2018 Hurricane Season

Mayor Andrew Gillum and Utility Director Rob McGarrah
Jade Jacobs / WFSU

Cities such as Kissimeee, Florida and Lafayette, Louisiana will be sending electrical crews to help with power outages caused by Hurricane Michael. Mayor Andrew Gillum and Utility Director Rob McGarrah say there will be consistent help to get power back as soon as the storm passes.

Tropical Storm Michael's trajectory as of 5 p.m. via the National Hurricane Center.
The National Hurricane Center / @NWSTallahassee

Governor Rick Scott has issued a state of emergency for 26 counties in the Big Bend and Florida Panhandle ahead of Tropical Storm Michael. The storm is expected to become a hurricane by the time it makes landfall Wednesday and could become a Category 2 storm, with winds exceeding 100 mph. 

Potential trajectory of Tropical Storm Michael shows a potential Wednesday landfall as a Category 1 Hurricane.
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network / FPRN

Update 5:13 p.m.:  The City of Tallahassee will open additional sandbag locations Monday, Oct. 8. Withrop Park and Messer Park are presently open. The additional sites are:

  • Tekesta Park, at Tekesta Drive and Deer Lake Road in Killearn Lakes (County)
  • Apalachee Regional Park (Landfill), 7550 Apalachee Parkway (County)
  • J. Lee Vause, 6024 Old Bainbridge Road (County)
  • At the intersection of Oak Ridge at Ranchero roads (County)

County locations will be staffed, and all residents will need to bring their own shovel. Sand, bags and ties will be available for public use. Residents are asked to take no more than 20 bags (25 at City sites) so as to allow others to prepare. Staff will monitor the sites to replenish as needed.

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Original Story: Floridians from the Emerald Coast to the Nature Coast are urged to review their hurricane plan and be prepared to act on it within a couple of days. Tropical Storm Michael formed over the western Caribbean Sunday morning, and the National Hurricane Center says it could become a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico by Wednesday.

City of Tallahassee Utility Trucks
City of Tallahassee Twitter

The City of Tallahassee is ready to help with Hurricane Florence recovery. Tallahassee electric crews are heading to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina this weekend.

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Elder Care Services

Evacuating with companion pets can bring added challenges to hurricane season, particularly for elderly adults. Many seniors struggle to find pet-friendly shelters when it comes time to leave for safety.

Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to make its way into the Gulf of Mexico this week. It's the 10th named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
@FloridaStorms / Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

 

Heavy rain is falling this morning along the I-95 corridor from Miami to West Palm Beach, thanks to an approaching tropical wave. The system is expected to cross the Florida Keys later today, and has been named Tropical Storm Gordon.

Tom Flanigan

Leon County schools have long been shelter locations during disasters. Now a concerted effort is underway to train school staff members to be shelter volunteers.

Hurricane
NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting a 70 percent chance of Florida receiving between 5 to 9 hurricanes this season. The forecast is predicted with the help of the National Hurricane Center, whose primary hurricane data comes from Florida State University’s Superensemble system.

Tom Flanigan

Last year's two hurricanes and last week's subtropical Storm Alberto apparently have more people taking advance preparation a lot more seriously than they used to. getting ready for the storms to come. Leon County and other community partners hosted a storm preparedness "Build Your Bucket" event at the North Florida Fairgrounds the day after the official start of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Noah Hertz / WFSU - Florida Public Radio

Hurricane season has officially begun. To kick things off, Leon County officials are pairing with the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, or FLASH, to set an example of preparation. 

NOAA

Climate change could impact the strength of hurricanes in the Atlantic. That’s according to Senior NASA Scientist, Timothy Hall. 

Governor Rick Scott in his office in front of a Florida flag
Office of Gov. Rick Scott

Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties in the state. The declaration comes as Subtropical Storm Alberto churns toward the Gulf Coast.

Gov. Rick Scott speaking during the 32nd Annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference.
Governor Rick Scott's twitter

While Hurricane Season is two weeks ago, Florida is already starting to see tropical depressions and bands of heavy rain across the state. And, looking back at the 2017 season, officials want to make sure not only are stakeholders prepared this year, but Florida’s citizens as well.