This is the track of Tropical Storm Hermine as it approaches Florida's gulf coast on Thursday afternoon on September 1, 2016. It appears that it may turn into a hurricane briefly before hitting land. Then it changes back to a tropical storm. With those we are not worried so much about high winds (unless you live on the coast) but with the heavy rain which can cause flooding.
Luckily, Florida is mostly flat so we don't have a lot of rivers that flow rapidly like you have seen in Texas and other states. Mostly it is standing water. However, that has its bad points too since if it "stands" then it does not clear out for some time. So it can take a long time for water levels to go down. Especially if the ground is already saturated.
Luckily in the interior of the state we are above sea level, so that, except in low-lying areas, the water seems to go away in a short time.
So far here in Zephyrhills, Florida just north of Tampa Bay, all we have had is a stiff breeze now and then and some light rain. We will see if that changes overnight.
If you are in one of the areas that is predicted to have worse weather, pay attention to your local county officials and listen to the radio/television for updates. Especially if you live in a mobile home or in a low-lying area. The northern part of the states has many more little hills and valleys and you need to be aware of the place where you live.
If you like, you can also get maps and up-to-date info from the National Hurricane Center by clicking on the following link: National Hurricane Center
Hope everyone just comes out of this a bit soggy, but safe and healthy! John Elwell - REALTOR at CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc. 813-783-4444.
Image courtesy of: NOAA
John Elwell - REALTOR
Bill Nye Realty, Inc.
Licensed in Florida