Tropical Storm Keith at Mexican landfall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
#AceWeatherNews says in 1988 according to the records a tropical storm named Keith arrived like a lion with winds reaching 70 miles per hour, then dissipated and left like a lamb. The resultant casualties were a few trees and power lines and damage to was fairly minor ,it cost overall for all subsequent repairs $7.3 million. The best thing was “No Fatalities Were Reported” and l thank God !
In the years preceding this until the last one only a month ago ,winds have reached upward of 200 miles per hour ,casualties are numbered in hundreds and sometimes even in thousands and the damage is measured not as slight, severe or even catastrophic ,but devastating! The fact is our weather is getting worst, we would like to say “Global Warming” is or is not to blame, or even “Climate Change” is not really causing it, or we are told this occurred years ago by certain scientists.
Though al we know is that by the time we have finished clearing up after “Super Typhoon Haiyan” , it will not matter what caused it, but how many families will have lost their loved ones ,leaving them homeless, starving and in desperate need. These are the things that really matter, not what we call the storm or its ferocity ,but how many people suffer.
All l can say is God willing one day we can return to the days of ” Tropical Storms” like Keith and eventually to a slight blow over the Atlantic, or Pacific.
English: Keith rainfall across Mexico. David Roth, Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, Camp Springs, MD. http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/tropical/rain/keith2000filledrainblk.gif (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Extract Courtesy of Wikipedia:
Tropical Storm Keith, the eleventh tropical storm of the 1988 season, was the latest North Atlantic tropical cyclone in the calendar year to strike the Continental United States since the 1925 season. Keith developed out of a tropical wave in the Caribbean Sea on November 17 and reached a peak intensity of 70 mph (110 km/h) shortly before striking the northeastern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula. It turned northeastward in the Gulf of Mexico, and made landfall near Sarasota, Florida, on November 23. Keith became extratropical near Bermuda on November 24. The extra tropical remnant persisted for two more days.
Keith produced moderate to heavy rainfall in Honduras, Jamaica, and Cuba. Minimal damage was reported in Mexico. The last of four named North Atlantic hurricanes to hit the United States during the season, Keith produced moderate rainfall, rough storm surge, and gusty winds across central Florida. Overall damage was fairly minor but widespread, totaling $7.3 million. Near the coast of Florida, damage occurred mainly from storm surge and beach erosion. Further inland there were floods, downed trees and power lines.
No fatalities were reported.
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