U.S. All eyes are on Hurricane Michael as the storm approaches Florida and meteorologists are trying to provide the best predictions possible. Where will the storm hit? When should people be prepared? How bad will it be? There’s always a level of uncertainty when it comes to hurricanes, but spaghetti models aim to show the most likely path a storm will take. A spaghetti model is a compilation of forecasts from several forecasts, intended to show where each computer believes the storm is headed. Each guess is represented by a thin line, making all the lines together look like spaghetti, hence the name. Storm Vista’s spaghetti model from Tuesday showed the National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) forecast in a thick, orange line and the other forecasts, including Global Forecast System and European models, are shown in a thin black line. Aside from the outliers, most of the forecasts believe Hurricane Michael will make landfall in Florida and then continue up the … [Read more...] about Hurricane Michael Spaghetti Models, Evacuations Update: Where Will Storm Hit, Make Landfall in Florida?
Hernando county evacuation zones
Pasco County officials on Tuesday recommended that residents who live west of U.S. 19 evacuate their homes as Hurricane Michael is set to threaten low-lying areas with storm surge.That follows a similar Monday recommendation from Hernando County that called for voluntary evacuations of those who live in flood zones A and B, which includes much of the land west of U.S. 19.Pasco’s recommendation also includes residents with special needs and anyone whose home regularly floods.Michael, a Category 2 storm, was expected to strengthen to a Category 3, as it marches toward the Panhandle. It was expected to make landfall there on Wednesday. However, it was expected to bring dangerous storm surge to the Tampa Bay area, including Pasco and Hernando counties, as it passes by.Each county opened up one emergency shelter. Pasco’s is the Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter at 11611 Denton Ave. in Hudson. Hernando County’s shelter is the Enrichment Center at 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd. … [Read more...] about Storm surge threat prompts Pasco and Hernando counties to recommend voluntary evacuations
U.S. A 5-mile-per-hour change in wind speed took Michael from a tropical storm to hurricane status, prompting evacuation orders in Florida. Florida Governor Rick Scott issued a state of emergency on Sunday and urged residents to get ready for the storm by stockpiling at least three days’ worth of food, water and medicine. “EVERY FAMILY must be prepared,” Scott tweeted. “We can rebuild your home, but we cannot rebuild your life.” On Monday, hours after the storm gained hurricane-level wind strength, evacuations were ordered for areas in Florida. In Hernando County, a voluntary evacuation order was issued for coastal zone levels A and B starting Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. EDT. Hernando County in Florida issued a voluntary evacuation order for coastal zone levels A and B ahead of Hurricane Michael's landfall. Hernando County While it wasn’t mandatory in Santa Rosa, the county strongly urged residents living in mobile homes and … [Read more...] about Hurricane Michael Evacuation Maps: ‘Major Hurricane’ Prompts Evacuation Orders in Florida
Thousands of Tampa Bay-area property owners could soon find themselves with new flood zone designations on their homes and businesses.The Federal Emergency Management Agency has completed a years-long study to update flood zone maps in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties. The maps represent the government’s estimate of flood risk on a parcel-by-parcel basis and ultimately determine what people pay for flood insurance.Emergency managers say it’s still too early to say how many property owners may be required to obtain flood insurance who don’t have it now. Nor can they say how many could see their insurance rates fluctuate due to a new designation, either higher or lower."There is no formal number on how many parcels are impacted," said Rahim Harji, assistant Pinellas County administrator.So far, federal officials have released the what they call preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Pasco and Pinellas. Pasco County estimates that 28,000 parcels … [Read more...] about FEMA rolling out new flood zone maps for Tampa Bay counties
Hurricane Irma last year left Hernando County with lots of flooding and downed trees, but also lessons about what to do better if another storm hits the area this year.About a month into hurricane season, the Tampa Bay Times spoke with county staff members about how they are improving services — and what residents can do to stay informed in case of severe weather.SheltersThe county and school district worked together to house more than 5,000 people in six local schools during Irma, but emergency management director Cecilia Patella suggested areas for improvement.One problem was an overabundance of pets needing shelter when the county planned to open only one facility to animals. The high demand forced staff to ask the school district at the last minute to open two more pet-friendly shelters. In all, the county housed more than 700 pets of eight different species.This year, Patella said, the county is prepared to open more pet shelters, if necessary. But it will be a heavy … [Read more...] about Hurricane season 2018: Hernando County looks back on lessons learned from Irma