Monthly Archives: September 2022

Ian: Power outages climbing – over 650,000 without power statewide already

A large percentage of residents in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, DeSoto and Sarasota counties have already lost power even though Ian has not made landfall. In addition, over 10,000 residents in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade and Broward have lost power at some point in the last 18 hours. Outages are increasing in the Tampa Bay area as […]

Ian is a monster – near Cat 5 with potential greater impact than any storm in US history

This storm, nearly a Cat 5 at 11 am ET, is not only the worst-case scenario in terms of size and strength, but I do not believe in the history of United States such a large powerful storm has never impacted as large a population as Ian will. We’re talking possibly 20 million folks with […]

Ian: Residential power outages & more tornadoes

According to reports, a substantial number of Floridians have already lost power due to Hurricane Ian. The number is close to 27,000 already in Collier County. Miami-Dade has 18,000 residents without power, Lee, Broward, Sarasota and Manatee all have over 10,000 customers who have lost power already as well. Additionally, Tornado activity has now spread […]

Ian could be the biggest monster we’ve ever faced

As a Floridian, that’s been through so many storms, I’ve never seen a storm with both the size and intensity of Hurricane Ian. Comparisons to Charley, Andrew, Michael, Wilma, or whatever storm are all moot at this point. This is a monster like we have never seen. The strongest storms we’ve faced were smaller in […]

Podcast: Remembering Katrina’s impacts on Florida

Hurricane Katrina is infamous for what it did to Mississippi and Louisiana but the Florida Panhandle got serious impacts from the storm, and its made its first US landfall in southeast Florida, dumping more rain on Perrine than any other spot in the US. Podcast: Katrina and Florida

Ian: Two tornadoes confirmed to touch down in Broward; a third may have touched down

As a Coral Springs resident, my phone went off three times with that horrible noise indicating a Tornado Warning and two of the Tornadoes touched down in Broward County. One touched down in Cooper City or Davie, the other appears to have touched down around Hollywood or Pembroke Pines. The third, I believe may have […]

Ian at 5 pm ET: Hurricane Warning for Collier County. Warnings either Hurricane or TS for almost entire state

Collier County has been added to the Hurricane Warning area which now runs from Tarpon Springs south to Everglades City including Tampa Bay. Miami-Dade and Broward County have been added to the Tropical Storm Warning area, which now runs from Key West all the way to the Georgia line on the east coast and from […]

Express Lane for Sept 27: Property Insurance crisis, NHC performance in Ian so far

It is no secret: Florida has a property insurance crisis. Many homeowners can’t get coverage or have limited coverage. The legislature has tried and failed to create a better system to deal with property insurance, and for the most part, completely failed.  As Hurricane Ian threatens to wreak havoc on the Gulf Coast, it’s time we […]

Ian: Wind probabilities by location in Florida as of 11 am – major changes

At 11 am ET, the NHC calculates these are the probabilities for Florida cities to experience Tropical Storm force winds between now and Saturday: Venice 99% Naples 98% Key West 97% Fort Myers 97% Tampa 96% Orlando 89% Melbourne 87% Daytona Beach 86% The Villages 82% Cedar Key 75% West Palm Beach 71% Jacksonville 68% […]

Ian: Watches and warnings extended south

I am surprised the NHC has still opted to leave Collier County out of the Hurricane Warning area but as the storm models shift east/south and more importantly, Ian on visible radar is significantly east of where it was projected to be at this time Sunday, additional warnings and watches have been issued. New additions: […]