This Simulation Of Hurricane Categories Shows What's Headed For South Florida

Submitted by: squrlz4ever 3 months ago in News & Politics


By Tuesday evening, Hurricane Irma had become the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane on record, a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 185 MPH. My main concern right now is for the souls of the Caribbean islands and South Florida. I hope we can somehow get through this with little or no loss of life, but history suggests that may be unrealistic.

When it comes to inanimate objects, my chief worry, bar none, is for the Hemingway House on Key West. The museum is a literary landmark and one of my favorite museums in all of America. Unfortunately, it's right in Irma's path. The storm is projected to be a Category 4 when it passes over the Keys. Depending on whether it passes below Key West (worse) or above Key West (better), the storm's winds and storm surge could annihilate the house.

Here are just a few photos of the house Hemingway called home in the 1930s. Let's all hope this national treasure survives the weekend.


The Hemingway House, exterior

The Hemingway's salt-water pool was the first pool on the island. It was built at the request of Hem's wife and Hem often complained of how expensive it was to maintain.


Hemingway's study.

One of Hem's writing desks. It was during his Key West years that Hemingway wrote his novel To Have and Have Not and his stories "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" and "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber."


Descendants of Hem's original six-toed cats still live on the house's grounds and are cared for by the museum staff.
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Male 348
Fuck.  Irma destroyed St. Martin and Barbuda.  Jesus Christ what a monster.
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Male 5,428
Beaverfever Yeah, I was looking at footage of Barbuda and it was shocking. "Barely habitable" was the phrase and I think that's accurate. The storm footage from  St. Martin was just as shocking: it was like the entire outdoors was being subjected to a pressure washer--which I guess it really was with winds over 150 MPH and lashing, horizontal rain. I don't even like to think about what's in store for South Florida at this point.
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2,920
Texas- 'We just had one of the worst hurricanes on record' 

Florida- 'Hold my beer'
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Male 10,380
skypirate *Hold my bath salts
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Male 8,792
skypirate After seeing what Bama did to Florida State this weekend, it's no wonder Irma is trending toward Florida.
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Female 4,660
We got stuck in our base housing on Okinawa when "Super Typhoon Flo" came to town.


It took her 3+ days to cross over us completely.  Because the buildings were designed to be earthquake resistant, you could set your glass on the tabletop and watch it slide back and forth as the building swayed in the winds... for 3 days straight lol.
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Male 1,847
What if everyone in Florida just stood on the east coast and just exhaled forcefully for the next few days? Would that help?
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Male 721
bliznik There's an event invite for it on facebook though.
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Male 5,428
bliznik Despite the prodigious amount of hot air I've seen some expel here on IAB, I'm still doubtful this would deflect Hurricane Irma. Might work for a Category 3 or lesser storm.
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Male 8,792
Been through Hurricane's major and minor.

I'm not rushing to the store, because I have pretty good supplies already (will probably need to top off all my propane tanks, though. Been doing some grilling.)

If you live in a hurricane prone area, you're an idiot if you don't prepare.  Build your house in the wrong area, it may get damaged (we got flooded out during Katrina). You accept that, and keep your insurance up to date.

My biggest worry is I'll be flying through ATL on Sunday on my way to Montreal.  Might have to make other arrangements.

Everyone stay safe. 
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Male 5,428
megrendel Thanks, Grendel. I hope you, your loved ones, and your property come through this unscathed.
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Male 10,380
I'm guessing if prayer actually worked hurricanes wouldn't exist. Kind of a fucked up invention from our loving god eh?
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Male 2,720
holygod God is our father.  Now let's take a more earthly example.  Your actual, biological father...when you asked him for something was the answer always yes?  Would you think it a good idea to always give your children everything they want all of the time?  Of course you wouldn't.  The earth belongs to Him.  He has a plan.  And your feeble little human mind can't begin to comprehend it.  Don't worry, mine can't either.  But it makes sense to me that we would never know joy without knowing sorrow. 
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Male 10,380
dromed OK, let's stay with your earthly example.

I also do everything and I mean EVERYTHING in power to keep my children safe. They don't even have to ask. If I was designing an environment for them I sure as shit wouldn't intentionally design things to put their lives in danger.

You're comparing my kids wanting a video game to god INTENTIONALLY INVENTING something that kills thousands of people?
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Male 2,720
holygod Can't wrap your brain around the last part can you?  
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Male 10,380
dromed No. That's why I choose to not believe it because it makes no sense.
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Male 5,428
holygod Having once been a Christian, I can offer an answer, although it's an answer 90% of me doesn't believe in anymore. In short, God works in mysterious ways.

Less tritely, imagine a being who is a master not only of four dimensions (the three spatial dimensions + time), but of six or seven dimensions, which include two or three realms it is simply beyond our capacity to understand. Now imagine us watching someone solving a complex problem by working in all six or seven dimensions. Many of the actions are going to seem incomprehensible or even counterproductive, just as a being with no understanding of the fourth dimension would think it's absurd to lock food away in a cupboard for later ("What's later? You're making the food go away. That's insanity!").

It takes some humility to adopt this viewpoint, but it isn't illogical unless you are somehow certain that we comprehend all the levels of reality around us.

Speaking for myself, I still believe we aren't seeing the whole picture but am no longer convinced there is a divine being who is. Well, as I indicated at the start of this, 10% of me thinks there might be. Yes, I know that's some major league fence-sitting; it is what it is and I'm just being honest.

As I'm writing this, I'm wondering now if I might better describe myself as an agnostic than an atheist.
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Male 2,720
squrlz4ever The rodent doesn't really believe but his mind is open to the possibility that the universe is so complex that it's beyond his ability to understand.   Oh and just to add...it's called faith and not knowledge for a reason.    I prefer to believe we're more than just a random occurrence, more than just one of the more interesting morsels of the cosmic soup.  
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Male 5,428
holygod Yeah, I know it's illogical. But despite being 90% atheist, part of me can't help sending up a prayer for myself or others when danger looms, and this is one of those times.
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Male 5,311
Screw the Hemmingway House. Say a prayer for Luke Halpin, the actor who played Sandy Ricks on Flipper. He's a national treasure.
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Male 5,428
markust123 Had to google him. Yes, I think I remember him from the show. Handsome guy. And yes, he lives on Florida's west coast. I hope he's somewhere safe.
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"Lets all say a prayer for Key West"

What about everyone else that will be much less prepared in much worse housing conditions that take the full force of the storm before it gets there?
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Male 5,428
layla_wilson My apologies. I certainly didn't mean to slight any of the other locales in the path of this storm. I think I'm guilty of thinking, first and foremost, of the people, places, and things with which I'm most familiar and love.

I haven't checked the news yet on the Leeward Islands, and I'm afraid of what I'll find. Much of the Caribbean is at risk. Jamaica, which I visited recently, looks to be safe since the storm will be passing along the northern edge of Cuba.
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Male 428
Dude must do some serious leg workouts to be able to stand as though nothing is even happening.  And who's house is that?  They've got to be pretty pissed off right now.  I can only imagine their faces as they're watching this segment being filmed.

Joking aside, I truly hope that somehow this monster takes a crazy turn NNE and wends its final days out at sea.
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Male 2,720
Even more important..."Capt. Tony's"

http://capttonyssaloon.com/
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