Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Hurricane Wilma heads north

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Earlier today, at The Moderate Voice, I wrote about how Wilma smashed through Florida. Now, Wilma is racing up the Atlantic coast towards New England and the Maritimes.

Check out the latest update at StormTrack: "Surface pressures of the Mid-Atlantic are dropping steadily as Hurricane Wilma continues to gain strength. The latest advisory lists Wilma as a strong Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 125 mph and a central pressure of 959 mb. Wilma is racing northeast at 47 mph. That is very very very fast for a hurricane."

Here's what to expect: "Wilma's effects are already being felt well up into New England. [Tuesday] will bring near hurricane force winds and several inches of rain and snow to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic."

It could have been a lot worse, to be sure, but stay tuned for regular updates.

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  • Have you seen the reporters in the middle of the hurricane? Sure they want to cover it. But where is the logic for physically placing yourself on a beach as a hurricane hits? What are they thinking? "Hey maybe no one's done this before." It's the same exact backdrop every time. If it weren't for the graphics, you could take any hurricane footage from the last 20 years and you wouldn't be able to tell which hurricane it was from. Is it more believable to see a guy squinting through the rain holding a microphone getting his raincoat blown away for you to actually say, "Yep, it's real." I don't know about you, but if some weather person sitting in a comfy studio showed me a satellite map of a giant gray spiral covering Florida, that's all the evidence I need. Yes, I believe you already. There IS a hurricane out there!

    By Blogger UltimateWriter, at 4:41 PM  

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