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Old 01-10-2008, 11:29 AM
 
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Hi, we were looking to relocating to Tampa .We really want a affordable ,safe city and coming from NY i liked what i saw in Tampa.
Well,now, i hear that Tampa is the second lightning capital of the world.
Is It true and if so how does it affect your lives?I have a 2 year old and am a little scared.Should i be worried?Does anyone regret moving there?THANKS.
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Old 01-10-2008, 12:40 PM
 
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Well we are the lightening capital of the world because we are such a flat state. They say if you hear thunder, lightening can strike within 3 miles of it. I don't live my days wondering if i'm going to get struck today or not. Just use common sense and if you hear thunder, go indoors. You'll be fine. Don't worry about it.
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Old 01-10-2008, 12:41 PM
 
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Default you need to be cautious

It is true. I mean a little common sense. Don't be outside in a storm, If you go out to a store or someplace and a storm comes up stay in, they usually pass quickly. If you buy a house make sure it's got lightening arrestors and don't walk around with an umbrella. I don't regret moving to Tampa for the lightening but you have to use some wisdom. You can't let something liek that overtake your life or you won't have one. In other words don't change your plans because a storm is forecast but watch the bulletins. If it's a "watch" you can probably be ok as long as you're near cover. If a "warning" take cover. The only things I would avoid doing are totally outdoor activities. like the beach. No pavillions to shelter in ala Jones beach. Storms are usually in the late afternoon hours so you should be able to get beach time most days.


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Hi, we were looking to relocating to Tampa .We really want a affordable ,safe city and coming from NY i liked what i saw in Tampa.
Well,now, i hear that Tampa is the second lightning capital of the world.
Is It true and if so how does it affect your lives?I have a 2 year old and am a little scared.Should i be worried?Does anyone regret moving there?THANKS.
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Old 01-10-2008, 12:49 PM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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Just like NY gets thunderstorms(im from NY) with lightning...so does Florida...but on a MUCH MUCH bigger scale...so heed the warnings, and dont be outside during a thunderstorm(just like in NY)
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Old 01-10-2008, 01:05 PM
 
Location: South Tampa
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For sure we get more than a lion's share of lightning here in the Bay Area. Most of the thunderstorms we get are not the kind that develop along a front; rather, they are air-mass storms that are generated from the strong thermals we have in summer months. Since our prevailing steering currents here on the west coast of the state are easternly, the storms usually arrive between 4 and 6 pm (depending on where in the state the seabreeze fronts collide) and continue westernly in to the Gulf, leaving us with clearing skies afterward.

So the July/August/September afternoon rush hour is typically a challenging one, with heavy downpours and some flooded streets (like Dale Mabry at Neptune in south Tampa!!) but the mornings and evenings are mostly rain free and tolerable.

If your small child reacts to noise anything like my dog does, you'll have to get used to him/her hiding under the bed when the "boomers" start!
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Old 01-10-2008, 03:34 PM
 
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Thank you so much! I din't know the storms are mostly in the summer.thanks.
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Old 01-10-2008, 06:09 PM
 
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The lightning and thunder storms are the most beautiful storms I ever see! Gorgeous! Absolutely breath-taking.
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Old 01-10-2008, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Nevada/Hawaii
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The lightning and thunderstorms I could handle. My dogs flatulence during these storms I could not!
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Old 01-10-2008, 06:30 PM
 
Location: O-Town
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Hi, we were looking to relocating to Tampa .We really want a affordable ,safe city and coming from NY i liked what i saw in Tampa.
Well,now, i hear that Tampa is the second lightning capital of the world.
Is It true and if so how does it affect your lives?I have a 2 year old and am a little scared.Should i be worried?Does anyone regret moving there?THANKS.

I wouldn`t worry about it just stay indoors during a storm.
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Old 01-11-2008, 06:31 AM
 
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The storms never bothered my kids but I wasn't afraid of them either.
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