ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — If an evacuation order is issued for your area, or storm surge is threatening to flood the Tampa Bay region, do you know which zone you're inside or where you're supposed to go?
The Florida Division of Emergency Management has a map for each county posted on its website, showing generalized evacuation zones and accessible routes.
Remember, these maps are posted as a reference. Any specific evacuation order is issued by local emergency managers.
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The two biggest evacuation routes, if necessary, are I-75 north to the Georgia state line and I-4 into Orlando. In some evacuation situations, the highways will go into "contraflow," meaning traffic in all lanes moves in the same direction.
Evacuation Zone Maps
Storm surge is historically the most dangerous aspect of a major hurricane. A storm's strong winds can cause water from the ocean to crash against an area's shoreline, causing water levels to increase by 30 feet and potential flooding.
The following maps show which parts of a county could potentially be flooded with storm surge.
Storm Surge Maps
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