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August 25, 2012

Hurricanes Happen Every Year
Posted by Jim Macdonald at 02:24 PM * 5 comments

A year ago Hurricane Irene devastated big chunks of New England, particularly in Vermont.

Right now Tropical Storm Isaac has crossed Haiti, killing three, and is headed for Florida; the prediction is that it’ll become a hurricane before it hits the Sunshine State.

Hurricane season runs roughly from June through October every year. The time to prepare for a hurricane is before it’s a cloud on the horizon. has a decent hurricane-preparedness page.

Since forehandedness is a virtue, here is a list of some previous Making Light posts that deal with the issues. As always most of the value is in the comment threads.

The comment threads there are still open and years-old posts can be active here.

Stay safe, y’all.

Comments on Hurricanes Happen Every Year:
#1 ::: marc sobel ::: (view all by) ::: August 25, 2012, 05:29 PM:

You left out that the safest place is in a Strip Club.

#2 ::: Steve C. ::: (view all by) ::: August 26, 2012, 05:07 PM:

Each model run brings Isaac further and further westward. Now they're talking about a New Orleans landfall, or along the Texas-Louisiana border.

Since the diminutive version of Isaac is Ike, I'm not liking this.

#3 ::: Lori Coulson ::: (view all by) ::: August 26, 2012, 05:34 PM:

Steve C. you speak words of ill-omen -- not another Ike, we've already had a week without power after the June 29 super-storm.

All I want from Isaac is RAIN.

#4 ::: elise ::: (view all by) ::: August 26, 2012, 09:15 PM:

Also, if you are on a coast in North America with interesting rock formations that is receiving heavier than usual swells as the hurricane pushes the waves in, do not stand on the edge of the rocks in order to see the impressive waves.

(I'd like to see Thunder Hole at Arcadia National Park in Maine some day, but carefully, and preferably not on a day when the waves are really rocking.)

#5 ::: Jim Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: November 07, 2013, 02:04 PM:

500 Mile Wide Storm Gusts 230 MPH

With sustained winds of 305 kph (190 mph) and gusts as strong as 370 kph (230 mph), Super Typhoon Haiyan was churning across the Western Pacific toward the central Philippines as one of the most intense tropical cyclones ever recorded.

Its wind strength makes it equivalent to an exceptionally strong Category 5 hurricane.

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