We are about to get punched in the face by this storm. We need to be prepared.— Bob Buckhorn (@BobBuckhorn) September 10, 2017
Look out for your neighbors take care of each other, this is when we are #TampaStrong— Bob Buckhorn (@BobBuckhorn) September 10, 2017
We know we are ground zero for this storm. We have avoided it for 90 years but our time has come to be ready.— Bob Buckhorn (@BobBuckhorn) September 10, 2017
"Tampa Bay is mesmerizing, with 700 miles of shoreline and some of the finest white sand beaches in the nation. But analysts say the metropolitan area is the most vulnerable in the United States to flooding and damage if a major hurricane ever scores a direct hit.On Sunday afternoon, it looked like Irma had already started sucking away the water from beaches in the Tampa Bay region.
A Boston firm that analyzes potential catastrophic damage reported that the region would lose $175 billion in a storm the size of Hurricane Katrina. A World Bank study called Tampa Bay one of the 10 most at-risk areas on the globe.
Yet the bay area — greater Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater — has barely begun to assess the rate of sea-level rise and address its effects. Its slow response to a major threat is a case study in how American cities reluctantly prepare for the worst, even though signs of impacts from climate change abound all around."