Hurricane Misty Confirmed
Predicted to affect some of southern NC
What is a Hurricane?
A hurricane is a vortex system where warm water heats up the air above it, causing it to rise up and be pushed aside by cold air above. This up and away movement causes cloud rotation along with rain and high winds.
Why is it a hazard to us?
Hurricane Misty is expected to have winds up to 124 mph. That is enough to cause serious damage to our coast landscape and our seaside buildings. It will potentially cost millions in repairs and will even cost human life if precautions are not taken.
This is a notice for all people living within 3 miles from the coast in Onslow, Carteret, and Hyde counties. Evacuation is recommended. Hurricanes tend to affect coastal regions and the seas much harsher than inland areas. These regions are especially susceptible to Hurricane actions because warm water is easily accessible to drive the winds and rain.
Rippling Winds up to 124 mph!
That puts this hurricane up to a category 3 storm at its strongest. Hurricanes are ranked on a scale of one to five. With five being the strongest. This storm is in the middle range in terms of power, so residents near the shore should be very wary. the scale goes from 74 (the minimum wind speeds to be considered a hurricane, to 156)
Let History Be Our Witness
Hurricanes have been devastating to the US in the past, and we should be wary of its destruction
Hurricane Katrina-Most expensive natural disaster
Not only did this storm ravaged Louisiana and New Orleans, it left them with millions upon millions in damages, as well as an unforgivable loss of human life. In 2005 this storm killed and displaced countless individuals. It was labeled as a Category 5, but due to lack of public knowledge and an underestimation of the danger, many stayed behind and were stranded when the flood waters came.
New Orleans after Katrina faded away
Hurricane Sandy-Yet another warning from nature
While not nearly as devastating as Katrina, Hurricane Sandy was the most destructive storm in 2012. Ravaging the east coast, destroying levees that stood for years and that people thought would keep them safe. At least 233 people lost their lives to this storm. 4 years later parts of the North East are still rebuilding
Sandy Before First Contact with Florida
What can be done?
Besides retreating inland for safety, building up stronger more dependable levees is recommended. But the most crucial step is this: Hurricanes get exponentially stronger with rising sea temperature, so efforts at tampering off the excess heat of the earth should be a priority, to prevent the storms in the first place.