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Start prepping early for hurricane season

Start prepping early for hurricane season

Pinellas County, Florida -- It is only few months until the start of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, and now is the prime time for residents to review their survival plans.

Activities such as outdoor improvements and adding additional bracing to an attic can be easier to accomplish in the cooler months.

Some key actions that can be taken now include:

Rainbow over Park Street North in west St. Pete

Rainbow over Park Street North in west St. Pete

A rainbow graced Park St. North Monday morning and made a beautiful start to the week!

2012 Atlantic hurricane season reaches halfway point

2012 Atlantic hurricane season reaches halfway point

Pinellas County, Florida -- Tropical Storm Debby. Tropical Storm Isaac. The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season has certainly been an active one, and Sept. 1 just marks the halfway point.

Statistically, the majority of the activity for the season is yet to come. Since the hurricane record began in 1855, nearly 55 percent of all tropical storms and hurricanes form during the months of September and October. More information about tropical climatology can be found at www.nhc.noaa.gov/climo, the National Hurricane Center’s climatology website.

Hurricane Protocol in Gulfport

Hurricane Protocol in Gulfport

 

Q: In the event of a hurricane warning and evacuation, how will Gulfport residents be allowed back into the city after the storm passes if Gulfport sustains severe damage?

A: “We will try to create checkpoints,” City Manager Jim O’Reilly says. Depending on the severity of the storm, he adds, the city could have assistance from outside agencies.

If Gulfport residents do evacuate, the city manager asks that they take with them “proof of who they are and where they live,” such as ...

Heavy rains impact sanitary sewer system

Heavy rains impact sanitary sewer system

Recent heavy rains are having a negative impact on Pinellas County’s wastewater treatment facilities.

Rainfall from Tuesday evening, Aug. 21, resulted in 60 million gallons of water entering the system at South Cross Bayou Water Reclamation Facility. The facility is permitted for an average inflow of 33 million gallons per day.

Excessive volumes of water entering wastewater treatment facilities can result in sanitary sewer system overflows. These overflows are inevitable when inflows exceed the capacity to treat.

Pinellas County in 4-day cone of uncertainty for Tropical Storm Isaac

Pinellas County in 4-day cone of uncertainty for Tropical Storm Isaac

The National Hurricane Center has placed the Tampa Bay area in the four-day cone of uncertainty for the approach of Tropical Storm Isaac. This means there is the possibility that the area may experience some impact from the storm during the next four days.

Now is the time to begin tracking the system and stay tuned to local media for the latest on the storm’s progress. Some important tips to follow during this time include:

Shelter registration for special needs residents

Shelter registration for special needs residents

Tampa, Florida-- 10 news continues to update you on Tropical Storm Isaac and Pinellas weather-watchers say they are keeping a close eye as it progresses as well.