Hurricane Maria Floods San Juan, Knocks Out Power Across Puerto Rico

Even after weakening to a category 4 storm shortly before making landfall along the southeastern coast of Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria caused unprecedented devastation to the cash-strapped island and knocking out electricity for all of its 3.4 million residents. Worse still, the island’s governor has said it could be months before power is restored to all customers, according to the Associated Press.

The strongest storm to hit Puerto Rico in nearly 90 years tore off roofs and doors and caused flooding across the island – including in downtown San Juan, including the capital’s Hato Rey financial district. Its 20+ inches of rain, 9 nine-foot storm surge and 155 mph winds hammered the island’s fragile power grid, which had yet to be fully repaired from the damage caused by Hurricane Irma just two weeks ago.

Many of residents had yet to see their power restored after Irma’s assault, and thousands remained in government-run shelters.

Rivers overflowed and the winds downed trees and damaged homes and buildings, including several hospitals. The storm slowly lost power as it traversed the island and was recently downgraded to a category 3 storm after its windspeeds slowed to 115 mph, according to Bloomberg.

Maria and its life-threatening winds are expected to linger over the island for between 12 and 24 hours.

Widespread flooding was reported across the island, with dozens of cars half-submerged in some neighborhoods and many streets turned into rivers. People calling local radio stations reported that doors were being torn off their hinges and a water tank flew away.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello said more than 11,000 people, and nearly 600 pets, were staying in government-run shelters.
In one neighborhood, nearly 80% of homes were destroyed, according to initial estimates.

Felix Delgado, mayor of the city of Catano on the northern coast of Puerto Rico, told a local TV station that 80 percent of the homes in a neighborhood known as Juana Matos were destroyed.

El Nuevo Dia newspaper reported that 80 percent of homes in a small fishing community near San Juan were damaged, and that an emergency medical station in the coastal town of Arecibo lost its roof, while communication was severed with several emergency management posts. A hospital and a police station reported broken windows, and a tree fell on an ambulance.

Maria killed at least seven people on the island of Dominica, government officials said, and two people in the French territory of Guadeloupe as it barreled through the Caribbean. It also caused widespread damage on St. Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. By comparison, Hurricane Irma killed 84 people when it tore through the Caribbean two weeks ago.

Maria dumped as much as 25 inches of rain on the island, the NHC said. Storm surges, when hurricanes push ocean water dangerously over normal levels, could be up to 9 feet. The heavy rainfall could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, it added.

"This a catastrophe we're going through," said Madeline Morales, 62, a saleswoman in San Juan who abandoned her coastal home before the storm hit to seek refuge in a hotel on higher ground.

Maria was the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico since 1928, when the San Felipe Segundo hurricane hammered the island, leaving about 300 people dead, according to the NWS. Maria has so far killed at least nine people across the Caribbean, including 7 in Dominica and 2 in Guadeloupe.

Before hitting Puerto Rico, Maria ripped off roofs and downed trees as it passed west of St. Croix, home to about half of the U.S. Virgin Islands' 103,000 residents, as a rare Category 5 storm, the top of the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

Federal Reserve Chairwoman said that damage from Maria, Harvey and Irma would weigh on US GDP growth during the third quarter, though the effects would quickly dissipate. She expressed her sympathies for the victims, and her sympathies on behalf of the board.

Some 65 to 70 percent of the buildings on St. Croix were damaged by the storm, said Holland Redfield, who served six terms in the U.S. Virgin Islands senate.

Maria may cause $45 billion of damage across the Caribbean, with at least $30 billion of that in Puerto Rico, said Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler at Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia. he cost to Puerto Rico could reach at least 10 percent of its gross domestic product, said Joe Myers, founder and president of AccuWeather Inc. in State.

Governor Ricardo Rossello Wednesday asked President Donald Trump to declare Puerto Rico a disaster zone.


Slack Jack 38BWD22 Wed, 09/20/2017 - 15:24 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!

The average land temperatures for August 2017 are second only to those of last year, August 2016.

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mrcybermac Slack Jack Wed, 09/20/2017 - 15:31 Permalink

You seem to keep posting anthropocentric caused global warming propaganda on zerohedge.  Anyone interested in some real science that shows how dynamic the climate changes, even CO2 levels, over the last ten thousand years please check out the absolutely mind blowing podcast:  Joe Rogan 501 with Randall Carlson we are seeing in the climate, though drastic and potentially problematic, may be entirely within the natural range of variability.

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Hugh Jorgan Slack Jack Wed, 09/20/2017 - 15:42 Permalink

1) Cocaine is a helluva drug-you should look into rehab.  Your money would be better spent doing some real research on the earth's climate.2) Man has literally no effect on the earth's climate.  One large volcanic eruption puts more CO/CO2/Particulate matter into the atmosphere than man has in his entire existence on earth since the industrial revolution3) The arctic/antarctic aren't melting-their ice is growing at a more rapid pace than ever before.4) we haven't just had the hottest years on record-the temp data has been changed/fudged by the very morons you rail against at NOAA.  There are multiple whistle blowers who have come forward to state this as fact.5) The computer modeling is 100% flawed-it is merely what the globalists hoped would happen.  The global warming bullshit came about just after UN Agenda 21 was conceived, as a way in which to fool the entire world into the Agenda 21 process/plan.6) Recent reports, by global warming zealot scientists prove the modeling was totally wrong.7) Why do you think the richest global warming zealots have all bought beachfront property?  Gore?  Obama?  DiCaprio?  All of the EU leaders?  All of the UN Leadership?   Because they know its bullshit.8) The recent spate of large storms is not a sign of global warming.  We went 12 years without a Cat3 hitting US Shores, and Cat 5 storms have existed since we started keeping track of hurricanes.  They have however, fallen in intensity and frequency in the last 50 years. 9) The Earth's climate is 100% dictated by Astro-physics.  PERIOD.  The earth's axis, and the sun's intensity(which goes in cycles) are responsible for climate changes.  We are still in the end of the last ice age-so of course it should warm a bit.  However, the new solar minimum will continue to cool us for the next 20 years at least, putting an end to the global warming scam.10) Again, cocaine is a helluva drug-get off it, before you die. 

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samsara Slack Jack Wed, 09/20/2017 - 15:51 Permalink

Sorry captain oblivious,  The Global Warming thing just fizzeled.Climate change science implodes as IPCC climate models found to be “totally wrong” … temperatures aren’t rising as predicted … hoax unravelingIn effect, the current global warming software models used by the IPCC and cited by the media wildly over-estimate the warming effects of CO2 emissions. How much do they over-estimate warming? By about 50%.“The paper … concedes that it is now almost impossible that the doomsday predictions made in the last IPCC Assessment Report of 1.5 degrees C warming above pre-industrial levels by 2022 will come true,” writes James Delingpole. He goes on to say:

One researcher – from the alarmist side of the argument, not the skeptical one – has described the paper’s conclusion as “breathtaking” in its implications.He’s right. The scientists who’ve written this paper aren’t climate skeptics. They’re longstanding warmists, implacable foes of climate skeptics, and they’re also actually the people responsible for producing the IPCC’s carbon budget.In other words, this represents the most massive climbdown from the alarmist camp.


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Is-Be Slack Jack Wed, 09/20/2017 - 21:23 Permalink

The strongest argument that I can find against the greenhouse effect is the Electric Universe model.

Did you know that they plucked the "nuclear furnace" model out of their arses in a desperate attempt to explain the prodigious energy output of the sun? In those days, it was all atomic this and atomic that.

The entire nuclear synthesis model is predicated on kludges.
The lack of neutrinos is explained away by inventing a new class of neutrinos that don't show up, for instance.

And of cause the fact that the internal temperature of the sun is cooler than the exterior is blithely ignored. (How rude to raise the subject!)

All this stomping of little feet about a conspiracy to steal your money is pure hogwash.
Since when has the MIC asked your opinion about the pleasure you feel donating taxes to them?

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