While You’re Enjoying Your Weekend…

Take a minute to think about people whose lives are being turned upside down. Mandatory evacuation ordered for Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks as Hurricane Isaias approaches.

That seems like they are jumping the gun, given the number of days before the storm is expected to be in that area. Tropical storm watches don’t extend across the entire east coast of Florida yet.

While I do like the image above and to the right, it is not my intention to make light of the situation. But people – myself included – often can’t remember what wind speeds are associated with what category of hurricane. Click on the image for a larger view.

The order becomes effective for visitors at noon today (Friday) and residents and non-resident property owners at 6 a.m. Saturday.

So if you thought that was how people were planning to spend their weekend…

Here’s the 2:00 EDT update from the National Hurricane Center. At 2 PM Isaias was a Category 1 hurricane.

At 200 PM EDT (1800 UTC), the center of Hurricane Isaias was located by an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft and Bahamas radar near latitude 22.2 North, longitude 75.2 West. Isaias is moving toward the northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and a general northwestward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected for the day or so followed by a turn toward the north-northwest. On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will continue to move near or over the Southeastern Bahamas today. Isaias is forecast to be near the Central Bahamas tonight, and move near or over the Northwestern Bahamas Saturday and near the east coast of the Florida peninsula Saturday afternoon through Sunday.

For anyone interested in tracking the storm, Mike’s Weather Page is still the best.

If you want to take a look at the satellite imagery, the links can be found on this page. Look for the GOES Floater, Caribbean images. I find the animated GIFs are best, and whether you need various IR attributes will depend on the time-of-day.

One thought on “While You’re Enjoying Your Weekend…

  1. Based on local experience, they have to order the evacuation early because the windspeed will close the bridges well before the hurricane gets there. Also anyone medically fragile needs to arrange in advance for specific shelters. And if you’ve got pets to get out, it gets even more complicated.

    So no, it’s really not early – this is about when they have to get started so enough people will get out voluntarily.

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