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winds up to 135 miles an hour

scott seward, Thursday, 2 September 2010 02:03 (thirteen years ago) link

scott seward, Thursday, 2 September 2010 02:04 (thirteen years ago) link

these are fun! (sometimes)

"bubbling" pictures for mormon approved j0hn (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 2 September 2010 02:04 (thirteen years ago) link


Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 2 September 2010 02:04 (thirteen years ago) link


maybe just cuz i was a kid and NO SCHOOL

"bubbling" pictures for mormon approved j0hn (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 2 September 2010 02:05 (thirteen years ago) link

ugh, i guess.

i was on kendall/142nd during andrew. that was bad. i was in coral-gables during katrina and wilma. those were kind of bad, too, tbh.

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 2 September 2010 02:05 (thirteen years ago) link

well i was 4 during andrew and we had to move out of our house for a whole year but most hurricanes aren't andrew

during katrina my car got destroyed but oh well

most hurricanes are minor & fun ime

"bubbling" pictures for mormon approved j0hn (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 2 September 2010 02:06 (thirteen years ago) link

i feel for my marthas vineyard family. i hope aunt bette battens down the hatches.

scott seward, Thursday, 2 September 2010 02:06 (thirteen years ago) link

LOL, my car was destroyed during katrina, too.

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 2 September 2010 02:07 (thirteen years ago) link


mookieproof, Thursday, 2 September 2010 02:09 (thirteen years ago) link

I've never had the joy of being directly hit (around the Cocoa Beach area), but I love it when they hang around offshore so I can go outside in 60mph wind and try running against it.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 2 September 2010 02:09 (thirteen years ago) link

Worst that ever came through where I lived in FL was Charlie, but we were on the West coast (not the panhandle), so it was significantly weakened by the time it got to us. We got a lot of downed trees and some flooding.

how girl get dragnet (corey), Thursday, 2 September 2010 02:54 (thirteen years ago) link

powerlines on our street are underground so we never lost power so i always got to have mega sleepovers when hurricanes came :-D

"bubbling" pictures for mormon approved j0hn (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 2 September 2010 02:55 (thirteen years ago) link

this is gonna fuck up my last vacation day of the summer :(

call all destroyer, Thursday, 2 September 2010 02:58 (thirteen years ago) link

I got quadruple time pay for coming in to work one time when there was a hurricane churning offshore (this was 1999 or 2000 I think?). I lived one mile away from the office, so it wasn't that big a deal. SUCKERS.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 2 September 2010 02:58 (thirteen years ago) link

Hurricanes are only fun when they hang out far enough offshore to close down the county yet your power doesn't go out (see Frances, Jeanne, Rita).

I may have been the only person in South Florida not to lose power during Wilma.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 September 2010 02:58 (thirteen years ago) link

ugh i'm supposed to be moving this weekend, not gonna be cool if i have to make multiple trips in & out of the city in hurricaney weather

ciderpress, Thursday, 2 September 2010 03:01 (thirteen years ago) link

Max Mayfield, I love you.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 September 2010 03:06 (thirteen years ago) link

Sign says "Go Away Earl!"
Cause comfort rules
At the Co-om-fort Inn.

a Bud Light Chelada 22 oz. on a sort of a date (kkvgz), Thursday, 2 September 2010 11:58 (thirteen years ago) link

I've been through several hurricanes as a kid and while I thought they would be cool, like with shit flying through the air, they all ended up being annoying. The most annoying one being Flloyd in 1999, in which is just rained and rained and rained and my power was out for a week.

Jeff, Thursday, 2 September 2010 12:05 (thirteen years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Hurricane Irene is predicted to arrive in the general NYC/northeast area some time late on Saturday, early on Sunday.

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 19:16 (twelve years ago) link

Oh good, I'll just be getting back from the Long Island highland games. With any luck.

arch midwestern housewife named (Laurel), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 19:18 (twelve years ago) link

maybe you'll find yourself in a remake of I Know Where I'm Going!

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 19:19 (twelve years ago) link

Ooh maybe that means the waves will be good at the beach on Sat afternoon.

((*)) ((*)) ((*)) (ENBB), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 19:20 (twelve years ago) link

We escaped another one!

a 'catch-all', almost humorous, 'Jeez' quality (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 19:21 (twelve years ago) link

I called to tell my parents, who just moved to Florida, about the earthquake and my Mom was yelling in the background - "There's a hurricane coming why hasn't she called us?!" Uh cause I'm more likely to get hit by the hurrican than you are at this point? :(

((*)) ((*)) ((*)) (ENBB), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 19:23 (twelve years ago) link

dont come to maine you bitch

Earthquake in my vagina (Latham Green), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 19:39 (twelve years ago) link

Jeez, what on Earth did I do to you Mr. Green?


((*)) ((*)) ((*)) (ENBB), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 19:40 (twelve years ago) link

I mean t the hurciciane - you are welcome in Maine anytime

Earthquake in my vagina (Latham Green), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 19:40 (twelve years ago) link

I love Maine.

((*)) ((*)) ((*)) (ENBB), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 19:42 (twelve years ago) link

a pug gentleman lives in my hood so there's that for socializin

Earthquake in my vagina (Latham Green), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 19:42 (twelve years ago) link

lol @ "pug gentleman"

((*)) ((*)) ((*)) (ENBB), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 19:43 (twelve years ago) link

shit bahamas are gonna get creamed by this :/

karen d. foreskin (k3vin k.), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 20:36 (twelve years ago) link

maybe you'll find yourself in a remake of I Know Where I'm Going! ― incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius)

<3 u for this, because you know how enormously happy that would make me.

arch midwestern housewife named (Laurel), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 20:40 (twelve years ago) link

good tracking website

Peanut Butter... in my chocolate? (brownie), Wednesday, 24 August 2011 14:21 (twelve years ago) link

love how this storm stops immediately at the Canadian border!

karma's ruthless invisible (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 24 August 2011 14:51 (twelve years ago) link

The author of that artcile needs to learn to distinguish between Spielberg films and Michael Bay films.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 15:24 (twelve years ago) link

Looking up at the hurricane vs. running away from a CGI building collapsing in said hurricane.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 15:25 (twelve years ago) link

Ned otm.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 15:27 (twelve years ago) link

The ironically named Irene...

Indefensible ad vaginem attacks (Michael White), Wednesday, 24 August 2011 15:28 (twelve years ago) link

oh yeah.

Zingling Baby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 24 August 2011 15:30 (twelve years ago) link

I dont want a hurriance in Maine. I already have no roof

Earthquake in my vagina (Latham Green), Wednesday, 24 August 2011 17:22 (twelve years ago) link

Just slow down and there won't be any hurriance.

Indefensible ad vaginem attacks (Michael White), Wednesday, 24 August 2011 17:33 (twelve years ago) link

I think I have astraphobia

The Golden Vagina Shines for You and Your Lucky Day (Latham Green), Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:54 (twelve years ago) link

hooooooo boy

this shit is gonna hit me pretty much dead on...kinda freaking out

karen d. foreskin (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:18 (twelve years ago) link

So... like... real talk... should we be trying to find a reason to get the f outta Brooklyn this weekend or no?

Axolotl with an Atlatl (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:24 (twelve years ago) link

Looks like the cone shrunk again as of the 11 a.m. advisory. Tampa/St. Pete area looks increasingly good.

the dreaded dependent claus (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 29 August 2023 15:13 (ten months ago) link

we are blessed in the bay area

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Tuesday, 29 August 2023 16:03 (ten months ago) link

My aunt (lives in Jensen Beach) is on her way to Australia, and it sounds like she got out just in time!

Infanta Terrible (, Wednesday, 30 August 2023 11:45 (ten months ago) link

going to be about 20-30 mph winds here all day and rain. I'll take it.

think they did a fantastic job with the forecast this go around. amazes me how accurate hurricane forecasting has gotten over the last thirty years even.

I can't turn a fart into a question (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 30 August 2023 13:26 (ten months ago) link

Seconded. In Florida one becomes an amateur meteorologist, and one thing I noticed different about Idalia coverage is the emphasis on storm surge within and outside the cone. Seems like forecasters at the state and federal level learned from Ian. They even got the intensification correct, a notoriously erratic thing.

the dreaded dependent claus (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 30 August 2023 13:37 (ten months ago) link


CHECK OUT the misty EYE of Hurricane #Idalia from just inside the inner eyewall rainbands. The winds calmed for a solid 30 seconds before returning full force from the opposite direction.

— Josh Griffith ⚡ (@JoshGriffithWX) August 30, 2023

the dreaded dependent claus (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 30 August 2023 13:42 (ten months ago) link

are y'all OK? the PBS Newshour is looking pretty scary today

out-of-print LaserDisc edition (sleeve), Thursday, 31 August 2023 01:53 (ten months ago) link

Yeah, roll call?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 31 August 2023 01:56 (ten months ago) link

doing fine here in Winter Park, FL. we didn't get much other than rain and 25-30 mph winds (fortunately).

I can't turn a fart into a question (Neanderthal), Thursday, 31 August 2023 02:07 (ten months ago) link

unfortunately for the folks at St Bernardus

actual veggie mexican pizza received (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 31 August 2023 02:47 (ten months ago) link

Also fine here, apparently I'm Neanderthal's neighbor!

Vinnie, Thursday, 31 August 2023 09:27 (ten months ago) link

you guys need to FAP immediately

the dreaded dependent claus (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 31 August 2023 10:15 (ten months ago) link

Oh word, Vinnie!

I can't turn a fart into a question (Neanderthal), Thursday, 31 August 2023 13:13 (ten months ago) link

I kinda get eyerolly at Floridian friends of mine who have lived here for decades, see a massive hurricane that is ten days away from any landfall and currently not projected to impact us, and immediately start yelling OMG BUCKLE UP FLORIDIANS, WE'RE FUCKED. And yet...Lee is here and friends of mine are already msging me, bugging out

Like when a hurricane actually arrives here, you'll be stressed enough, which I know from experience. Why do you want to feel that same terror prior, no good horror films in theaters?

Make the chats AI (Neanderthal), Thursday, 7 September 2023 21:47 (ten months ago) link

I just got in from talking to one of my next door neighbors. She's panicing, too.

Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Thursday, 7 September 2023 22:42 (ten months ago) link

nine months pass...

Debated whether to put this here or in the "global warming's terrifying new math" thread.

We now have the earliest category 4 hurricane on record in the Atlantic, which is also the first category 4 hurricane to form in the Atlantic in the month of June. Was still a Tropical Storm 48h ago.

Expected to impact the Windward Islands and enter the Caribbean on Monday.

jon_oh, Sunday, 30 June 2024 17:26 (two weeks ago) link

ironically also the slowest start to a hurricane season since 2014 due to intense heat over the continental us haha fml.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Sunday, 30 June 2024 21:22 (two weeks ago) link

Bear up Houston!

just like Christopher Wray said (brownie), Monday, 8 July 2024 00:52 (one week ago) link

Hey, cool! The Eclipse came back!

pplains, Monday, 8 July 2024 01:24 (one week ago) link

Just drove through a band or two on the way back to Austin from Houston... my friend needs to go grocery shopping but won't because the Texas power grid is such complete shit he doesn't want to waste money on frozen food if the power ends up going out for a week again.

the absence of bikes (f. hazel), Monday, 8 July 2024 01:41 (one week ago) link

Seems like in Houston this will less be a grid stability situation and more an infrastructure one .(downing of lines, damage to power stations etc.)

There's cautious optimism right now that all Houston is going to get is several hours of high tropical storm speed winds and rain which will be mostly out of here by lunch time, with some more rain spaced out through the next few days. This shouldn't be an out and out assault like Alison, Ike, and Harvey were. Beryl is a mover.

Otoh, we just went through the derecho, which was like one of those storms compacted into a tight 60-90 minutes and that sure fucked alotta folks up for a good while.

yeah, he's wary because that derecho a few weeks ago knocked out power at his complex for eight days (same storm knocked out power at my house here in Austin, AND at a friend's in Lafayette!)

the absence of bikes (f. hazel), Monday, 8 July 2024 03:00 (one week ago) link

Right now this is being reported as an Ike-esque Wind/Rain event, just not near as intense or drawn-out.

Austin's rain chances from it have now dropped to near-zero lol... stay safe down there!

the absence of bikes (f. hazel), Monday, 8 July 2024 04:23 (one week ago) link

This was a little worse than we thought it would be.

2 million currently without power. Some reported winds in the city limits of Houston reached 80+ MPH. So far two deaths due to falling trees.

I'm okay. I'm over in the southwest side by Reliant/NRG Park. It hit us around 4:00 AM. Power was on and off before blacking out for good a little after 6:00. Haven't ventured out yet, but I can see broken branches all over outside from my window. I'm also by a main thoroughfare and I can hear traffic beginning to pick up.

Most of my people live at various points along I-10 on the West Side... all of them are without power since this morning. Seeing rainfall totals creeping up over 10" in the last 12 hours on the East/SE sides of town!

the absence of bikes (f. hazel), Monday, 8 July 2024 18:09 (one week ago) link

The eye apparently passed over the west side 'burbs (Sugar Land, Katy etc.) which might have saved us.

So we're driving around Bellaire and West University, and if you discount the tell-tale signs of blackout conditions and felled trees/signage, it does not look like a hurricane just came through. Very little standing water. In fact, rn I'm in a Randall's parking lot at an intersection that was completely flooded <ON SATURDAY>, when the initial rain bands did a hit'n'run that afternoon.

So it's extra-frustrating that it might be days before power is restored.

First of all, I've got no power, so I spent the night in our gassed-up truck with a/c that I fortunately didn't need to use.

Checking FB this morning I notice an update from an acquaintance in The Woodlands, a northern suburb 80-90 miles inland from Galveston, who had two tall trees fall into the kitchen of his late-'70s build home, allowing it to completely flood to the tune of 2 inches, in a house that's normally never flooded before due to location and height off the street.


the talented mr pimply (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 9 July 2024 13:40 (one week ago) link

Meanwhile in Texas people are using the Whataburger app to track power outages because the electric company there doesn’t have one

— Wu Tang is for the Children (@WUTangKids) July 9, 2024

the possibility of relaxing (Eazy), Tuesday, 9 July 2024 20:24 (one week ago) link


Marten Broadcloak, mild-mannered GOP congressman (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 9 July 2024 20:25 (one week ago) link

The Whataburger thing is true, but that image is a 'shop.

The electric company does have an outage tracker...but it crashed. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

From the flood thread:

r/houston is a terrific resource. People are <pissed> at the power company.

― an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, July 9, 2024 3:17 PM (fourteen minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

Added context; Beryl entered the Gulf late last week and was initially forecast to head into northern Mexico (this after buzzsawing across the Yucatan peninsula), then that changed to the border at Brownsville and the Rio Grande, then further up the coast to Corpus Christi, and then finally on Saturday (we thought) to Matagorda Bay. It came in Sunday night <EAST> of Matagorda.

Houston went from being told it wouldn't affect us, to we'll get the edge of the 'Dirty Side,' to actually getting all of the 'Dirty Side' in the space of about four days.

― an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, July 9, 2024 3:27 PM (four minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

A utility company for a city the size of Houston needs to do much better than "sure a hurricane was in the Gulf of Mexico, but we didn't think it would hit us!"

Plenty of models in the preceding 4-5 days showed Houston could get hit. CenterPoint should have been staging repair personnel days before the storm, not hours after it.

the absence of bikes (f. hazel), Wednesday, 10 July 2024 00:45 (one week ago) link

woohoo! I'm tempted to drive down for a $5 Astros game with free Altuve bobblehead

the absence of bikes (f. hazel), Wednesday, 10 July 2024 05:35 (one week ago) link

In America you have to check power outages on a hamburger app because the privately owned utilities are incompetent

— Ram Ranch Supervisor (@USA_Comrade) July 9, 2024

pplains, Wednesday, 10 July 2024 13:50 (one week ago) link

True, although again I stress that screenshot from the WB app that's going around was made by someone who went crazy with the clone stamp tool in Photoshop. There are not that many Whataburgers here.

Houston metro area only has like 60, although DFW does in fact have the Whataburger density this Photoshop implies Houston does (100+)

the absence of bikes (f. hazel), Wednesday, 10 July 2024 17:56 (one week ago) link

I don't think that's an actual quote from that woman either.

pplains, Wednesday, 10 July 2024 18:05 (one week ago) link

that's a real woman?

the absence of bikes (f. hazel), Wednesday, 10 July 2024 20:27 (one week ago) link

I don't think this is a real message board

perpetually awkward, perennially unhappy (Neanderthal), Thursday, 11 July 2024 05:56 (one week ago) link

This op-ed by the Chronicle's Chris Tomlinson has been circulating on social media this morning.

CenterPoint Energy failed during Hurricane Beryl, but who will hold them accountable?

Someone needs to investigate CenterPoint Energy’s abject failure to maintain a grid capable of withstanding a category 1 hurricane. Unfortunately, after recent severe weather events, Texans cannot rely on those in power to reveal the truth, let alone find a solution.

Gov. Greg Abbott called on the Public Utility Commission of Texas to dig into why the Houston region has experienced multiple outages in recent years. “They should not be losing power,” Abbott told Bloomberg TV while in Asia, where he’s leading a trade delegation.

Electric transmission and distribution utility executives, including one from CenterPoint, briefed the PUC on Thursday morning, but commissioners didn’t ask any tough questions. Instead, they grasped for explanations that excused the utilities for widespread outages that have lasted for four days.

The PUC is supposed to represent Texas consumers, but the commissioners' coziness with the companies they are supposed to regulate betrayed the unlikeliness CenterPoint will suffer consequences for its atrocious performance in maintaining power lines and polls in the Energy Capital of the World.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick held a press conference Thursday. In his role as acting governor during a natural disaster, he was more focused on slamming Democrats and deflecting from his own failures than questioning why more than 1 million Texas homes and businesses will remain without power through Saturday.

Our public officials are unfazed by the millions of Texans suffering from this crony capitalism.

CenterPoint is a $19 billion, for-profit corporation granted a monopoly over a hundred years ago to manage and maintain the transmission and distribution of electricity across the Houston region. This regulated utility failed to deliver power to 85% of its customers during the height of a mild hurricane.

In a perfect world, the Public Utility Commission would have ensured CenterPoint maintained a grid resilient enough to withstand a stronger storm. Instead, elected officials are asking the wrong questions about the emergency response.

“I’ll tell you whether I’m satisfied or not when I have a full report of where their crews were, when they were asked to come in and how quickly they get power back. That will be the tale of the tape.” Patrick said earlier this week.

Wrong. The important question is, why did so many CenterPoint powerlines and poles snap so easily? Why wasn’t the grid built stronger, and why wasn’t vegetation cut away? These are CenterPoint’s primary responsibilities for which they receive a guaranteed profit from customer bills, and they didn’t fulfill them.

CenterPoint officials have stammered their responses.

“What we've seen now is more impact than what we originally thought that we were going to see,” Alyssia Oshodi, CenterPoint Director of Communications, told KHOU television.

CenterPoint had plenty of warnings. So is the problem shoddy maintenance work by CenterPoint subcontractors after the company trimmed 700 employees since 2020 to boost profits? Did the company cheap out on materials and engineering standards? Does the company believe blacking out 85% of its customers in a category 1 hurricane is acceptable?

Is the PUC allowing CenterPoint and other corporations to put profits ahead of people?

I suspect the answer is yes to all of these questions because that’s what happens when one political party runs the show for 26 years. Politicians get lazy when they think voters won’t hold them accountable. Incumbents prioritize making powerful corporations happy, a problem true of all political parties.

Investigative journalists are digging, but only someone with subpoena power can get to the emails, memos and data inside CenterPoint headquarters in Houston.

An attentive attorney general would have already sent a letter demanding the company preserve records. But Texas’s top law enforcement officer, Ken Paxton, is too busy sending fundraising emails promising vengeance on his enemies.

Following the 2021 blackouts, Gov. Greg Abbott promised an investigation and corrective action to fix the state’s primary electric grid. He proclaimed the problem solved that summer. Yet, within weeks, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas began declaring a series of emergencies, warning of possible blackouts. The grid is still broken.

Patrick and Paxton promised to investigate why the energy system failed during Winter Storm Uri. Those inquiries have yet to yield results, with lawmakers too busy defending oil and gas campaign donors who pocketed tens of billions of dollars in profit from Texans’ suffering.

Texas Republicans have bragged about the state’s low taxes, low regulations and pro-business environment since 1999, when they took control of every elected statewide office. They promised a deregulated electricity grid would produce inexpensive and reliable power, and it did for a while.

However, decades of underinvestment and a refusal to prepare for a harsher climate have left Texans vulnerable. Our current leaders are more interested in covering up their neglect than acknowledging the truth.

In addition, I'm seeing reports that many out of town linemen have arrived and are ready to go to work except Centerpoint is blocking them because they want to negotiate pay, nitpick accommodation reimbursements etc.

there will eventually come a day of reckoning with the tx gop for just generally being terrible but especially as the gulf coast is hit year after year with this shit and the state continues to dither

polyamerie "it's more than this 1 thing" (m bison), Friday, 12 July 2024 16:32 (one week ago) link

If they are ducking around on the mutual aid agreement, those areas will not only end up cut out of external utility assistance but will lose their current and future qualified workers to other states/utilities. It's not just the skilled people coming to aid - they bring all their home utility's trucks and parts and supplies when they travel to storm impacted areas. CenterPointe is truly cutting its own throat in addition to murdering its customer base if they are fucking around with mutual assistance.

Jaq, Friday, 12 July 2024 16:44 (one week ago) link

I mean, CenterPointe could roll their own Minnesota, Indiana, and Ohio equipment/crews down if they break out of assistance, leaving those areas short and not getting even close to filling the gap. Ugh.

I'm glad to be out of that industry and hate knowing how much needless suffering is happening because of greed and short-sighted corporate stupidity.

Jaq, Friday, 12 July 2024 16:54 (one week ago) link

And the people who get harassed and abused by proxy are always the poor linemen

rick beato meato manifesto (Neanderthal), Friday, 12 July 2024 17:40 (one week ago) link

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