Even though it is very late in the hurricane season we have one more storm not far away. Hurricane Paloma is just to the south of Cuba and should cross over that island soon. You can click on the map to the left to see a larger version that shows its predicted 5 day path. Looks like it will move to the northeast and barely affect Florida. Let's hope so. This year we have escaped all of the major storms.
Several years ago we had 4 hurricanes go over us, one right after the other. In our area there was minimal damage. Mostly a few carports destroyed, some roofs were damaged, power outages due to tree limbs falling, and some localized flooding in low-lying areas. This year, 2008, none of that so far.
Keep an eye on this storm just in case it makes a turn to the northwest. You can also visit the Channel 8 News site in Tampa, Florida for more storm hints and to follow the track of the storm. Just click on the following link: www.tbo.com Click on their WEATHER link and off you will go. They usually have an animated radar map if a storm is coming this way which can be both interesting and helpful.
You can also get some good official information by visiting the National Hurricane Center site by clicking on the following link: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ Not just for this storm, but you may want to bookmark it for future ones. They have maps, winds speeds, predicted paths, and much more. Not as user-friendly as the TBO site, but useful none-the-less, and it has a lot of detailed information.
If you are scheduled to close on a home purchase when a storm is near, be aware that many insurance companies will NOT write new policies when there is a storm watch or warning anywhere in the state of Florida. If you went through a Florida REALTOR and he or she used a standard contract here, there is a contingency for this that will allow you to delay your closing until after the storm has passed and you can get insurance.
If you did not use a licensed agent and your sale is a "for sale by owner"' you might want to consult with an attorney to see what you can do. It is not a good idea to buy a new home, with no insurance coverage, and a storm approaching. In fact, if you are financing your purchase, your lender will demand that you have proof of coverage before they will cough up the money so you can close. So be careful
If you need more information or have questions about hurricanes and Florida life, you can call me at 813-783-4444 or e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org I also invite you to visit my webpage at: www.jelwell.century21bnr.com You might also want to check out my blogs that I entered on June 20, 2008 in this weblog concerning finding flood zones in Pasco and Hillsborough Counties. There is also one from FEMA for other areas around the United States. Just click on the archive link to the left of this post for June 2008.
Hope you find this information of use.
John Elwell - REALTOR
Bill Nye Realty, Inc.
Licensed in Florida