Hurricane Laura ‘unsurvivable’ storm surge of 30 feet!
Hurricane Laura is barreling towards the US Gulf shoreline and is expected cause a staggering 30-ft storm surge, which is deemed “unsurvivable”.
To get a sense of that, watch this visualization (which only shows the damage that 9-ft can do — which is also considered “not survivable”)
If you live anywhere near coastal Louisiana or eastern Texas, please take this story seriously!
Don’t try to ride it out. Get to safety *today* if at all possible.
Currently a Cat 4
Oh my God…. Good luck everybody that this concerns!
What a great graphic! It really helps to understand the magnitude of this storm.
Ok, ok. And what happened? Is there anything and anyone left? I miss something? Really happened?
It was another over hyped Cat 1/2 which totalled matchstick homes but left everyone else’s roof on. Wind Force ≠ Wind Speed and the majority of homes suffered mild to no roof damage, Cat 4 means bare earth is all that is left, with the odd pole. Storms can ride on something called an inversion which is a bubble of air under them which allows high speed winds but stop them around 50ft from the ground, and the top of the circulating eye is often measured as the estimated wind speed, Ok its 10,000 ft up in rarefied air, and can be 150 mph if you like.
But in that inversion, and under that storm – you are just getting 70 mph winds and the storm surge. Which is why you never ever pre estimate Saffir-Simpson damage, its a scale designed to estimate wind speed on damage caused after a painstaking post storm survey.
Hurricane Micheal was a category 1 storm hitting Florida properties which were not to code, where they floated off their foundations with ROOFS INTACT and battered their way through the settlement and the most interesting damage was done to the Airfield north of Mexico beach which kept nearly all its roofs intact, but lost the crowns off all its sandalwood trees 50ft in the air, where the storm dispersed.
The one thing they all have in common, is hype, bad science and really huge federal disaster funding claim out of all proportion to the damage caused, which is private and insured.