Hurricane Watch

Here we have historical data on storm seasons past

Tropical Storm Season 2009

Tropical Storm one                  May 29th
Tropical Storm Ana                  August 15th
Hurricane Bill                            August 15th, category 1
Tropical Storm Claudette       August 16th
Tropical Storm Danny             August 26th
Tropical Storm Erika               Sept 1st
Hurricane Fred                         Sept 7th, category 3

Tropical Storm Season 2008

Tropical Storm Arthur              May 31st
Hurricane Bertha                      July 3rd, category 3
Tropical Storm Cristobal         July 19th
Hurricane Dolly                         July 20th
Tropical Storm Edouard          August 3rd
Tropical Storm Fay                   August 16th
Hurricane Gustav                     August 25th, category 4
Hurricane Hanna                      August 29th, category 1
Hurricane Ike                            Sept 1st, category 4
Tropical Storm Josephine      Sept 2nd
Hurricane Kyle                          Sept 26th, category 1
Tropical Storm Laura               Sept 29th
Tropical Storm Marco              Oct 3rd
Tropical Storm Nana                 Oct 12th
Hurricane Omar                        Oct 13th, category 1

Hurricane Omar

Issued at: 2:55 AM AST 10/16/08 (gateway).


Omar racing northeastward, winds increased to 125 mph,

A hurricane warning remains in effect for the u.s. Virgin Islands and the islands of vieques and culebra. A hurricane warning is also in effect for st. Martin/maarten, saba, st. Eustatius, st. Barthelemy, the british Virgin Islands, and anguilla.

At 300 am ast, 0700 utc, the hurricane watch and a tropical storm warning for Puerto Rico has been discontinued. A hurricane watch and a tropical storm warning remain in effect for for the islands of st. Kitts and nevis.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for antigua, barbuda, and montserrat.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours.

At 300 am ast, 0700 utc, the government of france has discontinued the tropical storm watch for guadeloupe.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local weather office.

At 300 am ast, 0700z, the eye of hurricane omar was located by radar and reconnaissance aircraft near latitude 18.5 north, longitude 63.8 west or about 55 miles, 90 km, northwest of st. Martin.

Omar is moving toward the northeast near 20 mph, 32 km/hr, and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the core of omar will be moving away from the northern leeward islands during the next couple of hours.

Reports from an air force reserve hurricane hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 125 mph, 205 km/hr, with higher gusts. Omar is a category three hurricane on the saffir-simpson scale. Stronger winds, especially in gusts, are likely over elevated terrain. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible today.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 35 miles, 55 km, from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles, 185 km. St. Maarten recently reported a wind gust of 56 mph, 91 km/hr.

The minimum central pressure just reported by the hurricane hunter was 959 mb, 28.32 inches.

Omar is expected to produce total rainfall amounts of 5 to 10 inches, with maximum amounts up to 20 inches, will be possible across the northern leeward islands, the Virgin Islands, vieques, and culebra. Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches with isolated maximum amounts of up to 8 inches are possible for Puerto Rico. These rains could produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.

Coastal storm surge flooding of 4 to 6 feet above normal tide levels, along with large and dangerous battering waves, can be expected near and to the right of the path of omar. Coastal storm surge flooding of 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels, along with large and dangerous battering waves, can be expected along the coasts of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. In addition, omar is expected to produce large swells that will affect the west- and south-facing coasts of Puerto Rico and the islands of the lesser antilles. These swells could cause beach erosion and damage to coastal structures.

Repeating the 100 am ast position, 18.5 n, 63.8 w. Movement toward, northeast near 20 mph. Maximum sustained winds, 125 mph. Minimum central pressure, 959 mb.



Preparation for Hurricane Season 2008

Advice from the Florida Association of Insurance Agents on dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane or flood:

Contact your independent insurance agent as quickly as possible. Let him or her know about your losses. If you relocate temporarily, let your agent know your temporary address. Make any repairs necessary to prevent further damage to your home or business. These must include converting breaks in a roof, wall or windows with plywood, canvas or other waterproof material. Do not have permanent repairs made without first consulting your agent. Unauthorized repairs may not be reimbursed.

Wait for an insurance adjuster to arrive to appraise your damage. Insurance companies schedule adjusters so the most serious catastrophe losses receive priority treatment. Those policyholders are the most in need.
Keep all receipts for expenditures you have made to temporarily repair damage or to estimate the extent of your damage.

Prepare a detailed inventory of all damaged or destroyed personal property for the adjuster. Be sure to keep a copy. Your list should be as complete as you can make it and should include a description of the item and how many of them, if more than one; date of purchase or approximate age; cost at time of purchase; and estimated replacement cost today.
Collect cancelled checks, invoices, appraisals or other papers that might assist the adjuster in determining the value of the destroyed property.

If you feel it necessary, secure a detailed estimate for permanent repairs from a reliable contractor and give it to the adjuster when he or she arrives. The estimate should contain detailed specifications of the proposed repairs, detailed repair cost prices and replacement prices. Do not, however, give the contractor the go-ahead at this point.
Take photos or a video of the damaged areas. These will help you with the presentation of your claim and will assist the adjuster in his investigation.

Wooden furniture should be cleaned as quickly as possible. Avoid rubbing in abrasives such as ash, plaster or wall board particles that might have fallen on the furniture.
Your dry cleaning establishment can help you evaluate the cleaning or restoration costs for clothing and draperies. Many professional carpet cleaners specialize in carpet and upholstery restoration.

Metal objects, such as guns, drapery rods and electric motors in home appliances should be dried and rubbed or sprayed with oil to prevent corrosion. Radios, TVs and other electronic systems should also be dried out but not oiled.

About flood damage:

Before you enter a flooded building, make sure it is not in danger of collapse. Let your house air through to remove foul odours or escaped gas.
Be alert for holes in the floor, loose boards, hanging plaster, and other hazards. Remember that wildlife has been displaced, too. Watch out especially for snakes -- most are harmless.
Do not smoke or use an open flame until you are sure it is safe to do so.

Turn off gas at meter tank. Be alert for any fumes. Call your local authority if you detect fumes.
Turn off the main electrical circuit switch. If it is already off, do not turn it back on -- it may be short-circuited. Be extremely careful to stand on a dry surface and avoid touching the metal handle of the switch box. Use a piece of heavy rubber, plastic or dry wood to open the metal door and throw the switch off.

Pump or bail water out of the house and shovel out the mud while it is moist. Give walls and floors a chance to dry.
Before the house is fully aired out, scrub all woodwork and floors with a stiff brush. To avoid streaking, always start washing a wall from the bottom up.

Take all wooden furniture outdoors, and remove all drawers and moving parts. Clean off mud and dirt. Do not leave furniture in the sun or it will warp.
Upholstered furniture should be examined, cleaned and dried by an experienced upholsterer.
Clean metal objects right away, especially iron, which should be cleaned with a cloth saturated with kerosene.

Wall-to-wall carpets should be raised to allow air to circulate. Draperies, linens and clothing should be laundered.
Do whatever you can to avoid further damage and to make temporary (but not permanent) repairs. Keep records of expenses incurred in preventing further damage.

Please paste the following link into your browser to access the Florida Disaster website with a page of links to each counties emergency management website.

http://www.floridadisaster.org/fl_county_em.asp

Below we have the telehone numbers of some popular insurance companies for reporting claims:

Allstate Floridian
800-547-8676

Allstate Floridian Insurance Company
888-866-7069

American Strategic Insurance Corp.
866-274-5677

Citizens Loss Reporting Number
866-411-2742

FEMA
800-621-FEMA (3362)

Progressive
800-888-7764

State Farm Fire & Casualty Company
800-732-5246 or 800-SF-CLAIM

Storms in 2007

Tropical Storm Andrea-------------09/05/07

Tropical Storm Barry----------------01/06/07

Tropical Storm Chantal-------------31/07/07

Hurricane Dean-----------------------13/08/07--- Category 5

Tropical Storm Erin----------------- 15/08/07

Hurricane Felix------------------------01/09/07---Category 5

Tropical Storm Gabrielle-----------08/09/07

Hurricane Humberto----------------12/09/07---Category 1

Tropical Storm Ingrid---------------14/09/07

Tropical Storm Jerry---------------23/09/07

Tropical Storm Karen--------------25/09/07

Hurricane Lorenzo------------------27/09/07---Category 1

Storms in 2006

Tropical Storm Alberto -----------11 June 2006

Tropical Storm Beryl---------------19 July 2006

Tropical Storm Chris---------------01 August 2006

Tropical Storm Debby------------- 21 August 2006

Hurricane Ernesto------------------ 26 August 2006--- Cat 1

Hurricane Florence----------------- 05 September 2006---Cat 1

Hurricane Gordon------------------- 11 September 2006--- Cat 3

Hurricane Helene--------------------14 September 2006--- Cat 3

Hurricane Isaac----------------------28 September 2006--- Cat 1

Hurricane Season 2005

As well as breaking the record for the most active season ever, a few other records were brokenlast season: The lowest pressure ever recorded was during Hurricane Wilma 882 mb; The most number of storms formed early in the season; The busiest July on record; 13 Hurricanes against 12 in 1969; 3 Category 5's, previous record only 2.

Florida was directly hit by Hurricane Dennis, near Pensacola as a Category 3 storm. The next in line for a direct hit was Hurricane Katrina which landed near Hallendale as a Category 1 storm. This gave no clue that Katrina would go on to cause over 1,300 deaths in the U.S.A. and become the most destructive and expensive storm ever in the history of the nation with $50 billion of insured losses. Hurricane Ophelia did not actually make land, but caused extensive damage due to excessive rainfall. Hurricane Rita passed just south of the Florida Keys, causing evacuations but not much damage before going on to cause about 119 deaths elsewhere. Tropical Storm Tammy formed off the coast of Florida and finally landed at Mayport with rainfall, but not too much else. The worst storm to hit Florida this season was Wilma which hit near Everglades City as a category 3 storm and caused an estimated $7 billion of insured damages, and 22 deaths in the U.S.A.

Tropical Storm ArleneJune 9
Tropical Storm BretJune 28
Tropical Storm CindyJuly 5
Hurricane DenisJuly 5Cat 4
Hurricane EmilyJuly 11Cat 4
Tropical Storm FranklinJuly 21
Tropical Storm GertJuly 24
Tropical Storm HarveyAugust 2
Hurricane IreneAugust 4Cat 2
Tropical Storm TenAugust 13

Tropical Storm Jose

August 22
Hurricane KatrinaAugust 23Cat 5
Tropical Storm LeeAugust 29
Hurricane MariaSeptember 1Cat 3
Hurricane NateSeptember 5Cat 1
Hurricane OpheliaSeptember 6Cat 1
Hurricane PhilippeSeptember 17Cat 1
Hurricane RitaSeptember 18Cat 5
Hurricane StanOctober 1Cat 1
Tropical Storm TammyOctober 5
Hurricane VinceOctober 9Cat 1

Hurricane Wilma

October 17Cat 5
Tropical Storm AlphaOctober 22
Tropical Storm BetaOctober 26
Tropical Storm GammaNovember 18
Tropical Storm DeltaNovember 21
Hurricane EpsilonNovember 29
Tropical Storm ZetaDecember 30