Staying Stocked for Erika: Hurricane Tips

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HURRICANE or just a tropical storm? According to experts on Tropical Storm Erika, it is still too early to tell. Although Tropical Storm Erika has lessened its intensity even in the past 24 hours, it has already done some irreversible damage in the Caribbean and as of Thursday August 27th was projected to become a category 1 hurricane by Monday.

hurricaneBe smart and stay safe this weekend when Tropical Storm Erika approaches Florida’s coast and makes its way across the peninsula.

Stay prepared with these helpful tips for enduring Florida hurricanes!

Must-haves: Stock your household with plenty of the essentials.

  • Water: The American Red Cross recommends a gallon per person per day for three days.
  • Food: especially nonperishables such as canned goods.
  • Personal Hygiene Products: toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, etc.
  • Flashlights or Candles: Don’t get stuck in the dark if the power goes out, and don’t forget the batteries if you choose flashlights!
  • First-Aid Kit: prescription medications, bandages, etc. Pre-made kits may be available at your local drug store.
  • Gasoline or Propane: fill your tanks!

Other good ideas:

  • Remove weak tree branches near your home and pick up items from floors to avoid damage to your home in event of high winds, debris, or flooding. (Permanent storm shutters for your windows are a great addition to any Florida home at risk for hurricanes!)
  • Double-check your generator
  • Secure any outdoor furniture or decorations, and if you own a boat, secure a place for it
  • Have a battery charger for your cellphone
  • Have a good book handy at all times!
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Stunning Winter Park Chain of Lakes

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Surrounding Winter Park are a wealth of stunning lakes with prime opportunities for residents who love fishing, boating, or just enjoying the scenery. The lakes are also amazing places to call home – impressive high end homes line the lakes with easy water and personal dock access and beautiful views day and night.

dinky dockTwo of the largest lakes are equipped with boat ramps, accessed through Dinky Dock Park on Lake Virginia and Fort Maitland Park on Lake Maitland.

Scenic boat tours of the Winter Park chain of lakes are also popular for residents and visitors alike, traversing the open lake as well as the cozy canals that connect them, pontoons gliding through native flora and under rustic bridges.

WP chain of lakes highlighted - CopyThe lakes are that instant connection to the Florida landscape and outdoor lifestyle that Winter Park residents love. Not far are Maitland’s Lake Minnehaha north of Lake Maitland, and Orlando’s Lake Fairview, another boat-accessible lake, just west of Lake Killarney.

 

As of August 19th, there are 18 Active listings for lakefront residential properties on the Winter Park Chain of Lakes.

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Active – 18 listings
$749,000 to $6,995,000 list price
2,746 to 10,314 sq. ft.
4 to 6 bedrooms
Private pools on most properties

Active With Contract – 1 listing
$1,790,000 list price
4024 sq. ft.
4 bedrooms 3.5 bathrooms
Private pool

Pending – 1 listing
$3,500,000
5,450 sq. ft.
6 bedrooms 8 bathrooms
Private pool

Sold (6 mo.) – 16 listings
$155,000 to $6,700,000 list price
1,495 to 8345 sq. ft.
2 to 6 bedrooms
Private pools on most properties

Contact the Mike Rance Team today to make the Winter Park Chain of Lakes your lakefront reality!