Hurricane Season Begins Today

NewsChannel 7’s weather team works hard every day to give you the five minute advantage. Since hurricane season begins today, we wanted to let you know about some of the helpful links you can use to protect your family if a hurricane does hit our area.

If you click on the tropics link under weather or click on related links below, it has everything you need to know about tropical weather.

There are several links that will help you during a hurricane. The page includes: maps, all the evacuation routes in our area, a hurricane preparedness list and emergency management links.

Meteorologist Jim Loznicka also did a story featuring the different websites and apps he uses to track storms.

iMap is the map that our weather team uses every day. You can look at the map and know where several weather is heading.

There is also a gulf radar map that shows all the active weather happening in the gulf. shows you all the evacuation routes across Florida but if you click on Bay under Evacuation Routes on our tropics page, it goes straight to our county and shows you the routes as well as the evacuation zones.

Hurricane preparedness week was last week and our weather team showed you several different ways you could get your family fully prepared for a hurricane. It is better to get the necessary ideas now so you aren’t waiting in long lines.

There are also several different links under our hurricane preparedness section from hurricane history to take action but the “be prepared” link will tell you everything you need to know on being prepared.

Meteorologist Chris Smith did a story on how it is time to prepare now. They is a link to it below.

Storm surge could be a huge problem in our area if we are to get hit by a hurricane this season. Here is a link that shows the surge zones for Bay County. has all the counties that could suffer from storm surge listed on their website.

This are just some of the ways we here at NewsChannel 7 track approaching storms. If you have any websites that you use that are different from these, we would love to know about them.

All the links are posted below.

We hope we have a safe and quiet hurricane season.

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