Friday, June 16, 2006

Hooters Wants To Pay FEMA For Champagne Bought With Hurricane Credit Card

The Hooters restaurant chain is looking for FEMA's address.

Company Chairman Bob Brooks says he wants to reimburse the agency for the 200-dollar bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne that was purchased with a government credit card issued to Hurricane Katrina victims.

The champagne was purchased in San Antonio. It was among numerous examples of improper spending of hurricane relief money cited earlier this week by Congress' Government Accountability Office.

The GAO says the bogus spending could be as high as one-point-four (b) billion dollars. "

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Missed Us!

The first tropical storm of the hurricane season was less than advertised.

Here's the St. Petersburg Times summary

Monday, June 12, 2006

Is it a bad sign when the network storm chasers show up in your town?

Ahead of T.S. Alberto, The Weather Channel was reporting live from our little community of Safety Harbor Sunday and tonight, NBC/MSNBC is in the exact same spot

We sit on the western edge of old Tampa Bay, which is at about 10 o'clock as you look northward at a map and see the big body of water in the middle of the Tampa-St. Petersburg DMA.

Safety Harbor is best known for its world-known Spa which attracts visitors from around the world but mostly the US Northeast.

We're about 12 miles from the Gulf of Mexico which is the direction this Storm is pushing rain and wind in from. We do, however, run the risk of a storm surge coming up Tampa Bay and pushing water into the Safety Harbor community. Our house is about 1 mile from the Bay but not in a flood zone. We also have a noticeble creek bed between us and the Bay that would absorb some surge should it make it that far.

Right now we're getting some well needed rain and occasional gusts of wind no worse than any we've seen over the past two storm seasons. The latest forecast seems to indicate we should miss the worst of it but do have the threat of tornados and flooding through tomorrow afternoon.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Hurricane phone available for $4,995

The kit, launched last month by Assemble Communications LLC of Davidson, N.C., comes in a watertight suitcase and features a battery-powered Inmarsat satellite antenna and handset. It also comes with cables to connect a computer to Inmarsat's broadband Internet service.

The price includes 400 minutes of talk time that don't expire until used and 150 megabytes of Internet access - enough for about two days of average surfing.

Entire Story

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Ok....We're all set

BUT, others are not...

Florida officials worry about 'hurricane fatigue': A Mason-Dixon poll found that 83 percent of coastal residents still haven't fortified their homes, 68 percent haven't assembled a survival kit, including a first-aid kit, food, water, medicines, flashlights, a radio and batteries, and 60 percent have no family plan."

Thursday, June 01, 2006

The season starts today....only 183 days to go.....

U.S. East Coast Has Greatest Odds of Hurricane Strike.... A 69 percent chance this season of being hit by a Category 3 hurricane.