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Be Prepared: As Tropical Storm Idalia targets Florida, the time to prepare is now!

As Tropical Storm Idalia continues on a track towards Florida, becoming the first major storm of the 2023 Hurricane Season to threaten Florida, officials are urging residents to be prepared.

Central Florida Hurricane Season 2023

Currently, the National Hurricane Center is predicting that Tropical Storm Idalia could make landfall just north of Tampa as a major Category 3 hurricane late Tuesday, early Wednesday, and officials are urging everyone to be prepared.

With large areas of the state now under storm surge, hurricane, and tropical storm watches, now is the time to ensure you and your family are ready, just in case.

7 Steps To Prepare For Hurricane Season 2023

Know Your Risk: Wind & Water The first step of preparing for hurricanes is to know your risk.

Find out today what types of water and wind hazards could happen where you live.

Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Impacts from wind and water can be felt hundreds of miles inland, and significant impacts can occur regardless of the storm’s strength.

Know if you live in an area prone to flooding, if you live in an evacuation zone, and identify any structural weaknesses in your home.

Hurricane Preparedness Week

Understand Forecast Information

Prepare for hurricane season by knowing how to understand forecasts. They can tell you a lot about what is expected,including the storm’s paths, rainfall amounts, wind speeds, and more.

There is a lot of information available days ahead of a storm, and it is important to understand what it means.

Get Moving When a Storm Threatens

Do you know what to do when a storm threatens? Prepare for hurricane season by taking the time now to understand the actions needed when time is of the essence.

Put essentials together in an emergency kit that contains all of the supplies you'd need for several days or longer:

  • Water

  • Food and pet food

  • First aid kit

  • Tools and general supplies

  • Sanitation (TP, soap, and sanitizer)

  • Important documents

  • Baby and kid items

Stay Protected During Storms

Be prepared for hurricane season by knowing what to do during a storm. Whether you’ve evacuated or are sheltering in place, know what to expect from the hazards you may face.

Remain vigilant, stay up-to-date with the latest forecasts and alerts, and continue to listen to local officials.

Hurricane Preparedness Week

Use Caution After Storms

A key part of hurricane preparedness is understanding the dangers that remain well after a storm. This is NOT the time to put your guard down.

Nearly half of hurricane fatalities occur after the storm.

Hurricane Preparedness Week

Take Action Today,

Take action TODAY to be better prepared for when the worst happens. Understand your risk from hurricanes, and begin pre-season preparations now.

Make sure you understand how to interpret forecasts and alerts, and know what to do before, during, and after a storm. Even if you feel ready, there may be additional things you could do or learn.

For full information please go to the National Weather Service website.

Hurricane Season 2023 Central Florida

2023 Atlantic Storm Names
  • Arlene

  • Bret

  • Cindy

  • Don

  • Emily

  • Franklin

  • Gert

  • Harold

  • Idalia

  • Jose

  • Katia

  • Lee

  • Margot

  • Nigel

  • Ophelia

  • Philippe

  • Rina

  • Sean

  • Tammy

  • Vince

  • Whitney

Hurricane Season 2023 Central Florida

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