A researcher at the University of South Florida says the Bay area is just as vulnerable to a hurricane and has even more to lose because there are twice as many people and far more buildings that could be damaged or destroyed by floods if a major storm hits the area.
But Gov. Jeb Bush says there are some major differences that give Tampa Bay an edge in dealing with hurricanes.
Gov. Jeb Bush said, "Tampa bay is not below sea-level. We're better resourced to deal with these issues. We focus on preparation; we have plans in place for both the immediate relief that's necessary as well as the long term recovery"
The west coast of Florida is a frequent target of hurricanes, but Tampa Bay has been lucky. The area hasn’t suffered a direct hit by a major storm since 1921.