September 2, 2019

BW photograph of water rushing between rocks.

Copyright 2019 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Hurricane Dorian blasted parts of the Bahamas yesterday-please pay close attention to the wind speeds generated by the storm as reported here.

BW photograph of debris collected against a tree after a flood.

Copyright 2019 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

At the time, Dorian was classified as a Category 5 hurricane, which is currently the highest level of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  As with many of the hurricanes of the 2018 season, the amount of rainfall being generated-as much as 30 inches in some areas in the Bahamas-is also a major concern.

BW photograph of a branch caught in overhead powerlines.

Copyright 2019 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Last year, the idea of creating a new level, Category 6, was discussed due to the increased intensity of the hurricanes in this era of climate change and the warming of the oceans. That designation has not as yet been made official.

BW photograph of a branch caught in overhead powerlines-closer view.

Copyright 2019 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Dorian’s impact of the U.S. remains to be seen and experienced, although it appears that she may scour the coast from Florida to the Carolinas in the coming days.  Evacuations have already been ordered, and it appears prudent to take heed of them as applicable.

Given that Dorian has had wind gusts of up to 220 mph and rainfall totals that could reach 30 inches, storms such as this will have far reaching consequences.  Building codes will need to be updated, insurance rates will most likely increase, some geographic locations will no longer be sustainable for human habitation.

Ironically, this storm arrives at a time when the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has proposed rollbacks to the regulations of methane emissions.  Methane is a much more potent greenhouse gas than is CO2-this is one of the main issues here.  As such, it also another example of the short-term economic thinking in support of the fossil fuel industry, which is the modus operandi of the current administration.  That these rollbacks are being proposed by the same agency that brought us the Clean Air Act demonstrates just how far afield that agency has gone under this administration.  Please be sure to read through the info from that link as it details the manner by which “global warming emissions” have been determined to be included in this legislation.  That not all of the multi-national energy companies support this rollback is at least, at least, some good news in this story.

However, tell that to those in the Bahamas or the areas that will be hit in the coming week.

Should one be in the path of this, or any major weather event, the government does have a web site for what to include in a go-bag, which is a key part of emergency preparation.

Take care.

PHOTOGRAPHER’S NOTE:  The photos included in this post have no relation to Hurricane Dorian-the first is one of the normal level of water flow at Morgan Run.  The second is a debris pile from an earlier flood at Morgan Run.  The last two are the result of trees that were cleared for a new building project.  They all, though, do serve as metaphors of what powerful storms can leave behind.

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