Hurricanes Everywhere!

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  1. Maniac Craniac

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    Hurricanes Everywhere!

    In the North Atlantic Ocean. The vast Pacific Ocean has been uncommonly quiet.
     
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    Maria is on track to pass right over Dominica. But at this point, even if it veers someone in the Lesser Antilles is going to get run over.
     
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    I saw that but it was still a TS as of 11:00 AM, EDT. PR and DR are slated to get creamed but you never know.
     
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    Even if it isn't a hurricane by the time it makes landfall, the rain can do more damage than the wind, especially if a storm takes its time in transit. A few years ago Tropical Storm Erika washed away two villages in Dominica and caused massive damage across the island; it was the worst storm there since Hurricane David in 1979.
     
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    Seasons with the highest Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE), 1851 - Present

    Rank Year ACE Index
    1. 2005 250
    2. 1950 243
    3. 1893 231
    4. 1995 228
    5. 2004 227
    6. 1926 222
    7. 1933 213
    8. 1961 205
    9. 1955 199
    10. 1998 182

    https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/top10.asp
     
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    It looks like its eye is approaching Dominica. The US National Hurricane Center has upgraded it to category 4 (!) and say that it has sustained wind speeds of 130 mph near the eyewall.

    Hurricane Maria Public Advisory

    I've been looking for weather reports on conditions in Dominica, but the last one said 50 mph wind gusts. That's not bad, but it's probably old information and conditions are probably deteriorating.

    My thoughts are with the people of Dominica (and Martinique and Guadalupe).
     
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    The National Hurricane Center has upgraded Maria again, to category 5 (!!!). They call it "potentially catastrophic". 160 mph (260 km/h) sustained winds. The eye and the most intense winds are nearing Dominica. (I'm getting worried.)

    Hurricane Maria Public Advisory
     
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    I just saw a radar map of the storm with outlines of the islands superimposed, and the eye is currently right over SE Dominica. So Dominica is getting full force.
     
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    About an hour ago, Dominica Prime Minister Skerritt wrote on Facebook "Rough, Rough, Rough"

    About 30 minutes ago, he wrote "My roof is gone. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding."

    Then a few minutes after that "I have been rescued". Whoever rescued him in the full force of a category 5 hurricane deserves a raise. There are stories of heroism happening on Dominica, Guadalupe and Martinique as we speak.

    Radio from Dominica is saying that the roofs have come off many buildings and damage is severe.

    CARICOM (the Caribbean Community) has a local FEMA-like disaster management agency that's preparing to deploy to Dominica when the storm moves off.
     
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    The island is devastated. No contact with anyone there. My wife's cousin is a first responder with CDEMA, the agency Hierophant mentioned, so we hope to have an update from him in the next day or two. Will convey. Busy day organizing relief. Thanks for best wishes.
     
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    People are saying the island hasn't yet recovered from TS Erika in 2015. Now it's back-to-back hits.

    Good luck.
     
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    Roseau? OMG, what will happen to the campus of New World University, not to mention all of the students there???*
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    * Injecting some levity, trying to be tasteless as always. New World U. is the school founded by our own Steve Foerster.
     
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    Yep, they took a direct hit. Gracious...
     
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    I just had contact with a friend in Puerto Rico. She's OK/safe. Not sure about others on the island. Best wishes to all.
     
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    If we're lucky then the office still has a roof. But I don't know that yet, because I'm off the island and I haven't heard from our operations coordinator who lives in town and thus is the closest. So for now, I just hope she's still alive.

    And for the record, you're not trying to "inject levity", you're just trying to troll someone who's at his lowest, because that's what you really are, and for decades now that's all you've had left to offer.
     
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    Best wishes there.

    According to this, Dominica Relief Efforts in Houston – Dominica News Online , only their Houston...Houston!...office is operational. Everything on Dominica is down.
     
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    Hurricane Maria isn't done. It's currently passing just west of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands with the more dangerous right-hand side driving surges into the island. (Hurricanes rotate counter-clockwise, so then they come ashore it's the right side that's blowing water onto shore.)

    Almost no information is getting out of Dominica due to communications being almost totally down. Journalists from CBC in Barbados (not Canadians, the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation) in an aircraft apparently belonging to the RSS (Regional Security System) from Barbados flew over Dominica and came away with these images:

    https://www.facebook.com/CBCNews.bb/videos/vb.1447053148908724/1986491898298177/?type=2&theater

    The United States obviously has to give first priority to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, since they are US territories. But it would be cool if we could order one of those landing ships that carries Marines and helicopters to Dominica. Their PM is apparently asking for helicopters to assist in the aid and recovery efforts. I think that we should answer the call.

    http://www.cbc.bb/index.php/component/k2/item/2093-dominica-pm-fears-deaths-as-hurricane-maria-hits-the-island
     
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