As of today, 10/24/2012, Hurricane Sandy is over the Cayman Islands and it looks like it is heading north toward Cuba. And as you can see by the map projection, it appears that the National Hurricane Center is predicting that it will skirt the east coast of the United States, passing over the Bahamas and then heading out to sea between North Carolina and Bermuda. Here in Zephyrhills and the Tampa Bay areas of Florida, we will be very happy to see this storm pass us by.
However, do keep in mind that if the storm gets close enough to force the State of Florida to issue storm watches or warnings, insurance underwriting could be stopped temporarily until any threat has passed us by.
So far this year we have had no major storms come to call here. For that we are eternally grateful. With just a little over a month left in the 2012 Hurricane Season, it looks like we might have "dodged the bullet" again. Good news for everyone in the Sunshine State.
If you look at the map above, 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
Even though it appears that we are "in the clear" do keep in mind that wind directions have been known to change. I have even seen storms do loop-the-loops and come right back over the same area. It pays to be alert and take cautious steps to prepare. Just in case!
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. 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: 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!
I invite you to visit my webpage at: http://www.jelwell.century21bnr.com/ 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
I can also be contacted anytime via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at: 813-783-4444
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John Elwell - REALTOR
Bill Nye Realty, Inc.
Licensed in Florida