Annapolis Maryland 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season Preparations

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

The Atlantic hurricane season is officially from 1 June to 30 November.  In the past intense storms going by the names of hurricane Irene and Isabel have threatened and delivered devastating blows to Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and Maryland, as well as elsewhere in the region.

While out showing waterfront property yesterday, I stumbled upon the Annapolis Maryland hurricane high water marker located at Ellen Moyer Nature Park off Edgewood Road at the head of Back Creek.  In the photograph below you can see high water marks for storms Agnes, Connie, Hazel, an unnamed storm, and Isabel.  In 1972 Agnes rose to the level of 3.04 feet, but, in 2003 Isabel set the record at 7.58 feet above mean high water.

Historic Hurricane Highwater Marker In Annapolis Maryland

The first storm of the 2012 hurricane season named Alberto is already behind us so the National Weather Service National Hurricane Center (at NOAA) will use the next name on their pre-approved list of Atlantic storm names.  For 2012 we can expect storms named Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony, Valerie, and William.

Last year when hurricane Irene threatened the Annapolis Maryland area and the upper Chesapeake Bay was in the direct path of a death blow, local authorities ordered mandatory evacuations of the low lying areas along the shores in Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's Counties.  Dr. Rick Knabb of The Weather Channel reminds us in his article Be Prepared In Advance that we should "Create a written emergency preparedness and action plan for your family and business."  So it's time to review your flood insurance, plan where to store your boat, decide what you will do with your pets, and other important plans you need to make now, not when the next hurricane is upon us.

Since we are only days away from the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially starts on June 1 and ends on November 30, are you prepared?

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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Stephen, great reminder to get prepare for the upcoming Hurricane season. We do not take it lightly here in southeast Louisiana. 

May 23, 2012 05:46 AM #1
Stephen Howell
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Annapolis, MD
Annapolis MD Homes For Sale 443-994-8043

Frank, being prepared could mean the difference between being safe and not safe.  Now is the time to make a plan with your family so if the time comes, you're ready.

May 23, 2012 05:59 AM #2
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I remember Isabel.  I was living in Bethesda at the time.

I lost electricity for 5 days.  UGH!!!

I lived on batteries, carry-out and all the help my son could give me, which was more battaries and carry out.

I have a story to tell about Isabel.  I'll try to get to it one of these days.

May 23, 2012 06:02 AM #3
Stephen Howell
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Annapolis, MD
Annapolis MD Homes For Sale 443-994-8043

Lenn, I was without electricity after Isable for only three days.  But, when the electric goes out and you have an all electric home on well water, your house dies.  Although I didn't install a whole house generator following that storm, every year before hurricane season and before winter, I think it's time for a generator.  Being without water, it's harder to stay in the house.  At moments like that, it reminds me both how "soft" we've gotten and much we take our infrastructure for granted, electricity, water, food, A/C or heat.  A hundred years ago they would have known what to do!!!  Today, we're often lost when we open the door to the frig and look in and say there's nothing to eat!

May 23, 2012 06:27 AM #4
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Stephen, we had a couple of close calls last year. It is best to be prepared because you never know when one may come up the East Coast.

May 23, 2012 06:34 AM #5
Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

Last year's hurricane in August knocked our power out for 8 days. I am not looking forward to Hurricane Season!

May 23, 2012 06:50 AM #6
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Makes one stop and take notice these storms....amazing when you consider they were here first

May 23, 2012 07:19 AM #7
Mary Elizabeth Allen
Lake Monticello, VA

It is amazing the amount of damage Isabel did! I remember folks saying that they just weren't expecting the sheer amount of water and wind she brought with her because she had weakened so much before hitting land. Problem was, she HAD been a Category 5 at one point, and it seems that while her winds had weakened, she had all the other oomph! That's why everyone should have an hurricane preparedness plan AND an evacuation plan and take those evac orders seriously. Great reminder. 

May 23, 2012 07:45 AM #8
Scott Guay
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty - Ocean Pines, MD
Associate Broker. Ocean City and Ocean Pines MD

During Isabel in 2003 I was living in Reedville VA in Cockrells Creek Just off the bay.

I was without power for 2 weeks. Luckily my neighbor had just installed a generator and i was able to run a hose form his property to mine and was able to stay. In an area with well and septic having water is key.  the next year I installed a generator and never had to use it before I left in 2005.

May 23, 2012 08:00 AM #9
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Stephen, how exciting that you have weather! Except for those that face tough times in a hurricane, I am glad to hear that my name is in the loop this year. I will be knd! Great post!

May 23, 2012 08:26 AM #10
Stephen Howell
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Annapolis, MD
Annapolis MD Homes For Sale 443-994-8043

Sandy ... promises, promises ... I'll remember you promised to be kind.  Let's hope we don't get ther.

Scott ... it must have been nice to have a hose full of power to your home ... LOL ... I'm sure you meant cord.

Mary ... I'm always struck by the power and furry of storms, it reminds me how fragile life is but how durable!

Richie ... See my comment to Mary ... yes, what a time it must have been in the early days when earth was forming.

Marney ... Are you ready for a generator?

Michael ... We're generally lucky and major storms by-pass us.  But, the high water pole is a simple visual reminder of just how much water a major storm can bring into the area.

May 23, 2012 09:01 AM #11
Scott Guay
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty - Ocean Pines, MD
Associate Broker. Ocean City and Ocean Pines MD

Stephen, I did mean HOSE. We still did not have power but we had WATER!! that allowed us to stay put. Spent the better part of the first week grilling the meat that was in the freezer as it thawed out in the coolers to feed the neighbors.

May 23, 2012 09:21 AM #12
Stephen Howell
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Annapolis, MD
Annapolis MD Homes For Sale 443-994-8043

Scott ... ok ... hose it is ... nice of you to feed the neighbors!!!  BTW, as soon as anyone installs a generator, they often never have to use it!!!

May 23, 2012 10:14 AM #13
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Those high water marks are something else, you just don't think the water could get that high, but having that reminder will probably increase the likelihood of people taking the storm season more seriously.

May 23, 2012 07:57 PM #14
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