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06-10-2006, 08:35 AM
Tropical Depression One is forming south of Cuba
Will hit Florida more than likely

4th and Long
06-10-2006, 08:43 AM

4th and Long
06-10-2006, 08:44 AM

4th and Long
06-10-2006, 08:45 AM

4th and Long
06-10-2006, 08:46 AM

4th and Long
06-10-2006, 08:47 AM

06-10-2006, 08:48 AM
oh that 4th, he is the funny one.

So, you going to the game to get the BuildaBear or what? heh.

4th and Long
06-10-2006, 08:48 AM

4th and Long
06-10-2006, 08:49 AM

4th and Long
06-10-2006, 08:49 AM

4th and Long
06-10-2006, 08:50 AM
oh that 4th, he is the funny one.

So, you going to the game to get the BuildaBear or what? heh.
Most likely. *muttering*

06-10-2006, 08:54 AM
First tropical depression forms in Caribbean

Saturday, June 10, 2006; Posted: 10:13 a.m. EDT (14:13 GMT)

The tropical depression is seen over Cuba in this satellite image taken Saturday 8:45 a.m. ET
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- The first tropical depression of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season formed Saturday in the northwestern Caribbean Sea, and was expected to become the year's first named storm, forecasters said.

Last year's season was the most destructive on record, with 28 named storms, 15 of them hurricanes and seven of those intense hurricanes, including Katrina, which devastated Louisiana and Mississippi and was blamed for more than 1,570 deaths in Louisiana alone.

The depression that formed Saturday was not expected to become a hurricane, said hurricane specialist Jack Beven. It had maximum sustained winds near 35 mph, just below the 39-mph threshold for a tropical storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Over the next three days, the system was expected to move through the Yucatan Channel into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, then toward Florida where it could make landfall somewhere between South Florida and the western tip of the Panhandle by Tuesday, forecasters said.

At 9 a.m. EDT, the depression's center was located about 50 miles south-southwest of Cabo San Antonio on the western tip of Cuba. It was moving north-northwest about 12 mph.

"This is where you typically expect to get them at this time of year," Beven said. "This is not at all unusual."

The hurricane center recommended tropical storm warnings for the Cuban provinces of Pinar Del Rio and the Isle of Youth.

The Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and ends Nov. 30. The first named storm of the season would be Alberto.

Meteorologists have said the Atlantic is not as warm as it was at this time in 2005, meaning potential storms would have less of the energy needed to develop into hurricanes.

Last month, scientists said this year's Atlantic hurricane season could produce up to 16 named storms, six of them major hurricanes, suggesting another active year but not the record pounding of 2005.

Atlantic hurricane seasons were relatively mild from the 1970s through 1994. Since then, all but two years have been above normal. Experts say the ocean is in the midst of a 20-year-cycle that will continue to bring strong storms.

Between 1995 and 2005, the Atlantic season has averaged 15 named storms, just over eight named hurricanes and four major hurricanes, according to the hurricane center. From 1971 to 1994, there were an average of 8.5 named storms, five hurricanes and just over one major hurricane.

06-10-2006, 10:53 AM
You think we could get the tropics to start taking Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors? I'm not swearing this would cure frequent Tropical Depression, but it's a step down that long road to recovery.

Remember kids, the journey of a thousand miles often begins with one telephone promise of sexual favors once you get there.

4th and Long
06-10-2006, 10:55 AM
You think we could get the tropics to start taking Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors? I'm not swearing this would cure frequent Tropical Depression, but it's a step down that long road to recovery.

Remember kids, the journey of a thousand miles often begins with one telephone promise of sexual favors once you get there.

06-10-2006, 11:00 AM
"Florida? That's America's wang....."

-Homer Simpson

Hammock Parties
06-10-2006, 11:03 AM
"Florida? That's America's wang....."

-Homer Simpson

At least it's getting blown.

06-12-2006, 10:08 AM
Hurricane warning.

06-12-2006, 10:13 AM

I actually have done that with a lot of items...except the plywood because it's like living in a cave with that stuff up, especially when the whole back of the house is glass.

All my valuable documents, family pictures, family videos, any original art and travel artifacts ( anything basically insurance cannot replace) are still in plastic bins so I can head for the door a lot faster now for an evacuation. I am just a couple blocks from the ocean.

06-12-2006, 12:44 PM
Hurricane warning issued for Florida

Monday, June 12, 2006; Posted: 2:07 p.m. EDT (18:07 GMT)

Satellite image shows Tropical Storm Alberto off Florida's west coast at 9:45 a.m. EDT.
TAMPA, Florida (AP) -- Forecasters issued a hurricane warning for parts of Florida's Gulf Coast on Monday as the first named storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season quickly gained strength in the Gulf of Mexico.

The warning from Longboat Key near Sarasota to the Ochlockonee River south of Tallahassee means Tropical Storm Alberto was expected to produce hurricane conditions within the next 24 hours.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Longboat Key to Englewood. (Projected path)

"We're talking about powerful forces of nature," Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said. "People need to take this very seriously."

At 2 p.m., Alberto's winds were at 70 mph, up from 50 mph earlier Monday. The storm was centered about 155 miles south of Apalachicola and was moving northeast at about 10 mph, National Hurricane Center forecasters said.

The storm's sustained winds would have to hit 74 mph to make it a hurricane.(Web site taking bets on deadliness of hurricanes -- 2:28)

Alberto's core wasn't expected to reach Florida until Tuesday, but with tropical storm-force wind stretching 230 miles from the center, powerful gusts may be felt long before it makes landfall.

The storm's outer bands brought rain on the state Sunday, and forecasters warned that tornadoes were possible in west-central and northwestern Florida Monday night.

Heavy rain from Alberto drenched Havana, Cuba, and Pinar del Rio province to the west throughout the weekend, causing some minor street flooding. The official Prensa Latina news agency reported Monday a handful of old buildings around Havana crumbled in the heavy rains, a common occurrence during even the weakest storms, but there were no immediate reports of other major damage or injuries.

In Florida, 4 to 10 inches of rain could fall on the peninsula through Tuesday, forecasters said.

The prospect of a rain -- as long as it didn't come with hurricane-force wind -- was welcomed by firefighters who have been battling wildfires for six weeks on Florida's Atlantic coast.

"A good soaking rain would do a lot to help stop the fires in our area," said Pat Kuehn, a spokeswoman for Volusia County Fire Services. "It has been a hard fire season. We've had several fires a week here." (Watch people in Florida keep an eye on storm -- 1:30)

The tropical depression that produced Alberto formed Saturday, nine days after the official start of the hurricane season, in the northwest Caribbean, which can produce typically weak storms that follow a similar track this time of year, forecasters said. It became a named storm when its sustained winds reached 39 mph.

Scientists say the 2006 season could produce as many as 16 named storms, six of them major hurricanes.

Last year's hurricane season was the most destructive on record. Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana and Mississippi and was blamed for more than 1,570 deaths among Louisiana residents alone.

It also was the busiest in 154 years of storm tracking, with a records 28 named storms and a record 15 hurricanes. Meteorologists used up their list of 21 proper names -- beginning with Arlene and ending with Wilma -- and had to use the Greek alphabet to name storms for the first time.

The first named storm of 2005 was Tropical Storm Arlene, which formed June 9 and made landfall just west of Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle

06-12-2006, 12:45 PM
Is this one going to bring hurricane force winds to Kansas City too?

06-12-2006, 12:47 PM
Is this one going to bring hurricane force winds to Kansas City too?


06-12-2006, 10:31 PM
Thousands ordered to leave Florida's coast
Season's first named storm threatens to hit as hurricane

Tuesday, June 13, 2006; Posted: 12:12 a.m. EDT (04:12 GMT)

Waves crash ashore Monday in Venice, Florida, as Tropical Storm Alberto swirls in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Manage Alerts | What Is This? MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Tropical Storm Alberto's winds reached 70 mph Monday as the storm blew toward Florida's northeast Gulf Coast, where the National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning from the Tampa Bay area to near Tallahassee.

Forecasters urged people to quickly complete "preparations to protect life and property" with Alberto likely to reach hurricane strength -- 74 mph winds -- within 24 hours. The hurricane center in Miami predicts the storm will make landfall as early as Tuesday morning.

The center's director, Max Mayfield, told CNN Monday night that the storm appeared to have "leveled off" and was no longer strengthening.

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush issued a mandatory evacuation order for low-lying areas in the counties of Dixie, Levy, Taylor, Citrus, Franklin and Wakulla, which are in the storm's path. (Projected path)

Residents ordered to leave included some 21,000 in Citrus, Levy and Taylor counties, according to The Associated Press.

"If you are ordered to evacuate, you should do it," Bush said Monday afternoon. "Don't think you can ride out a storm. There are 17 shelters planned to be open in 11 counties, and more will be open later."

According to an 11 p.m. ET advisory, the center of Alberto was about 95 miles south-southeast of Apalachicola, Florida, moving northeast at about 10 mph. Forecasters said it is likely to continue on that path over the next 24 hours. (Web site taking bets on deadliness of hurricanes -- 2:28)

Alberto is the first named storm of the the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season, which started June 1. Tropical storm force winds extended 160 miles to the northeast and southeast from the storm's center, the center said.

"Reconnaissance aircraft indicate tropical storm force winds are beginning to spread onshore ... from Venice northward to Apalachee Bay," forecasters said.

The main threat from the system is heavy rainfall, according to the hurricane center. Alberto could dump up to 10 inches of rain through Tuesday across portions of central and northern Florida and southeastern Georgia.

"We're hopeful people are prepared and will work with local communities, specifically rural counties, to make sure they have the resource they need and hope the storm passes," Bush said at a news briefing after the hurricane warning was issued.

He put a state of emergency into effect for Florida and said the state is in "preparation and support mode." The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been in Florida all day Monday monitoring the storm.

"This is a serious storm and we're taking it seriously and we will provide protection for vulnerable citizens of our state," Bush said. "We will be counting on FEMA for whatever support we can't provide."

Forecasters reported coastal storm surges 8 to 10 feet above normal tide levels are expected over a large portion of the warning area. Landfall is expected at high tide during a full moon.

Rainfall could reach 10 inches Tuesday across portions of central and northern Florida and southeastern Georgia.

The hurricane warning stretches from the Ochlockonee River south to Longboat Key.

"This is a very large area of storm, and some impacts are occurring on both coasts," said Florida Emergency Management Director Craig Fugate. "This is not just a coastal storm."

Tropical storm warnings are still posted for a 300-mile stretch of Florida's west coast south of Longboat Key to Englewood, and west of the Ochlockonee River to Indian Pass. Tropical storm warnings mean tropical storm conditions are expected in the area within 24 hours.

A new tropical storm warning was posted for the Atlantic Coast from Florida's Flagler Beach to the Savannah River on the Georgia-Florida state line.

A tropical storm watch stretching south of Englewood to Bonita Beach was canceled.

The storm was already spawning tornadoes, with forecasters saying more were possible over parts of central and northern Florida, and southern Georgia Monday and Tuesday.

Just before 11 p.m. ET, the National Weather Service said Doppler radar indicated a tornado over northern Hillsborough County moving north at 45, prompting a tornado warning in Central Pasco County.

At about 9:25 p.m., the service reported a tornado over Clearwater.

Bush advises preparation
Bush advised Florida residents in the path of the storm to ensure they have enough supplies such as food, medicine, water and a full tank of gas to last at least 72 hours. His state has been hit by eight hurricanes in the past two years.

Florida state officials have reported no gas shortages and said the ports are open for now, although the port of Tampa is evaluating whether to close.

In Clearwater, resident Roger Baxter said, "We're not overly concerned at this point."

Resident Jean Hagan said she had taken steps to make sure her roof didn't leak.

"We made sure everything is inside so the wind doesn't get us," she said. "We have the wood cut for the windows if we have to put it up."

And if the experts call for an evacuation, Wes Knox said he would heed the advice.

"We're not going to do the Rambo thing and stick it out," he said.

Last year, Tropical Storm Arlene kicked off the season when it blasted through Cuba on June 10 -- reaching the Florida Panhandle the next day and causing one death.

In 2004, Hurricane Alex got the season off to a late start when it scraped the North Carolina coast on August 1.

And one of the most famous letter "a" storms didn't arrive until late August 1992, when Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida.