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Sunday, September 24, 2017 

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(Hold On!  Here Comes Maria)

Holy Mackerel!  It's been one hurricane after another.  Texas and the Gulf Coast just barely survived Harvey, then we all ducked into a safe room for Irma.  There was some concern about Jose.  And now we have to contend with Maria.  So who has time to put their house back in order?  How safe do you really feel when the sun shines?

Just try to get a tee time.  We're still flooded out by Irma.  Crews are working to get all the palm fronds and tree limbs picked up.  Luckily, we had minimal damage.  A few roofs, here and there, had some damage.  But nothing major like you see in Southern Florida (i.e., the Keys) or the Caribbean Islands.

Here's a suggestion:  If it was the streets that were flooded out, they'd surely re-route traffic around the flooded area.  And since this is a "golf-cart" community, why aren't they re-routing golf-carts up onto the roads to allow for their usage?  You may not be able to use the golf courses but it would have been nice to use your golf cart to get to some of the other accessible places (stores, doctors, appointments, etc.).  Most of us have reduced down to one car and a golf cart and have found that words just fine.

Hurricane Maria is on a path that would take it near many of the islands devastated by Hurricane Irma and on toward Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Hurricane warnings were posted for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat and Martinique.

It's uncertain if Maria will have any impact on South Florida or the eastern United States. Right now, the fore cast is that the storm will take a sharp turn to the north well off the coast off Florida. Any threat would not be until early this week.

Hurricane Names for 2017

Atlantic Tropical (and Subtropical) Storm Names for 2017


Eastern North-Pacific Tropical (and Subtropical) Storm Names for 2017


How Hurricanes get their names.
  • Native Americans called these storms Hurakons, after “a great spirit who commanded the east wind.” Spanish explorers adopted the word and then began giving hurricanes the names of patron saints on whose feast days the storms occurred. Later, hurricanes were identified by their longitude and latitude.
  • A weatherman in Australia is credited with being the first person to name a tropical storm after a female. By World War II, meteorologists in the U.S. military named storms after their girlfriends and wives. Atlantic hurricanes began to be officially given women’s names starting in 1954 and men’s names in 1979.
But, then, we did choose Florida as our home, didn't we?

Did You Know?

  • Around 39% of hurricanes that hit the United States strike the state of Florida.
  • Also, two-thirds of the strongest hurricanes (Class 4 or 5) make landfall on either the Florida or Texas coast.
  • There are normally fewer than 21 named tropical storms in any calendar year. In the rare years when more than 21 storms are named, the additional storms are given names from the Greek alphabet: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta are used for their names.
Kind of reminds me of the knife-thrower's assistant.  You know, the one that spins around on the wheel while getting knives thrown all around her.  Not really the best job in the world, is it?  But having hurricanes thrown at us could be compared to it.  There must be something special about The Villages that attracts us to live here.  Then again, being a weatherman (person) is much like being the knife-thrower, isn't it?  Do they really know how to predict where a hurricane is going to be more than 2 hours ahead of time?  Or is it just an educated guess?

September 24, 2017

"Drift Away" is a song by Mentor Williams and originally recorded by John Henry Kurtz on his 1972 album Reunion. In 1973 the song became Dobie Gray's biggest hit, peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and certified gold by the RIAA. It was the final pop hit for Decca Records in the United States.

A new version by Uncle Kracker, with Gray, became a major hit in 2003.

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