Power preparations

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - According to the U.S. Census, Florida's population has grown by nearly one-million people since hurricane Wilma struck in 2005. In that same time, Florida P..
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Storm Ready

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

SANIBEL, Fla. - According to the National Weather Service, an average year in America produces 10,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,000 tornadoes and an average of two landfalling..
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Tracking Andrew

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

HURRICANE CENTRAL, Fla. -  It's been 20 years since Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida and a lot of lessons were learned. Chief Skytracker Meteorologist Jim Farrell was..
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Building Safety

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TAMPA, Fla. - One way to cut your losses during a storm is to make sure your house is fortified. A Florida research team is working hard to make sure homeowners know exactly what's..
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Homestead after Andrew

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Hurricane Andrew changed everything when it comes to how authorities respond to hurricane damage. During Andrew, Homestead was ground zero. The damage there was u..
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Storm survivor

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Lessons learned after Hurricane Andrew helped emergency managers here in Southwest Florida better prepare for Hurricanes Charley and Wilma. One Southwest Florida..
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Emergency supply kit

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

HURRICANE CENTRAL - You may have to survive on your own after a disaster. You should be prepared to be without access to food or goods for at least 72 hours. It may take emergency ..
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Waffle House disaster index

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

FORT MYERS, Fla. - What is more reliable than a Waffle House? Apparently, not much! The government says it uses the Waffle House Index when responding to disasters like a hurricane..
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Know your zone

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Southwest Florida is the worst place in the nation to evacuate when disaster strikes, according to a recent Atkins Global ranking. Our local emergency mana..
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Storm surge and inland flooding

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

HURRICANE CENTRAL, Fla. - After Hurricane Charley, the National Hurricane Center started issuing separate forecasts for hurricane intensity and storm surge. And as meteorologists w..
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Cell phone preparations

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TAMPA, Fla. - The cellular company Verizon Wireless says it managed to stay intact after Hurricane Charley, and it wants to make sure its network continues to be reliable at all ti..
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Pet shelters

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

HURRICANE CENTRAL - Having an evacuation plan for your family should also include your pets. There are places for you and your furry loved one to go when a hurricane strikes.The be..
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Hiring contractors

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Katie Cribbs

HURRICANE CENTRAL - When it comes to hiring someone to fix your home after a hurricane beware! Out-of-state workers tend to flood the state to help, but some of those workers will ..
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Storm surge and evacuation maps

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Katie Cribbs

HURRICANE CENTRAL - Storm surge is the real killer when it comes to hurricanes. Emergency managers around Southwest Florida have a saying: "we want you to hide from the wind and ru..
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Charlotte storm surge warnings

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Katie Cribbs

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - All new this year Charlotte County is trying a new approach to saving lives. It's using stop signs to spread the message about storm surge.Wayne Sallade, D..
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Important document storage

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Katie Cribbs

HURRICANE CENTRAL - If you were here for Hurricanes Charley or Wilma, you probably remember putting all of your important documents into a big waterproof container and trying to ge..
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History of hurricanes in Southwest Florida

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Katie Cribbs

HURRICANE CENTRAL - In the last 60 years, Southwest Florida has seen three major hurricanes make landfall bringing with them storm surge and damaging wind.Donna, Charley and Wilma ..
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Insurance savings

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Katie Cribbs

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Homeowners insurance is a big expense; but no matter if your home was built 50 years ago or five, there's a way you could save money! All it takes is a rel..
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Hurricane emergency kits

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Katie Cribbs

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - When a hurricane threatens and it's time to leave, do you know what to take with you to survive? A local man wants to help you sort it out.Dominick Greco has bee..
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Shelter information

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

HURRICANE CENTRAL - Evacuating the area if you are advised to do so is always the best option. But while relying solely on a shelter is not recommended, it is better than staying i..
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