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10/7/2016 - Hurricane Matthew

10/7/2015 - 10:00 AM Update - Hurricane Matthew missed us and while we did get tropical storm winds, very little damage was sustained by our community other than a few downed trees. And since we were on the dry side of the storm, we got very little rain. So no flooding. And we didn't loose power either. Bottom line - we really lucked out.

As for getting out and about, stores are opening but most gas stations are out of gas and may not get any today. So proceed with caution.

As for the storm itself, it is continuing North and may well return by the middle of next week as a tropical storm. Click here for the current hurricane track.

10/6/2015 - 8:00 AM Update - Hurricane Matthew will reach South Florida this morning and build to a potentially catastrophic 145 mph Category 4 storm on its journey North. Click here for the current hurricane track.

That said, Palm Beach County is not expected to feel sustained 145 mph winds, but has a 60 percent chance of getting hurricane-force winds late today and eary tomorrow.

However this outlook can easily change since Matthew is a compact storm and thus a small movement of its path to the West (bad) or East (good) can have a big effect on the wind speeds we actually get.

10/5/2015 - 5:00 PM Update  The National Hurricane Center has extended tropical storm warnings to the west coast of Florida as the forecast track moved further west again.

The new forecast track calls for Matthew to skim Palm Beach County. Click here for the current hurricane track.

So this is it folks. We are going to be hit and hit hard.

10/5/2015 - 8:00 AM Update - A Hurricane warning has been issued for coastal Palm Beach County.

That means hurricane conditions are expected for our area. Click here for the current hurricane track.

What kind of winds you can expect in West Palm Beach and when - per the Palm Beach Post

  • Tonight: 15 mph sustained, 25 mph gusts
  • Thursday 6 a.m.: 20 mph sustained, 28 mph gusts
  • Thursday noon: 34 mph sustained, 50 mph gusts
  • Thursday 9 p.m.: 52 mph sustained, 72 mph gusts
  • Thursday midnight: 64 mph sustained, 84 mph gusts
  • Friday 2 a.m.: 68 mph sustained, 90 mph gusts
  • Friday 6 a.m.: 45 mph sustained, 63 mph gusts
  • Friday noon: 24 mph sustained, 33 mph gusts
  • Friday 5 p.m.: 17 mph sustained, 24 mph gusts

Note: Each forecast of this storm track has brought it closer and closer to Florida. Time to get those shutters up and remove all loose outdoor items before they become airborne projectiles.

10/4/2015 - 11:00 AM Update
- A Hurricane watch has been issued for coastal Palm Beach County. Click here for the current hurricane track.

That means hurricane conditions are expected in 48 hours.

So yes, now those units that need to put up hurricane shutters should be planning to have them in place by Thursday morning and loose items on patios and outdoors need to be moved inside.

10/4/2015 - 9:00 AM Update - The path projection continues to worsen. Click here for the current hurricane track.

Perspective - Hurricane Matthew, which remains a Category 4 storm is expected to be off the coast of Palm Beach County Thursday night and coastal Palm Beach County now has an 80 percent chance of feeling tropical storm force winds and a 20 to 30 percent chance of feeling hurricane-force winds.

Preparation - The National Hurricane Center recommends that in general, people do not need to put hurricane shutters up until they are under a hurricane watch. And right now, no tropical storm or hurricane watches have been issued for Florida. But the National Hurricane Center forecasters said tropical storm and/or hurricane watches are likely across portions of Florida this morning. So today, if your unit needs shutters you should familiarize yourself with where they are how to install them - just in case.

Note: Hurricane shutters are required for all townhome, condo, and apartment first floor windows and sliding doors and townhome second floor windows with the exception of the 2nd floor townhome front window which is a hurricane impact resistant glass window.

Shutters are not required on second and third floor condo and apartment windows as they are hurricane impact resistant glass windows.

That said, in addition to locating your shutters, you will need to locate the wing nuts that are used to hold them in place. And if you do put your shutters up, you will need a pair of gloves to protect your hands from cuts.

10/3/2015 - 5:00 PM Update - The path is looking worse.We will be picking up the pace tomorrow - So should you. Click here for the current hurricane track.

10/3/2015 - 2:00 PM

The current forecast has Hurricane Mathew missing our area. Click here for the current hurricane track.

But a lot can change as the storm works its way across Haiti and Cuba, and we will not have a lot of time to prepare if it's course changes and it heads our way.

So today, Monday, Property Management has started to prepare for the possibility that the forecast will change and toward that end they are working on the 96 hour lead time items on their Readiness Checklist .

As for the residents, today there is not much you need to do other than to perhaps stock up on meds, cash, gasoline, water, and a few days of food to avoid the long lines if the hurricane's course shifts toward us.

But come tomorrow, if the hurricane's course does shift toward us and Hurricane Watches are posted for Palm Beach County, it will be time for the residents to remove loose outdoor items and prepare to install their hurricane shutters.

More when I know more, but in the meantime, be alert for the posting of a Hurricane Watch for Palm Beache County, because if that happens, it will be time to accelerate our plans.

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Note: The Publix at Flavor Pict and Hagen Ranch no longer has a backup generator so our closest Publix with power is Jog and Woolbright.

Peter Schulz - Editor - Email TCR

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