Tropical Storm #9, Ida, has formed south of us. Since it poses no threat to us but will travel up the Gulf I wanted to at least mention it. Ida is headed towards Louisiana and is predicted to reach hurricane status before making it to land, and possibly major hurricane status.
The HOA Board would like to remind residents that the current restrictions at the pools have not been lifted. This is in direct reference to what can be brought into the pool area.
The only items allowed at this time are towels and bottle water. Flotation devices, coolers, including individual foods and drinks may not be brought in at this time. For small children “floaties” are allowed. Until COVID restrictions are lifted by the CDC we do not want to put any residents at risk so we are still following the guidelines set up when the pools were re-opened.
We also want to let residents know that when there is lightning within 10 miles of the area the pools are shutdown for your safety. Please do not argue with the security guard, they are there to make sure rules are followed. You can read all our rules for our pools HERE.
Our Board would like nothing more than to fully open the pools for everyone without restrictions but until COVID infections in our state drop to an acceptable level we must follow these rules.
Tropical Depression Fred is scheduled to become a Tropical Storm but has drifted far enough west that forecasters say all we may get Sunday is a slightly higher chance of rain so this will be the final update.
We are now watching Tropical Depression Grace. There is a lot of uncertainty with its direction and how strong it will become. I’ll keep you posted on Grace as it travels closer.
Fred is strengthening into a Tropical Storm and is still on course to skim along our west coast. Local weather is reporting Sunday will be our rainy day. They are saying there may be a chance of isolated tornado activity on that day so please keep yourself updated through TV news, your smartphone weather alert, or your weather radio.
Fred has been downgraded from a Tropical Depression back to a Tropical Disturbance this morning. It lost strength as it went over Haiti. There is a chance it could become a depression again and maybe a Storm as it nears Florida but no guarantee. Local news does report it will still bring “moisture to the State” so we will have a higher chance of rain for the weekend, but unless Fred gets stronger, there is little chance of any severe weather [high winds, possible tornadoes].
Below is the latest path by NOAA. It was released before the storm hit Haiti and still shows it becoming a Tropical Storm. I will post again if we have any significant changes. Thank you.
Tropical Storm Fred has formed in the Atlantic and the current path takes it along the west coast of Florida, similar to Hurricane Elsa’s path earlier this summer.
With it not being projected to reach Hurricane status it is believed we will only receive some rain and some light winds. But the path and strength can change at anytime so please stay aware and watch your local news for current coverage. I will post updates here as needed.
Don’t forget the later half of the Hurricane Season is the busiest and storm updates will become more common so please make sure you have needed hurricane supplies ready and stay safe.
Don’t forget Florida’s Back-to-School Tax-Free shopping event starts Saturday, July 31st and runs through Monday, August 9th. School supplies, clothing and even some electronics can be bought tax free.
Elsa has strengthened and been upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane but just barely. It is still on it’s current path and will skim up the coast and come ashore west of Ocala. Local weather says the worst would be from about 3 AM to 10 AM. The real risk could be tornados spawned by the storm. An emergency radio will alert you to this danger or your phone if you have emergency alerts turned on.