Oh my! Somebody dust off Al Gore. He'll need to be ready to explain how
America caused this storm.
Hurricane Irene is growing in intensity as it continues to slog through the
eastern Caribbean with sustained winds at 100 mph. As it becomes bigger and
stronger, expected to reach Category 4 status in two days, the danger to
Florida, particularly the Tampa Bay area, is dropping. But we are not out of the
woods yet, until after it makes landfall. The National Hurricane Center's 11
a.m. advisory today noted little change in the trajectory, which continues to
steer the storm east of Florida, taking tenuous aim at the coastline stretching
from South Carolina to Virginia. The advisory said the storm was heading
west-northwest at 12 mph. That movement was expected to continue through
tonight, followed by a turn to the northwest Wednesday. Most of Florida,
including all of the Tampa Bay area, no longer is in the familiar forecast cone
that predicts where a storm will go. That could still change.
On topic.TRACKING THE TROPICS?. Irene strengthened to
a category 2 hurricane Monday evening and has since maintained that strength.- Irene is centered 70 miles south of Grand Turk Island with top winds
of 100 mph and is moving toward the west-northwest at 12 mph.- Irene
is forecast to become a major hurricane (wind speeds higher than 111 mph) by
Wednesday morning. Irene will now move northwestward through the
Bahamas through Thursday.- Along with destructive winds, battering
waves and up to a 13-foot storm surge, Irene will cause deadly flash flooding
and mudslides across northern Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands and
eventually all of the Bahamas with rainfall locally over 1 foot.Over
the weekend, the eastern Carolinas and especially eastern North Carolina will
deal with destructive winds, flooding rains, high storm surge and coastal
flooding, battering waves and deadly rip currents as Irene moves through.- Irene could then threaten the eastern portions of the Mid-Atlantic and
Northeast with damaging winds, flooding rains and coastal surge, flooding and
high waves Sunday through early next week.
Come on... it's not the fault of the gov't that a storm occurs... the gov't only
can have blame for how it handles the situation dealt to it.