Irma slams into Puerto Rico today, and I can’t stop thinking about those unfortunate souls in its path. We’ve been to Puerto Rico three times, and I love San Juan and the surrounding rain forests. I can’t imagein the force of 185 MPH winds – I’ve been in only 50+ sustained and that alone was frightening, so 185 is unimaginable to me. There have only been 3 Category 5 storms that have hit the US and this is currently a Category 5 – considering all the destructive hurricanes over the years and there were only 3 Category 5 tells me how incredibly dangerous this storm is.
Forecasting 65 MPH gusts of winds tomorrow.
The only time in my life I’ve been nervous during a storm was during the 2006 windstorm in Seattle when I woke up in the middle of the night and thought the house was going to blown down (steady winds approaching 60 MPH). I do, however, try to avoid trees during windstorms, since it seems like every storm produces a death or two by falling trees 😦
In 2010, I took a walk in a pre-dawn snowstorm in Central Oregon, and the wind was howling so hard and the snow was so thick that I had a difficult time keeping track of where I was although I knew the path extremely well. After that storm, can see how easy it would be for hikers/climbers to perish in the mountains during snowstorms. Yet another reason I will never be a wilderness person 🙂