(Weather Hobbyist)
Tue Oct 18 2022 05:23 PM
Re: Ian's impact in your area

OMG! And I mean it as a prayer! I agree with you on the 120 mph winds. I seriously doubt your double-wide, or any home would still be intact with a Cat 4 storm. See the included video. A Cat 4 storm with a high storm surge would literally have flattened everything to ground level. Nothing but match sticks! People need to read about and look at the photos of what Katrina did to the three coastal counties of Mississippi.

Camille in 1969 was registering 175 mph until the instruments broke when she hit MS. Some have estimated at least 200 mph gusts. She cut a 2.5 mile gap in one of the barrier islands. Katrina widened it to a 3.5 gap. You are correct in stating it’s insane to estimate 180 mph winds. I’ve lived through enough of these storms starting with Donna in 1960 to know people have a tendency to embellish. They have no idea what a Cat 4 or 5 storm leaves behind…which is nothing!


For those who didn’t evacuate and lived through Ian’s storm surge and for those who think a storm surge is just minor flooding you need to rethink your thoughts! And I ain’t whistling “Dixie”! Too bad for those who drowned didn’t listen to the warning to evacuate. The “cone” was at your back door. Then that jog to the east brought it to your whole house. For those who foolishly stay for the next one be certain to have an axe in the attic and pray your house stays intact long enough for you chop through to the roof. But, if it’s another Katrina…you’ve already lost due to a 30 to 32 foot storm surge! YOU CAN’T FIGHT WATER! YOU CAN’T FIGHT WATER!


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