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Category 6? If Hurricane Irma Becomes The Strongest Hurricane In History, It Could Wipe Entire Cities Off The Map

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Meteorologists have been shocked at how rapidly Hurricane Irma has been strengthening, and they are already warning that if it hits the United States as a high level category 5 storm the devastation would be absolutely unprecedented. Of course we are already dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and many experts are already telling us that the economic damage done by that storm will easily surpass any other disaster in all of U.S. history. But there is a very real possibility that Hurricane Irma could be even worse. According to the National Hurricane Center, at 5 PM on Friday Irma already had sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. But it is still very early, and as you will see below, next week it is expected to potentially develop into a category 5 storm with winds of 180 miles per hour or more.

 

I suppose that it is appropriate that such a powerful storm has a very powerful name. In old German, the name “Irma” actually means “war goddess”

The name Irma is a German baby name. In German the meaning of the name Irma is: Universal, from the Old German ‘irmin’. War goddess.

Irma began forming on Wednesday, and it intensified at a faster rate than any storm that we have seen in nearly 20 years

Hurricane Irma formed early Wednesday in the warm waters off the coast of West Africa — and took just 30 hours to strengthen to a Category 3. That’s the fastest intensification rate in almost two decades. By Friday afternoon, the storm had also grown noticeably larger in size with a well-defined eye, a classic sign of a strong hurricane.

Though Irma poses no immediate threat to land, the outlook is ominous: In the Atlantic, Irma is expected to pass through some abnormally warm waters — the primary fuel source for storm systems. The official National Hurricane Center forecast says it will remain at major hurricane status for at least the next five days, and, in a worst-case scenario, Irma could eventually grow into one of the strongest hurricanes ever seen in the Atlantic.

So how powerful could Irma eventually become?

According to Michael Ventrice of the Weather Channel, Irma could easily become a “super typhoon” with “sustained speeds of over 180mph”

Veteran USA forecaster Michael Ventrice posted the track model on Twitter overnight and warned it looked like the storm could be a “super typhoon”, with sustained speeds of over 180mph.

He wrote: “These are the highest windspeed forecasts I’ve ever seen in my 10 yrs of Atlantic hurricane forecasting.

“Irma is another retiree candidate.”

The scale we have right now really never envisioned storms that powerful. In fact, some have suggested that we need to add a “category 6” to describe the kind of “super storms” that are now developing in the Atlantic.

One of the reasons why Irma is so unique is because it is a “Cape Verde hurricane”

There are a few factors that worry hurricane forecasters more about this storm when compared to the myriad other tropical storms and hurricanes that tend to form in the Atlantic.

First, it’s a so-called Cape Verde storm, having formed off the west coast of Africa. These storms tend to be the ones that go on to affect the U.S., after gathering strength for many days during their march across the ocean. For example, Hurricane Andrew, which was the most recent Category 5 storm to hit the U.S. in 1992, was a Cape Verde-type storm.

Because they begin at a relatively low latitude and move west rather than northwest, it can be harder for upper level winds blowing across North America to pick up and steer these types of storms away from the U.S. coast.

Let us hope that this storm does get steered away from our coastlines at some point, but so far that is just not happening.

Many hurricanes are often weakened by wind shear, but that isn’t happening to Irma either. In fact, CNN is reporting that “Irma will remain in a low-shear environment for the next several days”…

A strong high-pressure ridge to the north of Irma, over the Atlantic, is steering the storm to the west and limiting the wind shear in the upper levels of the atmosphere, which has allowed the storm to grow so quickly. Wind shear is like hurricane kryptonite, and prevents storms from forming or gaining strength.

Unfortunately, Irma will remain in a low-shear environment for the next several days, so there isn’t much hope that Irma will weaken any time soon.

Basically, conditions are nearly ideal for a “super storm” to develop, and if Irma does make it to the U.S. the destruction that it causes could be absolutely off the charts.

Of course at this point there is no guarantee that it will ever reach the United States. But if it does, and if it is still a category 5 storm when it arrives, we could be facing an event unlike anything that we have ever seen before.

Do you remember Hurricane Katrina? Well, scientists now know that when it hit New Orleans it had already been downgraded to just a “low category 3” storm

To put this all in perspective, Katrina was a Category 5 hurricane out over some hot spots in the Gulf. But when it hit New Orleans, scientists now know, Katrina had winds at a low Category 3, and much of them Category 2, including the “left side winds” that then came down from the north and pushed the surge-swollen waters of Lake Pontchartrain over and through NOLA’s levees. (Hurricanes spin counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere, so when Katrina came ashore just east of New Orleans, its winds hit the city from the north.)

Only three Category 5s have come ashore in the United States in the past century — the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, Camille in 1969 and Andrew in 1992.

And Hurricane Harvey was just a category 4 storm.

If Hurricane Irma were to make landfall as a category 5 storm with sustained winds of 180 miles per hour, it would rip buildings and everything else in its path to shreds.

Next week we shall find out what happens. Let us hope for the best, but let us also get prepared for the worst.

Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

 
  • I’ve got to say a couple of things here:

    One…God’s has lifted His hand of protection off of our nation. The eclipse was a sign, and Harvey made landfall shortly thereafter. And now Irma is set to strike Texas a second time, also.

    Church: have you awakened, yet?

    America: can you discern the times we are living in?

    Two…pray for God’s mercy — and pray that many people come to know the Lord in this hour and repent. Those that have sufficient faith, in walking in the Spirit, may also be able to calm this storm (to varying degrees), if it lines up with God’s will. Either way, pray for mercy; for the merciful shall obtain mercy.

    – – – – – – –

    Please be merciful to us, Lord.

  • Joni Gaspebellefille Chicoine

    God has never lifted his hand of proctection of our nation! he never has n never will!! yes i have lots of questions of why things happen! but for one thing he has never left us down! we just dont understand why things happen the way they happen hence as i said theres lots of questions out there we dont understand,,, but dont ever say God has taken his hand of protection off our nation becuz that is all bull crap!

  • Bev Lu

    Agree….Pastor Mark Biltz, Gill Broussard, many others with wisdom….

  • Erikkko

    Please forget about the notion of God as a protector against natural disasters. In the case in point, placing any reliance on that would be totally irrelevant to the way a storm develops, which is the result of many complex interactions that are governed by physics and chemistry, and which are also entirely unamenable to supernatural influences.

    In practical terms, it will be far more useful to think about the possibility of leaving the areas that are likely to be impacted (once it is clearer which locations will be at greatest risk), and failing that, preparing oneself in advance by stocking up on fuel, food and water sufficient to last for at least a week and identifying potential shelters within easy reach of home if your own dwelling is liable to flooding, is not well built, or is vulnerable for some other reason. There are plenty of resources on the internet you can use for guidance regarding the specifics of what to plan for and do.

  • Christopher Underwood

    Beloved, your nation has come to its end; I give it over!
    No more shall I defend its people
    And protect its borders!…

    For they have utterly forsaken Me,
    And now must I also forsake them!…

    Therefore cry bitter tears, little flock,
    And weep, be overcome with sorrow,
    For the end of a nation is a terrible thing…

    It is wrought with much betrayal
    And falls with a mighty crash,
    Bringing forth death and great mourning;
    The sound of which shall shake every land
    And every people, and they too shall fall!

    Yet from ruin they shall arise and band together. And in desperation, they shall make a covenant and sign an agreement. And once again they shall blaspheme the name of The Lord Most High, and walk proudly. Thus upon the heels of desolation shall their final destruction be written, in the blood of the slain.

    Thus I shall send forth My witnesses, 144,000! They shall run as one mighty in battle, breaking through the lines, tearing down the walls, leaping over every barrier! From city to city they shall declare The Lord’s Rebuke, pronouncing My judgment upon the multitudes!

    And thus shall I bring great calamity
    Upon the cities and high places of men,
    Until My wrath is satisfied
    And My fierce anger abated…

    Until the feet of The Holy One of Israel
    Stand upon the Mount, bringing forth
    Judgment unto victory absolute…

    I AM THE LORD.

    (Excerpt from A Testament Against The World… The Lord’s Rebuke “REVOKED” at TrumpetCallofGodOnline)

  • Christopher Underwood

    Therefore I declare it to you plainly,
    O peoples of the earth,
    Yes, even to you, O churches of men…

    I shall draw back My hand,
    And My spirit, of which I have poured
    Out on all flesh, shall return to Me…

    Behold, The One who stays…

    Lets.[1]

    (Excerpt from: Volume 7 “The One Who Stays, Lets” at TrumpetCallofGodOnline)

  • billm1313

    Lifted hand of protection ? What happen to your so called all loving God then ? Once again showing when you believe in creation over evolution your opinions and beliefs are contradicted in your post

  • Joy Keller

    Back in the 80’s we lived right here in Florida. And for days a hurricane in the Gulf just spat wind and water at us. At that time I was a Christian who was disturbed about members of our prayer group who were trying to pray the storm away. And when that happened they took credit that the storm did not hit Tampa but went on up the coast and came in around Pensacola, Other people suffered—so what kind of god is that? Have you read the OT? The god, you believe in is not a merciful god but displays wrath over and over even on his “chosen” people! That is the same god you claim is the Father of Jesus. Are you saved if you believe in them? What about those who believe but end up on the wrong end of the storm? We are about to reap the whirl-wind of our own making. The oceans are warming because of global warming and the oceans are rising because the glaciers and the Poles are melting. Warm water creates the most dangerous hurricanes. I’m afraid the time is past to listen to the voices of reason about the danger of this global warming. If we are spared, then let that be the sign that we need to finally get serious about doing something about our part in the warming process!

  • Paceride

    I have to say the “rip buildings to shreds” claim sounds a little hyperbolic.

  • Paceride

    Oh geesh, kill yourself now. That’s a crock of crap.

    “Lifted hand of protection”. so when there’s no storm he has his hand of protection on us, when there’s a storm he’s off? His hand of protection was everywhere in the US except Texas recently? Stop believing this bullcrap and you’ll feel much better about everything.

  • Paceride

    It’s like how he held up the WTC to save so many on 9/11. The ones that didn’t make it? Meh.

  • Raphael Diy

    Basic Training To Be A Christian, God Has No Control Over Us On Mother Earth Because God Gave Everyone A Freewill. The World We, All Live On Would Be Of Are Own Making Now Everyone Help Cause Climate Change, You Can Not Have Your Cake And Eat It Too It’s Up To Everyone To Stop The Use Of Fossil Fuels Stop Blaming The Devil

  • Mr Bill

    The answer is simple.
    6th extinction.
    This time humans go the way of the neanderthal.

  • Mary Johnson

    But I thought it was Trump’s fault.

  • EpicLightning

    You are one of the most foolish people alive today if you sincerely believe what you wrote. Seriously, I hope you come back to the faith before it’s too late and you’re burning in hell. There is little room for salvation for those who witness the power of the Almighty and have seen him work then purposefully turn their backs to him.

  • Centell McNeil

    He never was protecting the nation from the beginning

  • Rina Burger

    God is tired of the people on earth,look how they are ruining the earth, burning and wars going on and on, they actually don’t know what they are fighting about, no more believing in God, N. Korea damaging the seaworld, the whole of the earth is damaged to godless people just murdering for the fun of it. So why would GOD help us, why should he listen to us, we don’t want to listen to HIM, no more going to churches and no more Praying to GOD, just keep on doing our own things not God’s work.Every nation has his own culture, murderers culture, wicked people roaming around maiming, killing, burning each others as if it is going out of fashion.Pray people, pray for mercy and maybee GOD will listen to us.

  • SPS

    This has been debunked by WeatherFlow and Michael Ventrice, who was supposedly quoted in the article.

  • Yepit’sme

    There IS no cat 6 hurricane. This is complete and utter BS. Fear mongering at it’s best.

  • Ceska Marie Goff

    lol I love how the response is “your ideas are foolish. Wise up to my faith or you will go to hell.”

    That’s great. Wow. Yeah I know a lot of Christians who have struggled with how many awful things happen to good people. Sometimes the words “God has a plan” isn’t very comforting. It’s almost essential for us to believe that something good happens to those people in the afterlife, but it’s hard to know for sure. Let’s hope it is indeed much better than it is on Earth.

  • Ceska Marie Goff

    I don’t think anyone has said it is directly Trump’s fault. I was under the impression the prestigious President of the United States telling people that climate change is a hoax was the real issue. But.. you know, your point is made when you change context and words around so frivolously.

  • Ceska Marie Goff

    Can people read this? I can’t make sense of this. Do you have to be Christian for it to make sense or something? Cause right now all I can see is a bunch of English words strung together and no logic whatsoever.

  • Deb Shaw

    Mother Nature has a bad case of humanpox, and is trying desperately to cure herself. Everything you said is correct. I must say, as a Pagan, it is refreshing to see Christians who understand Science. Thank you.

  • Mary Johnson

    Relax. If the blame should go anywhere, its on Mother Nature. Period.