Staring Into the Maw of a Monster Hurricane

Along with millions of people in Florida and the Southeast I am worried about Irma.  The latest models show the track of the giant storm shifting to the west indicating that it will go directly up the Florida peninsula into Georgia with the potential to cause damage in Atlanta and beyond.

We are in the middle of beyond.


We were all right until meteorologists introduced something called the European model.  It supposedly predicts the paths of hurricanes slightly better than the model meteorologists usually use. I wonder why they don’t use the European model all of the time. 

We are supposed to travel Monday for my every three month cancer checkup and we received a call from Durham, six hours north and east advising us to bring bottled water and food that does not need to be cooked.  No one knows.  Everyone is edgy.

I am having déjà vu.  In 1989 I watched with clinical detachment as meteorologists talked of another giant storm called Hugo.  As Hugo bore down on Charleston, South Carolina I thought, “Poor Charleston”.  Living 250 miles inland I went to bed wondering what Charleston would look like in the morning.  Sometime during the night the wind picked up, turned to a roar, stopped, and then started back. 

We awoke to downed trees and no power.  Hugo was still a category one Hurricane when the eye passed over us.

Now we are looking at a Hurricane that may cause enormous injury and  damage and lose little power as it passes over Florida which is apparently still very hot and wet.

I have friends on both coasts of Florida in Tampa and St. Augustine.  They could face real devastation.

We have an enormous oak that leans over our house that I treasure for its age and shade.  If it falls it will cut our house in two. 

I don’t know where to run.  Hotel/motel rooms are booked all over North Georgia and Western North Carolina by Floridians.  Damn Floridians.

Damn those European models, too. Didn’t Melania Trump have something to do with Hurricane Harvey?

Or, was Hurricane Harvey caused by Michelle Obama’s bare shoulders or something in Hillary’s email?

Seriously, two major hurricanes and the hurricane season is not over.

This isn’t like Dylan’s World War Three Blues where he offered to let me be in his dream if he could be in mine.  As Jimmy Buffet sand, there is no way to reason with hurricane season.

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Comment by J.P. Hart on September 8, 2017 at 9:24am

I ain't drinkin' though I question prayer as magical thinking

We'll get through this, we're human beings

Oky-doeky: a spot of Chianti at room

Blessings and blue skies to my 21 million Floridian friends and lovers

O: Help is on its way, and keep it green, especially on the far side of the hill 

Comment by koshersalaami on September 8, 2017 at 10:06am


I know it's not a nuke. It's a really big conventional bomb. The thing about nukes is that they generate tremendous amounts of heat and I wonder what the effect of that kind of heat would be on a hurricane. On one hand, that has to make air expand pretty quickly, and that could doing erupt circular air flow; on the other hand, heat is a hurricane's energy source, so is there any chance a nuclear explosion could radically increase a hurricane's energy if dropped in the eye? 

In Houston, Harvey mainly dropped rain. Wind wasn't an issue. I happened to be talking to a friend in Houston yesterday and he said wind was almost nonexistent. 


Comment by Rosigami on September 8, 2017 at 10:23am

May your good humor, much appreciated, turn to the laughter of relief. 

Comment by Anna Herrington on September 8, 2017 at 10:31am

Now that I watched the morning news and have gotten some work done, I keep thinking of what the weatherpeople said about Irma:  650 miles across!!! Holy Cow.

As Rosi beautifully puts it, may you end up relieved. Hopefully it will subside in strength way before it gets to you guys/y'all !!

Comment by Foolish Monkey on September 8, 2017 at 10:43am

This year's storms only add to a feeling of loss and sadness.  I feel as if everything we know is changing - even the heavens .  I'm heartened by how we seem to be coming together - even the idiot gets the gravity of this and has cut through the politics to get much needed money to the last weeks victims - LAST WEEKS!! and now this monster and a couple of others - jose and katia are right behind.  

I hope the storm dissipates before it gets up your way.  Perhaps you should look into shoring up that tree, if you haven't already - although a hurricane is an awful lot for an old leaning tree to handle.  

stay safe Rodney - you and Mrs Rodney - you're in my thoughts.

Comment by Rodney Roe on September 8, 2017 at 12:25pm

The latest:

Comment by Rosigami on September 8, 2017 at 12:40pm


Comment by koshersalaami on September 8, 2017 at 1:20pm

More of that Chinese Hoax Weather

Comment by Rodney Roe on September 8, 2017 at 5:16pm

Just talked with our daughter in Oregon who echoed what a  lot of folks here have said.  She hasn't been able to take a deep breath in a month.  Somehow, all of this is related to the Chinese Hoax.

Comment by Rodney Roe on September 9, 2017 at 4:18am

Following a hurricane that struck Texas in the 1950s the Arkansas River Valley had a large growth of red clover apparently seeded by the wind as the storm came ashore.  I keep imagining Burmese pythons swept up from the Everglades in Valdosta, GA after this.

This bit of video tracking Irma with four cameras doesn't show much wind yet, but it's a nice trick.


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