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Hurricane Laura - Rapid Intensification - Half a million people ordered to evacuate

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posted on Aug, 25 2020 @ 03:33 PM
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"Our goal is no loss of life," he said. "Our goal is evacuation, not rescue, and then a rapid cleanup and recovery."

The National Hurricane Center projected Laura will become a Category 3 hurricane before it makes landfall this week, with winds of around 115 mph that are capable of devastating damage.

"On the forecast track, the center of Laura will move across the southeastern Gulf of Mexico today," the hurricane center said Tuesday. "Laura is then forecast to move over the central and northwestern Gulf of Mexico tonight and Wednesday, approach the Upper Texas and Southwest Louisiana coasts on Wednesday night and move inland near those area on Thursday."
Over half a million people ordered to evacuate Gulf Coast as Hurricane Laura looms


Laura is likely to continue picking up steam as is moves over the extremely warm Gulf waters, becoming a major Category 3 hurricane or even a Category 4 by landfall early Thursday.


Because all those pieces must be in place, rapid intensification is rare, with just one or two Atlantic storms per year undergoing such an acceleration

But it's notoriously hard to predict rapid intensification because forecast models fail to pick up on all the different variables that feed into it -- and because rapid intensification doesn't always happen when the variables are present.
'Rapid intensification' is likely as Hurricane Laura tracks toward Gulf Coast

From lockdown to mandatory evacuation.


If you are in the area evacuate! I think this is going to be a very powerful storm.

Hurricane Laura has started to rotate and an eye is developing.

The sea level will rise at least 10 feet. That will flood many miles of inland.

Something else that is rare about Laura is that it has tremendous electrical energy.

Gigantic Jets are related to sprites, only much bigger. They fly out of the tops of some thunderstorms and can reach all the way to the edge of space. That's why some people call them "space lightning." They are a sign of intense electrical activity in the storm below.

"This appears to be a rare Type II Gigantic Jet event," says Lucena. Gigantic Jets come in three types. Type II events start out as Blue Jets, then transform into Gigantic Jets. The metamorphosis is not well understood. "Out of the more than 40 Gigantic Jets I've captured over the years in the Caribbean, only three of them might be Type IIs"--so very rare indeed.
Rare Type II Gigantic Jet event recorded over Tropical Storm Laura


One of my cameras captured the Elves I posted earlier but my other camera captured an Elve, Halo, Negative Polarity Sprite and a rare Type II Gigantic Jet event. Out of the more than 40 GJs I've captured so far, only three of them resemble the type II event captured by ISUAL.
Type II Gigantic Jet over TS Laura



Tropical Storm Laura generated 3 Elve events on its approach to Puerto Rico. Elve lightning is a type of plasma event that resembles a donut. This type of electromagnetic pulse is the result of a very strong cloud to ground lightning discharge.

Mars is bright in the night sky now and was located just above these three events, so a very fortunate coincidence. looks like I'm going to have to hunker down and hope she don't take down my remaining Avocado,Banana and Bread Fruit trees.
Mars -Elve Lightning -Tropical Storm Laura

There are many websites to keep track of hurricanes. This is the main one I use and where the top image is from.NEXLAB Satellite and Radar


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posted on Aug, 25 2020 @ 04:05 PM
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She's a big girl, folks. Move if she's comin' at you, and stay safe.



posted on Aug, 25 2020 @ 04:45 PM
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I'm hoping that the storm goes in east of me so I can be on the weak side of the hurricane. Otherwise some of the computer models show it heading straight towards me.



posted on Aug, 25 2020 @ 06:34 PM
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Hope all of the ATS members in the gulf stay safe. Some of us are thinking of you.



posted on Aug, 25 2020 @ 06:35 PM
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a reply to: LookingForABetterLife

We got slammed with that derecho here in Illinois a while back. I can't even imagine how much damage Laura will be capable of. Stay safe my friend. Also post pictures
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posted on Aug, 25 2020 @ 07:48 PM
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She is a growing girl.




The sun has set for hurricane Laura.

The above are true color images captured from NEXLAB Satellite and Radar.

This image is dirty long-wave infrared.


This one is short wave IR.



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posted on Aug, 25 2020 @ 09:45 PM
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It may hit is going to hit very hard.



posted on Aug, 25 2020 @ 11:39 PM
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She's starting to look nicely organized. RI, though, goes hand in hand with eyewall replacement cycles, so she's going to weaken & restrengthen over & over with each cycle. Might not be much of a wind speed drop & spike, might be a biggie, it just depends on a variety of conditions for each cycle period. For example, if it stalls over the deep Gulf, and churns up enough deep, cold water, that's going to suck some wind from the proverbial sails by itself. Hurricanes and the like really don't enjoy cold water, they don't grow well with it.


originally posted by: Rekrul
a reply to: LookingForABetterLife

We got slammed with that derecho here in Illinois a while back. I can't even imagine how much damage Laura will be capable of. Stay safe my friend. Also post pictures


Ah, the land hurricane, I was looking forward to it here in MI. We didn't get diddly around me.
I quickly want to point out that not much north of the Mason-Dixon would tolerate even daily Floridian weather well -- northern folks build with WAY too much pure wood framework and not enough block & rebar beyond the basements. It's the one thing that seriously irks the living # out of me in Michigan (I'm originally from FL, I miss the nasty sea breeze storms, WI hogs all of the goodies up here) -- even some of the brand-spanking-new homes likely would be badly damaged. The house I live in right now is 80+ years old, and purely wood, other than the basement. There's NO way it would walk away from a severe FL afternoon thunderstorm without bad damage. It'd blow away in a minor hurricane. But since homes are built for the environments they're in, it's a kind of "neither here nor there" debate anyway.



posted on Aug, 25 2020 @ 11:48 PM
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a reply to: Rekrul
I'll post what I can when I can.



posted on Aug, 26 2020 @ 12:38 AM
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It's looking bad, It has a straight shot at Louisianan. Anyone in the evacuation zone should leave ASAP.

Nothing you own is worth dying for. The way this year is going we all need to realize that.



posted on Aug, 26 2020 @ 02:56 AM
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I'm in the Texas gulf coast and will be posting updates during the storm.

Have been here since before Alicia, rode that one it and every one since with the exception of Rita, which ended up missing us anyway.

Topped off supplies at the grocery store yesterday, and will hunker down tonight and into tomorrow.
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posted on Aug, 26 2020 @ 03:13 AM
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a reply to: jadedANDcynical

God bless & good luck to you.



posted on Aug, 26 2020 @ 04:28 AM
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originally posted by: jadedANDcynical
I'm in the Texas gulf coast and will be posting updates during the storm.

Have been here since before Alicia, rode that one it and every one since with the exception of Rita, which ended up missing us anyway.

Topped off supplies at the grocery store yesterday, and will hunker down tonight and into tomorrow.



Damn man it looks pretty bad it could be really bad.



posted on Aug, 26 2020 @ 06:28 AM
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a reply to: LookingAtMars

Looks like I will be right in the middle of the strong side of Laura.

I'm stocked up on candles, flashlights, cooking fuel, food, water, beer, etc.

I have a bad feeling about this one. Rita was pretty bad and its following the same path. I'll keep you guys updated from Central Louisiana.
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posted on Aug, 26 2020 @ 07:30 AM
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As a Florida resident who lives 7 miles from the Atlantic Ocean and is yearly bombarded by threats of hurricanes, I really hope this works out like our’s have in the last several years; nothing but a tropical storm. It’s not looking that way, though.

While I’m relieved I won’t be testing out my new impact windows with this one, it doesn’t take away from my concern for those who are completely unprepared for something like this. Louisiana didn’t fair well with Katrina or Wilma and I have not heard about any changes made up there to better prepare themselves for the future.

I really hope the media stays as close to facts as possible and doesn’t over/under sell this hurricane. For the most part, we stopped caring down here because the media whips everyone into a frenzy down here at the slightest chance of a tropical storm or hurricane. Irma and Mathew were supposed to wreck us, the usual sh*tstorm ensued and everyone stocked up and bunkered down only to get some light rain and wind not even worthy of a tropical storm status.




a reply to: Nyiah

You’re spot on in regards to houses being built based on their environment. I grew up in New England and have lived in Ft. Lauderdale for the last 17 years and now that I’ve seen the construction side of things down here with my job, I’ve been pretty shocked when I go back to New England and see houses/buildings being built and it’s like a glorified matchstick frame. Some of the houses I’ve seen built in Massachusetts, right next to a steep hillside, all I can think is, “Just wait until they get whacked with a blizzard and the melting snow turns that hill into mud...that foundation won’t do a damn thing.”

Then again, we’ve got plenty of mobile homes down here that I really can’t believe people actually dump their money into. My father being one of them. Every time a hurricane warning pops up, I gotta go up to his house and do what I can to secure it.



posted on Aug, 26 2020 @ 09:50 AM
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originally posted by: jadedANDcynical
I'm in the Texas gulf coast and will be posting updates during the storm.

Have been here since before Alicia, rode that one it and every one since with the exception of Rita, which ended up missing us anyway.

Topped off supplies at the grocery store yesterday, and will hunker down tonight and into tomorrow.


I sure hope you stay safe and don't see any damage to your home.


Good to see you posting. Let us know how it goes, when you can.



posted on Aug, 26 2020 @ 09:53 AM
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originally posted by: Cancerwarrior
a reply to: LookingAtMars

Looks like I will be right in the middle of the strong side of Laura.

I'm stocked up on candles, flashlights, cooking fuel, food, water, beer, etc.

I have a bad feeling about this one. Rita was pretty bad and its following the same path. I'll keep you guys updated from Central Louisiana.


Maybe you should get inland while you still can? At least you have beer.


Let us know how it goes, when you can.

Thanks for the post.



posted on Aug, 26 2020 @ 10:33 AM
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Satellite images show Laura has become “a formidable hurricane” in recent hours, threatening to smash homes and sink entire communities. It has undergone a remarkable intensification, “and there are no signs it will stop soon,” the National Hurricane Center said early Wednesday.

“Some areas, when they wake up Thursday morning, they’re not going to believe what happened,” said Stacy Stewart, a senior hurricane specialist.

“We could see storm surge heights more than 15 feet in some areas,” Stewart said. “What doesn’t get blown down by the wind could easily get knocked down by the rising ocean waters pushing well inland.”
Laura now forecast to be a catastrophic Category 4 hurricane



Live - Storm Chasers - LA Coast


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Live - South Padre Island TX - Surf & Beach Cam


Live Tracking


If you are in the path of this monster Bug Out!

Sending prayers and good vibes to all in the wake of this storm.




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posted on Aug, 26 2020 @ 10:33 AM
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a reply to: LookingAtMars

Thanks for the tracking link. I'm in NW LA so the worst we've gotten in the past is a tropical storm from a hurricane but they're forecasting that this will still be a cat 1 when it hits us up here. The worst part is that my Aunt lives in Orange, TX and after having to go through the loss of my grandmother (her mom) in July and my Uncle (her brother) last week, she's left with a 700 acre ranch, hundreds of head of cattle, the family business, and the daycare my grandmother owned and decided it would be best to stick it out down there so I've been trying to keep as close an eye on this one as possible. Port Arthur and Orange will be the first cities hit if the path stays its course.



posted on Aug, 26 2020 @ 10:47 AM
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a reply to: LSU2018

The long term models are wrong a lot of the time.

Hope it misses her by miles and that you stay safe too.





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