I hate living along the Gulf Coast after the last three years of overly active hurricane seasons.
It seems like even our tropical storms are getting more intense with effects beyond simple wind speed.
Because wind speed is the only factor in the Safford-Simpson grading scale, you could have a tropical storm with the air pressure and storm surge potential of a category one hurricane, despite having a wind speed lower than a hurricane. It’s terrifying, and the images you see on doppler radar get increasingly more horrifying each year when a new storm outpaces the ones from the year prior. I moved down here to get away from the insanely cold winters up north, but now I’m considering going back. The worst I worried about up there was snow storms and tornadoes, but the latter is a real possibility with all sorts of tropical cyclones, since they often create tornadoes when the storms make landfall. Can you imagine the nightmare of an unrelenting hurricane that is only made worse by the prospect of tornadoes happening at the exact same time? I thought of this possibility last week with the hurricane that was nearly a direct hit for our area. The eye of the storm made landfall only 50 miles south of our town. I have all of my marijuana growing and cultivation equipment stored in a shed in our backyard. I had to store it away after we moved into this new house that we’re renting. Despite the shed getting hurricane wind damage, all of my marijuana growing equipment inside was thankfully unscathed. I put everything in massive contractor garbage bags, so nothing got wet either.