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Irma Now Only Cat 2 And Rapidly Weakening

September 10, 2017

By Paul Homewood


Very quick update on Irma.


As forecast yesterday, wind shear is rapidly weakening the storm, which made landfall a couple of hours ago at Marco Island, at 115 mph, making it Cat 3.

It has now degraded to Cat 2 at 110 mph, and is expected to decline to Cat 1 by the time it reaches the Tampa area.




Various forecasts in the last couple of days have suggested a monster Cat 5 storm hitting Florida, but fortunately these have proved false.

Irma remains a dangerous storm however, and storm surge on the Keys and south west Florida is still life threatening.

  1. John F. Hultquist permalink
    September 10, 2017 10:45 pm

    Jose appears to be dying in place and the next disturbance is too far away in time and space for newsworthiness.
    For this week, we’ll have to worry about electric cars or the fading summer.
    We have just entered Melancholia.

  2. Pierre Vallieres permalink
    September 11, 2017 1:16 am

    CNN reports that I’m a made land-fall as a Category 4 HURRICANE. Yet again, false news CNN plays with the numbers, sickening to say the least.

    • Pierre Vallieres permalink
      September 11, 2017 1:17 am

      Should be Irma, not l’m.

  3. September 11, 2017 4:05 am

    My house got a reprieve. Maximum wind speed 62 mph. Not much rain and plenty of time to walk the dog during lulls
    in Melbourne, Florida.

  4. September 11, 2017 4:07 am

    Thank you governor Scott for not making Irma political.

  5. Mark Hodgson permalink
    September 11, 2017 8:02 am

    O/T, but you might like to do the usual by way of pointing out the faults in Harrabin’s latest piece, Paul:

    “Offshore wind power cheaper than new nuclear”

    • Jack Broughton permalink
      September 11, 2017 9:27 am

      Another of the jingoistic British brainwashing corporation junk news items. Sadly the meja do not seem to have anyone who can see the extent of the dishonest costly policies. They don’t seem to seem that industry is being killed-off and that money that could be spent on health, education etc is squandered on white elephants.

  6. Malcolm Bell permalink
    September 11, 2017 10:09 am


    Have you seen on Google News that Richard Branson is claiming to have survived the “worst Atlantic storm ever” by hiding in his wine cellar. You may wish to disabuse him?

    He is of course a warmist.

    Now he tells us he is leading the recovery operation in the BVI (presumably because the governments and the UK cannot manage it properly!)

  7. CheshireRed permalink
    September 11, 2017 10:56 am

    The Economist now claiming ‘extreme events have quadrupled since 1970’. Can anyone confirm evidence to support this claim? eg claiming ‘half of Bangladesh is under water’. So what? It sits with one foot in the bay of Bengal, of course it’s bloody under water!

    The Guardian, Economist and Caroline Lucas are at full tilt. Alarmists certainly aren’t letting these hurricane crisis’ go to waste.

    • September 11, 2017 11:11 am

      How do they define “extreme weather event”?

      • CheshireRed permalink
        September 11, 2017 11:43 am

        Exactly. That’s why I think our host should don his Cluedo spy-glasses and do a hit job on them. No actual definitions, just plenty of scary rhetoric. Tbf they’ve been waiting 12 years for this….:-)

    • dave permalink
      September 11, 2017 11:27 am

      “…half of Banglasdesh under water…”

      In 1998 THRE-QUARTERS was under water. Obviously time is bringing a reduction in flooding!

      The scream of lies is reaching a crescendo. It is a death scream though. So can be ignored.

  8. dearieme permalink
    September 11, 2017 11:01 am

    I don’t understand all the emphasis on wind speed. By the standards of, say, Shetland or Cairngorm the wind speeds quoted don’t look especially high. Is it to do with a distinction between sustained speeds and gusts?

    Whereas the figures for the downpour on Houston looked most unBritish. And the size of the storm surge looks pretty big for a low-lying drained swamp, which is what much of the Florida peninsula is.

    Come to think of it, Houston is largely a drained swamp too. Perhaps one should be leery of living on a drained swamp in a climate prone to the occasional hurricane unless one has the engineering skills of the Dutch.

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