WHY DOES IRMA SCARE THE FOLKS IN CHARGE?

Here is a picture for comparison (from => http://www.goes.noaa.gov/HURRLOOPS/huirloop.html).

The image above is from a satellite, Hurricane Infrared: GOES East. Notice just how big Irma is compared to the other two storms that are currently out in the Atlantic.

This chart shows the probable path of the storm (from => http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at1.shtml?cone#contents). Irma will engulf the Florida peninsula.Note the maximum sustained wind and the huge size of the wind field shown in the graphic above. The storm surge, that is the water the storm drags ashore will be extensive, and that flooding will probably cause the most damage. It is the wind speed and the size of the storm that determines the extent of shore line that experiences the storm surge. In addition, the wind speed and the size of the storm helps to determine how long the high winds and the heavy rains (more flooding) lasts.

If you want of understand the importance of the wind speed, check out this website and carefully consider the graphic: Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

14 thoughts on “WHY DOES IRMA SCARE THE FOLKS IN CHARGE?

  1. Friend of mine’s mom lives in St Thomas. They got the full brunt of the cat 5 Irma. Miraculously, her home held up pretty well (she was there, with her three dogs and two cats).
    Most of my family lives in South Florida (we just moved from that area a few months back, so many of our friends live there, and wow am I grateful now that we didn’t buy a home there!).

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      1. “I think the eye of the storm passed over that island. Amazed anything is left standing. What does your friend live in, a bomb shelter?”

        LOL. Think it’s on a hill or something….with a basement. She said is has been through several hurricanes, but never one this big.

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  2. Thanks,Tom, appreciate seeing the pictures. I’ve been praying for lots of friends in that area and people in general. Be well, ya’ll.

    I got to sail to Hawaii on the edge of a hurricane, just the edge and it was a rather small one anyway, but I was quite impressed and saw the damage it had caused on land when we arrived. Where I live we can have high winds, but no hurricanes. We’ve had a couple of big storms, gusts about 85 MPH, sustained about 50. They do some major damage, so what these people are in for is serious.

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    1. I can empathize with the folks being driven from their homes. Been through several hurricanes. Pretty place, but that enough to make one tired of living on the Gulf Coast. My lady and I are getting to old for that sort of thing.

      So now I live in Gainesville, VA. By the time the nasty things get here, the issue is flooding. Have no desire to live in a flood plain.

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