Anna Maria Island tropical storm Isaac- Island Real Estate updates

This is a service Island Real Estate offers when a tropical storm appears to be on a trajectory to hit Anna Maria Island.  This of course is an old post.  Does your property manager help with daily our hourly updates on tropical storms?  Why not?  Island Real Estate is a full service real estate and vacation rental company on Anna Maria Island.  Seems there is a reason we are the largest on Anna Maria Island?  Call us, we would love to help with your once in a lifetime investment in paradise.

UPDATE: Wednesday Morning – 8:20 AM – Well by now everyone knows Isaac was no event on Anna Maria Island. I am going to close out Isaac forever, yay!!! I figured I might as well throw in a video that Jason just finished on Sea Turtles. Thanks to turtle watch volunteers who supplied it and gave us the dialogue to both educate and entertain. Take a look below. Have a great rest of your Summer and hope I don’t have more reason to blog about a windy event again!

UPDATE: Monday evening – 9:30 PM…double hmmm. Still not much to report. It rained on and off today but it really did not accumulate. We are pretty much out of the woods and Anna Maria Island frankly sees more intense weather during a thunderstorm. So, Isaac was a wash out, thank goodness. I will plan to make one more post on Tuesday. Great news, dont worry all is well on Anna Maria. Larry

UPDATE:  Monday morning – 9:25 AM…hmmm, there is really not much to report.  Last night we had some rain and a little wind but I would characterize it as a normal rain storm.  Driving in this morning the trouble spots for flooding were very very small puddles.  I saw runners out, construction crews, walkers, really not much to do about anything.  The sun right now is popping in and out and seems like an overcast day in paradise.  We just went through high tide and no problems that I am aware of.  Since there is nothing to report I thought you might enjoy an Anna Maria Island tour Jason just completed to get your fill of why you bought property on Anna Maria Island. Larry

UPDATE:  Sunday evening – 11:00 PM EST.  Really not much weather to report on Anna Maria Island.  Earlier we had some light rain.  Right now we have some normal rain and normal winds.  Nothing severe at all.  Looking at the local radar the more severe weather is struggling to make it across Florida to the West Shore.  Time will tell and I will plan to make an update first thing Monday morning.  Sleep well, not much to report yet which is great news!

UPDATE :  Sunday afternoon – 2:37 PM.  It is cloudy on Anna Maria Island.  We have a breeze.  So far really no rain.  The Manatee County school system has closed school for Monday.  So far really nothing to report except Isaac continues to look like it is going to travel significantly West of us.  More later.  Larry

UPDATE: – Sunday Morning – 5:15 AM EST.  The latest advisory just came out and the news is getting better for Anna Maria Island.  Isaac appears to be pushed Westward so Anna Maria Island is no longer in the three day cone.  Of course we will see gusty winds and we have to remain diligent about removing projectile hazards however we should not have a disasterous event as long as the prediction is accurate.  In addition there is little chance for an evacuation with this forecast so all for now seems well.  If you take a close look at the picture below provied by the National Hurricane center you will see Monday the winds will pushing towards the West.  However as Isaac passes us on Monday afternoon and late evening the winds will switch to the East which will push water into our island.  The high tides which could create flooding would be Monday night at 11:51 PM and Tuesday morning at 9:50 AM EST.  It looks like Tuesday morning if their timing prediction is correct could be our highest potential for the sea to come over several sea walls.  For now I dont expect anything to get interesting yet until Sunday evening.  As always Island Real Estate is open Sunday , Noon – 4 PM so if you are a guest or an owner feel free to call operations with your questions.  I dont suspect we will have power issues however time will tell.  At this stage I am suggesting to owners they enlist our help to bring light outdoor equipment inside or tucked up close to a building.  For now that should be plenty and I will let everyone know if for some reason our forecast of Isaac’s path changes.  Have a great Sunday!  Larry

Tropical Storm Isaac
Isaac moving Westward

UPDATE:  Saturday morning – 7 AM EST.  The storm is big and will have a wide impact all across Florida.  Our area currently has a 5-10% chance of hurricane winds and a 50% chance of seeing tropical storm winds.  As soon as Sunday we will begin to see Rainy conditions with some light gusts.  On Monday much of the same and we will start to see wind gusts.  Once the eye of the storm passes by us that is when the trouble for us could start.  The counterclock wise motion means the winds will push the water toward the island and during high tide we have the highest chance of the sea coming up over the canal sea walls.  When this happens we have some pretty major flooding in Holmes Beach and Anna Maria City.  I suspect it will be very similar to the conditions we saw with Debby if Isaac continues to take a westwardly path.  The winds should not be a huge deal as Isaac approaches but once it passes that is when we will see localized flooding.  If your property flooded during Debby I suggest you call Island Real Estate to make arrangements to get everything we can up off the floors.  At this point the projected path appears as though widespread damage will be near impossible however there are localized situations we need to be concious of.  For example chairs and items on second floor balconies need to removed and stored close to buildings or inside.  In a high gust situation they could become a projectile and the last thing we all want is a broken window during heavy rains.  Today Island Real Estate will be employing a pseudo hurricane preperation package in regards to light outdoor lawn furniture.  We will be strapping it down and moving it off balconies inside if at all possible.  Worst case tucking the furniture into spots where wind will be broken up by a structure or two.  I suspect we will not have widespread power loss so I should be able to let everyone know on the ground what is occurring real time a few times a day.

This will serve as the Island Real Estate update for Tropical Storm Isaac.  Right now Anna Maria Island is in the cone of uncertainty and since the last update Isaac has moved a bit more West missing our area just a bit more.  If the current path stays the same the worst day will be the afternoon and night of Tuesday when the eye passes Anna Maria Island and the winds begin to push the water into the island.  Lets hope that Isaac continues to take a path more Westward.  Right now the team remains cautiously optimistic that it will be a windy and wet storm.  We will plan to update this accordingly with one update a day until we see the three day cone of uncertainty.  Stay tuned and feel free to call our office if you require more information.  Thanks and make it a wonderful day.  Larry

Tropical Storm Debby for Anna Maria Island – Hurricane Season 2012

This is an information page that is used when there is a tropical storm headed for Anna Maria Island.  The storm for this blog is specifically Tropical Storm Debby for Anna Maria Island.  Island Real Estate does this for all tropical storms that show to be headed for Anna Maria Island.

UPDATE:  2:00 PM – Wednesday – June 27th – by Larry

Good bye Debby.  Debby is officially over the Atlantic and no longer going to bother our little piece of paradise.  It is a nice change of pace.  Was not happy to see her arrive but happy to see her go.  That is it for now, Anna Maria Island should be in tip top shape in the next few days.  This will be my last post.  Thanks so much to all for your kind words via email.  I am happy to be your eyes and ears on Anna Maria Island!  Thanks to the National Hurricane center for the picture below.

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Anna Maria Island Hurricane and Storm information

Tropical StormWe all have to deal with mother nature and some days are better than others. Tornado’s, Winter Storms, Typhoons, and yes …. Hurricanes.  This page is an attempt to help visitors with Anna Maria Island Hurricane and storm information.

The below page is used by the Island Real Estate staff to inform all property owners specific plans underway due to an impending storm. The appropriate storm link below will detail specific information as well as time-lines used by our staff to inform our owners the plans underway as well as local official recommendations or on going requirements due to pending Tropical Storms or Hurricanes. Intensity as well as time before the storm arrive dictates whether a link will be provided below. For example, a TROPICAL STORM being predicted to be hitting Anna Maria Island within the next 96 hours will most likely not make our list until 24 hours prior to arrival. However, a Category 3 Hurricane that is projected to hit Anna Maria Island in 72 hours will be posted below. As usual if you have any questions please call the Island Real Estate Staff toll free at (877) 778 6066 or if you need more information visit our website. Continue reading Anna Maria Island Hurricane and Storm information

Tropical Storm Fay – Timelines and Information

8-19-08 : 8:00 PM

No rain. Not much wind.  This will be our last entry unless Fay loops around from the East Coast.  All is well in paradise on Anna Maria Island.

8-19-08 : 4:19 PM

Sunshine has come out on Anna Maria Island!!  About 4 minutes of rain up to this point today. 

8-19-08 : 2 PM

No rain yet…Not much wind either… 

8-19-08 : Noon

No rain as of yet on Anna Maria Island.  Wind is not extreme and maybe 5-10 mph so far.  Sky is fairly overcast and looking to the West you can see some patches of blue skys.  Manatee county closed all shelters at 10AM today and sent everyone home.  Manatee County schools will be in full session tomorrow, 8-20-08.  All after school activities for 8-20-08 will be scheduled business as usual.  Island Real Estate is open for business. 

8-19-08 : 6:30 AM

The conditions on Anna Maria Island.  Overcast, No Rain as of yet, and just a little wind…from 5-10 mph.   The 5 AM advisory has moved Anna Maria Island out of a Hurricane watch into a Tropical Storm Watch and we are no longer in the potential path of Fay!  Good News

 Anna Maria Island dusk shot day before Fay8-18-08 : 10:00 PM

Weather Channel says Florida dodged a bullet.  Tropical storm Fay thankfully just could not get her act together.  The latest update shows Fay moving North so landfall will occur earlier than predicted and it appears Fay will hit Naples.  For now we remain cautiously optmistic that Tuesday will be no more than a rainy windy day.   The Weather channel implied the East coast of Florida would see more of an event than the Tampa Bay/Anna Maria Island Area.  There remains a Hurricane watch for Anna Maria Island however the watch continues to move South and the island is the most Northern point at this time.

I took the dusk picture tonight to give everyone an idea of the continued calm before the storm although you can see the clouds look a bit “stormy.”

Just a few minutes ago an alert flashed on the local channel…”Manatee county has a voluntary evacuation for low lying areas.  Anna Maria Island to Tarpon Springs under a Hurricane Watch for the next 24 hours.”

8-18-08 : 5:15 PM

The entire team did a great job today.  All Island Real Estate owner properties have been reviewed for outdoor projectiles.  All guests have been contacted and are comfortable with securing outdoor items at their property.

This statement has been put out by Manatee County;

The 11:30 a.m. Manatee County advisory  states that the county is currently under a Hurricane Warning.  Beginning  at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, August 19, Manatee County will experience tropical storm  force winds, with gail force winds beginning at 10 a.m., followed by hurricane  force winds at 1 p.m. expected to last until 4 a.m. on August 20, when the storm  will slow down to tropical storm force winds.  Proper precautions should be  taken by residents and visitors to secure their  safety. 
Manatee County schools and all County offices  will be closed Tuesday, August 19.  We will be providing industry updates periodically as information  becomes available.  The next EOC update will be at 8 p.m. this  evening.  Right now the islands are NOT under any type of mandatory  evacuation, except for mobile homes. 

8-18-08 : 3:00 PM

Tropical storm Fay 24 hours away from Anna Maria IslandManatee School system just cancelled all classes for 8-19-08.

Anna Maria City has requested that all stick in the ground signs be removed from properties.

All planned maintenance for the day is more than 3/4 of the way complete.  Our storm plan is right on track and expect no issues with supporting our ownership to move all potential projectiles inside.  Island Real Estate anticipates a very limited staff here in the office prior to noon Tuesday, 8-19-08 with more updates the morning of 8-19-08.

8-18-2008 :  11 AM

The update from the National Hurricane center places the eye going North and later North East.  Winds are currently at 60 mph and Fay has had trouble gaining intensity although the experts expect the storm to gain some intensity in the next 12-24 hours due to the warmth of the Gulf waters.

Island Real Estate personnel are calling guests that are in place verifying they are comfortable to move any potential projectiles inside.  If they are not comfortable we will be sending an outside service to move in furniture that can be blown around.

Properties that are empty are currently being visited by outside personnel to move in all potential projectiles.

Hurricane information

We have hurricane information for those planning their Anna Maria Island vacation during season. Hurricane Season is from June 1st until November 1st with the statistics showing us that the months of September and October offer the most intense activity.

Hurricane Information from the past

Since 1950 Anna Maria Island has not seen a hurricane make landfall within 50 miles.  There are many theories regarding the many years without a strong windy season.  Many say that the Tampa Bay currents “kick” hurricanes to the North.  The obvious path of hurricanes generally track to the North or South of the city of Tampa and Anna Maria Island.  We strongly suggest purchasing travel insurance which will cover your rental fees in the case of an evacuation.  If the vacation rental that you are scheduled to stay in is uninhabitable we will find a similar accommodation on Anna Maria Island.  Why worry?  Take a look at the historical map below…