Hurricane Irma

#1
Pity Ashley's helicopter didn't fly through it with him inside but 'joking' aside, I wouldn't want to be in the path of that thing.

Described by some as the worst hurricane ever seen in the Atlantic and the rest as the worst in at least a decade, it's devastating everything in it's way.

Barbuda near Antigua is pretty much gone as an island with nowt left that works, Puerto Rica is expecting absolute carnage along with Cuba before Florida most likely gets it full on and then the knock on effect for everything else will start including petrol prices for us.

Dont think i'll complain again when we get the severe gales and a fence or bin blows over.
 

The Pyrry

Vital Reserves Team
#2
Aye TNMW certainly puts things in perspective, the devistation they cause to as you say a fence knocked over or a bin blown over.
 

keggy_keagal

Vital 1st Team Regular
#3
Us humans with our self important little worries and plans and then along comes mother nature and reminds us of our place in the universe.
 

daftladguy

Vital 1st Team Regular
#4
Have been in Florida before on Hurricane watch, and a sobering experience is when the radio is interrupted in your car with Tornado warnings.

The storm following looks as if it is picking up intensity as well, so could be a double whammy,

Flew into Florida in 2005, a week after Wilma, the devistation was everywhere, however Disney World was only shut 1 day.

Good Luck to all caught out in this, we are usually there now, but ditched it due to circumstances.
 

CuckFan

Vital Squad Member
#6
It's quite hard to fathom - this isn't a new phenomenon for the zone.

Civilisations millennia ago, took action to protect themselves against the elements. And nature in general, such as earthquakes etc. And their constructions still survive in some form today.

Rule number one; water and feed yourselves. Rule number two, find:build shelter.

They are poor people in general; but so were the peoples of ancient civilisations.

If I was to live on a Caribbean island, half my gaff would be underground; the other half solid and designed to be aerodynamic, to try and beat the elements.

Today, basic survival seems to have passed people by. Like building major cities on a known massive geological fault......

Sympathy, still. But even so, if people thousands of years ago defended themselves against what this world can throw at them......why not now?
 

CuckFan

Vital Squad Member
#7
Mind you - people in the UK still build and live in places with flat roofs; and build housing estates on known flood plains.
 
#8
Cant help but agree with some of the sentiments in that the hotter countries tend to build houses out of sticklebricks.

Another thing to factor in is the media's tendency to overegg everything now whether a genuine tragedy or a run of the mill event. Still think this one is going to be up there with America's worst though.
 

CuckFan

Vital Squad Member
#9
I don't think people on these islands have many (any?) funds to build them out of anything else really - but knowing the threat potentially faced every year around these times, you would expect there to be an island-wide (global initiative?) government policy of help to build part of the dwellings below ground so that not everything is destroyed by foul weather such as this; and a place to take refuge when they hit.

Humankind has gone backwards in so many ways.
 

daftladguy

Vital 1st Team Regular
#10
Toon_NoMatterWot - 8/9/2017 00:10

Cant help but agree with some of the sentiments in that the hotter countries tend to build houses out of sticklebricks.

Another thing to factor in is the media's tendency to overegg everything now whether a genuine tragedy or a run of the mill event. Still think this one is going to be up there with America's worst though.
They build their houses out of wood and corrugated steel, as it is cheaper to rebuild when the inevitable happens. Even a brick built, or cinder block building would have difficulty surviving that. The houses are much more thermally efficient as well. When time comes for a rebuild, many of the original beams and planks can be used as a starting point, not everything is reduced to a pulp.
 
#11
daftladguy - 8/9/2017 09:19

Toon_NoMatterWot - 8/9/2017 00:10

Cant help but agree with some of the sentiments in that the hotter countries tend to build houses out of sticklebricks.

Another thing to factor in is the media's tendency to overegg everything now whether a genuine tragedy or a run of the mill event. Still think this one is going to be up there with America's worst though.
They build their houses out of wood and corrugated steel, as it is cheaper to rebuild when the inevitable happens. Even a brick built, or cinder block building would have difficulty surviving that. The houses are much more thermally efficient as well. When time comes for a rebuild, many of the original beams and planks can be used as a starting point, not everything is reduced to a pulp.
Didn't know that which makes it sound like they're fairly relaxed on just getting on with things when or if the worst happens. The Florida 'panic', makes it sound as if they haven't really thought of it.
 

MickMartin

Vital Football Hero
#14
To be fair Florida dont tend to panic about these things they have them that often and no matter how bad it is you can guarantee disney will be open within 24 hours.
 

daftladguy

Vital 1st Team Regular
#15
BlackBob - 8/9/2017 10:47

She'll appear on cam 6am sunday
Been to Clearwater many times Bob, and stayed in the hotel, the webcam is on in 2015, its a great place, a webcam at West Palm Beach, or Cocoa Beach would be a good view, they are on the East Coast, as the strongest winds are in the North East corner of the Hurricane.

https://www.surfguru.com/florida-surf-reports/cocoa-beach-pier

learned that last night watching Fox News!!!
 
#16
BlackBob - 8/9/2017 10:33

http://www.skylinewebcams.com/en/webcam/united-states/florida/clearwater/clearwater-beach.html
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nigh on 80 degrees at half 8 in the morning and the beach is deserted. If that was up here and it was as nice as that it would be rammed. Loads of sickies .
 

BlackBob

Vital Football Legend
#17
It'll be fecked come 8am sunday Guy.iv'e been following this one since she was born in the Cape Verdes back on the 28th of August.
put all the detaies on by blog the 31st.











Peter Fullerton

31 August at 23:57
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Harvey was bad but our friends over the water need to keep an eye on Irma,she could end up cat 5 and head to the gulf over the next 10 days.very powerfull storm with current wind speeds we dont see to much until later in in development.







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