Crazy Storm Coming Through Orlando: Watch for Flying Grills!

Andreina just called me to tell me that the storm made our GRILL FLY! The photo above I took on 06/14 (the morning after the storm): it shows a tree across the street, by my office.

This is the wording from the Severe Thunderstorm Warning:

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL 347 PM EDT WED JUN 13 2007

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MELBOURNE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR… ORANGE COUNTY IN FLORIDA.

* UNTIL 445 PM EDT

* AT 342 PM EDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 5 MILES NORTH OF MAITLAND…OR ABOUT OVER LONGWOOD… AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 15 MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE…BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO… LOCKHART…OCOEE…PINE HILLS… FAIRVIEW SHORES…ORLOVISTA… WINTER PARK…WINDERMERE…BAY HILL… UNIVERSAL STUDIOS…DOCTOR PHILLIPS…WET N WILD WATER PARK… ORLANDO…AZALEA PARK…OAK RIDGE… UNION PARK…CONWAY…PINE CASTLE… SEA WORLD…BELLE ISLE…PLEASURE ISLAND…BITHLO…ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND LAKE MARY JANE

THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH…PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS…DESTRUCTIVE HAIL… AND DEADLY CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER… PREFERABLY INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING BUT AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

IN ADDITION TO LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS…CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY! LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES NUMBER ONE KILLERS. REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

Tropical Storm? How about Tropical Breeze?

Today, after a media frenzy that even led some to board up, Ernesto is passing through the Florida peninsula leaving a good amount of rain but nothing comparable to what they told us to expect.

A few weekends ago we experienced some pretty nasty weather in Central Florida. I had a chance to shoot this video of it: notice the nasty rain, the thunders/lightings and the wind… and this was not even a tropical storm.

Ernesto (in Orlando, at least) was nothing compared to the video: the palm trees barely moved and it felt like another typical (though long) Florida afternoon shower.


(if you can’t see this video, visit this page)

Ernesto no habla Ingles…

Mientras el Huracan John azota las costas de Mexico, Ernesto “no spik inglish”. La Tormenta Tropical perdio fuerza luego de tocar tierra y ahora es Depresion Tropical. Menos mal… no me quejo.

Lo “interesante” es ver el nivel de paranoia que se ha generado, resultado de la combinacion de la reaccion del gobierno (creo que el tema de Katrina esta muy fresco en esta administracion) y los medios de comunicacion asustando a la gente. El Weather Channel, la verdad es que parece otro CNN ultimamente, pero solo hablando de clima. Donde vamos a parar?