Hurricane Ike could be an un-invited guest to Anna Maria Island

September 8th, 2008, 12:00 PM – Hurricane Ike Ike Projected Path Anna Maria Island in the clear

Life is good in paradise.   The current three day path has Anna Maria Island well out of the path.  We will get some rain and wind but the only folks impacted by Ike will be the surfers.  All is clear and this will be Island Real Estate’s last post on Ike unless conditions change severely.  At this point Island Real Estate WILL NOT implement our hurricane preparation for Hurricane Ike.

September 7th, 2008, 8:00 AM – Hurricane Ike

 The projected path looks more encouraging this morning.  Although the projected path shows Anna Maria Island will miss a direct hit we are still concerned with the most Northern path which would place the island in harms way of a pretty significant storm surge.  This morning Ike is a Cat 4 but the path continues to be pushed Southward which is good news for Anna Maria Island and worse news for Texas.  Island Real Estate has not yet initiated its hurricane preparation plan for our owners.  We will continue to supply more information later in the day or Monday.

September 6th, 2008, 8:00 AM – Hurricane Ike

Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island, Inc will be tracking Ike for our owners and concerned absenProjected Path for Hurricane Iketee owners.  What has us concerned is the severity and the projected path.  The 5 day path has Anna Maria Island ever so close to taking a direct hit from Hurricane Ike.   Currrently Ike is a category 3 down from a category 4 and Ike is very organized.  The dry air from the North is slowing it down but this also results in a more Southward direction.  Each Forecast I have seen continues to push more and more to the South.  The BIG trouble with the current path is that it puts Anna Maria Island to the West of the eye which is where storm surge is most significant and a category 3 is going to create 10’+ storm surge.  We will keep an eye on Ike and lets hope the cone continues to be pushed South.  Island Real Estate has NOT started storm preparation as of yet for our owners.  We will let everyone know if and when we initiate our storm preparation.

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.