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2018 hurricane season

Robin Sussingham sits down with Jeff Huffman, meteorologist with the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network, to talk about how much he hates -- really hates -- to be asked about the seasonal hurricane forecast. It's irrelevant! And not very accurate! Plus, how to lower your anxiety level as a hurricane approaches.

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This week on Florida Matters we talk to weather experts and hear stories about how communities across the state are preparing for the 2018 hurricane season.


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Hurricane season is officially underway. This week on Florida Matters we'll talk with weather experts and hear stories about how communities across the state are preparing, including Everglades City, which is still trying to piece itself back together more than eight months after Hurricane Irma.


Hillsborough County

This is the 2018 list of evacuation zones, for the 2019 version click here.

With hurricane season here, authorities say residents should know whether they live in an evacuation zone, so they know when it’s time to leave.

The lull lasted more than a decade. A major storm hadn’t made landfall in South Florida since the 2004-2005 double-hitter of Hurricanes Wilma and Katrina.

That record ended this past September when Hurricane Irma rocked the region and much of the Caribbean.

The Category 5 storm first made landfall in Barbuda with maximum winds of nearly 180 mph. The hurricane then ripped through St. Martin, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas and Cuba.

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(THE CONVERSATION) June 1 marks the start of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, with some communities still rebuilding after last year’s largest storms.

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Despite only receiving 1.28 inches of rain during the first named storm of the season, Pasco County officials say they pulled out all the stops to test its preparedness.

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Festival-goers packed away their fanny packs, bandanas and flags Sunday when both the Sunset Music Festival and Tampa Bay Margarita Festival announced the cancellations of the second day of activities.

Subtropical Storm Alberto came ashore Monday afternoon in the Florida Panhandle near Laguna Beach, just west of Panama City Beach. The remnant circulation from the system will move through Alabama today, but plenty of tropical moisture remains across Florida this week. This will enhance the typical sea breeze showers and thunderstorms, leading to heavier rainfall rates at times and longer-lasting episodes of thunderstorms in the coming days.

Tax ‘Holiday’ To Trim Cost Of Stocking Up For Storms

May 29, 2018

With a sales-tax “holiday” starting next week, retailers are expecting big spending on disaster-preparedness supplies by Floridians who have fresh memories of Hurricane Irma.

Rain Bands Linger In Tampa Bay As Alberto Lands In Panhandle

May 28, 2018
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

The center of Subtropical Storm Alberto arrived just west of Panama City Monday afternoon, bringing with it 45 mph winds. 

Rain, Winds Blow Through Tampa Bay Area As Alberto Heads To Panhandle

May 27, 2018
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Subtropical Storm Alberto's trip into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday brought bands of rain and wind, but little damage into the Tampa Bay area. The storm, with winds up to 50 mph, is expected to reach landfall in Florida's panhandle Monday.

Tropical Storm Warning Issued for Tampa Bay Area As Alberto Heads Toward Gulf

May 26, 2018
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

The National Weather Service issued a Tropical Storm Warning at 5 p.m. Saturday for parts of the Tampa Bay area, as Subtropical Storm Alberto continues to travel into the Gulf of Mexico.

Flood Watch Issued Ahead Of Subtropical Storm Alberto

May 25, 2018
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Subtropical Storm Alberto could produce tropical storm force winds, minor storm surge, and inland flooding along portions of the Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday and Monday, according to the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network.

Mosquitos are just one of the types of insects out in full force in Florida this season.
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With standing storm water in several counties and the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses rising, Floridians have to worry about more than just putting on bug spray.

Chances For 2018's First Tropical System Now 90 Percent

May 24, 2018
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

There is now a 90 percent chance a tropical storm will form in the Gulf of Mexico by Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Up to four major hurricanes could form in the Atlantic this hurricane season, according to the annual forecast from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. Overall, the season will likely be normal or somewhat more intense than normal, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says, with a 25 percent chance that hurricane activity will be below normal.

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Parts of Florida are experiencing several days of rain, which is expected in a state notorious for its afternoon thunderstorms. But May is supposed to be one of Florida’s driest months.

With the dry season experiencing this much rainfall, Floridians could face the threat of severe flooding when the rainy season starts.

Sarasota County Emergency Management

Just in time for hurricane season, Sarasota County is introducing a plan to help transport people who can’t drive to evacuation centers.

As the start of hurricane season nears, National Hurricane Center director Ken Graham wants South Florida residents to make a plan now. On Sundial, the former journalist discusses the science of forecasting, how he communicates impacts and the importance of working across industries when it comes to hurricane preparedness.

He recently spoke at the 32nd Annual Governor's Hurricane Conference in West Palm Beach. The conference is held before the start of each hurricane season and offers sessions on hurricane preparedness and communication. 

Tropical Development Possible In Gulf This Week

May 14, 2018
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Hurricane season may more than two weeks away, but the Gulf of Mexico thinks otherwise. A disturbance just west of the Florida Keys has the potential to develop tropical characteristics as it drifts slowly north in the coming days. Regardless, periods of heavy rain are likely across most of the Sunshine State over the next few days.

While images of destruction caused by last year's battery of hurricanes are still fresh in the minds of many Americans, including those living on Puerto Rico where after six months power is not fully restored, forecasters are cautioning the public to brace themselves for another busy hurricane season.

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