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>> No. 412641 Anonymous
6th September 2017
Wednesday 7:34 pm
412641 Hurricane Irma
So, this is a long way from home, but nevertheless it's quite terrifying, currently it's joint 2nd (out of 4) for the fastest ever recorded windspeed in a hurricane at 185mph. There has been some speculation that given its current progress it could break the current record and reach 195mph.
It looks set to make landfall on the US as a category 5 hurricane. Two major hurricanes hitting the US in the same year is rare, especially so close to each other (and another storm on track to be declared a hurricane any time now.)

Yet in the middle of all this, there are people standing on their balconies, in the middle of 100mph winds and livestreaming this on their mobile phones. In a way it's incredibly surreal.
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>> No. 412642 Anonymous
6th September 2017
Wednesday 7:39 pm
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Serves them right for legalising gay marriage. What did they expect?
>> No. 412643 Anonymous
6th September 2017
Wednesday 8:01 pm
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The fact that it even exceeded the upper limit for Category 5's today (i.e. become a Cat6 even though that isn't a thing) is really amazing. And there is another one lined up behind it!

I remember the hurricane of 30 years ago very well. Maybe we're due another.
>> No. 412644 Anonymous
6th September 2017
Wednesday 8:19 pm
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As usual with this sort of thing there's a lot of fake news going round, there's no "upper limit" on category 5 at all.
There are also a lot of headlines going round that this is the most powerful hurricane in history which isn't true (at least in terms of highest sustained windspeed. It has broken the record for the longest sustained winds of 185mph.)
>> No. 412645 Anonymous
6th September 2017
Wednesday 8:45 pm
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I really wish I had my satellite feed working. Would love to construct animations of this. Hmmm, maybe that should be this weekends project.
>> No. 412646 Anonymous
6th September 2017
Wednesday 8:56 pm
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Here's some nice satellite imagery of the eye passing over the island of St Martin earlier today
>> No. 412648 Anonymous
6th September 2017
Wednesday 9:35 pm
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That's great, thanks.

I wouldn't usually link to a tweet, but this footage is similarly amazing.

>> No. 412649 Anonymous
6th September 2017
Wednesday 9:52 pm
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>Sir Richard Branson is riding out Hurricane Irma in the wine cellar on his private island

You couldn't make it up.

It's not his fault that he's stuck on his private island for the duration of the storm. But he could have been a bit more careful about his choice of words. Some trailer trash folk over there who are bound to lose everything in the hurricane might take it the wrong way.

He could have just said "We'll board up the windows and hide out in the basement". Technically about the same thing, but without that air of a British upper class toff.
>> No. 412650 Anonymous
6th September 2017
Wednesday 9:55 pm
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To be honest though, if I owned Necker Island, I would probably fly out there and hide in the wine cellar to experience a real hurricane. Properly sheltered, it would be quite a laugh.
>> No. 412651 Anonymous
6th September 2017
Wednesday 10:00 pm
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> it would be quite a laugh

Everybody hates a tourist.
Especially one who thinks it's all such a laugh.
>> No. 412652 Anonymous
7th September 2017
Thursday 1:21 pm
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Is this song in bad taste at the moment?


I think the BBC has guidelines about songs that must not be played on its radio stations if current events make it seem like a bad idea.

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