Hurricane Irma on September 8. Five days ago the last remnants of what was once Hurricane Irma fizzled over the eastern U.S. Attention is now focused on dangerous Hurricane Maria, which at this writing is slamming the island of Dominca. For the most up to date information on Maria, Jose, and Lee visit the National Hurricane Center web site. As Hurricane Irma gained strength I and many others were riveted to web sites, social media, and news programs tracking the progress of the storm. In this day of nearly instant communication of information it's not hard to get immersed in following the progress of a storm like this. Periodically I grabbed images and information to save in anticipation of a blog post or two about this storm. Irma and its aftermath has been well-documented so I won't rehash Irma's history here. What I would like to do is share some of the images and information I collected during the storm that you may not have seen. The first land Irma slammed into was the island … [Read more...] about Notes on Hurricane Irma
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In the months before Hurricane Irma plotted a path through the heart of Tampa Bay, analysts and experts dubbed the region the most vulnerable metropolitan area in the United States to a direct hurricane strike.HURRICANE GUIDE: Emergency information, tracking map and storm resourcesLocals cleared supermarket shelves and pumped gas stations dry as Irma grew to become the strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. But then, following in the footsteps of every major hurricane for the past century, somehow Irma avoided making landfall in Tampa Bay.Still, local emergency coordinators fear the region’s history of good fortune will make residents even more complacent this storm season."Guarding against complacency is the biggest hurdle we face year after year," said Brady Smith, director of resilience with the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. "Every single year, residents still need to make sure they have fresh hurricane supplies packed up and ready to go so whether they … [Read more...] about Hurricane 2018: Gear up to gut it out. Prepare your kit now.
Need to replace the batteries used during last year's storm season? Discover a generator would have come in handy after Hurricane Irma knocked out power throughout most of Tampa Bay?Then circle the first week in June on the calendar. That's the annual sales tax holiday on hurricane preparedness supplies.The state will waive the sales tax on many items needed during hurricane season June 1-7.Get ready for the 2018 Hurricane Season:HURRICANE GUIDE: Emergency information, tracking map and storm resourcesDOWNLOAD: Get the weather app and see where storms are headedALERTS: Get the latest advisories from the National Weather ServiceLIVE RADAR: Interactive storm track, hourly outlooks, 10-day forecasts and weather alertsExempted items include: flashlights under $20; radios under $50; waterproof sheeting under $50; ground anchor system under $50; gas tank under $25; batteries under $30; coolers under $30; portable generators under $750; and reusable ice under $10.At seven days, the sales tax … [Read more...] about Hurricane 2018: Get ready with the sales tax holiday, June 1-7
CLEARWATERWhen the lights went out during Hurricane Irma it wasn’t too bad— at first.Two house guests and I sat in the dark listening to reports of wind speed and spreading power outages on a crank hand-held radio. As the night wore on, as it became clear my home in Clearwater had missed the worst of the storm, we went to bed relieved, but a little sweaty.The next day, blustery and comparatively cool, was fine, too. My house guests departed and I was busy until late in the day covering the storm for the Tampa Bay Times >. At night, I strapped on a miner’s flashlight (hands-down my best pre-storm purchase) and read by an open window to the whine of generators.On the second day, the heat and humidity came back. That’s when life without power stopped being an adventure and started its long descent into a sweaty, smelly hellscape.HURRICANE GUIDE: Emergency information, tracking map and storm resourcesDitto Day 3. By that time, when my wife and two kids returned … [Read more...] about Hurricane 2018: How to (barely) survive a week without power
Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• We’ll have a muggy start today, but the humidity will subside as we head into the afternoon, according to 10Weather WTSP. We’ll see increasing afternoon temperatures, with highs in the upper 80s to near 90 all this week.• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.• Plan your week! Here are the top things to do this week in Tampa Bay, including the return of the MacDill AirFest, a free show by Third Eye Blind, fireworks and a Mac and Cheese Throwdown to reopen the Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park.• The Lightning is moving on to the Eastern Conference final. Here’s what you need to know about single-game tickets for the next round, which go on sale today. The Lightning awaits the winner of the Washington Capitals-Pittsburgh Penguins series, which Washington can clinch with a win tonight at … [Read more...] about The Daystarter: Tickets on sale after Lightning ousts Bruins; Tampa bakery owner Alessi dies; reinforcement arrives for Cuban Club; countdown to hurricane season