Hurricane Irma has made landfall in Florida today. If you want the latest updates, make sure you keep an eye on Global News’s live blog HERE. While we’re being treated to some of the best weather we’ve had all summer in the Kawartha’s this week, folks down in Florida have been evacuating for days as Irma continued her slow approach to the United States, leaving all kinds of destruction in its wake. For example, look what it did to the U.S. Virgin Islands:
— KOKE REPORT (@KokeReport) September 10, 2017
There’s plenty more pictures and videos of devastation where that came from – you can find them on just about any news outlet’s website or pretty much any social media website. You’d think that would convince people to get out of the state of Florida with some urgency… and yet, there are people like this woman:
“No hurricane is going to stop me from getting my coffee fix!”
Other folks just want to experience the weather.
Irma made landfall over the Florida Keys today, and was about as devastating as you would expect. Even still, tons of people were ignoring the warnings not to pose for photos at the southernmost point of the Continental United States in Key West. Here’s one such daredevil who found out the hard way why those warnings are up yesterday:
The last couple days, I’ve been watching hurricane reports from Chief Meteorologist Alan Sealls of WKRG in Mobile, Alabama. Sealls has a very good way of explaining things so that even a person with little knowledge of weather can understand what’s going on. Here’s his update from yesterday, in which he lays out what’s going on with Irma and what we can expect moving forward (again, this was from yesterday. Irma has moved on to Florida at this point):
As you can see, the meteorological experts are saying that Irma will move north along the west coast of Florida, likely leaving plenty of destruction behind.
Apparently not everyone’s buying it. One such person is this amateur meteorologist who was interviewed at Miami Beach:
I love how sure this guy is of his explanation – it’s like he had that answer prepared and ready for anyone who asked him. Fortunately for him, someone with a camera and microphone asked him and showcased his false confidence to the whole world.
Now there’s plenty of footage of the aftermath of Irma passing through an area, and plenty of videos of the storm while it was happening. Honestly, though, the most incredible footage I’ve seen of Irma yet has come from the sky. Did you know you can fly a plane into a hurricane? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been flying their planes into Hurricane Irma to monitor it, and the view from inside the eye of the is breathtaking – but don’t take my word for it:
Meanwhile, back on the ground, people are going outside to see just how much wind they can withstand before they’re blown away:
Definitely don’t be like that guy if you ever find yourself stuck in a hurricane. Though it’s not the wind that would kill you. This 1946 video from a Navy experiment shows that the human body can withstand winds of at least 457 MPH…
… Mind you, it certainly helps to be strapped down to something. That kind of wind would easily blow a person not attached to anything away.
So I guess the trick is to attach yourself to something if you want to survive outside during a hurricane. That must be why this shirtless dude thinks tying himself to a pole outside will help him survive:
Don’t do this pic.twitter.com/fnMrAKcJxB
— Billy Gil (@billygil) September 9, 2017
“It sounds crazy but there’s a meaning behind it.”
Like the tweet says, don’t do that… Because as I recall, comedian Ron White had a bit on that exact scenario.
Here’s hoping nobody gets hit by any Volvos in the coming days. While we’re enjoying beautiful late summer weather this week, keep all the folks in Florida in your thoughts.