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Old 09-20-2017, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Big Island of Hawaii & HOT BuOYS Sailing Vessel
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Oh dang, my favorite tidal station at Yabucao Harbor has died.

Well wind indicator did.

I found this funky website with windspeed in KPH with peak gust of 176 kph

See:
San Juan Light | Complete Wind Report & Forecast | iKitesurf
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Old 09-20-2017, 07:03 AM
 
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Doninica flyover footage starting to emerge. Based on google maps search this looks like west coast, just south of Mahaut. Roof damage but buildings standing, maybe cement wall construction? Eye made landfall on other side of island then crossed it.

https://twitter.com/bbcworld/status/910439397992124416
Thank you for posting this. The damage is less than I expected, although still bad. And I see lots of roofs are still intact, although extent of damage is very difficult to assess as the view is not close up.

According to Yahoo, at 4 am Monday "officials learned" that 70% of houses lost roofs. This is the kind of reporting/lack of reporting I am questioning. Who told them that? Which "officials" were wandering around at 4 am in the dark during a Cat 5 hurricane taking tally of roofs, specifically the house of the Consul General who was quoted? Unless they are assuming that strength of storm would result in an estimated 70% of houses losing roofs, in which case it is severely sloppy reporting by Yahoo.

"The storm knocked out communications for the entire island, leaving anyone outside Dominica struggling to determine the extent of damage, though it was clearly widespread. "The situation is really grave," Consul General Barbara Dailey said in a telephone interview from New York.
She said she lost contact with the island about 4 a.m. At that point, officials had learned that 70 percent of homes had lost their roofs, including her own."


https://www.yahoo.com/news/hurricane...074647614.html
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Old 09-20-2017, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Big Island of Hawaii & HOT BuOYS Sailing Vessel
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------------------------------ At 800 AM AST (1200 UTC), the center of Hurricane Maria was located near latitude 18.2 North, longitude 66.1 West. Maria is moving toward the northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h). A west-northwest to northwest motion is expected to continue through today, followed by a northwestward motion on Thursday. On the forecast track, the eye of Maria will continue to move across Puerto Rico this morning and emerge off the northern coast by this afternoon. The center will then pass just north of the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic tonight and Thursday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 150 mph (240 km/h) with higher gusts. Maria is an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, and it is forecast to retain this intensity while it moves across Puerto Rico.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles (240 km). A sustained wind of 81 mph (130 km/h) with a gust to 109 mph (175 km/h) was recently reported at Yabucoa Harbor, Puerto Rico. A sustained wind of 63 mph (101 km/h) with a gust to 118 mph (190 km/h) was recently reported at Camp Santiago, Puerto Rico.
A National Ocean Service tide gauge at Yabucoa Harbor recently reported a water level of 5.3 ft above Mean Higher High Water.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 921 mb (27.20 inches).
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Old 09-20-2017, 07:24 AM
 
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Yep, there's no way to actually know until we're(they) able to see / have proper communications.

Lot of pictures on social media of Puerto Rico this morning. Wondering if NOAA will do after aerial imagery like they do on mainland US after hurricanes. Copernicus (Emergency Management Service/mapping) has been activated to do flood detection/assessment of Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands (St. Croix).
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Old 09-20-2017, 08:04 AM
 
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Some river levels quickly rose this AM on Puerto Rico, incredible rate!

(Thanks for the links above pbmaise)
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Old 09-20-2017, 09:09 AM
 
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Can anyone explain the severe discrepancies of wind speeds form this source? They aren't even close.

https://earth.nullschool.net/#curren...-66.105,18.664

ADD: Just saw GMA (ABC) report where the correspondent located on PR (Victor somebody) said houses there were built to withstand 125 mph winds, "which is a Cat 2 hurricane."

Just unbelievable the rampant misinformation that is being shown.

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Old 09-20-2017, 10:54 AM
 
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Thank you for posting this. The damage is less than I expected, although still bad. And I see lots of roofs are still intact, although extent of damage is very difficult to assess as the view is not close up.

According to Yahoo, at 4 am Monday "officials learned" that 70% of houses lost roofs. This is the kind of reporting/lack of reporting I am questioning. Who told them that? Which "officials" were wandering around at 4 am in the dark during a Cat 5 hurricane taking tally of roofs, specifically the house of the Consul General who was quoted? Unless they are assuming that strength of storm would result in an estimated 70% of houses losing roofs, in which case it is severely sloppy reporting by Yahoo.

"The storm knocked out communications for the entire island, leaving anyone outside Dominica struggling to determine the extent of damage, though it was clearly widespread. "The situation is really grave," Consul General Barbara Dailey said in a telephone interview from New York.
She said she lost contact with the island about 4 a.m. At that point, officials had learned that 70 percent of homes had lost their roofs, including her own."


https://www.yahoo.com/news/hurricane...074647614.html
Information is trickling out via ham radio.

Reports on devastation in Dominica emerging | Loop News
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Old 09-20-2017, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Some river levels quickly rose this AM on Puerto Rico, incredible rate!

(Thanks for the links above pbmaise)
That's insane! Never saw water levels rise like that so fast.. Now that's a real sea level rise threat!
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Old 09-20-2017, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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BTW - I saw these 2 reports from couple hours ago from the north side. See messages on the reports.


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Old 09-20-2017, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Maria knocked out power to the entire island of Puerto Rico, home to 3.5m people:


https://twitter.com/Jackson_Dill/sta...54424615063552
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