Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Hurricane Season in Tampa Bay
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- Hurricane Season starts on June 1 and ends on November 30 in the Tampa Bay. This is the official Atlantic hurricane season, though hurricanes can begin as early as May or end as late as December.
- The term "hurricane" is a regionally specific name for a strong tropical cyclone (a low-pressure system over tropical or sub-tropical waters, frequently occurring with thunderstorms and circulating winds.
- There are 5 categories of Hurricanes. Categorized by the Saffir-Simpson Scale, the categories measure the wind intensity of a hurricane. Category 1 is the lowest at 74-95 mph, while Category 5 is the highest at hurricanes measuring 155+ mph.
- No matter what category a hurricane is measured at, all hurricanes have the potential to be life-threatening and require caution.
- When there is a possible hurricane threat, there will be four advisories issued: Tropical Storm Watch, Tropical Storm Warning, Hurricane Watch and Hurricane Warning.
- A Tropical Storm Watch is announced when tropical storm conditions with winds of 39-73 mph are possible within a specified coastal area within 48 hours.
- A Tropical Storm Warning is issued when these conditions are actually expected within the specified coastal area within 36 hours.
- A Hurricane Watch is announced when hurricane conditions of winds 74 mph or higher are possible within a specified coastal area. A Hurricane Watch will be announced 48 hours in advance of an anticipated storm force.
- A Hurricane Warning will be issued when hurricane conditions are actually expected. Hurricane Warnings are issued 36 hours in advance.
- Warm ocean temperatures and high humidity contribute to greater storm activity.
- The first official hurricane to make landfall in and cause serious water damage Tampa was in 1921. It hit late October and was a Category 4. It caused nearly $10 million damage at the time.
- The best thing you can do if you live in a hurricane prone are is be prepared. Follow advice of authorities and know your evacuation route. Have a plan ready for your family, children and pets. Have your important papers in a waterproof safe that you can easily access if you need to evacuate.
- It is a good idea to have a hurricane emergency kit on hand as well (batteries, candles, flashlights etc.). Keep non-perishable foods and water on hand.
1921 Tampa Hurricane
Hurricane Links - Best resources on the web
- National Hurricane Center
National Weather Service Hurricane authority
- Hurricane Guide - from TBO.com
The Weather Center Tampa Florida Weather coverage severe weather alerts, radar and satellite images, Hurricane tropical storm , Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Joaquin...
- Hurricane Basics
Facts, figures and more
- 24/7 Tampa Bay Water Damage Restoration
24/7 Emergency Water Damage, Water Damage Restoration, and Water Extraction Service with Immediate Response. We offer Disaster Restoration services of Water, Sewer, Mold, Fire, Odor, Hurricane, Flood, and Mold Remediation & Removal.
- 1921 Tampa Bay hurricane - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Information on the first ever direct hit Tampa hurricane
- After the Storm: Years Later
St. Pete Times Article on 1921 Hurricane
- Hurricane Guide and Tracking Maps
More info and tracking maps.
Hurricane Destruction from Nat Geo
Hurricane Frances from Tampa Window
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