Wednesday, July 6, 2005

IT'S OFFICIAL... A MENACE IS BORN

Dennis 1


As of 6:00 PM, the TPC has upgraded Dennis to a hurricane with max sustained winds of 80 mph. It is now just a matter of time before it reaches Category 3 status and the press begins jumping all over itself. If you live in the southeast, we would be expecting you to jump all over yourself as the strength and direction of this storm means that many, many lives are going to be forever altered by this time next week.

Continue monitoring news reports from the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the Pensacola News Journal, arguably the two newspapers who will get a front row seat to this monster. It is just now beginning to dawn on many watching this unfold that the Cindy-Dennis one-two punch will be catastrophic for some areas of the northern Gulf Coast. While damage was relatively minor in Cindy, there were considerable power outages in SE Louisiana, tornadoes on going in Miss, Alabama and Georgia, and the heavy rain that caused extensive flooding. For some, it is possible that power will have just been restored before Dennis arrives to take it away again.

It is going to be a bad, bad situation, but a great opportunity for prayer. Start praying tonight.

Our next culprit lurking in the East Atlantic seems to be showing signs it wants to stick around. Take a look at the latest infrared loop on what could become Emily.

3 comments:

Julee said...

YIKES MR. FOOT!!!!!!! Do you have any GOOD news?
Dennis looks evil and that Eastern Atlantic loop -- YEOW!!!!!!!!
And you're saying we can expect at least three more of these behemoths?

Happy to have you back -- no matter what.

Terpboy said...

FYI-

Since the NWS began naming hurricanes with men’s names in 1979, there have been four storms named Dennis.

1981- August- TS Dennis struck Florida, passing North through the state, skirting the coast, until it passed out to sea, becoming a Cat 1 hurricane as it moved away from the mouth of the Chesapeake.

1987- September- only reached TS levels, died well out to sea, never reaching 58 degrees W

1993- August- ditto 1987, died at 45 degrees W

1999- August/September- smacked NC twice, first, out to sea as a Cat 1, then it meandered around 74 degrees W for a few days, then it came ashore with 70 mph TS winds and torrential rains. This set the stage for Floyd, which showed up as a Cat 3 11 days later. The Dennis-soaked ground allowed no absorption, and caused tremendous flooding in the Carolinas, as well as other, areas.

2005- July-2300 hours- Dennis the fifth has sustained winds of 85 mph.

To quote Mr F quoting Star Wars:

"I got a bad feeling about this"

terpboy

Mr. Foot said...

Hey gang... I don't know what is wrong with the site. The sidebar links decided to dump themselves at the bottom and after an hour of tinkering, I still can't figure out why. It might be a server problem and will hopefully resolve itself today.