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(Forbes)   New Orleans has been hit by the strongest hurricane on record and it barely registers in the rest of the country because 2020   (forbes.com) divider line
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2020-10-29 11:57:35 PM  
39 votes:

Confabulat: a particular individual: I'm almost positive that a category-2 hurricane is not the strongest, or most powerful, or whatever, to hit New Orleans.

Pretty confidant Katrina was stronger, and did more damage.

But keep on Forbesin'.

It's the strongest one to pass its eye directly over the city. Katrina was off to the west a bit.


I know. The headline is the best kind of correct.

It's still stupid. Two people died. 1500 died in Katrina. Large portions of the city have been abandoned.

Don't give me this "technically correct" horseshiat.
 
2020-10-29 11:45:02 PM  
28 votes:
I'm almost positive that a category-2 hurricane is not the strongest, or most powerful, or whatever, to hit New Orleans.

Pretty confidant Katrina was stronger, and did more damage.

But keep on Forbesin'.
 
2020-10-29 11:54:19 PM  
22 votes:

a particular individual: I'm almost positive that a category-2 hurricane is not the strongest, or most powerful, or whatever, to hit New Orleans.

Pretty confidant Katrina was stronger, and did more damage.

But keep on Forbesin'.


It's the strongest one to pass its eye directly over the city. Katrina was off to the west a bit.
 
2020-10-30 1:15:13 AM  
18 votes:
People have been desensitized to absurd scenes of human disasters on video since seeing the Presidential debates.
 
2020-10-30 1:28:51 AM  
16 votes:

winedrinkingman: Wait Zeta?  How many letters are left of the Greek alphabet?


I fell for that too.  Zeta is not the end, omega is the end. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/​Greek_​alphabet
 
2020-10-30 1:46:14 AM  
13 votes:

fragMasterFlash: So it was strongest hurricane but the tidal surge wasn't as bad as Katrina? Sounds like the dodged bullet there, unless they've built some much better flood control systems since the days of Lootie's Heineken party.


No, it's that the eye passed directly over NOLA. The eye is the calmest part of a hurricane. Forbes published a deliberately misleading article for teh clickz.
 
2020-10-30 1:30:16 AM  
12 votes:

Confabulat: a particular individual: I'm almost positive that a category-2 hurricane is not the strongest, or most powerful, or whatever, to hit New Orleans.

Pretty confidant Katrina was stronger, and did more damage.

But keep on Forbesin'.

It's the strongest one to pass its eye directly over the city. Katrina was off to the west a bit.


Having the eye slightly to the west actually makes the damage worse. It's called the dirty side of the storm for a reason.
 
2020-10-29 8:52:45 PM  
12 votes:
We had a pretty horrible night here in Atlanta after it left Louisiana and headed our way. Trees down everywhere, power out, people dead. Still, not hit nearly as bad as Louisiana.
 
2020-10-29 9:55:49 PM  
11 votes:
Katrinasayswhat?
 
2020-10-30 1:46:20 AM  
8 votes:

Harry Wagstaff: Confabulat: a particular individual: I'm almost positive that a category-2 hurricane is not the strongest, or most powerful, or whatever, to hit New Orleans.

Pretty confidant Katrina was stronger, and did more damage.

But keep on Forbesin'.

It's the strongest one to pass its eye directly over the city. Katrina was off to the west a bit.

Having the eye slightly to the west actually makes the damage worse. It's called the dirty side of the storm for a reason.


No, it's actually the upper right quadrant that's the strongest. For a north-moving storm, that's the eastern side. The Mississippi coast got absolutely leveled by Katrina, it just didn't have the population density of NOLA.
 
2020-10-29 9:45:27 PM  
8 votes:
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2020-10-30 2:43:28 AM  
7 votes:
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Look over here. There's an orange maniac.
Nevermind the real stuff going on in the world.

Log off. Maybe just for awhile. Social media and the *news* work together to send a unified message.  Most of it fear and hate. That sells.

Unplug and get your head straight

You will be happier!
 
2020-10-30 1:57:33 AM  
6 votes:

Algebrat: The Mississippi coast got absolutely leveled by Katrina, it just didn't have the population density of NOLA.


Biloxi got hit especially hard. Everyone knows about NOLA, so that's what everyone thinks of when Katrina comes up. But it was one of the worst disasters in modern American history.

"Heck of a job, Brownie!"

Never forget what a disaster Bush was. He destroyed Clinton's FEMA. We're still paying for that incompetent asshole's smirking agenda.
 
2020-10-30 1:38:55 AM  
6 votes:

Harry Wagstaff: Having the eye slightly to the west actually makes the damage worse.


The city has not been ceded to snakes and sewage. Metaphorically, maybe, but not literally, like when Katrina hit. There were bodies floating down the streets. The demographics of the city changed forever. This fart of a hurricane did less damage than and killed fewer people than a lot of tornadoes.

Oh, wow. The eye of a category-2 hurricane passed directly over the city, therefore ZOMG!!!
 
2020-10-30 1:38:18 AM  
6 votes:

a particular individual: Confabulat: a particular individual: I'm almost positive that a category-2 hurricane is not the strongest, or most powerful, or whatever, to hit New Orleans.

Pretty confidant Katrina was stronger, and did more damage.

But keep on Forbesin'.

It's the strongest one to pass its eye directly over the city. Katrina was off to the west a bit.

I know. The headline is the best kind of correct.

It's still stupid. Two people died. 1500 died in Katrina. Large portions of the city have been abandoned.

Don't give me this "technically correct" horseshiat.



horseshoes, hand grenades ... and hurricanes
 
2020-10-29 10:21:29 PM  
5 votes:
Headline is not wrong.

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A person and dog walk past an unoccupied structure that collapsed the previous day as Hurricane Zeta ... [+]
ASSOCIATED PRESS
 
2020-10-30 2:09:57 AM  
4 votes:

hardinparamedic: Remember trucking companies delivering disaster supplies to the wrong states, or simply disappearing with loads?


Yeah. Remember masks, gloves, and other PPE being hijacked by Trump back in March? You can thank Bush for that, in part. Trump would have done it anyway, but Bush helped normalize that level of dysfunctional corruption, and destroy the institutions that are supposed to prevent it.

Never forget how f*cking evil the Bush/Cheney regime was. They weren't quite the dumpster fire of Trump's regime, but mainly because W had a modicum of charm.
 
2020-10-30 1:56:33 AM  
4 votes:

winedrinkingman: Wait Zeta?  How many letters are left of the Greek alphabet?


Lots. Zeta is like F in their alphabet. It's nowhere the end.

But it's not at the beginning either.
 
2020-10-30 8:55:12 AM  
3 votes:

a particular individual: Confabulat: a particular individual: I'm almost positive that a category-2 hurricane is not the strongest, or most powerful, or whatever, to hit New Orleans.

Pretty confidant Katrina was stronger, and did more damage.

But keep on Forbesin'.

It's the strongest one to pass its eye directly over the city. Katrina was off to the west a bit.

I know. The headline is the best kind of correct.

It's still stupid. Two people died. 1500 died in Katrina. Large portions of the city have been abandoned.

Don't give me this "technically correct" horseshiat.


Yeah it's a useless and misleading statistic that means nothing. There's only one thing that matters with hurricanes: damage. It's the only relevant metric. This one came up from a direction that didn't push storm surge up the river and was orders of magnitude smaller and weaker than Katrina.
 
2020-10-30 2:51:41 AM  
3 votes:

sex_and_drugs_for_ian: a particular individual: Never forget what a disaster Bush was

Bush was Hitler after the first Hitler, but before the current Hitler.


Abu Graib boy?

Not Hitler, but a pretty shiatty human.
 
2020-10-30 2:37:46 AM  
3 votes:
Here's an aside some might find interesting.

The Enhanced Fujita scale for ranking mostly concerns the damage to structures and trees.

There can be a monster tornado with 300 MPH winds, but if it doesn't damage any buildings or trees, it can be ranked as a much "weaker" tornado.

I assume there's a reason for this, but if I were in charge, I'd base the scale on how fast the damned wind is going.

So, if buildings are made stronger, and thus the tornadoes don't wreck as many buildings, the tornado is weaker? Seems kind of dumb, but then, what do I know? I suck the heads off fish.
 
2020-10-30 2:21:29 AM  
3 votes:

Harry Wagstaff: Algebrat: Harry Wagstaff: Confabulat: a particular individual: I'm almost positive that a category-2 hurricane is not the strongest, or most powerful, or whatever, to hit New Orleans.

Pretty confidant Katrina was stronger, and did more damage.
But keep on Forbesin'.

It's the strongest one to pass its eye directly over the city. Katrina was off to the west a bit.

Having the eye slightly to the west actually makes the damage worse. It's called the dirty side of the storm for a reason.

No, it's actually the upper right quadrant that's the strongest. For a north-moving storm, that's the eastern side. The Mississippi coast got absolutely leveled by Katrina, it just didn't have the population density of NOLA.

when the eye is to the west it is the eastern side that is the "dirty side" which is the upper right quadrant. Katrina's eye was near lake charles, I was there.


It's ok to be wrong.

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2020-10-30 2:14:18 AM  
3 votes:

Algebrat: Harry Wagstaff: Confabulat: a particular individual: I'm almost positive that a category-2 hurricane is not the strongest, or most powerful, or whatever, to hit New Orleans.

Pretty confidant Katrina was stronger, and did more damage.
But keep on Forbesin'.

It's the strongest one to pass its eye directly over the city. Katrina was off to the west a bit.

Having the eye slightly to the west actually makes the damage worse. It's called the dirty side of the storm for a reason.

No, it's actually the upper right quadrant that's the strongest. For a north-moving storm, that's the eastern side. The Mississippi coast got absolutely leveled by Katrina, it just didn't have the population density of NOLA.


when the eye is to the west it is the eastern side that is the "dirty side" which is the upper right quadrant. Katrina's eye was near lake charles, I was there.
 
2020-10-30 2:00:40 AM  
3 votes:

Ishkur: winedrinkingman: Wait Zeta?  How many letters are left of the Greek alphabet?

Lots. Zeta is like F in their alphabet. It's nowhere the end.

But it's not at the beginning either.


cf: "The alpha and the omega"
 
2020-10-30 1:58:52 AM  
3 votes:

Confabulat: a particular individual: I'm almost positive that a category-2 hurricane is not the strongest, or most powerful, or whatever, to hit New Orleans.

Pretty confidant Katrina was stronger, and did more damage.

But keep on Forbesin'.

It's the strongest one to pass its eye directly over the city. Katrina was off to the west a bit.


Katrina actually made landfall and moved east of New Orleans. Pass Christian, Gulfport, and Biloxi took more of a direct hit.
 
2020-10-30 1:56:52 AM  
3 votes:

EL EM: Exception Collection: EL EM: sforce: winedrinkingman: Wait Zeta?  How many letters are left of the Greek alphabet?

All of them.

18 letters to go, wrapping up with Omega, unless Poseidon (or would it be Zeus) shows mercy.

Nope, or at least that's not my understanding.  Only 9 Greek names are in the current official list - it ends with Iota.

Which means that with more than a month to go they're down to three names.

That's bizarre, what's the point of using only a portion of an alphabet?


They definitely use the whole alphabet. Not sure where the other poster heard Iota.

Having trouble linking, so I'll just paste the URL: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames_hi​story.shtml#greek
 
2020-10-30 1:56:14 AM  
3 votes:
I was in NO last November and they haven't recovered.

But nevermind. There's an orange man.
-the press.
 
2020-10-29 11:52:44 PM  
3 votes:

Incident on 57th Street: Headline is not wrong.


But it is stupid.
 
2020-10-29 8:40:26 PM  
3 votes:
That's not good about the polling
 
2020-10-30 5:59:45 AM  
2 votes:

sex_and_drugs_for_ian: a particular individual: Never forget what a disaster Bush was

Bush was Hitler after the first Hitler, but before the current Hitler.


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2020-10-30 2:44:20 AM  
2 votes:

Harry Wagstaff: Algebrat: Harry Wagstaff: Confabulat: a particular individual: I'm almost positive that a category-2 hurricane is not the strongest, or most powerful, or whatever, to hit New Orleans.

Pretty confidant Katrina was stronger, and did more damage.
But keep on Forbesin'.

It's the strongest one to pass its eye directly over the city. Katrina was off to the west a bit.

Having the eye slightly to the west actually makes the damage worse. It's called the dirty side of the storm for a reason.

No, it's actually the upper right quadrant that's the strongest. For a north-moving storm, that's the eastern side. The Mississippi coast got absolutely leveled by Katrina, it just didn't have the population density of NOLA.

when the eye is to the west it is the eastern side that is the "dirty side" which is the upper right quadrant. Katrina's eye was near lake charles, I was there.


Sorry, I misread what you said. But while Lake Charles was certainly hit hard by Katrina, the eye passed slightly East of NOLA.
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2020-10-30 2:03:07 AM  
2 votes:

a particular individual: Never forget what a disaster Bush was. He destroyed Clinton's FEMA. We're still paying for that incompetent asshole's smirking agenda.


A lot of people made a lot of money though thanks to Bush. Especially a lot of private contractors for FEMA that he had put contracts in place for a few months before even.

Some of which had no place being disaster contractors. Remember trucking companies delivering disaster supplies to the wrong states, or simply disappearing with loads?
 
2020-10-30 2:00:17 AM  
2 votes:
My hurricane party
got out of control
I'm lyin' in the gutter eatin' Tootsie Rolls
Hurricane Party Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show
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2020-10-30 1:49:50 AM  
2 votes:

Exception Collection: EL EM: sforce: winedrinkingman: Wait Zeta?  How many letters are left of the Greek alphabet?

All of them.

18 letters to go, wrapping up with Omega, unless Poseidon (or would it be Zeus) shows mercy.

Nope, or at least that's not my understanding.  Only 9 Greek names are in the current official list - it ends with Iota.

Which means that with more than a month to go they're down to three names.


That's bizarre, what's the point of using only a portion of an alphabet?
 
2020-10-30 1:42:49 AM  
2 votes:

EL EM: sforce: winedrinkingman: Wait Zeta?  How many letters are left of the Greek alphabet?

All of them.

18 letters to go, wrapping up with Omega, unless Poseidon (or would it be Zeus) shows mercy.


Nope, or at least that's not my understanding.  Only 9 Greek names are in the current official list - it ends with Iota.

Which means that with more than a month to go they're down to three names.
 
2020-10-30 1:33:32 AM  
2 votes:

Ivo Shandor: [Fark user image 420x415]


That explains so, so much.

/2020 in a nutshell.
 
2020-10-30 1:31:33 AM  
2 votes:

sforce: winedrinkingman: Wait Zeta?  How many letters are left of the Greek alphabet?

All of them.


18 letters to go, wrapping up with Omega, unless Poseidon (or would it be Zeus) shows mercy.
 
2020-10-30 1:25:05 AM  
2 votes:
I think that hurricanes have been moving slower and slower in the past fifteen-ish years, and that it's a bad thing.
 
2020-10-30 10:18:14 AM  
1 vote:

Confabulat: a particular individual: I'm almost positive that a category-2 hurricane is not the strongest, or most powerful, or whatever, to hit New Orleans.

Pretty confidant Katrina was stronger, and did more damage.

But keep on Forbesin'.

It's the strongest one to pass its eye directly over the city. Katrina was off to the west a bit.


Katrina was to the East I thought, cause the worst of it hit Gulfport and Biloxi
 
2020-10-30 9:53:14 AM  
1 vote:

NotThatGuyAgain: TheGreatGazoo: I'm near Atlanta and using a power brick to charge my phone.... Not getting a kick.....

I think this was the worst storm to hit Atlanta since Opal back in the mid 90s.  It snapped a healthy maple tree in half in my yard.

My power went out at 6:13a. My outage only affected about 20 homes and I was very surprised they got it back on shortly after sunset.

It was still long enough to make me throw out a bunch of stuff in the fridge.  Thankfully I hadn't been shopping recently so it wasn't fully stocked.


A full fridge / freezer lasts longer than a partially full one.  And water is a good thermal sink, so if you're expecting a possibility of loosing power, it's a good idea to fill the fridge & freezer with bottled water.  I've heard 48hrs for a full freezer, while only 24hrs for a half-full freezer, but I assume there are other factors (thickness of insulation, how hot it is outside, etc.)

I also freeze a little bit of water in a small plastic condiment cup (like they have for ketchup & such at fast food restaurants), and put a penny on top of it once it's frozen, then replace the lid, and put it somewhere in your freezer.

If you ever come home from a few days away, and the penny isn't on top of the ice, it's a sign that you lost power for long enough that things melted and re-froze.

(I did it first with a small tomato paste can ... but being an unsealed container in a 'frost free' freezer, the ice sublimated around the penny)

Although there's lots of information out there on 'disaster preparation' from Mormon houusewifes and prepper nutjobs, the Japanese have a concept of 'bosai', which is a sort of catch-all term for mitigation of disaster problems (preparedness, how to cope afterwards, etc.)  You can find some good information out there on the topic, if you skip over all of the websites about little trees.
 
2020-10-30 9:48:50 AM  
1 vote:

Concrete Donkey: Building a city below sea level has the obvious consequences. Everyone there lives there by choice

I do not give a single flying fark about them complaining that choices have very obvious consequences. Everyone with half a brain cell should have realized after Katrina that it would only get worse and moved inland


They built a wall around their city to keep storm surges out, at least surges from minor hurricanes like this one.  It is called a "risk reduction barrier" and includes a couple of the largest flood gates in the world. PBS calls it "A Modern Marvel".
None of the half-dozen evacuations this year have included the city. NHS specifically excludes the city from surge warnings. Look at their surge maps and you can see the outline of the new barrier. It was built by ACOE during the Obama administration.

/Little known fact: Katrina hit Mississippi.
 
2020-10-30 8:21:32 AM  
1 vote:

Therion: Katrinasayswhat?


This.

Katrina hit New Orleans as a Cat 3 hurricane.   Zeta was a Cat 2 when it made landfall.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurrica​n​e_Zeta
It continued to strengthen until it reached its peak intensity of 110 mph (175 km/h) and a minimum pressure of 970 mbar (28.64 inHg) as it made landfall in Cocodrie, Louisiana, that evening.
 
2020-10-30 7:44:53 AM  
1 vote:
I'm near Atlanta and using a power brick to charge my phone.... Not getting a kick.....

I think this was the worst storm to hit Atlanta since Opal back in the mid 90s.  It snapped a healthy maple tree in half in my yard.
 
2020-10-30 7:06:50 AM  
1 vote:
Not my car, but they were my transformers. 
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2020-10-30 6:59:05 AM  
1 vote:
Still without power here in suburbia of new orleans. Was about three hours of  bad wind and rain, then the eye passed, but the south side of the storm was far weaker and only lasted twenty minutes if bad wind and rain.

My power went out just five minutes before the storm was done with my area. Just my luck.
Cell service is worthless during the day. It works at 5 am st least.
 
2020-10-30 4:03:44 AM  
1 vote:
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I hope Louisiana votes for Trump next week. If they don't, I expect he'll treat them like he treated Puerto Rico and leave them to rot in their wet, molding homes, and people don't deserve that.
 
2020-10-30 3:22:27 AM  
1 vote:
Building a city below sea level has the obvious consequences. Everyone there lives there by choice

I do not give a single flying fark about them complaining that choices have very obvious consequences. Everyone with half a brain cell should have realized after Katrina that it would only get worse and moved inland
 
2020-10-30 2:19:29 AM  
1 vote:

a particular individual: Never forget what a disaster Bush was


Bush was Hitler after the first Hitler, but before the current Hitler.
 
2020-10-30 2:09:42 AM  
1 vote:

sforce: winedrinkingman: Wait Zeta?  How many letters are left of the Greek alphabet?

All of them.


took a min, ouch I think you owe me a new gut and keyboard

:-)
 
2020-10-30 1:26:27 AM  
1 vote:

winedrinkingman: Wait Zeta?  How many letters are left of the Greek alphabet?


All of them.
 
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