Hurricane Irma is slamming the Caribbean as category 5...
Hurricane Jose as category 3 coming in couple of days...
Hurricane Katia is category 1 in the Gulf of Mexico...
The strongest earthquake 8,1 for decades hit Mexico today...
And triggering Tsunami alerts for 8 countries in Central America...
What is next?
In June, 2013 I was sailing from Palau to Philippines on Downtime, when the Captain Pedro didn't look well at weather report... I mean he did not note some strong wind, which in reality became hurricane 1 category and we lost main sail, jib, radar, autopilot and had a crack in fuel locker... So it was a lot of action and very memorable experience. Thanks again, Pete Tuls... But smooth seas don't make a good sailor!
And to be honest I would prefer be there with friends instead of sit here in St-Petersburg, Russia, all safe and just wait news and be worry... and watch all that "apocalyptic" damage...
Hurricane Irma is slamming the Caribbean as category 5 storm. Irma's recorded maximum wind speed hit 185 mph, with some gusts of wind moving as fast as 215mph.
That makes the storm one of the most powerful ever to hit the Atlantic basin.
The categories on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale are determined based on wind speed, but that's not the only element of a hurricane that causes damage. Flooding, a metric that the categories don't take into account, can often become a costly problem, as was recently seen when Hurricane Harvey flooded parts of Texas and Louisiana.
To put this year's storms into perspective, here are 5 hurricanes that topped the charts as the strongest in the history of the Atlantic Ocean, based on wind speed and pressure.
1. Hurricane Katrina - 2005 made landfall as a Category 5 with winds up to 175 mph near Miami, before striking Louisiana as a Category 3 storm. Katrina was the third deadliest hurricane in US history, with more than 1200 deaths. It caused $108 billion in damage, making it costliest hurricane the country has ever seen.
2. About 25 years ago, the Category 5 Hurricane Andrew ripped through Fl with 175-mph winds, leaving millions without power and many neighborhoods completely destroyed. The response was so problematic that it led to major changes within the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
3. Hurricane Camille formed in the Gulf of Mexico and hit Mississippi as a Category 5 storm. Camille caused more than 256 deaths and is considered one of the most intense hurricane to hit the US based on its pressure, which was measured at 900 millibars. (The more intense a hurricane is, the lower its pressure.)
4. Hurricane Carla hit Texas as a category 4 storm in 1961, causing $2.36 billion worth of damage. Its strong winds and storm surge had devastating consequences.
5. Hurricane Mitch hit Central America with 180 mph winds in 1998. The storm led to disastrous flooding in Honduras.
6. Just a few weeks after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana, Hurricane Rita formed. The storm brought heavy rainfall to the state again, and hit Texas as well, causing $12 billion in damages. It's often referred to as the "forgotten storm" of the horrific 2005 season.
7. An unnamed storm that tore up the Florida Keys over Labor Day in 1935 is still considered one of the "most intense" storm in US history, based on wind speeds and pressure. The wind was so powerful it knocked a train, pictured here, off the rails as it was delivering emergency supplies.
8. Hurricane Gilbert ripped up the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico in 1988 with 185-mph winds and 888 millibars of pressure, the second-lowest recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. The storm left destruction in Jamaica and Mexico before moving north through San Antonio, pictured here.
9. Hurricane Wilma (2005 - 185 mph) broke records at the time as the most intense hurricane ever to hit the Atlantic Ocean. It had the lowest central pressure of any hurricane in the Atlantic basin, with an estimated pressure of 882 millibars. The Category 3 storm was especially damaging to Mexico, Cuba, and Florida.
10. With max winds of 190 mph, Hurricane Allen - 1980 holds the title as the storm with the highest wind speeds in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm hit along the Mexico-US border in Texas, traveling west. Allen had the highest sustained wind speeds ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere until Hurricane Patricia formed in the Pacific in 2015 with 215-mph winds.