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Per A123’s suggestion, an open thread if one is worth creating about the category 4-pushing-5 hurricane headed towards the Louisiana and Texas coasts in the Gulf of Mexico. There are still four months left in 2020. Surely you didn’t think the catastrophes were over yet.

Does Laura have a friend named Katrina, by the way?

 
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  1. Hopefully this will be a “Hurricane Katrina” type event that devastates the region economically, creates hundreds of thousands of refugees who will serve as Covid-20 superseeders, and creates one of many future messes for the media to focus on instead of riotous race drama.

    America is about to be reminded who the real hooligan is (MOTHER NATURE).

    • Troll: Audacious Epigone
  2. I don’t understand what all the fuss is about. We have Dumb Prole President in charge, that means there can be no natural disasters. Any reports of them are Democrat hoaxes.

    • Agree: JohnPlywood
  3. It if does enough damage to the refineries, that will push fuel prices up, which will then force other prices up, and then more inflation will go with the new $Trillions of phony money, and then…

  4. Dear weather reporters who will be covering the wind damage:

    The plural of “roof” is “roofs.” Not “rooves.”
    Just to be sure that Idiocracy has not yet given its blessing to rooves, I researched this. Rooves is still wrong.

    Dear rescuers:

    1. During Katrina, every agency except for the Coast Guard went into gridlock. This was attributed to a Coast Guard philosophy of “take action now, get permission later.” Consider the practical wisdom of this attitude in an emergency situation. (The CDC does not seem to believe this. They still cite the regulations, and say they are handcuffed. Just make the rescue.)
    2. Save the dog too. It is a member of the family.

    • Thanks: Audacious Epigone
    • Replies: @Twinkie
    @SafeNow


    1. During Katrina, every agency except for the Coast Guard went into gridlock.
     
    The legendary Louisiana sheriff Harry Lee didn't brook any red tape and protected his parish from the looters despite the objections and criticism from other elected officials:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Lee_(sheriff)#Hurricane_Katrina


    2. Save the dog too. It is a member of the family.
     
    For some of us, it's dogS. And darn right.
  5. Will these race-related riots move towards the hurricane model of federal funding?

    Many people lamented it when the feds started picking up the tab for hurricanes, but Biden looks like the kind of guy who would endorse it.

  6. Aid is already beginning to roll into the area.

    Our prayers go out to those who have been impacted by the storm.

    PEACE 😇

  7. One would think that the governor of Louisiana would have more pressing matters: (1)

    Louisiana will remain in Phase 2 of the coronavirus recovery for at least two more weeks.

    Gov. John Bel Edwards [D] announce the extension of his Phase 2 order on Wednesday during a news conference on Hurricane Laura.

    “We’re basically going to be blind for this week because we’ll have to discontinue much of our community based testing,” Edwards said.

    Apparently mask wearing is critical to hurricane recovery.

    PEACE 😇
    _______

    (1) https://www.ktbs.com/weather/hurricane-tracker/gov-edwards-extends-phase-2-for-two-weeks/article_47b2aafc-e7c1-11ea-9e09-6f318672c8c6.html

  8. AE,

    Thanks for the open thread. Hopefully people will find it and the reaction will be like this.

    PEACE 😇
    .

  9. Mr Turok thinks the weather changes based on who is in power, pretty powerful take.

  10. You do not want to be downwind of this…..

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    @A123

    At least it's not a nuclear reactor (e.g. Fukushima).

    Replies: @Mr. Rational

  11. @A123
    You do not want to be downwind of this.....

    PEACE 😇

    https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1299077552913428480?s=20

    Replies: @Twinkie

    At least it’s not a nuclear reactor (e.g. Fukushima).

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
    @Twinkie

    Be better if it was.  The Fukushima evacuations were un-necessary.

  12. @SafeNow
    Dear weather reporters who will be covering the wind damage:

    The plural of “roof” is “roofs.” Not “rooves.”
    Just to be sure that Idiocracy has not yet given its blessing to rooves, I researched this. Rooves is still wrong.

    Dear rescuers:

    1. During Katrina, every agency except for the Coast Guard went into gridlock. This was attributed to a Coast Guard philosophy of “take action now, get permission later.” Consider the practical wisdom of this attitude in an emergency situation. (The CDC does not seem to believe this. They still cite the regulations, and say they are handcuffed. Just make the rescue.)
    2. Save the dog too. It is a member of the family.

    Replies: @Twinkie

    1. During Katrina, every agency except for the Coast Guard went into gridlock.

    The legendary Louisiana sheriff Harry Lee didn’t brook any red tape and protected his parish from the looters despite the objections and criticism from other elected officials:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Lee_(sheriff)#Hurricane_Katrina

    2. Save the dog too. It is a member of the family.

    For some of us, it’s dogS. And darn right.

  13. This storm has been very unusual. When I suggested this open thread to AE, it was rapidly ramping from Cat 1 to Cat 4 in 24-36 hours. Laura may be the *least* damaging Cat 4 on record.

    — Storm surge prediction was 20 ft. Actual was 10-12 ft.
    — Laura had a fast rate of advance, which limited total rainfall and associated flooding.
    — The max wind/rain portion of the storm was very compact.

    Both Laura and Harvey were Cat 4 storms. Harvey was larger, slower, and moved parallel to the coast instead of having a “straight in” landfall.

    PEACE 😇
    _______

    Hurricane LAURA (2020)

    Hurricane HARVEY (2017)

    • Replies: @Audacious Epigone
    @A123

    This has been a dud, but it's because the storm was a dud, too. I think we can chalk it up as a big win!

    Replies: @A123

  14. @A123
    This storm has been very unusual. When I suggested this open thread to AE, it was rapidly ramping from Cat 1 to Cat 4 in 24-36 hours. Laura may be the *least* damaging Cat 4 on record.

    -- Storm surge prediction was 20 ft. Actual was 10-12 ft.
    -- Laura had a fast rate of advance, which limited total rainfall and associated flooding.
    -- The max wind/rain portion of the storm was very compact.

    Both Laura and Harvey were Cat 4 storms. Harvey was larger, slower, and moved parallel to the coast instead of having a "straight in" landfall.

    PEACE 😇
    _______

    Hurricane LAURA (2020)

    https://twitter.com/BobbiStorm/status/1298733921543348224?s=20

    Hurricane HARVEY (2017)

    https://www.worldvision.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/rb-animated.gif

    Replies: @Audacious Epigone

    This has been a dud, but it’s because the storm was a dud, too. I think we can chalk it up as a big win!

    • Replies: @A123
    @Audacious Epigone

    ~600,000 without power, but only ~10 deaths at this point. Still painful, but much less than what Cat 4 storms have done in the past.

    It will be interesting to hear how the hurricane scientists explain why the 20' storm surge estimate was much higher than the actual.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @Mr. Rational

  15. @Audacious Epigone
    @A123

    This has been a dud, but it's because the storm was a dud, too. I think we can chalk it up as a big win!

    Replies: @A123

    ~600,000 without power, but only ~10 deaths at this point. Still painful, but much less than what Cat 4 storms have done in the past.

    It will be interesting to hear how the hurricane scientists explain why the 20′ storm surge estimate was much higher than the actual.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
    @A123

    Likely the difference between making landfall at low vs. high tide.

  16. @Twinkie
    @A123

    At least it's not a nuclear reactor (e.g. Fukushima).

    Replies: @Mr. Rational

    Be better if it was.  The Fukushima evacuations were un-necessary.

  17. @A123
    @Audacious Epigone

    ~600,000 without power, but only ~10 deaths at this point. Still painful, but much less than what Cat 4 storms have done in the past.

    It will be interesting to hear how the hurricane scientists explain why the 20' storm surge estimate was much higher than the actual.

    PEACE 😇

    Replies: @Mr. Rational

    Likely the difference between making landfall at low vs. high tide.

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