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History of local storms

We have the protection of the Indian mounds on Cape Canaveral to keep us safe from the worst storms. The legends are interesting, if confused, but the gist of the story I heard is that a group of indians called the A'is built ceremonial mounds on Cape Canaveral. The A'is were a very large and powerful group of Indians, rumored to be descended from the survivors of Atlantis. (That's how they got the name A (tlant) 'is.) They also had some ties with the Mayans and their culture and calendar.

Some say that the Cape was chosen for the U.S. launch site because of the presence of these mounds. Not only do they protect the area from the worst storms, but they supposedly are links to some Mayan legends and prophecies concerning space travel. (If somebody knows the whole story behind this, please write and let me know!)

The A'is later moved their headquarters to Vero, and now this whole coastal area remains under the protection of the mounds and we seldom take a direct hit from a hurricane.

It makes for an interesting story at the very least, and I do have to admit we have been very lucky. Below are the paths of hurricanes across Florida from 1995 to 1999. The storms that came close to us were of minimal force, and caused more damage by flooding than by wind.

Storm paths from 1995 to 1999

2004 hurricanes

Of course, that all changed in 2004, but even though 4 large storms came close, none of them actually made landfall in the protected area between Cape Canaveral and Vero.

our location

Tree after Erin Hurricane Erin in 1995 had wind gusts of 100 mph. A couple of my trees were blown off center - this one used to stand straight up.

An Oak tree fell on a powerline down the street, knocking out power to all but three houses in my neighborhood for a week and a half. (I was one of the lucky three who still had power!)

Friends a block away had 2 feet of water in their homes from the flooding after the hurricane. My house is on a slight ridge and only got water halfway up the backyard.

Central Florida got hit really hard in 2004. Four large and powerful hurricanes came through the same area within weeks of each other, causing incredible amounts of damage.

The tree that leaned during Erin came down during hurricane Frances...along with several other big shade trees. It clipped the corner of the roof, and another one fell on my shed, but my house came through quite well - all things considered.

I did get some great photos in the marsh! See: "After the Storms"

fallen tree

cypress trees after a storm

2008 brought us Tropical Storm Fay. It wasn't much of a windstorm, but we got lots and lots of rain! A trailer park 2 miles from my house made national news for the severity of flooding they suffered, and some of my neighbors flooded, but water only got to within a foot of my door.

The fluctuations in the water levels in the marsh were almost unbelievable - as were some of the cypress scenes I was able to photograph!

See my photos here.

Additional Links

Java plots for past storms - http://weather.terrapin.com/PastStorms.html

1999 storm tracks - http://weather.unisys.com/hurricane/atlantic/1999/index.html

Free Hurricane Tracking Map.

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