Make The Most of a Southwest Florida Winter with These Great Activities

Southwest Florida may be best known for its summer activities including enjoying its many beaches, but there are also plenty of enjoyable activities that can be done during winter as well. Check out some suggestions for some great winter activities in Southwest Florida.

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This Winter, Add Storm Protection Before the Hurricane Season Returns

If you experienced the latest hurricane season in Southwest Florida, you know how serious it can be. By our very nature, people are great at procrastinating. That applies to all areas of life, even when it comes to preparing your home for dangerous hurricanes. Don’t put your life or the lives of your family members in danger by waiting, start protecting your home for next hurricane season this winter.

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How to Winterize and Prepare Your Summer Home Before Arriving in Florida

At first, it might sound a bit contradictory to winterize your summer home, but it’s certainly worth it. If you live in another state during the summer but call Florida your home for the winter, you’ll want to protect your vacant home while you’re gone.

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How Does A Hurricane Form? – Infographic

How Does A Hurricane Form?

Hurricanes Are the Most Violent Type of Storm

Hurricanes are the most violent type of storms that can occur on the shores of Fort Myers, FL and all around the world. They are most centralized in the warm waters of the equator in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Here are all the steps needed for these ferocious naturally occurring storms to blow through your neighborhood.

Wind Travels Over the Surface of the Ocean

First, winds travel over the surface of the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean and the water evaporates in water vapor. As it rises, the water vapor will cool and condense itself into large water droplets. From these water droplets great cumulonimbus clouds are formed and heat is released into the air. This warm air rises and is naturally pulled into a column shape that continues to reach upwards.

A Cluster Of Thunderstorm Clouds

The wind then begins to circulate around the center of itself as it encounters more and more clouds until it becomes a cluster of thunderstorm clouds. After that, the system of thunderstorm clouds continues to grow by feeding off of the oceans heat and evaporating water. The clouds get so high in the air and further away from the warm water that they then begin to cool down.

Creating The “Eye” Of The Storm

Finally, the system begins to spin out of control, faster and faster until an opening forms in the center, thus, creating the “eye” of the storm. Once the winds reach a speed of 74 MPH it can be considered a hurricane. The wind speed and storm surge produced will determine its category rating and will help decide how dangerous it will be once it hits land. Category 5s are the worst with winds that reach up to 157 MPH and have a storm surge of 19+ feet. This is a catastrophic storm for those in its path.

What Hurricane Categories Actually Mean

With so many devastating hurricanes this season, the news loves reporting what category the storms are, for example, Category 4. The problem is that the average Florida resident may not know exactly what these categories mean or how they are determined.

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How Hurricane Irma Ranks Among the Worst Hurricane in Florida’s History

With all the recent devastation from Hurricane Irma, you may be wondering where it ranks in terms of the worst hurricanes in the history of Florida and the United States. While it does take a while to correctly determine the amount of damage caused by more recent hurricanes, early reports have it as one of the worst hurricanes in the history of Florida.

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Easy Ways to Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Your home is a reflection of your family and your personality, so you likely want it to make a great first impression on visitors as well as potential homebuyers. Whether you plan on moving soon or just want to enhance the look and feel of your home, adding to its curb appeal is a great way to give your home a facelift.

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How to Get FEMA Assistance After a Disaster

If you’ve been affected by a disaster such as Hurricane Irma, you may qualify to receive FEMA financial assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides direct housing assistance which is available for a period of up to 18 months beginning on the date of a Presidential disaster declaration (9/10/17 for Irma).

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Save Money with These Great Tips to Warm Your Home

With winter quickly approaching you may already be starting to worry about those dreaded electricity bills that come along with heating your home. Instead of cranking up the heat or furnace there are some other things you can do to keep your home warm and comfortable without breaking the bank.

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How to Stay Safe During a Storm Surge

Hurricanes can be devastating, but they are more powerful at different stages, and often cause the most destruction during their storm surges. During Hurricane Katrina, the storm surge was responsible for calming at least 1,500 lives. Storm surge occurs when a storm generates an abnormal rise in the water level which is over the tides. This can lead to extreme floods in coastal areas and result in tides of up to 20 feet or more.

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