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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. 'Days were lost': Why Puerto Rico is still suffering a month after Hurricane Maria

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    MAUNABO, PUERTO RICO — Before Hurricane Maria tore through the rest of this island, it came to Mayor Jorge Márquez's home.

    A man wades through a flooded road, past a boat, in the Toa Ville community two days after the impact of Hurricane Maria in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Because of flooding, thousands of people are being evacuated from Toa Baja after the municipal government opened the gates of the Rio La Plata Dam. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti) CGPR130
  2. Tampa moves to put freed slave Fortune Taylor's name back on historic bridge

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    TAMPA — City Hall has agreed to return a long-lost honor to the memory of Fortune Taylor, a freed slave who amassed more than 30 acres near downtown Tampa after the Civil War.

    The Laurel Street Bridge over the Hillsborough River was once known as the Fortune Street Bridge in honor of Madam Fortune Taylor, a former slave and businesswoman who amassed 33 acres on the east bank of the Hillsborough River after the Civil War. The City Council voted Thursday to put Taylor's name on signs posted at the foot of the bridge and seek a historical marker telling her story. SKIP O'ROURKE  |   Times (2016)

  3. Show us your post-Irma brush piles

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    Admit it. You're starting to get used to those Hurricane Irma brush piles, aren't you? They're part of the Florida landscape now, just like a stray palm frond in your yard, or the lizards scurrying across the sidewalk.

    A large pile of brush that came from a tree knocked down during Hurricane Irma stands along a St. Petersburg street. [RON BRACKETT | Times]
  4. Ophelia batters UK after pummeling Ireland, leaves 3 dead

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    LONDON — Storm Ophelia is battering Scotland and northern England after leaving three people dead and hundreds of thousands without power in Ireland.

    A woman stands as waves crash against the sea wall at Penzanze, Cornwall southwestern England, as the remnants of  Hurricane Ophelia begins to hit parts of Britain and Ireland. Ireland's meteorological service is predicting wind gusts of 120 kph to 150 kph (75 mph to 93 mph), sparking fears of travel chaos. Some flights have been cancelled, and aviation officials are warning travelers to check the latest information before going to the airport Monday. [Ben Birchall | PA via AP]
  5. 'Oh, my God, this is crazy!' The 911 calls as Hollywood nursing home residents died (w/video)

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    One by one, the calls for help poured in from nurses at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

    The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, where 14 residents died during an air conditioning failure in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, in Hollywood, Fla., Sept. 14, 2017. The police released 911 calls from a nursing home under investigation after some of its residents died in the post-hurricane heat. [Scott McIntyre | The New York Times]
  6. Forecasters monitoring latest potential tropical system in Caribbean

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    Forecasters are monitoring a system in the Atlantic that has a chance of becoming the next tropical system.

    [National Hurricane Center]
  7. Ophelia to bring hurricane-force wind, heavy rain to Ireland

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    LONDON — Irish authorities ordered all schools in the country to close Monday and warned cyclists and motorists to stay off roads as a storm with hurricane-force winds bore down on Ireland and the United Kingdom.

    This satellite image released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Ophelia, top center, on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, at 21:00 UTC. The remnants of Ophelia could bring 80 mile an hour (130 kilometer an hour) wind gusts, disruption and damage to Ireland and Britain as the work week gets underway, weather services said Sunday. [NOAA via AP]
  8. Students and renters hit by Irma eligible for FEMA aid

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    Renters and college students who suffered damage during Hurricane Irma may be eligible for relief through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, officials said Saturday.

    Debris litters the street following Hurricane Irma at Marco Island, Fla., on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Irma made landfall at Marco Island as a category 3 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.
  9. Oldsmar group accepting donations for Puerto Rico

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    OLDSMAR — OS4PR will hold a collection day beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at Walmart, 3801 Tampa Road. The group is a joint effort including many individuals and organizations in the city working together to send supplies and other support to Puerto Rico. Headed by Hector and Suda Yantiss-Colon (owner of Miss Suda's …

  10. Dade City blueberry farm still recovering after 100,000 plants damaged by Irma

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    DADE CITY — As the sun rose on the Tuesday after Hurricane Irma, Leonard Park made the familiar drive toward Frogmore Fresh blueberry farm.

    Leonard Park, the general manager of Frogmore Fresh Farm, stands next to a row of blueberry plants damaged during Hurricane Irma. Park estimates more than 100,000 plants were damaged. [Photo by Allison Graves]
  11. Ophelia poised to tie a hurricane season record more than a century old

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    MIAMI — The feverish 2017 hurricane season doesn't seem to be letting up: On Monday, Tropical Storm Ophelia formed in the central Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane this week.

    Debris left behind by Hurricane Irma still remains scattered everywhere in a neighborhood called "The Avenues" in Big Pine Key, Florida on Thursday, September 29, 2017. This was one of the worst hit areas in the Florida Keys, with several homes that were completely destroyed by the hurricane.
  12. People wait hours for food assistance in wake of Hurricane Irma

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    PLANT CITY

    Hela Garcia and her mother, Gloria Ferrales, sat on folding chairs Monday under a small white tent, taking a brief respite from the midday sun beating down on the Plant City Stadium grounds.

    Workers help applicants in Plant City on Monday. By 4 p.m., nearly 31,000 applications for households from 18 counties had been processed since the site opened last week. People were encouraged to apply in their own counties, but no one was turned away in Hillsborough. Today is the sixth and final day.