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Termite damage poses a threat as hurricane season approaches, study says

Termite damage poses a threat as hurricane season approaches, study says

The start of hurricane season is just days away, and Florida residents might want to add one more thing to their preparation list: a termite inspection.Termite damage in houses and trees can leave homes vulnerable to suffering even more damage during...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18
Meet your unwelcome Memorial Day guest: Subtropical Storm Alberto

Meet your unwelcome Memorial Day guest: Subtropical Storm Alberto

It has a name.Subtropical Storm Alberto is crawling into the Gulf of Mexico, an unwelcome guest arriving a week before the official start of hurricane season.The system, which became the first named storm of the year Friday, could bring five inches o...
Published: 05/25/18
Forecasters: Two brewing tropical systems should bring heavy rains to Tampa Bay

Forecasters: Two brewing tropical systems should bring heavy rains to Tampa Bay

The Gulf of Mexico and the western Atlantic gave birth to the first tropical storm systems of the 2017 hurricane season Monday evening. The storms should stay well away from Florida’s coastline, but will likely dump widespread showers and intermitten...
Published: 06/19/17
Updated: 05/25/18
NOAA: Scientists predict 10 to 16 named storms this hurricane season

NOAA: Scientists predict 10 to 16 named storms this hurricane season

Scientists are in consensus: The 2018 hurricane season could be an active one.On Thursday the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its 2018 Atlantic hurricane seasonal outlook. It’s calling for between 10 and 16 named storms, five...
Published: 05/24/18

Stock up for hurricanes, Buckhorn warns, or ‘we may be coming for you in a body bag’

TAMPA — Stuff that hurricane kit full of batteries, pen that emergency plan and get as many gallons of water stored in that garage while the skies are blue and clouds are fluffy white. That was the message Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and other city off...
Published: 05/23/18
Forecast: Caribbean storm could grow into tropical system

Forecast: Caribbean storm could grow into tropical system

A storm system in the Caribbean Sea could grow into a tropical cyclone within five days, according to the National Hurricane Center.Forecasters give the system a 50 percent chance to develop.The storm’s low-pressure center on Tuesday was nestled betw...
Published: 05/22/18
Hurricane debate: Will we see intense seasons or quieter ones?

Hurricane debate: Will we see intense seasons or quieter ones?

Hurricane season is still three weeks away. But among hurricane scientists an intense debate has long been churning:Is the Atlantic Ocean in the midst of a long period of hyperactive hurricane seasons? Or have we entered a period of sedate storm seas...
Updated one month ago
Hurricane 2018: Don’t wait for the storm to protect your pets

Hurricane 2018: Don’t wait for the storm to protect your pets

Want to keep your pet safe this hurricane season? Then start planning and preparing now.HURRICANE GUIDE: Emergency information, tracking map and storm resourcesAs the shelter coordinator of the Humane Society in Tampa, Pam Backer knows what to expect...
Updated one month ago
Hurricane 2018: How I took care of my mother during Irma

Hurricane 2018: How I took care of my mother during Irma

ST. PETERSBURG — Anxiety. Fear. Relief. Gratitude. That’s Irma in retrospect. And it wasn’t just my anxiety and fear. It was that of my daughter and son-in-law in New York, their calls, nagging and pleading that we please escape Armageddon!And there ...
Updated one month ago
Hurricane 2018: Evacuating? Drive tens of miles — not hundreds

Hurricane 2018: Evacuating? Drive tens of miles — not hundreds

ST. PETERSBURG — The three-car caravan stalled in traffic as thousands of cars crawled northward along Florida’s roads while Hurricane Irma closed in on the state.While I stayed and reported about the biggest storm to hit Tampa Bay in years, six of m...
Updated one month ago