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Current condition: HURCON 5 - General Hurricane Season 1 June - 30 November

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Safe House/Safe Haven

 

Know your storm surge evacuation zone and develop an evacuation plan. Know where to go if you are ordered to evacuate and have a plan for where you can stay (SAFE HOUSE/ SAFE HAVEN). If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate, and you decide to stay in your home, plan to have adequate supplies in case you lose power or water for several days, and are unable to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.

A Safe House is a location within the Tampa Bay region that is outside of the evacuation zone.

A Safe Haven is a location outside of the Tampa Bay region and outside of the evacuation zone.

Hurricane Conditions

HURCON 5: Destructive winds are possible within 96 hours (2). 

HURCON 4: Destructive winds are possible within 72 hours. 

HURCON 3: Destructive winds are possible within 48 hours. 

HURCON 2: Destructive winds anticipated within 24 hours. 

HURCON 1: Destructive winds anticipated within 12 hours. 

HURCON C: Caution: Winds of 40-57 mph/35-49 knots sustained are occurring. 

HURCON 1E: Emergency: Winds of 58 mph/50 knots sustained and/or gusts of 69 mph/60 knots or greater are occurring. 

HURCON 1RRecovery: Destructive winds have subsided and are no longer forecast to occur; survey and work crews are permitted to determine the extent of the damage and to establish safe zones around hazards (e.g. downed power lines, unstable structures). Non-essential personnel are asked to remain indoors. 

 

 

National Hurricane Center and Local Weather Service WATCH and WARNING

Tropical Storm / Hurricane Watch and Warnings

 

Tropical Storm WATCH

Sustained winds of 39 - 73 mph are possible within the specified area in the next 48 hours

Tropical Storm WARNING

Sustained winds of 39 - 73 mph are expected within the specified area in the next 36 hours

Hurricane WATCH

Sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are expected within the specified area in the next 48 hours.

Hurricane WARNING

Sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are expected within the specified area in the next 36 hours.

NOTE: A Warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water and/or waves continue even if winds are less than hurricane force.

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