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Florida Still in Tropical Storm Isaac's Path - Could be Hurricane Soon

Tropical Storm Isaac as of August 24, 2012
As of today, 8/24/2012, Tropical Storm Isaac is over Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Its projected path has it moving in a northwesterly direction over Cuba and then turning toward Florida with landfall predicted for early next week. If you look at the map you will notice that if it follows its projected path it will be level with Tampa in the early afternoon of Monday and it has an "H" in it to indicate that it will then likely be classified as a hurricane, not a tropical storm!

Many parts of that city to the south of us are barely above sea level. And since we have had numerous heavy rains this summer, even the precipitation from a tropical storm could present problems. It will be interesting to see if the Republican convention will be affected when it begins in a couple of days.

The letter inside the dot on the track of the storm indicates the National Hurricane Center's forecast intensity for that point in time:

D: Tropical Depression – wind speed less than 39 MPH
S: Tropical Storm – wind speed between 39 MPH and 73 MPH
H: Hurricane – wind speed between 74 MPH and 110 MPH
M: Major Hurricane – wind speed greater than 110 MPH

Do keep in mind that the storm is still several days away, 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!

If you are in the process of closing on a home sale in the next few days, do be aware that once a storm warning is issued for any part of the state of Florida, it is likely that ALL insurance companies will stop writing new policies until the storm's threat has passed. So if you have not already obtained a binder on your insurance coverage, speak with your real estate agent immediately about what is happening. If you used one of the Florida purchase agreements that most agents here use, there is specific language concerning hurricanes and underwriting moratoriums that is there to protect you from having to purchase an uninsured home. And if you are financing the purchase, keep in mind that your bank WILL NOT fund your loan if there is no proof of adequate insurance coverage on the home. See your agent for more information concerning this issue.

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: 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. But the TV, radio, and internet will have the most up-to-date information available.

You can also find out how to prepare for hurricanes and other disasters at the following state site: 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!

I invite you to visit my webpage at: where you will find links to many interesting sites dealing with real estate. You are always welcome there. JOHN ELWELL - REALTOR at CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc. Licensed in Florida

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John Elwell - REALTOR


Bill Nye Realty, Inc.


Licensed in Florida


Comment balloon 3 commentsJohn Elwell • August 24 2012 05:31PM


Looks like  a direct hit on Pensacola Florida. Hurricanse must complicat real estate transactions in Florida...

Posted by Edward Gilmartin (CRE) over 7 years ago

They can, but luckily a direct hit is pretty rare and only the insurance underwriting moratorium is a pain. But again, we don't have storms hit hear all that frequently. Last year the northeast got it worse than we did.

Posted by John Elwell, You Deserve a Full-Time Agent, Not Reduced Results (CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc.) over 7 years ago

I forget that Florida Hurricane problems sometimes have a direct impact on real estate other than wind and water.

Posted by David Spencer, Show Me real estate in Kansas City (Keller Williams Northland) over 7 years ago

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