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    Former Governor Jeb Bush and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam visited Punta Gorda on the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Charley. Former Governor Jeb Bush and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam visited Punta Gorda on the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Charley.

    Jeb Bush visits Punta Gorda on 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Charley Video included

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    A decade after Hurricane Charley, former Gov. Jeb Bush met with emergency responders in Punta Gorda to talk about lessons learned from the category 4 storm. More>>

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    Polk rebuilds from Charley's destruction 10 years later Video included

    Lake Wales after Hurricane Charley hit in 2004 (Photo: National Weather Service Tampa Bay) Lake Wales after Hurricane Charley hit in 2004 (Photo: National Weather Service Tampa Bay)
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    They say time flies when you're having fun, but that's also the case when you're rebuilding from hurricane destruction. More>>

    Devastation of Hurricane Charley remembered 10 years later Video included

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    Wednesday marks a decade since Hurricane Charley hit Florida.
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    Ingrid, Manuel retired from hurricane name lists

    © A car lies almost completely submerged in a flooded street after the passing of Tropical Storm Manuel in the town of Tixtla de Guerrero, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. © A car lies almost completely submerged in a flooded street after the passing of Tropical Storm Manuel in the town of Tixtla de Guerrero, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.
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    The names Ingrid and Manuel will no longer be used for tropical storms or hurricanes in the Atlantic or the northeast Pacific.

    The World Meteorological Organization says both names are being retired because of the death and destruction both storms caused in Mexico last year.

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    Storm surge risks get their own graphics, warnings

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    Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center hope new color-coded maps they're trying out this year will simplify two important points about storm surge for coastal residents: how far from the beach the water will spread and how high that water will rise. More>>

    Hurricane-Ready: Developing a family plan Video included

    Each hurricane season, review, practice and update your Family Plan. You will need to know your evacuation zone, obtain emergency supplies, and take steps to protect your home. Remember to make plans for More>>

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    • TRACKING THE TROPICS: Bertha weakens

      TRACKING THE TROPICS: Bertha weakens

      Tuesday, August 5 2014 5:54 AM EDT2014-08-05 09:54:40 GMT
      Bertha has weakened to a tropical storm just a day after becoming a hurricane as it moves northward in the Atlantic, posing no direct threat to the U.S. East Coast.
      Bertha has weakened to a tropical storm just a day after becoming a hurricane as it moves northward in the Atlantic, posing no direct threat to the U.S. East Coast.
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    • Hurricane-Ready: 2014 Tampa Bay Hurricane Season

      Hurricane-Ready: 2014 Tampa Bay Hurricane Season

      Tuesday, April 15 2014 8:31 AM EDT2014-04-15 12:31:08 GMT
      It seems last hurricane season just ended, but it’s been several months,, and it’s time to begin preparing for the 2014 season. Last year, by all accounts, was a bust in the long range hurricane forecast. Long range forecasters had predicted a very active season, but we ended up with one of the quietest seasons on record, and no hurricanes hitting the U.S.
      It seems last hurricane season just ended, but it’s been several months,, and it’s time to begin preparing for the 2014 season. Last year, by all accounts, was a bust in the long range hurricane forecast. Long range forecasters had predicted a very active season, but we ended up with one of the quietest seasons on record, and no hurricanes hitting the U.S.
    • Hurricane-Ready: 2014 Atlantic hurricane names

      Hurricane-Ready: 2014 Atlantic hurricane names

      Tuesday, April 15 2014 8:33 AM EDT2014-04-15 12:33:12 GMT
      2014 Atlantic Hurricane Names2014 Atlantic Hurricane Names
      Weather forecasters are predicting another busy Atlantic hurricane season. The storms will get their names from an alphabetical list of 21 names. The National Hurricane Center started using women's names for Atlantic storms in 1953; men's names were added in 1979. The lists are now maintained by the World Meteorological Organization.
      Weather forecasters are predicting another busy Atlantic hurricane season. The storms will get their names from an alphabetical list of 21 names. The National Hurricane Center started using women's names for Atlantic storms in 1953; men's names were added in 1979. The lists are now maintained by the World Meteorological Organization.
    • Weather - Hurricane-Ready: Important numbers

      Hurricane-Ready: Important numbers

      Important phone numbers to keep handy in the event a tropical storm or hurricane threatens your community. The information is broken down by county.
      Important phone numbers to keep handy in the event a tropical storm or hurricane threatens your community. The information is broken down by county.
    • Weather - Hurricane-Ready: Shelter information

      Hurricane-Ready: Shelter information

      Find out what shelter you should go to in the event a tropical storm or hurricane threatens the state of Florida. The information is broken down by county.
      Find out what shelter you should go to in the event a tropical storm or hurricane threatens the state of Florida. The information is broken down by county.
    • Weather - Hurricane-Ready: Guide

      Hurricane-Ready: Guide

      WFLA and Storm Team have created a hurricane guide to help your family prepare for a tropical storm or hurricane in the Tampa Bay area.
      WFLA and Storm Team have created a hurricane guide to help your family prepare for a tropical storm or hurricane in the Tampa Bay area.
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    • Iselle downgraded to tropical storm

      Iselle downgraded to tropical storm

      Friday, August 8 2014 5:12 AM EDT2014-08-08 09:12:45 GMT
      The National Weather Service has downgraded Iselle to a tropical storm.
      The National Weather Service has downgraded Iselle to a tropical storm.
    • Iselle to give Hawaii first hurricane in 22 years

      Iselle to give Hawaii first hurricane in 22 years

      Thursday, August 7 2014 4:45 AM EDT2014-08-07 08:45:54 GMT
      Iselle was supposed to weaken as it slowly trudged west across the Pacific. It didn't - and now Hawaii is poised to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years.
      Iselle was supposed to weaken as it slowly trudged west across the Pacific. It didn't - and now Hawaii is poised to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years.
    • TRACKING THE TROPICS: Bertha weakens

      TRACKING THE TROPICS: Bertha weakens

      Tuesday, August 5 2014 5:54 AM EDT2014-08-05 09:54:40 GMT
      Bertha has weakened to a tropical storm just a day after becoming a hurricane as it moves northward in the Atlantic, posing no direct threat to the U.S. East Coast.
      Bertha has weakened to a tropical storm just a day after becoming a hurricane as it moves northward in the Atlantic, posing no direct threat to the U.S. East Coast.
    Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Wind Speed
    Five ≥ 157 mph
    Four 130–156 mph
    Three 111–129 mph
    Two 96–110 mph
    One 74–95 mph
    Tropical Storm 39–73 mph
    Tropical Depression < 38 mph
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    • Steve Jerve

      Steve Jerve

      The Storm Team's Chief Meteorologist Steve Jerve provides your workday with weather forecasts on News Channel 8's 5, 5:30, 6 and 11pm newscasts.
      The Storm Team's Chief Meteorologist Steve Jerve provides your workday with weather forecasts on News Channel 8's 5, 5:30, 6 and 11pm newscasts.
    • Leigh Spann

      Leigh Spann

      Leigh Spann joined WFLA in September, 2007. You can catch her forecasts every weekday morning starting at 4:30am. Since so many people ask, she says she wakes up at 2am and goes to bed at 7pm!
      Leigh Spann joined WFLA in September, 2007. You can catch her forecasts every weekday morning starting at 4:30am. Since so many people ask, she says she wakes up at 2am and goes to bed at 7pm!
    • Bryan Bennett

      Bryan Bennett

      Bryan Bennett joined the Storm Team 8 Weather Team in May of 2013 as the weekend morning meteorologist and senior weather producer. Bryan is an Emmy Nominated meteorologist and has been a member of the
      Bryan Bennett joined the Storm Team 8 Weather Team in May of 2013 as the weekend morning meteorologist and senior weather producer. Bryan is an Emmy Nominated meteorologist and has been a member of the
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    • Hurricane-Ready: Developing a family plan

      Hurricane-Ready: Developing a family plan

      Each hurricane season, review, practice and update your Family Plan. You will need to know your evacuation zone, obtain emergency supplies, and take steps to protect your home. Remember to make plans for
      Each hurricane season, review, practice and update your Family Plan. You will need to know your evacuation zone, obtain emergency supplies, and take steps to protect your home. Remember to make plans for
    • Hurricane-Ready: Protect yourself

      Hurricane-Ready: Protect yourself

      DURING THE STORM • Stay indoors, away from windows, skylights and glass doors, until the storm has officially passed. Be careful; it might appear the storm is over, but you may actually be in the eye
      DURING THE STORM • Stay indoors, away from windows, skylights and glass doors, until the storm has officially passed. Be careful; it might appear the storm is over, but you may actually be in the eye
    • Hurricane-Ready: Protect your home

      Hurricane-Ready: Protect your home

      Monday, June 3 2013 2:59 PM EDT2013-06-03 18:59:03 GMT
      There are some specific actions you should take to make your home safer. To make some of these improvements, you will have to climb in the attic or crawl space with a flashlight. You may feel more comfortable
      There are some specific actions you should take to make your home safer. To make some of these improvements, you will have to climb in the attic or crawl space with a flashlight. You may feel more comfortable
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