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WHEN IS HURRICANE SEASON?

June 1 - November 30

WHAT IS A HURRICANE?

A hurricane is technically a "tropical cyclone" - a weather disturbance which forms in the tropics and is accompanied by thunderstorms and a counterclockwise circulation of winds.

These dangerous storms are classified according to their wind speeds:

1. TROPICAL DEPRESSION

An organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 38 mph or less.

2. TROPICAL STORM

An organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39-73 mph.

3. HURRICANE

An intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation and sustained winds of 74 mph or higher. more info

Prepare for a Hurricane

When it comes to hurricanes and tropical storms, Floridians have learned first hand that it pays to be prepared. There's a lot you can do to make sure you're ready. Survival in a Hurricane

Plan for your Pets

People with pets need to have a plan that includes evacuating with the pets or leaving them with a friend or family member that lives in a non-evacuation area. Pinellas County pet owners can pre-register for a pet shelter by calling (727) 582-2150.

Hillsborough County Pet Evacuation Shelters

Affected by a Hurricane?

In the event your area receives a Federal Disaster Declaration: Register for Disaster Assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired. More information in English and Spanish.

Tampa Electric Company (TECO)

Customers can call 1-877-588-1010 to report a power outage 24 hours a day, seven days a week through our automated system (which is available in English and Spanish). http://www.tampaelectric.com/

 

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