As of today, 8/21/2011, Tropical Storm Irene is fast approaching Puerto Rico, where it might strengthen to hurricane strength for a while. The projected path has it hitting Florida head-on near the Keys and then moving up the peninsula. For those of us in the Zephyrhills area that might be a good thing since the storm will lose strength as it goes over land. The more land, the weaker it should get. Theoretically! And we are several hours from Miami. It is not expected to get here until around early Friday and is supposed to have returned to Tropical Storm status by that time. If its winds are not too strong, the rain could be a bonus. You can click on the map to the left to see a larger view.
Do keep in mind that it is still faraway and wind directions have been known to change. I have even seen storms do loop-the-loops and come right back over the same area. So the trajectory of this storm could change. It could miss us altogether. You never can tell this far out. But it pays to be alert and take cautious steps to prepare. Just in case!
So far we have had a pretty quiet hurricane season with no major storms making landfall here. We do seem to be getting more rain than we normally do, but this very much resembles the weather patterns that took place all the time up until the late 1980's when a VERY long dry spell took place. So these nice showers are very welcome and have helped cut down on wildfires. The landscape around Zephyrhills sure is looking nice and green. And many are saving money on irrigation.
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 to track the path of each storm. You can also download a Hurricane Tracking Map by clicking on the following link: TRACKING MAP
I will also try to update my weblog with new posts if it appears that a hurricane or another major storm will make landfall in our area. So come back here to check if you want to.
You can also find out how to prepare for hurricanes and other disasters at the following state site: http://www.floridadisaster.org/ Do not wait until a storm is upon us to prepare your home and family. Hopefully we will make it through 2011 with no major storms paying us a visit, but you never know. Better safe than sorry!
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John Elwell - REALTOR
Bill Nye Realty, Inc.
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