This is what the National Hurricane Center has to say about Noel and our location as of 11 PM Monday night:
INTEREST IN SOUTHERN FLORIDA SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF
NOEL. A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MAY BE REQUIRED FOR SOUTHEAST
FLORIDA EARLY TUESDAY.
FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING
POSSIBLE INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS
ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.
This has been a very slow hurricane season for us, actually for two seasons in a row. I feel I am a little lulled into a false sense of security. I had to throw up this graphic because it is peculiar. Notice how it swings up from Cuba to the Bahamas and then comes pretty damn close to a ninety-degree turn out into the Atlantic. I told my best friend about this graphic tonight and she responded, "cars don't even turn that sharp." Yes Shirley, that is a sharp turn. She doesn't come out until Friday though and the storm will have passed by then.
It is a storm right now and there doesn't seem to be too much caution about it developing into a hurricane and veering off course. However I can't help but think of Katrina when it got us here in South Florida before it headed to Gulf waters. It was a tiny little storm that developed into a category one hurricane that caused some damage here. It is always good to be cautious with mother nature in these situations.
If Noel swings towards us we'll likely get wet. There will be some tree damage. If we head for the Keys for the weekend there probably won't be much effect the further south we go. If we head to the Bahamas we'll need to make sure the area of travel isn't too disturbed from this system. If we head to Disneyworld (which looks like the number one plan at the moment) we'll just hope the ninety-degree curve happens so that Orlando isn't affected. Flexibility is a south Florida way of life when it comes to the weather.