Not A Category 4 Hurricane

Not A Category 4 Hurricane

The aftermath of a category four hurricane has “most trees snapped.”

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

Very few trees were snapped by Hurricane Michael, and most of the damage was done by water from the storm surge, not the wind. Structures which weren’t impacted by the water were largely left intact.

Total devastation: 150 photos of Hurricane Michael’s aftermath – Sun Sentinel

The damage from Michael was consistent with category 2/3 hurricanes.

Hurricanes: The Greatest Storms on Earth

But facts are irrelevant, the official Michael landfall statistics were generated before the storm made landfall, and were not based on any surface measurements.

A lot of people on twitter have been telling me that building codes have improved since Andrew, and that is why there was less wind damage. Good to see that the trees have chosen to comply with government regulations.

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October 12, 2018 at 09:04AM

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