I thought I would provide an update on Hurricane Wilma based on the most recent NOAA information. How much impact there is on Tampa remains a bit uncertain. Not unusually, with about two days to go before landfall, the “cone of uncertainty” is still a bit large.
If it has to do with a geographical location, I will categorize it with this category.
Autumn has officially arrived. As usual it’s a little hard to tell here in Tampa. However, we got a couple of overcast rainy days this past week. That made it a little cooler, and made me think of Fall.
It took NASA’s Spirit rover a year and a half to get to the top of Husband Hill in the Gusev Crater on Mars. It finally made it, and, like all mountain climbers, took a photo.
A few days ago TBO.com had a story about complaints by Harbour Islands residents complaining that they feel trapped on their island. Well, please note..they live on an island. The island is smack in the middle of the harbor in downtown Tampa. (Hence the name.) And they are concerned that when a lot is going at the St. Pete Times Forum and the Cruise terminal, they can’t get around.
This was kind of a busy weekend around the house. I was on the road a few days at the end of last week, and will most likely be on the road three days this coming week, so there was a lot to get done.
As you may know, the British invested a lot to cover a huge part of London with a closed circuit television system for “identifying terrorists.” Much is being made right now about the fact that officers have uncovered a shot of one of the terrorists from this system. I expect to see the U.S. Government and major U.S. cities now clamoring to install such systems, and they’ll point to this as the grand example for why we need it.
I still can’t believe we didn’t lose power during yesterday’s visit by Jeanne. It flickered a half dozen times, but always came right back.
I just wanted to get out a quick update. Its about 6pm, and it appears we have survived nearly unscathed. There is still some blustery wind, and its still raining, but I believe the worst is over. Jeanne has been a tropical storm for several hours now, and is moving to the north at about 10mph.
We’ve watched as Jeanne has tracked much more west than north, and so we are now going to a full-on hit from the hurricane. Their was just a report that we have sustained winds here in Tampa of 51 mph. Jeanne is now down to 85 mph in the eye-wall, which is probably about three hours from being right here in Tampa. It is raining, but not yet pouring. That is anticipated however. The storm is moving fast, so hopefully it will get through here quickly.