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Cat 4 Hurricane Maria slams Puerto Rico

If only we treated them like real Americans:

Hurricane Maria slammed into eastern Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning as a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm, bringing vicious winds, storm surge and rain to areas across the island before weakening to a Category 3 by the afternoon.

As of noon local time, 100 percent of customers of Puerto Rico’s sole energy provider were without power, according to the island’s emergency and disaster management agency.

The hurricane’s eyewall passed over Vieques around 4 a.m. Eastern time before heading toward the main island, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm made landfall on the eastern part of the island, near Yabucoa, around 6:15 a.m. with wind speeds of up to 155 mph.

Maximum wind speeds had slowed to 140 mph by 11 a.m., the NHC said.

Maria is expected to move off Puerto Rico’s shore by the afternoon and start traveling northwest toward the Dominican Republic. It will likely remain a dangerous hurricane for the next few days and gain intensity as it moves across the water, bringing “life-threatening storm surge” to the islands in its path, according to the NHC.

“This is the most devastating storm either in a century or quite frankly in modern history,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló told CNN on Wednesday. “What’s critical right now is for people to recognize that the breadth of the storm is still to come. There’s a lot of flooding, there’s a lot of infrastructure damage, but the only thing that should matter right now is that people should stay safe.”

Maria strengthens into an ‘extremely dangerous’ category 4 hurricane

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Hurricane Maria rapidly intensified on Monday, becoming an “extremely dangerous” category 4 storm as it reached the northeast Caribbean, U.S. forecasters say. Additional strengthening is possible over the next few days. Credit: NOAA As of 5 p.m. ET on Monday, Maria was located about 45 miles (70 kilometers) southeast of Dominica, or 35 miles (55 kilometers)… Continue Reading →

No way, Jose

Hurricane Jose's path: What you should know

From Weather Underground:

Jose is currently headed east at 5 mph, and is in the midst of a slow clockwise loop. (Such loops are uncommon, but not unheard of–in 2004, Hurricane Ivan did a much larger clockwise loop that resulted in two U.S. landfalls.) The rather odd forecast track is the result of a mid-level high that will move to the northeast of Jose on Wednesday, forcing it to the south and then west. The slow, looping path Jose is taking in an area of weak steering currents is the sort of behavior that our computer models don’t predict with a high degree of accuracy, and the 5-day error in the latest track forecast is likely to be higher than average. While the 12Z Monday, 0Z Tuesday, and 6Z Tuesday runs of the GFS and European models (and their ensembles) showed a limited threat to the U.S., and an increased threat to Canada next week, we should not be confident in these forecasts until Jose is done with its loop and is positioned in an area of more reliable steering currents. The UKMET model has been consistently predicting over its past three runs that Jose will move through The Bahamas and hit the U.S., but this model is an outlier, and is less likely to be correct than the consensus of our other models. Bottom line: It’s too soon to know what Jose will do, and it is certainly possible that the storm will recurve out to sea without affecting any land areas.

White House: See no climate change evil

Irma brings major flooding to Charleston, leaves 6 dead in Florida

During today’s press briefing, National Security Adviser Tom Bossert dismissed questions about climate change but told the press that scientists correctly predicted an increase in hurricanes. Is the glass half full or empty? Climate change seems to have been classified as one of the “seven dirty phrases” you can’t say on television since the country has… Continue Reading →

Florida Keys

Heard last night they were sending “mass mortuary teams.” Doesn’t sound good.

FL sheriff orders ID checks at hurricane shelters so he can jail people

Sheriff Grady Judd and Dad

A Florida sheriff stirred up controversy this week after he revealed that deputies would be checking IDs at local hurricane shelters and arresting anyone with an outstanding warrant, which can be issued for something as common as a traffic ticket. In a tweet on Wednesday, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd warned that “sworn LEOs will be… Continue Reading →

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