I know we are all watching the Weather Channel very closely, and our hearts go out to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and now Hurricane Irma.
The Weather Channel is a great source of information, but they are focusing on South and Central Florida. I realize most of you are wondering what’s going here. I’m no meteorologist, and everyone has their thoughts and opinions (including me) that are of little help to anyone, so I simply I wanted to share some facts and what we’re hearing on a local level.
- Storm surge won’t be a big factor for Hidden Dunes. Our concern is mainly going to be the lake levels, as we are expected to see a good amount of rain. We are prepared to pump that out if necessary. The entire state has been put under a state of emergency. For us, that means we do not need permission from DEP to begin pumping water if that need should arise.
- Evacuation orders have not been issued for Hidden Dunes. It is certainly still possible, but nothing of the sort has happened at this time. I don’t expect to receive evacuation orders for Hidden Dunes, given the information available right now.
- Based on what I am hearing, we can expect winds in the 30–40 mph range beginning Monday afternoon. In other words, tropical storm conditions. Although that sounds intimidating and we are not taking it lightly, the reality is we see that every other week during the peak summer months. Those systems pass through within 30 minutes; this has the potential to hang out for a while, so there is a big difference.
What we’re expecting here are sustained winds sufficient enough to move pool furniture around, knock over trash cans and any other loose items, and perhaps snap a few tree limbs. We could see some water intrusion coming from damaged roofs and windows but nothing on a property-wide level.
Preparations for this storm have been underway all week. We have:
- Pruned dead and low-lying tree limbs we can reach
- Secured most of the pool furniture
- Tested all generators
- Assured we have enough fuel to operate generators and tools that may be needed once this passes
- Begun to remove balcony furniture from the high-rises, focusing on those lightweight pieces that could become projectiles with minimal wind gusts
We are also trying something new by posting routine “mini updates” here. We’ll do everything we can to keep you informed as this develops.
By the way: It couldn’t be a prettier day today. No clouds, nice breeze, no humidity, and the Gulf is flat and clear
Michael Balzer, CAM