Hotels and tourism take a large hit when hurricanes hit, aside from the damage that a hurricane can do to the residents and the communities of Florida such as fallen trees, flooding power lines being brought down, cause for the state to respond immediately with tree service technicians, power technicians and plumbers and many other state and local business rushing to help, the economy takes a huge blow. The idea of visiting for all the fun that our state has to offer takes huge toll on local business, hotels, restaurants. The state and the communities of Palm Bay, Brevard County and have hired tourism-marketing agency’s to create a plan that includes highlighting what has reopened in areas hit by the storm in Northwest Florida. The plan also seeks to call attention to other areas of the Panhandle, such as Pensacola, that were largely unscathed and deliver a message that “the rest of Florida is wide open for business.”.
The marketing effort will feature domestic and international ads along with heavy use of videos on social-media sites showing what’s open and the recovery efforts. It is seen, in part, as a continuation of ongoing work to address concerns of potential tourists about algae and red-tide problems in waterways in Southeast and Southwest Florida this year.
The amount of damage include flooded homes, torn off roofs and a lot of tree damage, which calls for 24 hour tree services to remove fallen trees from electric wires and fallen trees that have blocked streets. One of the best things you can do in your landscape is to plant trees that can withstand hurricane-force winds. When choosing a new tree for your Florida landscape, or deciding whether to remove a tree, take hurricanes into consideration. Research shows that sand live oaks are the most resistant to wind damage. Other good choices include the Southern magnolia, live oak, crapemyrtle, bald cypress, and sabal palm. These trees are less likely to lose limbs or blow over during hurricanes.
Hurricane Humberto was a category 2 hurricane and continues to gain power as it heads east into the northern Atlantic where it is expected to become a major storm, the National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. update. Now a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and higher gusts, the storm is moving east-northeast at about 8 mph.
“This general motion with a gradual increase in forward speed is expected through early Thursday,” the NHC said. “On the forecast track, the center of Humberto is expected to approach Bermuda Wednesday night.”
Some strengthening is forecast within the next 36 hours where meteorologists expect Humberto to become a major Category 3 hurricane with at least 111 mph winds by Tuesday or Wednesday.