TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A biannual state report says Florida is reducing its hurricane shelter deficit but still needs more safe places from storms.
Florida has shelter capacity for slightly more than 1 million people, but that's about 315,000 short of what's need. The deficit is expected to increase to nearly 460,000 by 2015 unless more shelters are added.
Schools provide most of the space. It's been increased in recent years as new schools are built, and old ones renovated, to storm-resistance standards.
The biggest deficits are in the Tampa Bay area, southwest Florida and central Florida.
Many regions, though, have surpluses including the Panhandle, South Florida, the Treasure Coast and east-central Florida.