NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KEY WEST FL
157 PM EDT TUE SEP 28 2010
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE FOLLOWING
LOCATIONS...MONROE UPPER KEYS...MONROE MIDDLE KEYS AND MONROE
FOR MARINE INTERESTS...A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR
ALL OF FLORIDA KEYS COASTAL WATERS.
DUE TO THE WEAK AND DISORGANIZED TROPICAL SYSTEM...ALL PEOPLE IN THE
FLORIDA KEYS SHOULD CLOSELY MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS SYSTEM.
TROPICAL DEPRESSION SIXTEEN FORMED IN THE NORTHWEST
CARIBBEAN...ABOUT 280 MILES SOUTH SOUTHWEST OF KEY WEST LATE TUESDAY
MORNING. THIS TROPICAL SYSTEM MAY BECOME A MINIMAL TROPICAL STORM
TONIGHT AS IT MOVES NORTH NORTHEAST AND ACROSS CENTRAL CUBA
TONIGHT...BEFORE APPROACHING THE UPPER KEYS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. AS
A RESULT...SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS SHOULD SLOWLY INCREASE IN
COVERAGE TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY...BUT THE BULK OF THE STRONGEST WINDS
WILL REMAIN EAST OF THE UPPER KEYS.
It's nice to think that being as how it's almost October that hurricane season would be finished. In fact hurricane season lasts, officially all the way through November and this is the height of the season for South Florida. Welcome Tropical Depression 16 to the Florida Keys and a tropical storm warning issued by the weather people. That means we should expect strong winds and lots of rain in the next thirty six hours. I think I will take the car to work tonight...
The National Hurricane Center in Miami is currently plotting the center of the course farther east of us, but we are still going to get wind and rain. Like we haven't had enough with just the regular summer downpours.The sky has been getting darker and rain has been slashing the side of the house so I suppose we are on our way. My preparations have been minimal, amounting to getting the laundry in and moving the motorcycle and the Vespa out of the way of any wind driven rain. 35 mile per hour winds are nothing to write home about, especially if the center of the storm moves across the Bahamas and into the Atlantic. There is always a chance that these things will suddenly develop and become a serious threat to land but the mountains of the Sierra Maestra in Cuba provide a nice buffer to break the storm's strength.It's odd and rather pleasant how the active hurricane season has produced lots of storms that have all tracked either toward Bermuda or toward Mexico. That this depression is failing to follow the format precisely is rather annoying. Rain and wind. Nice if that's all we get for the next two months.