So Hurricane season is in full swing. What can we expect this year to bring us in Tampa Bay? While we all wish we had crystal balls on this issue, no one can see the future. The good news is that the experts are calling for a much quieter year than we have had in the past 3 or 4 years. This is awesome news to those of us who live here or are thinking about buying property in Tampa, but we should not let our guard down and relax about potential activity in the Gulf of Mexico. When a hurricane enters the Gulf of Mexico it’s too late to begin making plans. Plans should start regardless of what the experts say – even if they are sketchy plans: where to go, what to do with pets, what to take, etc. Investing in hurricane shutters can be expensive but today there are many different alternative coverings that range in price and having some protection is better than nothing. Plywood is among the cheapest covering and can take a fews weeks to prepare. And, just to set the record straight duct tape on windows is just like doing nothing at all – so don’t even bother with it.
Below is a map that shows the history of hurricane tracking and landfall in the month of August from 1851 to 2006.
A fascinating fact is how the Tampa Bay area has survived a direct hit from hurricanes over the many years depicted in the picture. Actually, along with our northern neighbor Jacksonville, Tampa Bay is one of the least hit spots in Florida. We haven’t suffered a direct hit since 1921.
Are we blessed from above or is there some scientific reason why? According to Jeff Masters of weatherunderground.com, he believes that as the earth rotates, there are three major bands of wind that blow in different directions. In the tropics, the band moves east and in the mid-latitudes, the band moves west. We sit right in between those two bands and that might be the reason most storms shift away from our area. Nonetheless, many other factors come into play like cold fronts, radius of the storm, etc. so let’s count our lucky stars but also keep our guard up.
If you are looking for a place to call home or a second home in a warm and sunny Florida location, check out our Tampa Bay area. We’d like to help you with your real estate needs. We feel that Tampa’s location is one of the safest locations if you are concerned with the threat of hurricanes. Just remember that there are many ways to protect your family and property in the event of a hurricane – it doesn’t always spell disaster.