Until Hermine blew through the Florida Panhandle and up into Georgia, Florida had experienced a pleasant, hurricane-free few years.In fact, as The Weather Channel noted, Florida went nearly eleven years without a single hurricane making landfall.The last hurricane to set foot in Florida was Hurricane Wilma, a Category 3 storm that made landfall in south Florida back on October 24, 2005.Since then 68 Atlantic-based hurricanes have skipped the Sunshine State—more than twice the previous record of hurricanes.That s alarming as, according to the National Hurricane Center, 40-percent of Atlantic and Gulf-based hurricanes from 1851-2010 affected Florida.The state has more coastline than any other state touching the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic, so the odds were never in Florida s favor.
Many feared that NASA s Kennedy Space Center was in for a world of hurt this weekend as the category 4 Hurricane Matthew ploughed its way towards the Florida panhandle.But the space agency says that damage was relatively minor and further inspections are taking place today.After wobbling west and east on Friday morning, Matthew ended up taking a course towards the Atlantic and away from KSP.The eye of the hurricane passed by the NASA facility from a distance of about 20 miles but it still endured sustained winds of 90 mph.NASA s initial survey found that various buildings and vehicles mostly suffered minor damage.Most importantly the enormous Vehicle Assembly Building, the Complex 39 launch pads and the active launch pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station all seem to be in good shape.
Hurricane Irma made landfall on Sunday morning along the Florida Keys, with sustained winds of 130 mph.Although Irma has weakened some, this is still a rare and powerful storm that will have devastating effects on parts of the Florida peninsula, and will disrupt the entire state for days.Irma's forecast track is pretty well locked in, as the storm should essentially cruise up the western coast of the state—with the center remaining just on or off shore—before moving into the Florida panhandle, Georgia, and Alabama before dying over the southeastern United States.Winds, storm surge, and inland rain are all major threats for Florida.But for scientists, the key determinant of hurricane intensity is central pressure—the extent to which a storm’s center is lower than the Earth’s normal sea-level pressure of 1013.25 millibars.By developing a low central pressure, a storm is better able to pull in warm air and moisture to its center, and this rising air creates swirling thunderstorms.
The Trump presidential campaign spent most of its digital advertising budget on Facebook, testing more than 50,000 ad variations each day in an attempt to micro-target voters, Trump’s digital director Brad Parscale told CBS’ 60 Minutes in an interview scheduled to air on Sunday night.Facebook provided Trump 2016 with employees who embedded in the campaign’s digital office and helped educate staffers on how to use Facebook ads, he said.Because he “wanted people who supported Donald Trump”, he said, the Facebook employees were questioned on their political views.The campaign then used Facebook to reach clusters of rural voters, Parscale said, such as “15 people in the Florida Panhandle that I would never buy a TV commercial for”.“I started making ads that showed the bridge crumbling,” he said.“I can find the 1,500 people in one town that care about infrastructure.
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite analyzed the temperatures in Post-tropical cyclone Nate's cloud tops as the storm moved over the Ohio Valley.Satellite imagery showed the storm was bringing rainfall from the northeastern U.S., to the Mid-Atlantic and south through the Appalachian Mountains.Infrared light provides valuable temperature data to forecasters and cloud top temperatures give clues about highest, coldest, strongest storms within a hurricane.NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided that data and showed the location of the strongest storms in Post-tropical cyclone Nate.On Oct. 9 at 2:54 a.m. EDT (0654 UTC) the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a thermal image of cloud top temperatures from the remnants of Nate's cloud tops as it brought rain to the Mid-Atlantic and New England.Coldest cloud top temperatures were seen in storms over the Mid-Atlantic States down the chain of the Appalachian Mountains and back toward the Florida panhandle.
A powerful waterspout was captured on video in the Florida Panhandle Sunday.The swirling phenomena was seen tearing through Okaloosa Island, passing over a sound then making landfall in Fort Walton Beach, according to WEAR-TV.Dave Perkins and his wife witnessed the destruction.“Water started coming up out of the Gulf, tore up one of the buildings, roof came off, boat flipped over, pieces of debris are falling out of the air,” he told the station.Michelle Seitz, a long-time resident of Okaloosa Island, said her house was destroyed.“We heard stuff rip off the house.
A real life "Jaws" named Hilton was spotted in the Gulf of Mexico just west of the Florida Keys this week.The great white shark, a Twitter celebrity with more than 22,000 followers, was tagged by OCEARCH —a non-profit organization that researches great white sharks and other apex predators.OCEARCH researchers have been following the 12-foot great white's route since March 2017 when they tagged the shark near Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.Hilton, weighing in at 1,326 pounds, is fitted with a tag that pings to transmit his location when his fins break the surface."Since then he's made his way toward the Florida panhandle, a famous fishing ground for sport fishermen.No doubt Hilton's doing a little fishing of his own, chowing down on the many fish of the canyon and shelf region there," Dr. Robert Hueter, OCEARCH chief science advisor and mote marine laboratory senior sientist, said in an online statement.
Using a variety of resources to gather data, including the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite, NASA estimated the rainfall Alberto created over its path.Because the area of low pressure was under the influence of a nearby upper-level trough, Alberto was designated as a subtropical storm by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) on the morning of Friday May 25, which is rather unusual as most subtropical storms form at higher latitudes.A large subtropical ridge over the southwestern Atlantic steered Alberto on a northward track, and the storm brushed the far western tip of Cuba on Saturday May 26 before the center re-formed as it moved northward into the southeast Gulf of Mexico as a still minimum subtropical storm with maximum sustained winds of around 40 mph.As it moved north further into the Gulf, Alberto initially struggled to organize and intensify.As a result, Alberto made landfall the next day on May 28 on the northern Gulf Coast still as a subtropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.The center made landfall near Laguna Beach in the Florida panhandle at around 4 p.m. CDT and proceeded to track north-northwest through the center of Alabama where it weakened into a depression before moving into central Tennessee.
There are currently two storms spinning in the Atlantic basin with a potential third on the horizon.And those conditions are likely to persist for the next few weeks just as we reach the statistical peak of hurricane season, meaning we could see more storms spin up.The former poses a pretty serious threat to Gulf Coast, with the National Hurricane Center forecasting it will intensify into a hurricane and make landfall on Tuesday night with life-threatening storm surge from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.It could reach Bahamas by early next week and possibly the East Coast, but that’s still a long ways away.Ryan Truchelut, the president and chief forecaster at WeatherTiger, told Earther that he’s concerned about Florence’s threat to the Bahamas in the near-term, but the odds of it reaching the East Coast are low given its track and historical precedent.Waves are often precursors to tropical storm systems characterised by low pressure and thunderstorms.
Hurricane Michael has ramped up in intensity and turned it into a Category 4 monstrosity.While residents and first responders prepare for the hurricane to make landfall Wednesday along the Gulf Coast of the Florida Panhandle, satellites and the International Space Station are tracking its progress from above.NASA posted a video from the ISS on Tuesday from an altitude of 255 miles (410 kilometers).It showed an upside-down view of Michael as it moved across the Gulf of Mexico.The National Hurricane Center called the storm "potentially catastrophic" in an advisory issued Wednesday, hours ahead of an anticipated landfall later in the day.The message warns of a life-threatening storm surge, hurricane force winds and heavy rainfall.
Hurricane Michael has become a Category 4 hurricane and is now labeled an "extremely dangerous" storm.NASA has subsequently released stunning images of the hurricane, including several from space.National Hurricane Center forecasters expect the storm to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle or Big Bend region, an area that has not seen much hurricane action in the past, around midday Wednesday.“Only eight major hurricanes on record have passed within or near the projected landfall of Michael, and only three of those (Eloise 1975, Opal 1995, and Dennis 2005) were in the past 100 years,” noted Marangelly Fuentes, a NASA atmospheric scientist who has been tracking the storm with models maintained by NASA’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO), on NASA's website.AS HURRICANE MICHAEL NEARS, LIVE SURF CAM VIDEOS SHOW IMPACT ON FLORIDAFuentes continued: “Michael’s projected intensity at landfall is currently Category 3, which is worrisome because many people living in the Panhandle have little or no experience with storms this intense.”
Category 4 Hurricane Michael is set to slam into the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday.While eyes in space watch the dangerous storm from above, cameras on the ground are tracking the hurricane's impending landfall for live internet viewing.UK newspaper The Sun is streaming live on YouTube from cameras located in various places around Florida, including Panama City and Venice Jetty, a popular spot for surfing, fishing and kayaking.The WaterSound Beach Club near Panama City Beach is also sharing a live-cam view of crashing waves and rain.A lone US flag attached to an offshore tower became an icon when it starred in a live-cam feed during Hurricane Florence in September.Michael is shaping up to be even more powerful than Florence, which weakened just ahead of its landfall.
Hamilton fans know the lyric: "In the eye of a hurricane, there is quiet/for just a moment."US Air Force Reserve Pilot Will Simmons experienced that quiet Wednesday morning, and it's just as eerie as in Alexander Hamilton's day.Simmons was flying a USAF Hurricane Hunter mission out of Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, and after multiple passes through the eye, finally had enough daylight to see the massive storm."Life-threatening effects are imminent along parts of the Florida panhandle," he wrote in a tweet sharing a video of that brief moment in the eye.Monstrous clouds surround the plane like walls as the crew flies through and records the video."I love the job, but at the same time, hate that I had to go out to fly this today," Simmons wrote.
After gathering strength from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico overnight, Hurricane Michael blasted across the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon, pummeling the area with winds up to 155 miles per hour.Earlier today, NOAA’s National Hurricane Center warned that in addition to the destructive winds and heavy rains, Michael could bring a storm surge of up to 14 feet to areas in the direct path of the storm.Surge is similar in effect to a tsunami—a wall of water created when atmospheric pressure changes cause the ocean to rapidly rise and high winds push all that water onshore.It’s measured as the height of the water above the normal predicted tide, and how bad it is depends mainly on three things: wind speed, shoreline shape, and timing.But the topography of the area, and of the underwater terrain offshore, slowed down the water’s rise.That’s still enough to knock you off your feet or send cars and other large objects hurtling headlong into whatever is in the water’s path.
Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday northwest of Mexico Beach, Florida.The powerful Category 4 storm brought winds of up to 155 mph.Michael's low central pressure makes it the strongest hurricane the US has seen in nearly 50 years.Videos shared on social media show severe flooding and destruction in Florida.Hurricane Michael, the most powerful storm the US has seen in nearly 50 years, is moving through the Florida Panhandle, ripping apart homes and sending walls of water rushing inland.That strong, well-developed core makes for a very powerful, windy storm on land.
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At least seven people are dead, 900,000 homes and businesses have lost power, and an estimated 325,000 people who fled the storm have to find their way back home.Those researchers—John Renne, a professor of urban and regional planning and the director of Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, and doctoral student Andrea Ramos—reviewed six sorts of emergency plans for all 67 of Florida’s counties.Multihazard plans are for events that include both hurricanes and other issues like flooding or environmental contamination risk.Renne and Ramos graded the effectiveness of each of plan on a 0 to 2 point scale, for a possible 12 points in total.A well-developed scheme scored a two.In the end, 10 counties, all in northern Florida or the state’s panhandle, got “weak” scores—fewer than four points.
Verizon and AT are slowly bringing the Florida Panhandle, and surrounding areas in the US, back online after Hurricane Michael devastated its mobile and fiber networks.The category-four storm has killed at least 18 people, leveled neighborhoods, and left more than 350,000 folks without power, since making landfall on Wednesday near Mexico Beach on the Gulf Coast.Verizon reckons 99 percent of its network in the state of Georgia are now operational, and 98 percent in Florida.Its status page reports the “hardest hit area of Panama City, Panama City Beach, and the surrounding communities still experiencing the most impact.”AT is faring better, it seems: in its most recent status update, the carrier said its network is “nearly fully restored in most affected areas,” with portable cell sites operational “in numerous locations throughout Florida and Georgia.”The FCC is tracking mobile outages here, and its latest communications status report stated: “Although Hurricane Michael has had a serious impact on communications services in the Florida Panhandle and parts of Georgia some improvements are evident, especially in wireless services where the percentage of cell sites out of service dropped over the last four days from 18.8 percent to 5.2 percent.”
As Hurricane Michael approached the Florida Panhandle, the Florida Division of Emergency Management tapped a tech company for help.Over the past year, Florida’s DEM has worked closely with GasBuddy, a Boston-based app that uses crowdsourced data to identify fuel prices and inform first responders and the public about fuel availability or power outages at gas stations during storms.Since Hurricane Irma in 2017, GasBuddy and DEM have worked together to survey affected areas, helping Florida first responders identify how best to respond to petroleum shortages.With help from the location intelligence company Cuebiq, GasBuddy also provides estimated wait times at gas stations during emergencies.DEM first noticed GasBuddy’s potential in 2016, when the app was collecting and providing data about fuel availability following a pipeline leak.“DEM staff recognized how useful such information would be to Florida during any potential future disasters, and reached out to GasBuddy staff to begin a relationship,” a spokesperson for the Florida State Emergency Operations Center explained.