Folks in Tampa, Florida are battoning down the hatches in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Isaac, one of the few Atlantic hurricanes in recent memory to threaten landfall in Florida.
The Republican National Convention, in case you haven't heard, happens to be next week in Tampa, as well. So a lot of people are trying to prepare for a lot of contingencies.
Current weather models have Hurricane Isaac running right up the west (gulf) coast of Florida. Of course, those projections could change in the next couple of days because the center of the storm (as of this morning) was not yet defined enough for forecasters to get the best reading possible on where it was likely to go. if you can't find the center of the storm, you can't figure out where it's likely to go.
Hurricane Isaac is projected to be a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 74 mph, maybe higher if it strengthens at all. The Mayor of Tampa currently says plans are not going to change because of a Category 1 storm. It has been a while since Tampa itself has been hit dead-on with a hurricane - you have to go back to 2004 and Hurricane Jeane. Jeane wasn't that strong of a storm (as compared the ones like Charlie and Dennie that followed) but still caused property damage and knocked down power lines. But there was little loss of human life, thankfully.
Storm & Emergency Preparation Resources
So this is a good time to bring back some of the resources that we've had on the blog and the Bell web site. Being located in Florida, Bell Performance is always tuned to the possibilities of major storms and always looking to be there for our customers and the public with resources to help you prepare for and ride out storms and hurricanes.
- Bell Performance Blog - Emergency Preparation Pages
- Bell Performance Blog - Tips To be Ready For Storm Season
- Preparing For Home Emergencies - Resources For Consumers From Bell
This post was published on August 23, 2012 and was updated on July 7, 2016.