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    Storm surge risks get their own graphics, warnings Video included

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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>>

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    USF researchers look for ancient hurricane marks

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    Hurricanes have been around for millions of years, but accurate records of the storms date back less than 200 years. "Our hurricane record goes back about 160 years," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Charlie Paxton. More>>

    Below-average hurricane season predicted for 2014

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    Florida could have a quiet hurricane season this year. Colorado State University meteorologists Philip Klotzbach and William Gray released their predictions on Thursday. 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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    • 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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    • USF researchers look for ancient hurricane marks

      USF researchers look for ancient hurricane marks

      Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-04-16 13:49:50 GMT
      Hurricanes have been around for millions of years, but accurate records of the storms date back less than 200 years. "Our hurricane record goes back about 160 years," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Charlie Paxton.
      Hurricanes have been around for millions of years, but accurate records of the storms date back less than 200 years. "Our hurricane record goes back about 160 years," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Charlie Paxton.
    • Below-average hurricane season predicted for 2014

      Below-average hurricane season predicted for 2014

      Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:48 AM EDT2014-04-16 13:48:28 GMT
      Florida could have a quiet hurricane season this year. Colorado State University meteorologists Philip Klotzbach and William Gray released their predictions on Thursday.
      Florida could have a quiet hurricane season this year. Colorado State University meteorologists Philip Klotzbach and William Gray released their predictions on Thursday.
    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
    • Hurricane-Ready: Safety tipsMore>>

    • 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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