Hurricane Maria Causes "Widespread Devastation" In Dominica As It Races Toward Puerto Rico

In less than two days, Hurricane Maria has strengthened from a tropical storm to a powerful category five hurricane, dubbed in no uncertain terms as "catastrophic" by the NHC. Though it has been downgraded to a category 4 overnight, the storm made landfall on the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica, leaving it utterly “devastated,” according to the island’s prime minister.

"We're just waiting for daybreak to do an assessment of the damage," Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told CNN's Rosemary Church.

The storm, which made landfall Monday night, has maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, and remains on track to directly hit Puerto Rico, what would make it the first category four hurricane to directly hit the island in 85 years, according to CNN. Skerrit said the island’s “first order of business” following the storm would be to make sure “every single citizen and resident is safe.”

A statement from the National Hurricane Center said Maria’s winds reached 160 miles per hour when it hit the island nation. In an update, the Center said that reports "indicate significant damage to structures has occurred in Dominica."

In a Facebook post, Skerrit said “initial reports are of widespread devastation. So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace. My greatest fear for the morning is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains.”

Meanwhile, the storm early Tuesday morning made landfall on the tiny island Guadalupe, where it is battering homes and businesses with torrential rains and hurricane-force winds…

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has declared a state of emergency ahead of Maria’s landfall, which will likely happen Wednesday. Fortunately, President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration for federal assistance to augment PR’s ability to respond to the storm, as well as the US Virgin Islands.

A hurricane warning remains in effect for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat, the US and British Virgin Islands as well as Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques.

According to CNN, the ferocity of Maria bears striking similarities to Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 hurricane that hit the Bahamas and Florida in 1992. Both storms are compact, and Maria's wind speed comes close to that of Hurricane Andrew, 165 mph, when it hit southern Florida.

After a close brush with Irma left much of the island without power, Puerto Rico sheltered many of the evacuees who fled Hurricane Irma's wrath in other Caribbean islands. Now those evacuees and native Puerto Ricans are bracing for another powerful hurricane. PR Governor Ricardo Rossello ordered evacuations ahead of the impact, telling CNN that extensive preparations had been made to mitigate Maria's potential impact. The governor added that the island is as “ready as we can be” for Maria.

"We're as ready as we can be," he told CNN's Don Lemon.


"This sort of event is a very dangerous event, high winds, a slow storm and a lot of rainfall. And this coming just about two weeks after Irma skirted off the northeast of Puerto Rico.


"We've made preparations... we've focused on really the only thing that matters right now, which is making sure people are safe. We have 500 shelters, (we're) moving people to those shelters and hopefully weathering the storm so we can rebuild Puerto Rico.


Calling its potential impact "catastrophic," Rosselló said that the island was expected to experience tropical storm force winds for about two and a half days and sustained high level hurricane winds for "the better part of a day."

According to Bloomberg, Rossello added that residents who live in flood zones are in danger.

“If you are in a flood zone or in a wood house, your life is in danger,” Governor Ricardo Rossello said during a press conference Monday in San Juan. “There has never been an event like this in our history in the last 100 years. Our call is for all citizens to move to a safe place.”

If Maria strikes the island as forecast, it will be "more dangerous than Hugo and Georges," Rossello said. Hurricane Hugo killed five people in Puerto Rico in 1989, and Hurricane Georges caused more than $1.7 billion in damage to the island in 1998. In Salinas, a city on the island's southern coast where the storm is expected to hit hard, CNN saw dozens of people queuing for water and essentials ahead of the hurricane's anticipated impact.

The Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan is still housing Hurricane Irma evacuees from other Caribbean islands. But it is preparing to accept thousands of residents who’ve been displaced by Maria.


As Bloomberg also notes, Puerto Rico, a bankrupt island that’s still dealing with the aftermath of a storm that caused as much as $1 billion of damage and left hundreds of thousands without power, faces even more upheaval with Hurricane Maria. The government of Puerto Rico ordered rationing of basic necessities, including water and batteries - although those items were already gone from some San Juan store shelves.

Prepa, PR’s government-run utility, is still trying to restore power to hundreds of thousands of residents after its electrical infrastructure sustained as much as $400 million of the nearly $1 billion of damage from Irma. The average age of the company’s plants is 44 years, meaning its infrastructure is dated and vulnerable.

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Meanwhile, Hurricane Jose continues to make its way along the east coast, causing choppy surf and wind, but no real damage to the US, with the worst affects being felt along Cape Cod, according to the NHC.


Slack Jack Fish Gone Bad Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:06 Permalink

When the temperatures are higher, hurricanes are (potentially) more powerful. Since hurricanes are formed by the evaporation of sea-water. The warmer the water, the more evaporation and the stronger the hurricane. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that global warming will add to the average strength of hurricanes. The occurrence of hurricanes depends on many factors, in particular the wind shear. So it is not clear that global warming will necessarily increase the number of Hurricanes, although it might.

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


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

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:

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.

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: 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!

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.

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nevertheless WillyGroper Tue, 09/19/2017 - 08:07 Permalink

Gentrification: 1) the process of renovating and improving a house or district so that it conforms to middle-class taste. 2) the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents. Gentrification is NOT a bad thing, but that is NOT what goes on...Wall Street is anything but gentile.  America is being Latinized, I am sure that bothers you too, right...

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WillyGroper nevertheless Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:08 Permalink

"Gentrification is NOT a bad thing"gonna have to vehemently disagree on that a not middle class positive.i purchased a middle class home in a rural area decades ago.  sprawl has enveloped me.  that sprawl, 1/4 acre lot vs my 2.5 costs now as much as i paid for the house or, you consider the comps on houses sitting on that 1/4 costing anywhere from $1-2mm & you are taxed out the A$$ on your humble home.  increasing yearly.

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cheech_wizard Tue, 09/19/2017 - 08:12 Permalink

Meanwhile, in a top secret bunker located under the Georgia Guidestones, weather control agents Smith and Jones contemplate their next move.Agent Smith: "So what's the next island on the agenda?"Agent Jones: "Well, we can either do another run at Haiti to improve our storm steering control algorithms or we can try for a full Cat 5 over Puerto Rico."Agent Smith: "Should we stick with the traditional coin toss method or should we phone Janet?'Agent Jones: "As a non-tribe member, I say screw that Jew, and let's take out the dindus on Haiti." 

NoWayJose Tue, 09/19/2017 - 08:48 Permalink

Let's be truthful here - the actual residents of these islands now get access to lots of free building material for their shanties. The only people who got hurt are those rich enough to afford a "vacay" home on these islands with all the amenities.