Discussion in 'world politics, current affairs and news' started by Nylock, Sep 19, 2017.
...Here we go again
Going to hit a lot of the same Islands as Irma did...
This was just posted on the Guardian live feed - the eye directly on top of Dominica.
It's been upgraded to a cat 5!
Caribbean faces fresh devastation as category 5 Hurricane Maria hits islands
Hurricane warnings remain in effect for:
St Kitts & Nevis
US Virgin Islands
British Virgin Islands
Puerto Rico, Culebra and Vieques
Hurricane Maria hits Dominica with Category 5 punch - CNN
Terrifying storm, the speed it spun up was incredible, especially over waters that Irma had churned up. Anything going near Haiti is always a major worry as they are so badly prepared. 2017 is on track to finish very high in the ACE (accumulated cyclone energy) scores for the region. Thought there are big caveats about anything before 1966 when satellite tracking started.
Dominica got absolutely smashed by the eye wall. I think some would have watched what an eye wall looked like coming during Irma, its not just wind, its like the air is nearly liquid. At 160mph the winds of Maria are something like 2.7 times more powerfull than the 115mph winds of Irma at Naples Florida.
Guadeloupe is where many who were made homeless on St Martin have gone
The pressure is being reported and 916mb and dropping. Dominica made the eyewall more ragged but its likely to reorganise (correction is really has). Excellent conditions for further strengthening seem likely unless there is a lot of wind sheer in the next 24 hours.
06:45 GMT this morning
18:45 today (19/ 9/17)
The white clouds are cooler thus higher. Apparently 165mph.
ECMWF model paths. Its MP4 not sure how to embed.
Sounds like Dominica's prime minister - and everybody else on the island - had a very rough night.
According to his Facebook page, some flights bringing Dominicans home from islands affected by Hurricane Irma landed just 2 days ago.
CBS news just said 165 mph winds from Maria
here in NYC we're getting rain from Juan
Smart of Florida to move close to the Yellowstone super-volcano...
Still no Sound Of Music puns.
Keep it classy, people.
While Trump worries over the NFL, Puerto Rico is still in deep shit.
What every American needs to know about Puerto Rico’s hurricane disaster
They're having trouble reestablishing services for several reasons. There's a law that prohibits anything other than American shipping companies to bring goods in, which Trump could waive, but hasn't. It should be noted that he did this for Miami a week before their hurricane hit. Another problem is PR's debt load. They are so overburdened with debt that no one will lend them money to get basic services running. Trump could also fix that with the stroke of a pen, but he hasn't.
PR also missing their NWS doppler weather radar facility which went quickly as soon as Maria hit:
Which should look like this inside the (missing) radome ‘golfball’:
Off line indefinitely.
They also lost an airtraffic control tower that was essential to getting planes into the area. You can't get aid in effectively unless you can land planes quickly. So they have that difficulty in addition to the legal restrictions on bringing ships in.
The response is an utter disgrace. They kept Berlin going for a year, bigger population massively less capable planes, no helicopters. They flew the coal for its power stations in by air.
Pretty much. It took them more than a week to get a carrier in to use for a base to even start running the federal response. Trump finally suspended the Jones Act, which was hampering shipping only yesterday. He did it a week in advance for Miami and Houston. Someone somewhere is using this to make money. They're either jacking up shipping prices or their going to make things so bad that they'll try to justify privatize all of the public services later.
Yeah, one thing the US military is extremely capable of is logistics. They have a vast capacity compared to anyone else, and to be fair it seems to be swinging into action now. There's obvious constraints immediately after an event - no working ports, airfields fucked, the storm is still hanging around, but it very much looks like the response was delayed at the political level here.
Put link to bbc news story in the trump thread as this definitely constitutes stupid shit what trump did today
The Mayor of San Juan
Fucking scumbag vultures
Finally a good news story, but it has nothing to do with FEMA or the US government.
Daddy Yankee literally saved Puerto Rico's food bank - CNN
Christ, does the Trump Administration think people are this stupid?
On my wishlist is - meeting Trump.
Just above that, on my wishlist, is having a loaded gun.
After first tour of Puerto Rico, top general calls damage 'the worst he's ever seen'
'Not enough' troops, equipment in Puerto Rico, says general in charge of relief
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