Tropical Storm Andrea Tracker

Florida Hurricane Tracker Courtesy of the Sun Sentinel Tropical Storm Andrea, 5 p.m. advisory OUTLOOK: Now with sustained winds of 65 mph, Andrea is on the verge of hitting the northwest Florida coast near Steinhatchee, its squally conditions already spreading far inland. The system is projected to angle over Georgia and the Carolinas over the next couple of days. WHAT FLORIDA CAN EXPECT: In South Florida, the system is expected to continue generating scattered showers, storms and breezy conditions this evening and Friday. More sun is expected over the weekend. Andrea is suspected of spawning three tornadoes this morning. At 3:20 a.m., one touched down in Belle Glade, damaging power lines. At 6:45 a.m., one touched down in The Acreage and injured one person. At 8:10 a.m., one touched down in west Broward County near U.S. 27 and Miami, but caused no damage. A tornado watch has been extended until 10 p.m. Otherwise, Andrea could produce up to 10 inches of rain and a storm surge of 5 feet along its path, threatening to cause flooding along the northwest Florida coast. FLORIDA ALERTS: A tropical storm warning has been posted for much of Florida’s west coast, from Boca Grande to Indian Pass. A tropical storm warning also has been issued for the East Coast, from Flagler Beach to Charles Light,...

Hurricane Preparation Guide, Tips and List

As hurricane season 2013 fast approaches, it’s important to be prepared to eliminate you risks. Your main objective, of course, is to keep your family and yourself safe. Material and physical possessions should be of secondary importance. Below is a short list to help you stay safe this hurricane season. Protect your car: If you have a garage, now’s the time to use it! If you must be parked on the street or in your driveway, it’s important to have the right insurance protection. Comprehensive insurance should be added to protect your automobile. Items to carry in your car: Spare tire Flash Light Jack Booster Cables Water Hurricane Shutters: Hurricane shutters can be the most cost effects hurricane and storm protection your money can buy. Hurricane shutter are very economical as compared to hurricane windows and take less time to install. While hurricane shutters provide short term hurricane and storm solutions, they are not as nice looking as hurricane windows. Pros of Hurricane Shutters: Inexpensive to buy and install Removable protection Strong and durable Cons of Hurricane Shutters: Storage is needed when not installed Difficult to install sometimes Heavy and needs proper maintenance Pets and Animal Protection: Keep pets indoors during hurricane and storm alerts. Be sure to have plenty of water and food for your pets and the proper IDs and vaccinations. Stay safe in your Home: It’s important to stay away from windows in your home. Even if you have impact windows or shutters installed, they can still become unhinged and fly through the air. In two-story homes, the safest place and the strongest, is the stairwell....

Hurricane Preparedness Guide and List

Hurricane season 2013 is right around the corner. One of the best things you can do is be prepared. Like they say, it’s better to have and not need, then to need and not have. Below are some keys to hurricane season preparedness for 2013. Know your evacuation route: If you live in a flood zone, knowing how to get out of the area when alerted is absolutely key. Prepare ahead of time and you’ll lower your risk of injury  By contacting your South Florida city, you can ask for the best routes to safer zones. Which in many cases in South Florida is west. Keep a list of contacts: Local police station Local hospitals TV and radio stations Insurance company info. Family in other affected areas   Emergency Kits: Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation Food, at least a three-day supply Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both Flashlight and extra batteries First aid kit Whistle Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation Local maps Cell phone with chargers, backup   Don’t forget to protect your home and everything inside with hurricane shutters or impact windows.  Call or click today for a free...