hurricane preparation

A little nudging for storm prep shouldn’t be necessary after Matthew battered Florida’s east coast in 2016, Irma essentially drenched the entire state in 2017, and Michael ground up a chunk of the Panhandle last year.

Friday is the start of 2018 hurricane season. This year, meteorologists predict a near-average hurricane season. Colorado State University expects have predicted 13 named storms, which includes, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher).

Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Hurricane season starts in less than a month. Seminole County emergency manager Alan Harris reflects on the lessons learned from Irma, including the impact of flooding that lasted weeks after the storm passed. And he explains how the county is preparing for the 2018 storm season. 

Meteorologists, emergency preparedness officials and members of the media from the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area gathered on Thursday to discuss how to communicate best with the public--and each other--when severe weather is approaching.

More than 100,000 Floridians depend on electrical power to keep life-saving medical devices running, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The interactive map released Tuesday shows that nationwide, 1.6 million Medicare patients need power for medical devices.

Do you take any prescription medications? Do you rely on oxygen, a respirator or other medical devices that require electricity? If so, you have a few extra steps to take to get ready for a hurricane.