Hurricane Corner
A State of FL Licensed Roofing Contractor just telling it how it is!

Jul
31

The 2017 hurricane season is starting by the book, as far as the timeline goes that is…this is about the time of year that the orange balls start forming in the Atlantic or the Gulf waters. I have now moved my home to Central Florida in the Tampa Bay area and we are experiencing tropical storm conditions as I write this piece. The thing that really caught my attention after I purchased my newly built home was that the building code here does NOT require hurricane shutters or impact resistant windows to be a standard item in your home package. It shows how the Florida Building Code, which is supposed to be standard throughout the state is not so. I do believe that it will be impossible for me to purchase accordion or rolldown shutters this summer, especially since the service industries on this side of the state seem to lack in enthusiasm compared to the Eastern part of Florida. Well I guess I’ll just have to bring in my patio furniture and hope for the best. Good luck to all, since this storm is supposed to move east towards south Florida. Be prepared!!!

Jul
04

I know that there is a storm out there, but I would like to take this opportunity to express my feelings about the current situation in our country. Whether or not we consider ourselves to be Republican, Democrat at Independent, we all are AMERICANS!!! My grandfather and father were immigrants from Italy. My grandfather brought his family to this country because he wanted to adopt and adapt to the American way of living. It doesn’t appear that some of the people attempting to come to this country have the same idea in mind. That is the reason for the extreme VETTING of people who are trying to enter our great land with the idea of bringing chaos and destruction with them. It is time that we all forget about our personal political preferences and get behind our President and unite to keep our beloved country as it has always been…a safe and prosperous place in which to raise our children and grandchildren, even if we do not like EVERYTHING that he may do, for that has been the case with EVERY President since George Washington. HAVE A GREAT FOURTH!!!

Jun
20

I thought it appropriate to incorporate some French in this boring dialogue since Bret might just hit Louisiana, nobody knows for sure.  I sure hope I spelled the number 2 correctly since I have already been sternly corrected by my wife, my son and my bossy daughter (to tell you the truth they are all extremely bossy to me) when at first I spelled the storm’s name like a good friend of my son’s Brett Goldstein.  Well on to the facts…the facts are these – neither I nor the weather mavens, or the finest scientists on God’s green earth can say where or when or if Bret will even hit land with any certainty.   Just be prepared, because there is another disturbance on the horizon as I write this boring dribble to satisfy my need to write.  Be prepared!!!

Jun
20

It’s finally here – a named tropical storm that could be of some consequence in 2017.  I doubt it,  but you never know. I only know one person named Bret, and he is not a troublemaker.  Get those trees trimmed, the low hanging coconuts pulled down, and check your generators.  Now don’t get in panic mode just yet it is very early, but Bret is just reminding us to start to think about what could happen.  We’ve been really lucky for 12 years now and we tend to get complacent and a reminder now and then can be good for us.  When I find out more, you will already have heard from the weather mavens, but I’ll be your backup, so to speak.  Stay safe.

Jun
15

Well, we needed the rain and we have gotten plenty of it recently.  I know because I have spent hours sitting on the tarmac at the airports in the SE and NE.  Thankfully we have not experienced one of those off the wall, out of character early tropical disturbances.  Don’t forget to start stocking up on water, propane and canned goods for the months ahead – so you don’t have to experience the pain and anguish of visiting Publix if one of our friendly named storms comes on the horizon.  Stay safe for now!!!

Jun
01

Today starts the official beginning of hurricane season.  In the past few years, if you follow the dribble that I write, I have instructed you over and over again about hurricane preparedness (supplies to purchase and trees to trim, etc.).  I will not bore you with that again because you will be inundated with info on the TV stations.  But I will strongly caution you to be wary.

You might ask yourself what I mean by that statement.  When a hurricane of any strength causes enough damage to warrant media coverage across the country like Andrew did in 1992 and Wilma did in 2005 every con man seems to come to sunny Florida looking for the easy buck.  Once they hit a neighborhood they go door to door looking for easy marks.  If a truck pulls in your driveway and it has out of state plates, chances are you are being ripped off.  Before signing a contract with these con artists, ask to see his FLORIDA STATE CERTIFICATION.  He will make some excuse for not having it yet and will tell you that they are being allowed to work here because of “special needs”.  He will take your deposit and run like hell to get out of town.  Always get 3 estimates from companies that are approved by your local building department.  Make that call to check on who you are giving your money to and listen to what the building official tells you.  That’s all for now.

May
25

Hopefully this season will be like last year – meaning nothing will hit our beloved southeast, or now that I am living on the west coast of Florida, nowhere!!!!

In my next post I will give some basic hints on getting prepared for June 1.  

Oct
05

I heard this morning from someone near and dear to me that she had heard a report that BIG MATT was going to skirt our shores, proceed north and then make a U-turn and head right back for us.  I heard the same thing from a less reliable source also.  I for one do not think that will happen, because if I am not mistaken, there has only been 1 time that the scenario that I just spoke of actually happened.  BUT NOW IS THE TIME TO READ YOUR HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS PAMPHLETS AND DO WHAT THEY SAY!!!!  This storm is not to be taken lightly.  I wish I myself had done a little more in preparation, and still have some things to be done.  GOOD LUCK TO ALL AND STAY SAFE!!!! 

 

Oct
04

It looks as tho Big Matt is for real!!!!  Exactly how much is going to hit SOFLO remains in question.  I assume that we will know more by the end of the day.  To be on the safe side, now is the time to make sure that you have all of your hurricane supplies at hand – because if you waited to  venture out into the store, home depot, or propane dealers – well all I can say is “GOOD LUCK!!!!”  if and when Matt strikes us down here remains to be seen but I strongly urge you to take every precaution, even if it turns out that we do not get any more than wind gusts (highly unlikely) – better safe than sorry.  AGAIN, STAY SAFE!!!!  I also highly recommend that you listen to Steve Weagle for his reports, because for my money he is the next Brian Norcross!!!!

Oct
03

Altho it may appear as if we have dodged a bullet with Big Matt taking a Northeastern turn (slight tho it may be), anything is possible, and we are still within striking range of some very strong and deadly weather.  So don’t break out you Halloween decorations just yet,. but you could stock up on egg nog or even better batteries and water – I mean just for the heck of it.  Keep watching the weather mavens and listen closely to what is said – and then don’t take anything for granted.  Keep safe….