5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, May 22, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, May 22, 2014.

(1) Atlas V rocket launch

United Launch Alliance is scheduled to launch an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Thursday morning.

The rocket is carrying a satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office, the U.S. government agency responsible for operating America's spy satellites.

The mission is officially known as NROL-33. The satellite rocket is scheduled to head due east after launch to deploy its classified payload.

Liftoff is targeted for 9:09 a.m. The launch window is open from 8:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Forecasters say the weather is 90 percent favorable for launch.

You can watch the launch live at www.ulalaunch.com/webcast.aspx .

(2) Veterans outreach event

Tampa City Councilwoman Lisa Montelione is partnering on Thursday with the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative, the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital and the Crossover Church to help veterans receive the benefits they are entitled to.

The event is taking place from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the church which is located at 1235 East Fowler Avenue.

It is being is geared to serve the homeless or near homeless veterans by providing them the resources to escape from difficult circumstances.

"I thought what a convenient way for veterans to get information on benefits," said Montelione. "I thought what a convenient way for veterans to get information on benefits."

VA staff members will be attending today's outreach event to provide community support and housing assistance to qualified homeless veterans. Food will be provided at the event.

(3) David Sanborn in concert

Tampa native David Sanborn will perform a concert at Clearwater's Capitol Theater on Thursday night.

Over his four decades in the music industry, the 68-year-old alto saxophonist has won six Grammy Awards. Eight of his 24 albums have gone gold.

His 1975 solo album Taking Off is considered a classic. He won his first Grammy in 1981 for Best R&B Instrumental Performance for the song, All I Need Is You.

Although he was born in Tampa, Sanborn grew up in Kirkwood, Missouri. A doctor suggested he begin playing the saxophone as a boy to strengthen his chest muscles weakened by polio.

Tonight's concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $30. For more information, call (727) 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com .

To learn more about David Sanborn, visit his official website at www.davidsanborn.com .

(4) Hillsborough County Hurricane Exercise

Hillsborough County will host its Hurricane Exercise on Thursday morning.

The exercise will involve representatives from departments and agencies from Hillsborough County; the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City; infrastructure companies like TECO; and community groups involved in disaster response.

Participants will focus on how to respond to calls for aid after a hypothetical storm has struck the Tampa Bay area.

The exercise will take place from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center at 2711 East Hanna Avenue in Tampa.

(5) NOAA 2014 hurricane forecast

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will issue its initial outlook for the 2014 North Atlantic hurricane season.

The hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.

At a news conference scheduled for 11:00 a.m. in New York City, NOAA's directors will discuss the new and improved hurricane forecast tools before delivering the outlook.

A major question to be answered is whether forecasters believe a developing El Niño, the band of warm ocean water temperatures forming off the Pacific coast of South America, will slow down hurricane formation this year.

The ABC Action Weather team is taking action for you to make sure your family is safe this hurricane season.

We’re taking a look at the affordable ways to protect your home, the items you’ll need for your hurricane kit (some you may not have thought of), and answer your insurance questions.

Plus, it’s been ten years since Hurricane Charley put the Tampa Bay area on edge. We will look at whether we better prepared now for the storm?

Join us for our special Safety in the Storm, Wednesday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m.

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