Hurricane Irma Aims For Florida: What Tampa Bay Area Residents Need To Know

As powerful, Category 5 Hurricane Irma makes her way toward the Sunshine State, Tampa Bay area residents are being urged to prepare. While it’s still too early to tell exactly what path Irma will ultimately take, forecasters at the National Weather Service’s Ruskin office are asking residents to get ready and to monitor the storm’s progress.

“Preparation is the key to safety,” weather service forecasters wrote on Facebook Tuesday morning. “Now is the time to review your family’s hurricane action plan, and be prepared to set that plan into action should it become necessary later this week.”

As of Tuesday evening, Irma was packing maximum sustained winds of 185 mph with Florida well within her potential path. The storm’s threat to Florida prompted Gov. Rick Scott on Monday to declare a state of emergency for all 67 counties. (For more hurricane news or local news from Florida, click here to sign up for real-time news alerts and newsletters from Land O’ Lakes Patch, and click here to find your local Florida Patch. If you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app.)

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To help make sure Tampa Bay area residents are prepared for what might blow our way, here is a county-by-county breakdown of where to go for important hurricane information:

Pasco County

The county’s Office of Emergency Management website offers a variety of resources for the storm season. Follow these links for specific information on:

Pinellas County

The county has put together an extensive list of resources available to residents on its website. Residents can follow these links to access information on:

Sarasota County

Residents will find the county’s emergency management website is the place to go for everything they need to know about surviving the season. Follow these links for specific information on:

Manatee County

Manatee County Emergency Management office provides a wealth of information on its website. Follow these links for specific information on:

Hillsborough County

The county’s Office of Emergency Management website offers everything residents here need to know to weather a storm. Follow these links for information on:

Polk County

The county’s Office of Emergency Management website offers the information residents need if a storm makes its way into the region. Follow these links for information on:

Residents readying for the upcoming season can get tips and advice on the federal government’s Ready.gov website.

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