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Now Category 4 HURRICANE Gustav Heads Across Gulf Toward Mississippi/Louisiana/Texas

Gustavsaturday Tropical Storm Gustav is now Hurricane Gustav and has rapidly strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 145 miles per hour. It is still heading across the Gulf of Mexico and 5 day projections show it heading toward Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. Here in Zephyrhills, Florida at 5:30 PM on Saturday, August 30th, there is a light rain and some thunder and lightning. However, at this point in time the dangerous center of the storm is not predicted to come near our area and no watches or warnings have been issued for the Tampa area. You can click on the image to the left to see the projected path of Gustav, as of Saturday, August 30th.

The Weather Channel said that oil prices were already going up in anticipation of damage to refineries and oil rigs. Isn't that just like them. Storm has done no damage yet, but prices at the pump will be going up on gas that was purchased by the companies weeks ago. Oh well. Residents in the "cone of probable landfall" should check with their local authorities regarding preparations, evacuations, and other crucial information. I am sure your local television stations are covering this non-stop.

Ts_hannaAlso be aware the Tropical Storm Hanna is now north of Puerto Rico and bears watching. Looks like this one will go over the Bahamas and could come close to Florida. Still several days away though at this point in time. You can click on the image to the left to see the projected path of Tropical Storm Hanna, as of Saturday, August 30th.

While it appears that Gustav will not come anywhere near the Zephyrhills and the Tampa areas of Florida, it will pay for residents of these zones to keep an eye on the storm as it marches westward. As well, as watching the progress of TS Hanna. See the link to the National Hurricane Center in the next paragraph. Do be aware that if storm warnings or watches go up in Florida, property insurance underwriting on new policies will likely be suspended. Most contracts used by real estate professionals in Florida address this possibility. See your agent for more information.

Much of my information comes from the National Hurricane Center. They follow tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes from birth to death. It can be a useful site to visit. If you would like to try it out, click on the following link: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov I suggest you "bookmark it" or "make it a Favorite" for future reference if you live in an area that can be affected by tropical storms or hurricanes. You will find it interesting and helpful.

I invite you to also visit my webpage at: www.jelwell.century21bnr.com where you will find links to many interesting sites dealing with real estate. You are always welcome there.

I can also be contacted via e-mail at: jelwell1@tampabay.rr.com or by phone at: 813-783-4444

John Elwell - REALTOR

CENTURY 21

Bill Nye Realty, Inc.

813-783-4444

Licensed in Florida

 

Comment balloon 0 commentsJohn Elwell • August 30 2008 01:04PM
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