Trump Approves Puerto Rico Emergency Declaration As Maria Strengthens Into "Potentially Catastrophic" Cat-5 Hurricane

Tyler Durden's picture

Update: The National Hurricane Center reports that Hurricane Maria has just strengthened to a "potentially catastrophic" Category-5 Storm with winds expected over 160mph.

Maria's track places her right over the top of Puerto Rico on Tueaday...

President Trump authorizs Homeland Security Dept., FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts, supplementing local response efforts resulting from Hurricane Maria.

 

Does this look familiar?

As AP reports, Hurricane Maria has intensified into a dangerous Category 4 storm as it bears down on the Caribbean.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Monday the storm is growing in strength as it approaches land. The eye of the storm is expected to pass near the island of Dominica on Monday evening.

 

The center called the storm "extremely dangerous," with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 kph).

 

At 5 p.m. EDT, the storm was centered about 45 miles (70 kilometers) east-southeast of Dominica.

A Hurricane warning has been issued for Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques.

*  *  *

As we detaile earlier, less than two weeks after Hurricane Irma hammered the Caribbean, leaving the tiny island of Barbuda uninhabitable and hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans without power, Hurricane Maria is expected to follow closely behind its predecessor, delivering another destructive blow to the region before most areas affected by Irma have had time to recover. As Hurricane Maria hastens toward the eastern Caribbean, forecasters are warning that it could strengthen into a major storm by the time it passes through the Leeward Islands later Monday, according to CBS. That poses a huge problem for residents of the Caribbean.

After reaching category-one hurricane strength on Sunday, CBS reports that Maria is expected to quickly become much stronger over the next two days and follow a path that would take it near many of the islands wrecked by Hurricane Irma and on to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

The National Hurricane Center has already issued advisories for much of the Caribbean. Here’s a summary of the NHC’s latest update, including stats about Maria’s location and attributes as of 5 a.m. Monday. Note that the storm has maximum wind speeds of 90 mph….

"Significant strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Maria is expected to become a dangerous major hurricane before it moves through the Leeward Islands," according to the National Hurricane Center's latest update.

SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST...0900 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...14.6N 59.5W
ABOUT 100 MI...160 KM E OF MARTINIQUE
ABOUT 130 MI...215 KM ESE OF DOMINICA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...90 MPH...150 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 13 MPH...20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...977 MB...28.85 INCHES
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* Guadeloupe
* Dominica
* St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat
* Martinique
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Antigua and Barbuda
* Saba and St. Eustatius
* St. Lucia

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra
* U.S. Virgin Islands
* British Virgin Islands
* Saba and St. Eustatius
* St. Maarten
* St. Martin and St. Barthelemy
* Anguilla
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* Barbados
* St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Indeed, Maria is likely to be at category 3 or 4 storm by the time it moves into the extreme northeastern Caribbean Sea, according to NHC forecasts. While only one of three storms churning in the Atlantic Ocean, it poses the biggest threat to the Caribbean, which is struggling to recover from Irma.

Hurricane conditions should begin to affect parts of the Leeward Islands later Monday and Monday night, potentially causing a storm surge that raises water levels by four to six feet near Maria's center. The storm was predicted to bring 6 to 12 inches of rain across the islands, with more in isolated areas.

But in what’s perhaps the biggest concern, at least for the US government, Maria could make landfall on Puerto Rico, causing potentially more devastation than Irma, which passed close by the island, but didn't make landfall.

To wit, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said officials had prepared about 450 shelters with a capacity for nearly 68,000 people, or even 125,000 in an emergency. He said schools were cancelled for Monday and government employees would work only a half day. Officials in the Dominican Republic urged people to leave areas prone to flooding and said fishermen should remain in port, according to CBS.

Worse still, some forecasters are warning that by the time Maria makes landfall in PR, it could be a category four storm.

 

 

 

Meanwhile the National Hurricane Center reports that Hurricane Jose - one of three active storms in the Atlantic - has begun to weaken as it moves northward past the east coast of the US. While the storm appears to be too far away from the coastline to threaten a landfall, it could create “potentially dangerous surf and rip currents…along the east coast of the US” from Delaware to Cape Cod. Early Monday, Jose was centered about 280 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and was moving north at 9 mph. It had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.

In the Pacific, Tropical Storm Norma threatened Mexico's Los Cabos resort area at the southern end of the Baja California peninsula seemed to ease as forecasters said the storm's center was likely to remain offshore.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
takeaction's picture

This is payback for you Trump Voters...

.

.

Oh wait...

.

/s

bamawatson's picture

God got stuck with a load of PR bonds

Arnold's picture

Island Properties.
Live your Dream.
(Says the Lamar Bill Board)

DeadFred's picture

I glad PR is so financially stable they will be able to repair the damage with ease

The Alarmist's picture

Why do we even care ... PR is bankrupt and devastated already, so what's another storm? After this one, it'll probably look like Bridgeport or Camden, and we seem to have gotten used to that.

Slack Jack's picture

Record-Setting Hurricanes; Record temperatures; Record-Setting Wildfires; ya think it might be global warming?

THE EVIDENCE OF GLOBAL WARMING IS OVERWHELMING.

So, why is the global rise in temperatures so worrisome?

For one thing, as temperatures rise good farmland will become desert (e.g., dust-bowl conditions will probably return to the American Midwest).

Another major problem is sea-level rise.

Have a look at http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs2-00/

The U.S. Geological Survey people claim that;

The Greenland ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 6.55 meters (21.5 feet),
the West Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 8.06 meters (26.4 feet),
the East Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 64.8 meters (212.6 feet),
and all other ice melting will raise sea-level 0.91 meters (3 feet).

For a grand total of about 80 meters (263 feet).

So, what does an 80 meter (263 feet) rise in sea-level mean. Have a look at the following map of the world after an 80 meter rise. It means that over one billion people will have to be resettled to higher ground and that much of the most productive agricultural land will be under water. Fortunately, at current rates, the Greenland ice sheet will take over a thousand years to melt and the Antarctica ice sheet, much longer. However, the greater the temperature rise the faster the ice sheets will melt, bringing the problem much closer. Remember, the huge ice sheet that recently covered much of North America, almost completely melted in only 15,000 years (today, only the Greenland ice sheet, and some other small patches of it, remain). Since then (15,000 years ago), sea-levels have risen about 125 meters (410 feet), only 80 meters to go.

The ice sheets have been continuously melting for thousands of years. What is left of them today, is still melting, and will continue to melt. Human caused global warning will cause this remnant to melt significantly faster. This is a big, big, problem.

For HUGE detailed maps of the "World after the Melt" go to:

http://preearth.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=23

Global temperatures are increasing. And by quite a lot each year.

2016 is the hottest year on record for global temperatures.

This is 0.0380 degrees centigrade hotter than the previous record year which was 2015.

0.0380 is a large increase in just one year.

2015 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.1601 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2014.

0.1601 is an absolutely huge increase in just one year (at this rate temperatures would increase by 16 degrees in a century).

2014 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.0402 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2010.

http://preearth.net/images/temp-anomalies-1880-2017.txt

The conspiracy to hide global warming data.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is given tax money to make global temperature records available to the public. However, certain people at NOAA continually sabotage this aspect of NOAA's mandate. For example, these people have (deliberately) sabotaged the web-page that delivers the temperature records.

Look for yourself:

Go to the page: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/monitoring-references/faq/anomalies.php scroll down to the The Global Anomalies and Index Data section and click the download button and see what happens. Well, you get the message:

"Not Found. The requested URL /monitoring-references/faq/anomalies-download was not found on this server."

I guess that the 2017 data must be truly horrible if they have to hide it away.

It turns out that this seems to be the case; NASA reports that:

July 2017 had the hottest average land temperatures on record.

The new July 2017 record was +1.20 degrees centigrade above the 20th century average (of the July data). The previous record average land temperature for July was just last year. It was +1.10 degrees above the 20th century average.

Did the media bother to tell you about this? No!

http://preearth.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=23

They are apparently too frightened to tell you about the August 2017 data. How many months does it take to figure out the averages for August? I guess the August data must be truly truly horrible.

J S Bach's picture

The fear porn continueth.

pods's picture

Irma was the strongest storm in like ever.  It was the most amazing storm that had 400 mph wind but with a pressure that correlated to a cat 3.

pods

The Alarmist's picture

Yes, but Maria is going to be a Cat 11 and take out Miami, Jacsonville, Savannah, Charleston, Wilmington, DC, Baltimore, Philly, New York and Boston. The human toll will be the worst ever; don't even bother evacuating because the storm surge will kill people as far away as California. Sharks will rain from the sky. BoA estimes $220 Trillion of insurance claims and another $500 Trillion of uninsured losses.

Gorgeous's picture

The low pressure is so low it will suck up sharks and drop them on land...with lasers.  Good observation.  Very probable.

God Emperor's picture

((They)) even made movies predicting this: SHARKNADO

 

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Sharks are afraid of Jamaica.

Oliver Klozoff's picture

Hmmm, insured against flying sharks but not falling ones. just what does "catastrophic" coverage cover???

SILVERGEDDON's picture

Catastrophic coverage covers - absolutely sweet fuck all outside of swarms of locusts, raining blood, famine, plague, pestilence, and the death of your first born.

Everything else is excluded.

Insurance companies - avoiding responsibility for helping the insured AKA muppets.  

AKA, fucking them over.

Their legal teams get major props thanks to millions of exclusions in the fine print. 

Implied Violins's picture

You're not even telling the half of it. The winds will be SO intense it will suck in all the satellites and even pull the moon closer. It will shift so much water that the poles will reverse. It will suck Earth face so hard that it will trigger megaearthquakes along the New Madrid and San Andreas faults. It will even compact matter so intensely in the eyewall that a black hole will form, sucking in Washington DC and New York.

It won't touch the debt, though. Two black holes can't coexist in the same space.

SILVERGEDDON's picture

I had a girlfriend once who could suck like that - had to give her up though - top of my head was caving in while she was hoovering my winkie. 

tmosley's picture

So THAT'S whats wrong with you.

unrulian's picture

your mom can suck the nuts off a passing bus.

helloimjohnnycat's picture

...and that's why she gets to ride for free.

So It Goes's picture

NICE

Two black holes can't exist in the same space.  Well maybe in a rear view of effing.

stormsailor's picture

i take issue with that, i once saw al sharpton and maxine waters on stage together, they were blathering on about something, way over my head

spiral galaxy's picture

....and best of all, Maria will suck up all the TV weather beach and flood reporters and depositing them in the middle of the Atlantic never to be heard from again!

NoPension's picture

I hope it rips Stephanie Abrams shirt off.

stormsailor's picture

are melons still in season?

Cloud9.5's picture

Eight days without power is not a walk in the park.

Antifaschistische's picture

please...we need ONE MORE story featuring the utter destruction of the already had been deserted island of BuBudos (or whatever it is)....

..shut up! you aren't being sensitive to the 47 people who made Bubudos their home and how have nothing!!

Oliver Klozoff's picture

You may be tired of hearing these doom porn stories but the good ol' USA is taking some heavy body blows.

Even though Harvey is out of the popular focus the misery is just beginning, Irma trashed a swath of fla., Jose threatens offshore and Puerto Rico has 3.5 million souls aboard.

 

Sounds like doom for many to me.

JRobby's picture

Yup, they can't help it. Compulsion makes them have to do it.

It's headed north but they want to get 8 million on the move thus time. 

BarkingCat's picture

Oh fuck, it is PedoBob's brother, but instead of some far away rocks, this one has a fascination with fake climate science.

 

I hope both of you get shipwrecked on the Falklands and experience the coming mini ice age stuck there.

Secret Weapon's picture

Adapt 2030.  Grand solar Minimum.  Slack Jack is going to freeze to death. 

Slack Jack's picture

The last solar maximum was April 2014.

The sunspot cycle is of roughly 11-year duration.

So, the next solar minimum will be in April 2014 + 5.5 years, which is roughly Oct 2019.

So, the sunspot activity of the sun has been continuously decreasing from between April 2014 to Sept 2017 (and is expected to decrease for two more years).

Meanwhile, from April 2014 to Sept 2017 the global temperatures have gone up significantly.

Sunspot activity decreases,.... Global temperatures go up.

This is used as "proof" by some morons that Global temperatures are going down (when they are measured to be going up).

Its hard to get more stupid than this.

Cut your loses and give up on your Grand solar Minimum garbage.

Squid Viscous's picture

it's not like stepping on the brakes dipshit.

it takes decades.

Oliver Klozoff's picture

Robert Schoch says, based on Greenland ice core data, the end of the last ice age happened suddenly, in 3 years time or less.

Cooling can be abrupt as well, once the Sun enters minimum, sunspots and flaring will cease to block cosmic rays, which have been shown to increase low level cloudiness, further blocking solar insolation.

Slack Jack has it absolutely bass ackwards.

Teja's picture

Nice trick, informing ZH readership about how fast climate change can be by camouflaging it as an argument against human induced global heating. Brilliant, and even getting upvotes!

Gorgeous's picture

Are you claiming "increased susnpot activity causes global wraming" is a theory or a fact?

What is your data, beyond the supposed last three years?  Hard to prove a "global theory" on three years of suspect data.  Or maybe you have some secretive new models that will reproduce the now infamous Mann Hockey Stick? 

For you to be so confident as to call everyone amoron, you must understand the theory, there must be plausible cause and effect, and significant data must fit the theory.  So...please enlighten us.


Oliver Klozoff's picture

Sea surface temps follow the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation which in turn follow sunspot activity.

While humans excel at destroying habitat for ourselves and most other living creatures, the power to alter climate is Old Sol's.

http://www.cgd.ucar.edu/cas/catalog/climind/AMO.html

https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/08jan_sunclim...

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/association-between-sunspot-cycles-amo-ul...

Regular, rhythmic and solar:

"...multi-decade periods of high hurricane activity (1950-1970 and 1995-present) have occurred during the warm phase of a natural oscillation in Atlantic sea surface temperatures known as the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation (AMO). The warm phase of the AMO is associated with warmer than average oceans in the north and tropical Atlantic Ocean and an enhanced West African monsoon season, both of which boost hurricane development."

https://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/noaa-release...

Got The Wrong No's picture

Slack Jack has already volunteered to get chipped. He's a loyalist to the Borg. 

Gorgeous's picture

Million dollar question: Why would a Solar Minimum produce global cooling?

Hint: https://www.amazon.com/Chilling-Stars-Cosmic-Climate-Change/dp/1840468661

SilverDoctors's picture

@SlackJack: About 1000% more likely this is the very early stages of the Almighty's judgment (aka the beginning of sorrows) than anything to do with climate change.  
God's the one who is going to one day completely distroy this earth (in order to cleanse it as a result of mankind's sin), not man and their carbon emissions.  
There wouldn't even be a global warming climate change discussion if this country still believed in their Creator, the I AM. 
Something tells me He's about to make Himself known to all you global warming climate change man worshipers. 

"The fool has said in his heart, there is no God." - Psalm 14:1

Teja's picture

The Almighty surely strikes Her creations with blindness of the mind these times. Carbon emissions are just Her tool. The stronger the measures are to reduce carbon emissions, the more people are struck with stupidity, not seeing the signs in front of their eyes, reaping the fruits of technology to do magic things like flying or writing on magic screens, but too daft to understand the costs.

Repent, and stop using black magic not mentioned in the Bible (like cars, planes, computers, TVs)!

FringeImaginigs's picture

Still no upvote confirmation for GW. I guess it's just not happening, or it's not real, or the peoples of the Leward Islands or PR or Cuba don't feel any wind. WE should just tell all those foks to go back to their homes and have a good day. It's all just peachy-keen in paradise.

Bay of Pigs's picture

-1 for agreeing with a troll.

Implied Violins's picture

+ 1 for trolling a troll. I wish that were a paid service...we could make a living here.

JustPastPeacefield's picture

Let me guess, you don't know much about science? You have the enthusiasm of a fanatic, so that's good, just not in the realm of scientific discovery.

roadhazard's picture

Might as well let them think what they want, you are talking to a wall here. 

 

... oh, and there is no God and if there was he is continually fucking up to the point I am better off on my own.

shimmy's picture

Global warmism is just the religion for atheists who still need to believe in something so congrats on just being a follower like all those people who follow other religions. Instead of you believing in a god, you believe in some junk science that has continually been shown to be bullshit, has its leaders continually make predictions that don't come true (how is that not enough for people to see through the bullshit?) and something that gets blamed for everything, including results that are the exact opposite of each other. Global warming is to blame for a drought and then blamed for rain 6 months later. Then there is global cooling from the 60s and 70s that got blamed for the stuff global warming is now being blamed for.  

Oh and then there is the whole sticky issue of blaming global warming for weather events despite the fact these weather events have been going on throughtout the planet's history. Oh wait I know...humans of the future went back in time and caused all those hurricanes and floods and droughts that have happened before not only cars were invented but before humans even existed. That must be it!

Global warmists are worse than scientologists.

Teja's picture

I believe in a God who is punishing humanity through Global Heating, with all the conseqences read out in the Bible. Better get 7 years of wheat into your grain stores.

Maybe this season will have 7 great Hurricanes. That would be a dead giveaway.