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  • By Michael Le Page

    It’s a monster. As the eye of Hurricane Irma approached the tiny island of Barbuda this morning, wind speeds soared to 250 kph before the instrument broke.

    At the time of writing, all c […]

    • terrifying.

    • As I sit here, in Tampa, Florida, at work, not “working” (everyone is monitoring this thing), I marvel at the science that allows us to know this is coming with a good approximation of the path it will take (not to mention all of the other measurements: wind speeds, barometric pressure, etc). That said it’s time to batten down the hatches here. I’ve been here my entire life and we’ve dealt with many of these, but that doesn’t ease the inevitable anxiety that comes with these lumbering storms. You know what’s coming, you can’t speed it up, you can’t do anything to make it deviate from its course, etc.

    • Good luck, 007.

      Hopefully a fair bit of energy will be spent by then, but its coming down from a biggie,

    • One of Trump’s advisers (Conway) was asked about global while she was being interviewed by Hurricane Harvey, and she said: “I think it’s highly inappropriate to talk about global warming in the middle of a hurricane.”

      Steven, hi. Good luck. Be safe.

      (Maybe I am a little bit of a contrarian. One must be rigorously honest in life.)

    • One of Trump’s advisers (Conway) was asked about global while she was being interviewed about Hurricane Harvey, and she said: “I think it’s highly inappropriate to talk about global warming in the middle of a hurricane.” Awful people. All of them.

      Steven, hi. Good luck. Be safe.

      (Maybe I am a little bit of a contrarian. One must be rigorously honest in life.)

    • Good luck, 007; Steven, hi. Good luck. Be safe

      Thanks, gentlemen. Yes Phil, that’s the hope (spent energy).

      Dan, I think all of us here are contrarian to an extent. Certainly in all of its synonymous meanings.

    • Good luck Steven. I’m here in Panama City Beach and temporarily out of the line of fire but we are both suffering from cone shift at the moment. Small consolation is that major properties owned by Trump, Rush Limbaugh and the Koch Bros. are also in the cross-hairs.

    • Steven007 #4
      Sep 8, 2017 at 11:41 am

      As I sit here, in Tampa, Florida, at work, not “working” (everyone is monitoring this thing), I marvel at the science that allows us to know this is coming with a good approximation of the path it will take

      I hope that the effect of land on the storm, causing the down-grade to category 2 and then to category 1, has spared you serious damage, and that the flooding from the surge and the rain has not been too bad!

      As a tropical storm, it has now taken its heavy rain away to the north, so the clear-up in Tampa can begin. (Although river levels may still be an issue)

      Best wishes!!

    • Good luck to 007.
      Now the bad news. What IF the hurricane season doesn’t decline and continues for several months?
      Is that the future?
      Its hard to believe this is just an aberration at this point. Are we going to see a movement of people to the North to escape the climate?

    • Thanks for the kind words Alan, Phil, Dan, rjohn19, alf1200 and everyone else who’s expressed concern. An update. It’s been a busy two weeks. We got “lucky”. Irma was somewhat neutered by the time she roared through my area. We still had gusts in the 90’s and low triple digits. I lost power for ~ 72 hrs. My employer lost power for an entire week. I’ve heard that the effort to restore power to Florida is the largest effort in US history. This is a dubious distinction that likely won’t last long as these storms now intensify with great alacrity. There were power trucks and energy teams in my neighborhood from the Carolina’s, Texas and Canada. They were heroic in getting our power restored. Many still do not have power. Duke Energy (the local power provider) has received bomb threats this morning and is on lockdown (their office is a block away from my employer so we received an email to stay away).

      We see with Maria that it’s a powerful Cat 5 and likely will be until it reaches land and then hopefully turns out to sea and cooler waters. The current path has it possibly threatening the eastern seaboard of the US. It looks like Puerto Rico will be pummeled. It’s clear that the warm oceans, which have always powered these storms, have now become jet fuel for them. NDGT recently stated that he thought it was probably too late to make a major impact on manmade warming. And as alf noted, this will eventually impact as an extension to the traditional hurricane season and a possible migration for some people who are often in the path of these storms. This will eventually affect property values, the economy, etc. We are just now beginning to barrel down this slippery, chaotic slope…

    • Steven007 #23
      Sep 19, 2017 at 11:16 am

      Glad to see you are recovering, and escaped some of the worst of it.

      It looks like some unfortunate island dwellers are in for a double dose!