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2016 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. Hurricane season could have been worse, but still caused damage in Tampa Bay area


    The calls came in the middle of night as Hurricane Hermine's winds howled across Pasco County's coast, rattling homes.

  2. Hurricane Otto weakens as it moves across Nicaragua (w/video)


    MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Hurricane Otto weakened rapidly as it moved across southern Nicaragua on Thursday after making landfall on that country's Caribbean coast as a dangerous Category 2 storm. It was the southernmost hurricane on record to hit Central America.

  3. Unusually late Hurricane Otto takes aim at Central America


    MANAGUA, Nicaragua — An unusually late-season Hurricane Otto swirled over the Caribbean just off Central America on Wednesday and headed toward landfall in Nicaragua after regaining strength.

  4. Unusually late Hurricane Otto takes aim at Central America


    PANAMA CITY — An unusually late Hurricane Otto swirled over the Caribbean just off Central America, heading toward a possible landfall in Costa Rica, which hasn't seen such a storm since reliable record-keeping began in 1851.

  5. A month after Hurricane Matthew, 800,000 Haitians urgently need food


    FONDTOUTANU, Haiti — There is no food, so along the road through the mountains there are children begging for something to eat. Most of the trucks rumble past with donations for somewhere else. But one stopped here the other day with sacks of rice, beans and dried herring, setting off a stampede.

  6. FEMA closes Hermine recovery centers but is still taking applications for relief


    HUDSON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is closing its Gulf Coast disaster recovery centers opened in the wake of Hurricane Hermine late this summer.

  7. Resilience and helping hands power Cedar Key through recovery after Hermine

    Human Interest

    CEDAR KEY — One night last month the Gulf of Mexico, roused and angered by Hurricane Hermine, swallowed Cedar Key.

    Gina Stefani and her husband, Peter, are rebuilding their Island Room Restaurant. The flag is a symbol of the island’s resilience.
  8. FEMA opens Hurricane Hermine disaster centers in Hernando, Hillsborough


    TAMPA — Federal authorities Friday announced the opening of additional disaster recovery centers to help residents cope with storm and flood losses from Hurricane Hermine.

  9. 'I cry and pray': Keeping vigil amid North Carolina floods


    GREENVILLE, N.C. — Anita Van Beveren has been returning day after day to watch the brown floodwater creep toward the rental home she shares with her two teenage children. While she got many belongings out, they couldn't move everything — a bicycle is chained to a back deck surrounded by water.

  10. Hurricane Nicole pummels Bermuda with winds up to 115 mph


    HAMILTON, Bermuda — Hurricane Nicole roared across Bermuda on Thursday, pummeling the resort island with winds up to 115 mph that snapped trees and peeled off roofs.

  11. 'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Nicole to pummel Bermuda


    HAMILTON, Bermuda — The British territory of Bermuda hunkered down overnight as Hurricane Nicole rapidly strengthened into a major Category 4 storm and took aim at the tiny island in the northern Atlantic Ocean.

  12. FEMA teams assessing Hurricane Matthew damage in Florida


    TALLAHASSEE — State officials say teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are starting to assess damage caused by Hurricane Matthew across northeast Florida.

  13. Closed restaurants, damaged homes: Matthew may cost $10 billion


    For a storm that inflicted less damage than many had feared, Hurricane Matthew nevertheless impaired or destroyed more than 1 million structures, forced businesses from Florida to North Carolina to close and put thousands temporarily out of work.