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A three-day, tax-free holiday on hurricane supplies starts today and runs through Sunday. Legislators hope it will serve as an incentive for Floridians to stock up on supplies like batteries, gas containers, flashlights and portable generators costing $750 or less.

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If you were living in South Florida back in August  1992 then you'll remember that fateful night when Hurricane Andrew arrived. You’ll also remember the voice of meteorologist Bryan Norcross, the voice that got so many South Floridians through that horrible storm.

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Meteorologists, emergency preparedness officials and members of the media from the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area gathered on Thursday to discuss how to communicate best with the public--and each other--when severe weather is approaching.

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Think about how much life has changed since Hurricane Andrew, some 24 years ago. We likely had that wall phone in the kitchen with the really, really, really long cord. We got most of our news from television, radio or newspapers. The web was something Spiderman produced as he battled villains. 

Here's A Reminder Of What You Need In Case Of Hurricane

Oct 4, 2016
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It's been 11 years since the last major hurricane hit South Florida, so we'd like to help you find and dust off your hurricane supplies.

It's best to buy and prep now to avoid long lines and stores running out of stock.

Here's what you need in a disaster supply kit:

Monroe County Public Library

  Eighty years ago, hurricanes weren't given human names. So the storm that devastated the Upper Keys in 1935 is known simply by the day it swept across Islamorada: the Labor Day Hurricane.

Islamorada in 1935 was a small village of a few hundred people, scraping through the Depression growing Key limes and pineapples. The village was also the site of a camp for hundreds more: relief workers building a highway. Most of those workers were World War I veterans.

Hurricane Evacuation On Florida’s Highways Under Construction

May 31, 2016

Florida’s population along the coast has boomed in the eleven years since the last hurricane hit. That combined with miles of construction on major highways could make evacuating ahead of a storm an even bigger headache this hurricane season.

Hurricanes Retired

Apr 26, 2016

Three tropical storm names have been retired. You will never again face a Joaquin or an Erika.

The World Meteorological Organization announced this week that it will retire three names. Two of them are  Atlantic storm names, and the third is Patricia, a eastern North Pacific storm name.

Joaquin and Erika will instead be replaced with Elsa and Julian. 

Storm names are reused every six years. But some names are retired when a storm is so deadly or costly that its future use would be insensitive.

Sammy Mack / WLRN via Giphy

There’s a plot of land behind the swimming pool at Deerfield Beach High where science teacher Kelly Caputo points to a cluster of trees out in a field.

“You can see five large Australian pines,” says Caputo. “And as beautiful as they are, they’re non-native — they take up a lot of space, water — and if we do get heavy winds, they’re probably going to create a lot of damage.”

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  Before Hurricane Wilma's winds swept across mainland South Florida, the storm's waters surged over the Florida Keys — the largest storm surge the islands had seen since Hurricane Betsy in 1965.

Updated at 8:05 p.m. ET

The National Hurricane Center says the eye of Hurricane Patricia has made landfall near Cuixmala on Mexico's southwestern Pacific coast. Its winds were measured at 165 mph, somewhat weakened but still a Category 5 storm capable of catastrophic damage.

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Updated 5:30 p.m. ET

Extinguishing hope that the cargo ship that went missing near the Bahamas could have survived a Thursday encounter with Hurricane Joaquin, the Coast Guard announced Monday that the ship, El Faro, sank, according to the Associated Press. The Coast Guard also found an unidentified body of one crew member.

Tropical Development Possible In The Gulf Next Week

Sep 24, 2015
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The last six tropical storms to develop in the Atlantic Basin haven't made it through the so-called El Niño barrier in the Caribbean.

This is where upper level winds have been too strong to support upscale development or even passage of a storm. Two have tried (Danny, Erika), but the others haven't even come close (Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida).

A new but controversial study asks if an end is coming to the busy Atlantic hurricane seasons of recent decades.

The Atlantic looks like it is entering in to a new quieter cycle of storm activity, like in the 1970s and 1980s, two prominent hurricane researchers wrote Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience.

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