Flood Factor

Flood Insurance Rates Set to Spike for Some Florida Residents

Starting Oct. 1, the new program will for the first time take into account the size and proximity of a home to a potential flood source.

09/29/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Tropical Storm Elsa

Elsa Barrels Down on the Southwest Coast of Florida

Strong storm effects will begin this afternoon and go through the evening.

07/06/2021 By Bob Bunting

Tropical Storm Elsa

Sarasota and Manatee Counties Declare States of Emergency Ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa

Mandatory evacuations are not planned, but most government offices will be closed.

07/05/2021 By Staff

Tropical Storm Elsa

Here's Your Fourth of July Tropical Storm Elsa Update

Sarasota climate scientist Bob Bunting, CEO of the Climate Adaptation Center, says the storm center will be close to the Sarasota coastline starting Tuesday.

07/04/2021 By Bob Bunting

Tropical Storm Elsa

DeSantis Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa

State officials are urging Floridians in Elsa's forecast path to begin preparing for potential impacts as early as Monday.

07/03/2021 By Megan McDonald

Hurricane Elsa

Hurricane Elsa Is a Growing Threat

The storm, which has 85 mph winds as of Friday, July 2, is intensifying rapidly.

07/02/2021 By Bob Bunting

Hurricane Season

Will Tropical Storm Elsa Threaten Sarasota?

The tropical storm is on a forecast path toward Florida.

07/01/2021 By Susan Burns

Hurricane Season

Three Rare Tropical Disturbances Are Brewing

Make sure you’ve got your hurricane plans in place.

06/15/2021 By Susan Burns

Hurricane Season

Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Kicks Off Today

The 10-day event begins today and runs through Sunday, June 6.

05/28/2021 By Staff

2021 Hurricane Forecast

Get Ready for an Active Hurricane Season

The southwest coast of Florida may not be as lucky as in past decades.

04/15/2021 By Susan Burns

Hurricane Season

FPL Announces Sarasota-Area Improvements Ahead of 2021 Hurricane Season

The energy company says that it has strengthened the energy grid serving Sarasota and is planning multiple improvements.

03/29/2021 By Staff

Hurricane Seasaon

Peak Florida Hurricane Season Is Here

Atmospheric scientist Bob Bunting updates his predictions on the extreme storm season ahead.

08/13/2020 By Bob Bunting

Hurricanes

It's National Hurricane Preparedness Week

Experts are predicting an above-average season.

05/04/2020 By Staff

Under the weather

Researchers Predict Increased Chance of Heightened Hurricane Season

A recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report puts the risk of an "above average" Atlantic hurricane season at 45 percent.

08/20/2019 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Environment

Hurricane Season Ends

The Atlantic hurricane season ended on Friday with a total of 15 named storms, above the annual average.

12/03/2018 By Staff

Surviving the Storm

How Your Business Can Survive a Natural Disaster

Local experts share their tips and resources.

09/06/2017 By Kevin Allen With Susan Burns

Environment

Hurricane Season Begins

The annual Atlantic hurricane season began Thursday, with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters predicting a 45 percent chance of above-average hurricane activity.

06/02/2017 By staff