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Re: [ft-l] Barking all night and such.
- Subject: Re: [ft-l] Barking all night and such.
- Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 20:43:43 -0400
- Reply-to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hmmm.... you seem to be reading something into my message that wasn't there.
I nowhere said that the evacuations should not have been carried out. I've
been through at least four storms, not counting a typhoon out in the
Pacific, including Donna which was a big storm. The only comment that I made
was that its seems whatever disaster that is currently occurring instantly
makes people think that the current problem is "the worst ever!".
I heard the same thing during the Turkish earthquake, some people on another
mailing list were prattling on about it being the worst earthquake. Well 2
minutes of web searching showed that the Turkish quake, while still tragic,
wouldn't even make the top ten of worst quakes. A 1979 quake in China killed
over 250,000 for instance.
We of course have Santayana's quote: "Those who cannot remember the past are
condemned to repeat it."
----- Original Message -----
> I think the answer to your question about hype lies in the facts you
> stated - that 134 people died in Camille,etc and so far as we know 0 have
> died in Floyd. Regardless of wind speed and size (and I lived through
> Camille and Betsy in New Orleans and several others since), Floyd had the
> potential to be a real killer. The fact that it swerved to the north at
> last minute not withstanding, the weather service and public emergency
> service people were correct to issue the evacuations and people were right
> to heed them, even if perhaps some tired and easily excitable news crews
> a bit hysterical. It would make little difference to your family and
> friends if you were killed in a Camille, a Gilbert or a no-name. Whether
> the storm was the size of Texas or "only" the size of Georgia. Whether
> wind speeds were 74 mph or 210 mph. You'd still be gone. I'll take the
> "hype" anyday if it will help move people out of harms way.
> > Floyd was a big storm, but this is another case of people having very
> > memories. Camile had winds of 210 mph:
> > "Final data on the storm reported wind velocity in excess of 210 miles
> > hour and a tidal surge in excess of 24 feet topped with at least a 10
> > sea. Many of those who refused to believe the forecast and stayed at
> > to ride out the storm lived to regret it. Some did not live through it.
> > The latest survey reveals l34 deaths; 27 missing; 8,931 injured; 5,662
> > destroyed and 13,915 suffering major losses"
> > This was in 1969, many people think the storm of 1935 was probably the
> > intense of this century. The strength of a storm's winds increase with
> > square of velocity, so a 210 mph storm is almost twice as strong as a
> > mph storm. Gilbert was another major storm that had the lowest central
> > pressure every recorded in the western hemisphere- 888 mb that was in
> > Wes Skiles the diver from Ginny Springs near Gainesville was in Mexico
> > Gilbert hit, he was in a third floor hotel room and waves were breaking
> > the windows of his room.
> > "Barometric pressure is the most accurate gauge of a storm's strength,
> > determining how much fuel the hurricane will be capable of harnessing
> > warm ocean waters; the lower the pressure, the stronger the storm.
> > broke the previous record of 26.35 inches during an infamous 1935
> > that devastated the Florida Keys (hurricanes still weren't named in
> > Gilbert was enormous in both its intensity and its size, encompassing an
> > area roughly the size of Texas.
> > On Sept. 14, the eye of the storm swirled over the Mexican resort areas
> > Cozumel and Cancun with 160 mph winds -- the first time a Category 5
> > had struck land in the Western Hemisphere since 1969, when Hurricane
> > battered the U.S. Gulf Coast. "
> > I doubt Floyd would even make the top 5 list of major storms so I
> > figure out the hype I kept hearing on the idiot box and news papers.
> > Bryan
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > > We are counting our blessings here on Fl east coast tonight but our
> > > hearts and thoughts go out to those in North and South Carolinas. In
> > > Floyd was the biggest and most powerful storm I have ever seen and he
> > > really shook me up with the chance of a direct hit having seen the
> > > devastation Andrew caused awhile back.
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