Fear & Loving: Where Sea Level Meets the Deep – a literary blogstory – PART TWO

Hurricane Matthew Pics: (Some of us) Dodged a Bullet

South Florida

10 October 2016

Check out all the records broken by Hurricane Matthew.

As the seas get hotter and stay warmer longer, that means bigger storms.

  • Record Longest-Lived Category 4-5 in Eastern Caribbean
  • Record Longest-Lived Category 4-5 in October in the Atlantic Basin 
  • Southernmost Category 5 in Atlantic Basin 
  • Rare Category 4 Haiti Landfall
  • Longest-Lived Major Hurricane Forming After September 25

Well we dodged a bullet this time in South Florida.

A direct hit from Huracan Matthew to Miami-Fort Lauderdale would have been a massive strike. The whole region prepared and bunkered down (or left), the storm built up and approached, then stayed farther offshore and headed north. We just got hit with some side winds and rain, but nowhere near what other regions got.

Let’s not forget the catastrophe caused to Haiti during this storm. Over 1,000 people have lost their lives.

(Side note: I for one would sure like to see the Clinton Foundation put some of its immense resources toward truly building a sustainable Haiti for all the people down there. They’ve suffered so much.)

The storm made landfall in the Carolinas, causing widespread storm surge and flooding.

Sending prayers and thoughts.

Here’s The Weather Channel’s recap.

I’ll continue to do my part for climate justice and fighting against climate change, including raising awareness as an artist and activist to make protecting the Earth a central matter of our flesh and blood, culture and soul.

Typical Black folks enjoying the outdoors, contrary to what the stereotypes say, riding fat tire bikes on the sand and taking selfies in the exhilarating pre-hurricane winds. Etc. © J. Manos

Typical Black folks enjoying the outdoors, contrary to what the stereotypes say, riding fat tire bikes on the sand and taking selfies in the exhilarating pre-hurricane winds. Etc. © J. Manos

Doesn’t look like good diving conditions today. © J. Manos

Doesn’t look like good diving conditions today. © J. Manos

I am always amazed how some people from other cultures run or walk right up to cops/police officers! I’m taking the widest berth and looking straight ahead and not altering the cadence of my footsteps so I look busy like I’m focused and got somewhere important to go! © J. Manos

I am always amazed how some people from other cultures run or walk right up to cops/police officers! I’m taking the widest berth and looking straight ahead and not altering the cadence of my footsteps so I look busy like I’m focused and got somewhere important to go! © J. Manos

Waiting on the storm on the walkway through the mangroves in Deserted Beach. © J. Manos

Waiting on the storm on the walkway through the mangroves in Deserted Beach. © J. Manos

City pigeons taking shelter in a beach cafe. © J. Manos

City pigeons taking shelter in a beach cafe. © J. Manos

© J. Manos

© J. Manos

TV news crews and sexy anchorwomen love hurricanes. © J. Manos

TV news crews and sexy anchorwomen love hurricanes. © J. Manos

The storm begins to hit land — and then:

Suddenly moves north and leaves most people in South Florida unscathed, though over 100,000 lost power. © J. Manos

Suddenly moves north and leaves most people in South Florida unscathed, though over 100,000 lost power. © J. Manos

Waiting to be open again. © J. Manos

Waiting to be open again. © J. Manos

Squadrons of hundreds of Florida Power & Light utility trucks were stationed around the region, with tanker trucks of gasoline for fuel, as they expected they’d have to rebuild the entire electrical structure and system. © J. Manos

Squadrons of hundreds of Florida Power & Light utility trucks were stationed around the region, with tanker trucks of gasoline for fuel, as they expected they’d have to rebuild the entire electrical structure and system. © J. Manos


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

four × three =