Disaster In My Region: AW Check In Thread (Tornadoes, Floods)

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What?!

I've lived in the Gulf Coast for 15 years and therefore keep an eye on the hurricane situation each year and I don't think I've ever seen a hurricane do that. Does it happen and I just haven't noticed? (It's possible, because my primary focus is on hurricanes pointed at my house, and once I know it's going elsewhere, I generally turn my attention back to other things).

Is this really as bizarre as I think it is?

Fiona is supposed to be historically strong, but hurricanes have hit NS before. I do suspect climate change is making them more frequent and more severe, though.

Wishing safety and dryness to our Nova Scotians.
 

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What?!

I've lived in the Gulf Coast for 15 years and therefore keep an eye on the hurricane situation each year and I don't think I've ever seen a hurricane do that. Does it happen and I just haven't noticed? (It's possible, because my primary focus is on hurricanes pointed at my house, and once I know it's going elsewhere, I generally turn my attention back to other things).

Is this really as bizarre as I think it is?
It's unusual, but not unheard-of. This one, however, is one of the biggest on record to hit Canada.


The lowest pressure ever recorded in Canada was 940 millibars in January 1977 in Newfoundland, said Brian Tang, an atmospheric science professor at the University of Albany. "Current weather forecast models are indicating that Fiona will make landfall in eastern Nova Scotia with a pressure around 925 to 935 millibars, which would easily set a new record," he said.
Many forecasters, including Fogarty, are comparing this storm to 2003's Hurricane Juan, which battered the Canadian coast as a Category 2 storm.
"That storm was much smaller. This one is huge," said Fogarty.


The storm "is projected to be a significant and historical weather event for Nova Scotia," said John Lohr, the minister responsible for the provincial Emergency Management Office.


Fearsome Hurricane Fiona could be Canada's strongest-ever storm


"It has the potential to be very dangerous. Impacts are projected to be felt across the province. Every Nova Scotian should be preparing today," Lohr added during an official update Thursday.
Residents should brace for damaging winds, high waves, coastal storm surge and heavy rainfall that may lead to prolonged power outages, Lohr said. Emergency officials have encouraged people to secure outdoor items, trim trees, charge cell phones and create a 72-hour emergency kit.
The area hasn't seen a storm this intense for about 50 years, according to Chris Fogarty, manager for Canadian Hurricane Centre.
"Please take it seriously because we are seeing meteorological numbers in our weather maps that are rarely seen here," Fogarty said.
 
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Fiona is supposed to be historically strong, but hurricanes have hit NS before. I do suspect climate change is making them more frequent and more severe, though.

Wishing safety and dryness to our Nova Scotians.
Not to mention that this year's tropical storm Danielle formed farther north than September tropical storms usually do due to warmer water temps.

Stay safe all! I was (quite far north) in Mississippi when Katrina hit in 2005. This will not be like your typical nor'easter.
 
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I have cousins in east Orlando and Kissimmee who came through it with minimal damage.

I have acquaintances on another board who are up to their armpits in relief efforts as transient EMS workers, pilots, and other efforts. Parts of Florida have been leveled, not unlike Andrew in 92, I think. Ian may get retired from teh name list.
 

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I've got a cousin who moved a year or so ago to Cape Coral...on a canal. The news there isn't good. Hoping he and his wife got out in time.
Sat Nam! (Literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

I've just got word that they're okay, but was told that continuing to hold the good thought for them would be welcome.

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal
 

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Welp - we've just started day three without power, after the big Pacific NW windstorm. I'm at work, right now, where the power is thankfully back on. Otherwise, we're good. How are my PNW neighbors faring?
 

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I didn't lose power here in Bellevue either but a friend up in Marysville (north of here) lost power for hours and considered himself lucky. The surrounding area is still without power.

Years ago during a huge windstorm here people lost power for a week. We lost power for ~24 hours and the folks that lost power for a week started two houses away.

Gas pumps don't work when the power is out. That was an eye opener.
 
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No one asked, so I hope it's okay for me to post this here: https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/t...system-spawned-blizzards-tornados/ar-AA15mHff

Tens of thousands of people are without power in Maine (we haven't had it for 12+ hours). No water, no heat. We have a generator connected to the food storage but no way to cook anything unless I want to fire the grill up. And seeing that I have no way to wash dishes, no, I don't want to. In none of the warnings I'd been watching since Monday did they mention a potential for power outages, so I got caught unprepared and we're looking to friends in unaffected areas for water for the animals.

I don't know of anyone else from the boards who might be affected, but I'm okay! (thinking of a scene in How To Train Your Dragon "...less okay!") I don't want to kill my battery when the only way to charge it is my car, but I figured I'd drop a line...
 

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Hope you get your power back soon, Brigid. What a miserable situation.
 
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Power came back about an hour ago but it's still flickering. It was a mad dash to get a few things done and everyone showered in case it goes back out. Hopefully it's done! 🤞

Eta: internet is still down, so between that and flickering lights it's a nailbiter.
 

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Thanks, mccardey. we're surviving. 4' total snow, plus drifts. We were snowed in from Friday through last night. but our power stayed on and we're digging out. I posted a bunch of pics on my FB page if anyone wants to see why Bflo has its reputation.