Well, for all of you out there wondering how your property on Marco Island fared in the recent tropical storm, it did very well. In fact, the storm was anticlimactic. With every update, the projected track of the storm was moved farther and farther from Marco. Ultimately, we didn't even get much of a show.
As the storm made landfall in Cuba, the projected path took its center just a few miles off Marco Island. Forecasters thought it'd be a hurricane when it got here. People were scampering around preparing for the worst. Plywood and generators were flying off the shelves. Tourists were heading home. Storm shutters were in place. Then...nothing.
We've had heavier rain this summer already with our usual thunderstorms. The wind we received with Isaac hardly removed a single palm frond. The only interesting, storm-related issue to observe was the storm surge on Monday morning. Low-lying parts of the beach near South Seas Towers quickly filled up with water and soon the 700 ft deep beach was reduced to about 100 ft. Down at Caxambas Park, waves would slightly top the seawall with an occaisional splash.
Now, mid-day Monday, it looks like the storm surge has maxed-out and will start to recede. The wind is still gusting but it's not keeping many people inside and we are even seeing some occaisional sunshine. I'll update this post if anything changes but it looks like it's over.