Tropical Storm Gustav is now a bit to the south of Cuba, and it appears that it will pass over the western section of that island. 5 day projections show it heading into the middle of the Gulf of Mexico and then, unfortunately, on towards New Orleans, Louisiana. As if they need more problems. Today, Thursday, August 28, it appears the path of the storm has moved more to the west and now appears to avoid the State of Florida. You can click on the image to the left to see the projected path, as of Thursday, August 28th.
Of course, 5 days is an eternity in weather time. Often we have seen the paths of these storms veer from the projections. However, it sounds pretty sure that once the storm gets over the warm water of the gulf, it will get stronger and may be a Level 3 Hurricane before it makes landfall somewhere in the United States or Mexico.
While it appears that this storm will pass Zephyrhills and the Tampa areas by, it will pay for residents of these zones to keep an eye on the storm as it marches westward. See the link 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at: 813-783-4444
John Elwell - REALTOR
Bill Nye Realty, Inc.
Licensed in Florida