A friend shared this “Waiting on a Hurricane is Like Being Stalked by a Turtle”, and living in Florida it is so true! You quickly learn the times when the National Hurricane Center does their updates and I am on either my app or TV I want to know the latest which this morning I woke up to not the best news about the hurricane. It’s not about me as my area will weather the storm with minimal damage and power outages but from The Villages to Tampa is a major concern. Seeing a Cat 3 enter the mouth of the Tampa Bay is very scary and disastrous and hasn’t happened since1921 when the population of Tampa was 300,000. Today 3.2 million people call the Tampa area home and for years the fear someday a hurricane will hit the bay directly, well it looks like Thursday it will happen.
Over the years, I have spent considerable amount of time in Tampa as it is just 75 minutes from me, sporting events, special dinners, attending festivals and the list goes on. My youngest son called Tampa home for a year so spent plenty of time there. Great beaches along the Gulf Coast plus where we spent a week last year on Anna Maria Island and other areas from Naples to Cedar Keys.
As far as The Villages the center line of the cone is about ½ mile from my house with it being either a Cat 1 or Tropical Storm. The local Facebook Groups and Nextdoor app has been crazy and I have tried to be helpful for those experiencing their first hurricane. Cash, Food, Water, Batteries and plan on staying home for 3 to 5 days without power. We can all get through this together!
Dick Betts, REALTOR®
The Betts Team
Touchstone Real Estate
The Villages, Florida