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Florida Weather and Huricanes

Hurricanes – Especially in the Greater Area of Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida

Several vacationers who intend to spend their future vacation in one of our vacation homes in Cape Coral are unsure about the hurricane seasons. They are often not aware about impacts of hurricanes in the past and what to do in case of any warnings. Due to this we inform you about some things you should know and might know. By the way hurricane season in Lee County, which is the county where Cape Coral and our vacation rental houses are located, is from 1 June until 30 November.


There was a high amount of hurricanes in 2004 and 2005, but there was just 2 of them getting close to Cape Coral.


August 13, 2004: Charley made landfall at Cayo Costa, 40 miles north of Cape Coral. Charley moved inland near Charlotte Harbour shortly afterwards. Its track would take it directly over Port Charlotte, Arcadia, Kissimmee and Orlando. Sustained winds over 100 mph (160 km/h) were felt as far inland as Orlando.


October 24, 2005: Wilma made landfall 55 miles south of Cape Coral.


Both hurricanes caused potential damage. There is nothing to embellish.


What we would like to point out is that most damage occured in areas with very old and weak built houses.

Of course on TV you saw only those places which were heavily hit, which are areas with old houses, recreational vehicles and mobile homes.


It looks very spectacular when big battered trees lie in front of small houses, especially pine trees are not strong against winds. Palm trees are pretty hurricane-resistant.


Although the ridge expansion of hurricanes affects a large area, damages occur around the area of the center.


A hurricane always affects a small area - never the entire state.


Although the center of Charley passed near Kissimmee and Orlando all parks reopened the very next day with limited staff.


Ivan caused severe damage, the affected area was on the panhandle and the biggest impacts were reported from other states next to Florida.


Explanation: Tropical Waves - Hurricane

Tropical Wave: Cluster of clouds with t-storms with no-little circulation/strong wind

Tropical Depression: An organized system with clouds and/or t-storms with some

circulation at surface, winds < 39 mph.

Tropical Storm: system of strong t-storms with stronger circulation than tropical

depression. Winds: 39-73 mph - quickly circulate when they reach tropical storm

strength and become hurricanes.

Storms are named when they reach tropical storm strength.

Hurricane: An organized system of strong t-storms with very strong pronounced

circulation; winds > 74 mph


Hurricane Categories



The City of Cape Coral also activates an "Emergency Information Line" during the

threat of a storm. The phone bank is staffed by CERT volunteers who provide

current information on the hurricane/storm status.

The phone number to keep handy is 239-573-3000. (This number is not active except

during serious storms.)


Have a disaster supply kit ready, which should include


During the Hurricane Watch and Warning


As soon as a Hurricane Watch is issued for any part of Lee County, take immediate

actions to protect your life and property:  




Several publications are available to help people put together their hurricane plans and what they should have. The most common publication is "All Hazards

Protection," a pamphlet available from Lee County Emergency Management (239-477-3600).

If planning to evacuate, take an appropriate number of items to the shelter. Please note that pets are not allowed in shelters and special plans must be made for animals.


During the Hurricane




After the Storm





REGIONAL EVACUTATION SCENARIOS FOR LEE COUNTY


The following are the directions that Lee County suggests, if an evacuation is

recommended:



Hurricane Making Landfall in Southwest Florida:

If you leave early, head North
to Central Florida

If you leave late head South and East
to South Florida



Hurricane Making Landfall in the Tampa Bay Area:

If you leave early, head South then East
to Southeast Florida.

If you leave late, head south then east
to South Florida or stay in Lee County.



Hurricane Crossing the State from the East Coast in South Side of Region:

If you leave early, head north
to Central Florida

If you wait until late, stay in Lee County



Hurricane Crossing the State from East Coast on the North Side of Region:

Stay in Lee County



Hurricane Parallel to the West of the State:

Travel South then East to Southeast Florida.