Category Archives: tornado recovery

Damage debris still remains in much of Florida Keys from Irma — today’s visit

Here is some footage I took of Hurricane Irma damage and recovery in the Florida keys today.

1   Between Islamadora and Marathon, a condo that appeared to be replaced by mobile homes

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Linemen repairing still

From Islamadora to 30 miles from Key West there were many piles of debris along the road, some with parts of buildings

Cell videos

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(Posted: Sunday Nov 19, 2017 at 11 PM EST)

Florida East Coast seems OK after hurricane Irma (2 months)

Well, Fort Lauderdale, FL, even on the beach, seems to be in good shape two months after Hurricane Irma, whose eye apparently stayed 60 miles to the west. They were buffeted by weak tornadoes (east side of storm) and had some trees blown down and some minor damage, but a lot of flooded roads.

More beach bars:

 

Wilton Manors — I hear the power never went off, and that many power poles in Florida are made of cement rather than wood, which seems a reasonable alternative to going underground.

Yes, the draw bridges work.

And the freight trains run (and so does the Miami Metro).

Recall,  however, the nursing home in nearby Hollywood Hills that had a number of deaths due to lack of sufficient backup generator air conditioning, NBC story.

(Posted: Saturday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 PM EDT)

How to cause little tornadoes in your kitchen

A broccoli souflee overheated in the oven tonight.  When I took it out and opened it, steam columns from the food started rotating like little tornadoes, even counterclockwise.

This is a lesson in how real storms form.  Warm water evaporating,  rising, meeting cool air, leads to condensation and often rotation, and a drop of pressure within the column.

(Posted: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 at 10:30 PM EDR)

Visit to Kent Island, MD; tornado damage still evident from July 24

I made a brief day trip today to Kent Island, MD, to Stevensville and then to Bay City, which has damage from an F2 tornado which developed from a waterspout on the Chesapeake Bay July 24. Many houses have roof tarp and at least one that was completely destroyed was still there.

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There is a house on the Queen Anne County beach park that used to offer meals to people who crossed the Bay on the Ferry in the 1950s before the Bay Bridge was constructed.  I remember that on trips to Ocean City.

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(Posted: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 10:40 PM EDT)