Hurricane Michael Got Much Stronger Suddenly

Just a quick note to inform those of you who get all your news here, that Hurricane Michael strengthened to a Category 4 storm, and will be a Category 4 storm at the time of landfall today, wed, mid day or early afternoon. I’m asking around to see if storm experts see that as truly unexpected or in the range of normal variation. My bet: Deep warm surface waters (to 100 meters or so) at “hurricane level” temperatures fueling the storm. That happened with Katrina, Maria, Pacific Yolanda, other storms. Just a guess on my part for now.

The storm is actually continuing to get stronger, but will remain in the Category 4 range.

Maximum sustained winds, therefore, will be ca 140-145 mph, which is equivalent to and F-2 tornado,but the size of Rhode Island.

In addition, note that this storm is now predicted to remain as a Hurricane way inland, and may be a Category 1 storm past Albany, Georgia.

In short, Michael will be one of the most impressive hurricanes to ever make landfall in the Atlantic US. And just think only a few days ago, we had no idea it was coming. My friend Paul Douglas just confirmed for me that a Category 4 hurricane has never hit the panhandle of Florida.

One tiny piece of good news. The storm is making a rightward turn, just a small one, and the bulls eye has held steady or moved slightly west. This has the effect of reducing the strength of the storm surge east of Apalachicola. A little.

I would not want to be a barrier island or estuary anywhere near Port St. Joe this afternoon.

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3 thoughts on “Hurricane Michael Got Much Stronger Suddenly

  1. Catch & Release is nothing but another form of animal torture by males, who need an ego boost. I’m not against hunting, you get the food you need for yourselves to survive.
    OK! but to wound & let go is mean & nasty.
    My dad did tell me of a form of Catch & release but it aint popular as it requires great skill, and that is to knot bait onto a string and then catch the fish with just that…NO HOOK!

    1. I thought that developing skill was part of the “sport” of fishing? My error.

      I think that the choice between alive but wounded and stone dead would be different among different individuals (assuming that they have the mental capacity to form opinions).

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