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Hurricane Michael update

2:29 PM Tuesday

Predicted to strengthen to a strong category 3 before making landfall, which means the wind damage will be much more extensive than we had with Florence which weakened before making landfall.

Landfall late tomorrow afternoon, near Panama City, Florida. 200,000 people live in the Panama City metropolitan area, which is nothing compared to the six million who live in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area. One day a major hurricane will land there and there will be massive economic damage.

9:28 AM Wednesday

Will make landfall shortly after 2 PM, east of Panama City, as a Category 4.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

October 9, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Weather

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  1. Opportunity for Rick Scott to look good; move FL from ‘toss-up’ to ‘lean-R’.

    JamesJames Mormont

    October 9, 2018 at EST pm

    • Yeah the radio is interrupting for “breaking news” Rick Scott press conferences on the hurricane. That’s free campaign coverage right there.

      Mike Street Station

      October 10, 2018 at EST am

  2. “Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area. One day a major hurricane will land there and there will be massive economic damage.”

    A bunch of drug dealers and their networks would lose their office space, condo complexes, and strip clubs. NYC would have to deal with a coke shortage in the aftermath. BFD

    Slope Park

    October 9, 2018 at EST pm

  3. It’s targeting the Redneck Riviera.

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    October 9, 2018 at EST pm

  4. Hurricane Andrew, at the time the costliest natural disaster in American history, was the best-case scenario for a Category 5 strike on South Florida. It was an extremely small (but immensely powerful) and fast-moving system, more like a large tornado than a conventional hurricane. The heaviest damage was confined to the suburban areas south of Miami. Afterward, the worst-hit areas looked as if they’d sustained a direct nuclear strike.

    Andrew made a strong impression on me. I was only a kid, but I’ll never forget riding down U.S. 1 from Kendall to Homestead with my mother a couple of days after the storm. Entire neighborhoods had been reduced to piles of rubble.

    In September 1926, a major hurricane devastated downtown Miami and Miami Beach. If that same storm hit today, it would make Andrew look like a summer thunderstorm.

    The level of development down here is incredible (and incredibly short-sighted). Condos, already plentiful, are sprouting like weeds. Traffic, already horrendous, gets worse by the day. When the Big One hits, it will have plenty of shiny new skyscrapers to wreck.

    Stan Adams

    October 10, 2018 at EST am

  5. I agree with the other commentators. A storm wrecking South Florida, and I enjoyed my visits there, is really like a storm wrecking your expensive car, which is insured, but you are behind in your payments on it because you could never really afford it. The place was always a luxury effort, it was never critical to the overall US economy.

    Ed

    October 10, 2018 at EST am

  6. While the dubious pundits will lament that this hurricane portends the advent of more global-warming-fueled storms, I don’t think anyone would give a crow if these areas, which are prone to more natural disasters, were sparsely populated. But no, this is part of the Sunbelt, and thus bears witness to impressive demographic growth. The coasts should not have much building at all on account of severe annual storms, flooding, etc.

    What really chaps my ass is that taxpayer money will go towards restoring these areas so that morons can move there again and set themselves up for the next hurricane. Frankly, if you want to move to the Gulf Coast with its armpit summers, fist-sized insects, weirdos and strip malls, fine, but I’m not going to bail your ass out since you knew the risk of living there.

    DdR

    October 11, 2018 at EST am

    • Expensive structures should be moved further inland. If rich people want summer homes on the beach, fine, but they should pay their own insurance costs.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      October 11, 2018 at EST am


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