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Cold weather shelter info for tonight, Tuesday

Cold weather shelter info for tonight, Tuesday

With the coldest air of the season arriving tonight and tomorrow night, Pinellas County will be opening a number of shelters around 6 p.m. to help provide guests a warm, safe place to spend Monday and Tuesday night.

Shelter guests will be provided with a hot evening meal and breakfast the following morning.

Adult men and women shelters:

Hurricane season 2011 draws to a close

Hurricane season 2011 draws to a close

Pinellas County, FL -- Nov. 30 was the last day of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season. It’s time to breathe a big sigh of relief with no storms affecting the Tampa Bay area. Pinellas County Emergency Management has some advice for residents during the off season.

eSeries: Prepare to Survive ends season with special guest

eSeries: Prepare to Survive ends season with special guest

Hurricane season officially ends Nov. 30, making this a perfect time to reflect on the season’s forecasts and look ahead to winter weather hazards.  The December edition of eSeries: Prepare to Survive will be presented online at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Secure those chemicals before the storms come

Secure those chemicals before the storms come

Pinellas County - It's still hurricane season, so make sure to properly safeguard chemicals in your home and storage spaces in the event of a storm.

Families usually store chemicals such as fertilizers, paints, automotive fluids, pesticides, and cleaners in garages, sheds, kitchens, and bathrooms.

If a hurricane's damaging rain were to flood your home and break these containers, dangerous chemicals would be introduced into the environment, endangering public health, wildlife, and our ecosystem.

eSeries: Prepare to Survive gets expanded format

eSeries: Prepare to Survive gets expanded format

With the success of the first three episodes of Prepare to Survive, the program is now expanding to a 30-minute show. Join in at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, as host Tom Iovino interviews Bryan Koon, Florida’s emergency management director, to talk about statewide disaster preparedness efforts. In the second segment, Bob Lasher, public information officer for PSTA, will discuss the county’s transportation plans before, during and after a disaster.

A live blog feature will open at www.pinellascounty.org/eseries before the presentation. Those interested in submitting a question for consideration can log in and enter their question into the blog window. Questions that meet the terms of participation will be posted. Since the show is only 30 minutes long, not all questions may be answered on air. Unanswered questions will be answered and posted online after the event.

2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season reaches halfway point

2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season reaches halfway point

Three months down, three months to go. That’s what the arrival of Sept. 1 means for the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season. So far, the season has spawned 11 named systems, with Hurricane Irene being the only one to achieve hurricane status.

While half of the season has elapsed, 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.

To help residents prepare for the rest of this year’s hurricane season, Pinellas County is hosting eTownHall: Surviving the Storm 2011, beginning Sept, 6 with the live video portion scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Pinellas County in the five day 'cone of uncertainty' for Hurricane Irene

Pinellas County in the five day 'cone of uncertainty' for Hurricane Irene

Pinellas County, Florida -- The National Hurricane Center has placed the Tampa Bay area in the five day cone of uncertainty for the approach of Hurricane Irene. This means there is the possibility that the area may experience some impact from the storm during the next five 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: