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  •  I would guess that most of them barely know (5+ / 0-)

    the storm is coming at them.
    I've been through many hurricanes and tropical storms, mostly on land, but never something like this one.
    It's almost unimaginable to think of what this will be like; and in many locations relative to the storm center, it will go on for many, many hours without a letup.

    Roughly like being on the field of a stadium and looking up at, instead of endless rows of porous seats stretching up to the sky, you're looking at walls of solid, high speed, moving water weighing millions of tons coming at you; and nowhere to go. They will just hope to stay on top of it.
    Most people have no first hand experience of a storm at sea, some of us have a little taste of it (and it can hardly be described, that movie touched on it but you can't feel the sting and pull on your hide from the ballistic water and wind ripping away, and the sounds), and almost all caught out in this one will never live to tell of it.

    We’re Ready, Wendy’s Ready! WTF Are We Waiting For? Bring ‘em on! The revolution has begun! Come and take it!

    by Bluefin on Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 12:17:56 PM PDT

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    •  I have never had to deal with any kind of heavy (2+ / 0-)
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      dewtx, la urracca

      weather in open water, nor do I have any desire to.  The only experience I have with tropical systems was Hurricane Fran in 1996 and Floyd in 1999, both of which reached this far inland, but only one of which (Fran) did any substantial damage where I live (Floyd caused an incredible amount of flooding in the eastern part of the state, but not so much here).  That was enough for me, and Fran wasn't anything CLOSE to the strength of this storm.  Even at it's worst, Fran never topped Cat 2.

      I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

      by mojo11 on Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 01:41:55 PM PDT

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      •  Most tornadoes don't reach the wind speeds of (2+ / 0-)
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        this storm, and everybody's seen those stormchaser videos; but even a large tornado is usually only a few hundred yards across where the winds are severe.
        This typhoons' steady eye alone is 15nm (17.25miles) in diameter, the edges of which is where the strongest wind fields are, and they stretch out for many more miles of 140-170 knot (161-196mph) winds (a 180kt gust is 207.14mph).

        Let alone the trillions of tons of airborne water that will fall down on the countryside causing much more destruction.

        An incredible amount of destructive energy, maybe a billion times more than the most powerful tornado? Somebody probably has some ballpark power numbers here.

        Hurricane/Tropical cyclone

        Scientists estimate that a tropical cyclone releases heat energy at the rate of 50 to 200 exajoules (1018 J) per day,[22] equivalent to about 1 PW (1015 watt). This rate of energy release is equivalent to 70 times the world energy consumption of humans and 200 times the worldwide electrical generating capacity, or to exploding a 10-megaton nuclear bomb every 20 minutes.[22][23]

        We’re Ready, Wendy’s Ready! WTF Are We Waiting For? Bring ‘em on! The revolution has begun! Come and take it!

        by Bluefin on Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 03:55:12 PM PDT

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