If you are moving to Tampa Bay, you will want to know everything you can to stay safe from hurricanes, especially during hurricane season. Hurricanes are well-known tropical cyclones that develop over tropical waters that have a speed of 74 miles per hour and higher. Not only do these storms take place in the Northern Atlantic, but also in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the eastern North Pacific Ocean. Hurricanes have a rating associated with them from 1 to 5. The higher the number, the more likely there will be property damage done. On average, there are 12 hurricanes per year in the Atlantic Ocean. Well-known hurricanes in this area include Hurricanes Irma, Katrina, Ivan, Dennis, and Maria.
One common question that many who travel to Tampa Bay ask is when hurricane season is. June 1 through November 30 are the dates for the Atlantic side. The peak of the season occurs approximately in the middle of August to the middle of October.
In the Tampa Bay area, you will hear about tropical storm warnings and watches. Many people easily confuse the two of these. Should a warning be released, hurricane conditions are anticipated within 24 to 36 hours. A watch will be given if hurricane conditions are likely within 36 to 48 hours. Should either a warning or watch be released, guests in the Tampa area may start initial arrangements for the possible evacuation of hotels. Airport lags and flight cancellations will also be highly possible. Citizens of the area and guests should check regional news and weather information to understand the possible road overflow due to hard rainfall or feasible storm rushes and elevated winds.
Those who are not familiar with Tampa Bay may question if the area is safe during hurricane season. Simply put, yes, it is safe, as a hurricane will not occur every day of the season. These months are the perfect times to take a trip to Tampa because one can take advantage of all the worth during the season. You will never be able to predict what the weather will be like when you are planning a trip. However, it should be noted that hurricanes typically do not come out of the blue, so if you are staying in the area, you will have ample time to get to safety.
It is also important to note that if you are planning a trip to Tampa Bay and an evacuation has been ordered where you will be staying, you will not be permitted to stay. Any hotel in the area will be busy helping guests relocate. Should this be the case, it is in your best interest to wait until the storm has safely passed and then reschedule your trip.
If you are already staying in the area, and an order is given to evacuate where you are staying, ask the front desk staff any questions you may have. They may know of other hotels that are further inland for you to stay. Should there not be any place for you to stay safe, Hillsborough County will allow hotel guests to stay at a hurricane shelter while the warning is in place. Should you not have a vehicle to get there, the County has buses and shuttles that can take you there.
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