Tropical Storm Fay arrived in Collier County around 5:00 AM this morning. The National Weather Service reported that she came in around Cape Romano just south of Marco. This is the same area Wilma arrived in 2005. The Naples Daily News has reported that 28,000 people in Collier are without power.
The area that I live in Pelican Bay has never lost power during the storm. As I type, we are still getting pretty strong wind gusts. There are some palm fronds down and some downed branches. When Fay landed she was just short 15 miles per hour to be Hurricane One status. The National Weather Service was still posting warnings as of 1:30 PM today.
Here is a short video of the winds around my subdivision earlier this afternoon make sure you have your sound on so you can hear the wind. If you have problems with this video you can try clicking on Fay Video.
Yesterday morning I was out showing properties. By the time I finished showing, my husband Don had put up most of our hurricane shutters and was waiting to see how the storm progressed before he put up the rest of our shutters. After showing, I hauled out my personal hurricane checklist and headed out to supplement our canned goods. I finished doing any laundry around the house; just in case we didn’t have water. Dinner last night was defrosted Costco beef tenderloin steaks that we grilled because...... just in case....we lost power I was NOT going to lose the joy of eating those steaks. I made sure to turn on the dishwasher so that……just in case…….we had no water my dishes would be clean. Was I stressed? You bet I was! I even cleaned our bathrooms to use up some of my unwanted stress. I can only watch the Weather Channel for so long.
You would think that after experiencing Charlie in 2004 and Wilma in 2005 that a new storm would be old hat to me.........NOT! Until you have experienced getting ready for a hurricane, you can only imagine the stress one experiences. After each storm, I am so thankful it is over.
While a possible hurricane is a fact of life in Florida, I can still remember possible tornados being a fact of life in Illinois. No matter where one lives, Mother Nature can interfere. At least living in Naples my husband and I do not have to contend with blizzards any more.
In my last blog I mentioned that I had seen an increase in showing activity on my listings. My manager at Downing Frye sent all agents an email yesterday saying for the first 15 days of August 2007, Downing Frye had 46 pending contracts. This year Downing Frye has 72 pending sales. Many of these contracts he wrote were under $500,000.
Place should be open for business tomorrow in Naples that had closed for the pending storm. Life will be getting back to normal in paradise!
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