Floridians shared their most unconventional hurricane tips

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Welcome to Florida Wonders, a series where readers submit their questions about the Tampa Bay area and Florida and Times journalists find answers.

This week’s Florida Wonders question actually comes from inside the newsroom. Tampa Bay Times Executive Editor Mark Katches wanted to know: If you could offer one tip to a Florida newcomer to get ready during hurricane season, what would that one tip be?

Mark Katches, Tampa Bay Times Executive Editor. BOYZELL HOSEY | Times

Mark Katches, Tampa Bay Times Executive Editor. BOYZELL HOSEY | Times

Have something you’ve been wondering about the Tampa Bay area or Florida? Ask Florida Wonders.

Mark moved to Florida from Oregon at the end of last August and has little experience with hurricanes. He’s familiar with the basics of storm preparation. But what about those life hacks that can only be picked up after going through a hurricane firsthand?

Now that El Niño has faded, scientists are predicting more hurricanes than normal this year. Preparation is key as the season ramps up, especially since 95 percent

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