depression Cindy lash the lakefront Thursday, June 22, 2017 in Mandeville, La. [David Grunfeld | The Times-Picayune via AP]
  8. A weakening Cindy heads inland, spreading rain far and wide (w/video)


    NEW ORLEANS — Tropical Depression Cindy crept northward across Louisiana toward Arkansas after churning ashore as a tropical storm early Thursday, weakening steadily but still spreading heavy rain …

    Tricia Hayes records images of unusually large waves created by Tropical Storm Cindy on Bolivar Peninsula, Texas, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered the State Operations Center to raise its readiness level. He also activated four Texas Task Force 1 boat squads and two Texas Military Department vehicles squads of five vehicles each to respond to any weather-related emergencies. [Guiseppe Barranco | The Beaumont Enterprise via AP]
  9. Official: Missouri boy fatally struck by log in Tropical Storm Cindy surge


    NEW ORLEANS — A sheriff's captain says a 10-year-old from Missouri boy has died on the Alabama coast after being fatally struck by a log washed in by storm surge from Tropical Storm Cindy.

    People sit in a car and watch the waves on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain as weather from Tropical Storm Cindy, in the Gulf of Mexico, impacts the region in New Orleans, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. [Associated Press]
  10. Tropical Storm Cindy forms in Gulf of Mexico, tracks toward Louisiana


    Tropical Storm Bret may have fizzled into a tropical wave, but all eyes shifted to Tropical Storm Cindy, which formed Tuesday and threatens the coasts of Louisiana and Texas with downpours that could cause flash flooding.

    Tropical Storm Cindy formed in the Gulf of Mexico on June 20, 2017, and warnings have been issued for parts of Louisiana and Texas. [National Hurricane Center]
  11. Forecasters: Two brewing tropical systems should bring heavy rains to Tampa Bay


    The National Hurricane Center is tracking a system approaching the Gulf of Mexico on June 19, 2017, that is forecast to produce increased moisture and rain across the Tampa Bay area. [National Weather Service]
  12. Hurricane season starts with Trump appointees missing at FEMA and NOAA, the agencies that deal with hurricanes


    The 2017 hurricane season started Thursday with no Trump Administration appointees running the two federal agencies most involved in dealing with …

    President Donald Trump speaks before bill signings in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House on Friday. Hurricane season has just started, but the two federal agencies most involved in dealing with hurricanes - Federal Emergency Management Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - are still waiting for political appointees to take over. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)