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- Fall in the Keys
  • By Scott Papp <scottpapp17 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:20:42 -0400
It has been a beautiful fall here in the Florida Keys with mostly blue skies and
 temperatures in the mid 80s. This week has seen a slight cooling trend with
 an increase in the wind out of the ENE. 

We are in a small craft advisory with seas rising to four and five feet and more inside
 the reef. We rarely experience more than twos and occasional threes, so it
 has been quiet at the local boat ramp and most of the dive outfits are taking
 some time off. 


​​Early morning at the park in Tavernier

Last week king high tides brought some flooding to low lying
 areas, including our local park. It was shameful to see the amount of plastic
 trash left behind as the tides receded. Thanks to all who helped with the clean-up.


These islands eagerly await the end of hurricane season.

Regards all
Stay safe

Scott



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John Scott Papp
Licensed Real Estate Broker 
Postcard Properties Inc.
90775 Old Highway
Tavernier, Florida 33070

Mobile - (305) 432-1043
scottpapp17 at gmail.com
Fax  305.509 7245



- NOAA Local Statement for the Florida Keys
  • By Scott Papp <scottpapp17 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2016 08:12:12 -0400

Hurricane Local Statement in the Florida Keys

Active for next 3 hours · 
This alert has been updated.
Posted 2 hours ago

This product covers Florida Keys.

Strong winds, heavy rains, and a dangerous storm surge beginning to spread over Bahamas.

New Information.

  • Changes To Watches and Warnings:
    • None.
  • Current Watches and Warnings:
    • A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Monroe Upper Keys, Monroe Middle Keys.
  • Storm Information:
    • About 510 miles East-southeast of Key West FL or about 480 miles East-southeast of Marathon FL.
    • 21.1N 74.6W.
    • Storm intensity 125 mph.
    • Movement north or 350 degrees at 10 mph.

Situation Overview.

Category Three Hurricane Matthew will move toward the southeastern Bahamas this morning. A turn toward the North-northwest is expected today, followed by a Northwest turn tonight. Matthew will be moving across the Bahamas through Thursday, and is expected to be very near the east coast of Florida by Thursday evening. Tropical storm force winds are possible in the middle and upper Florida Keys Thursday and Thursday night.

Potential impacts.

  • Wind: potential impacts in this area include:
    • Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles.
    • Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent in areas with above ground lines.
  • Surge: potential impacts in this area include:
    • Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in Low-lying spots. Elsewhere across Florida Keys, little to no impact is anticipated.
  • Flooding rain: little to no impacts are anticipated at this time across Florida Keys.

Precautionary/preparedness actions.

  • Other preparedness Information: Now is the time to check your emergency plan and take necessary actions to secure your home or business. Closely monitor NOAA weather radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Be ready to adapt to possible changes to the forecast.
  • Additional sources of information:
    • For information on appropriate preparations See ready.gov.
    • For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org.
    • For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org.

Next Update.

The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in Key West FL around 12:00 PM EDT, or sooner if conditions warrant.


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John Scott Papp
Licensed Real Estate Broker 
Postcard Properties Inc.
90775 Old Highway
Tavernier, Florida 33070

Mobile - (305) 432-1043
scottpapp17 at gmail.com
Fax  305.509 7245



- Matthew Redux
  • By Scott Papp <scottpapp17 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2016 12:51:41 -0400
Our thoughts are with our neighbors in Haiti and the DR, as well as Cuba. Matt is not giving up all his secret plans just yet, but he is indicating a slightly less eastward path than he was showing yesterday. This will mean more likelihood of direct coastal Florida impact, but I predict he will see land somewhat north of the Keys, maybe Pompano up to Jupiter area. Hard to tell now, but the Bahamas can expect a pretty direct hit.

Key Largo and southwest to Long Key should experience tropical storm conditions with waves, gusty wind and some rain Wednesday into Thursday.  Right now the weather is beautiful, hot and typical for this time of year.

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​John Scott Papp
Licensed Real Estate Broker 
Postcard Properties Inc.
90775 Old Highway
Tavernier, Florida 33070

Mobile - (305) 432-1043
scottpapp17 at gmail.com
Fax  305.509 7245



- Welcome Matt
  • By Scott Papp <scottpapp17 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2016 22:31:47 -0400
Very concerned about the track of this beast over Haiti. It is hard to imagine that this could become anything but a major disaster for these people. The conditions could not be any worse and their ability to prepare is still hampered by the excruciatingly slow recovery from the earthquake. At this point the best we can hope for is a rapid movement of the storm over land and a weakening over time. Best of luck...

Not much activity here in the Keys. I think our good fortune relative to hurricanes over the last few years has made us a bit too complacent. This could be the week we test our evacuation plans.

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John Scott Papp
Licensed Real Estate Broker 
Postcard Properties Inc.
90775 Old Highway
Tavernier, Florida 33070

Mobile - (305) 432-1043
scottpapp17 at gmail.com
Fax  305.509 7245



- Matthew looming
  • By Scott Papp <scottpapp17 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:46:14 -0400
Bet wishes and thoughts to all in the path of this storm. I know we in the Florida Keys are still far from direct impact, but we have seen tall, unsettled clouds and lightning, the kind of sky that catches your eye and draws comments. Be safe and prepared, and please watch out for your children and animals.

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John Scott Papp
Licensed Real Estate Broker 
Postcard Properties Inc.
90775 Old Highway
Tavernier, Florida 33070

Mobile - (305) 432-1043
scottpapp17 at gmail.com
Fax  305.509 7245



- Hermine leftovers
  • By Scott Papp <scottpapp17 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2016 17:03:14 -0400
The Florida Keys and south Florida for the most part escaped any serious impact from Hermine, but the same cannot be said for the northern part of the state as she took a turn through the Gulf onto land. Flooding and power outages as expected.
On a sad note though, we have had a number of dolphin strandings in the Florida Bay about ten miles north of Islamorada. 
These were Spinner dolphins normally found in fairly deep waters, not the shallows around Rabbit Key. Local experts believe they may have gotten disoriented from the storm.
Due to extreme dehydration and high heart rates most were euthanized almost immediately. The survivors have not fared much better.

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John Scott Papp
Licensed Real Estate Broker 
Postcard Properties Inc.
90775 Old Highway
Tavernier, Florida 33070

Mobile - (305) 432-1043
scottpapp17 at gmail.com
Fax  305.509 7245



- Ruffled feathers
  • By Scott Papp <scottpapp17 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:33:07 -0400
Greetings from the Florida Keys! It appears that we will be seeing some activity in the next few days and I expect our fowl neighbors will be getting their feathers ruffled a bit. It looks as if the beast approaching us is having some trouble getting organized, a good thing for now, but the NWS is still saying, and I quote:
Interests in South Florida and the Florida Keys should monitor the
progress of this disturbance since it is possible that some impacts,
at a minimum heavy rains and gusty winds, will occur beginning this
weekend.
Getting organized, my perennial weakness, has a pretty good probability of happening over the next two days. We will be checking batteries, water and libations just in case.
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John Scott Papp
Licensed Real Estate Broker 
Postcard Properties Inc.
90775 Old Highway
Tavernier, Florida 33070

Mobile - (305) 432-1043
scottpapp17 at gmail.com
Fax  305.509 7245



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