Originally Posted by codprawn
Looks pretty bad on the news - glad you escaped the worst of it. How long does the hurricane season last in your neck of the woods?
We aren't total strangers to such weather on the West Coast of Britain either. Highest winds recorded in Swansea were 144mph. Although we don't get hurricanes very often we get force 10s often enough through the winter - at least your rain is warm!!!
The official season runs June to November but Aug/Sept/Oct are the trouble months. The storms are simply huge heat exchangers, they feed off hot ocean surface water and purge the atmosphere of excess moisture while cooling the ocean surface with torrential rains. The worst of them come off the coast of Africa and form up around the Cape Verde Islands, as did Dean.
Recovery from a bad hit takes months if not years in this region. The governments and power providers are all broke and stockpile very little in terms of materials to get the grid back up. Haiti, on the Western half of Hispanola has the very worst problem, they have denuded all the forests on the very high mountains to make charcoal to cook so flash floods and mudslides can kill thousands.
If I am correct your winter storms can be even worse than a Hurricane because they cover so much more area, whether over water or on shore. Usually the worst winds in these tropical systems extend no more than 60 miles from the center with storm foce winds out to about 200. One thing I will say though, I don't give a damn what temperature the raindrop is, when it hits you square in the forehead at 150 miles per hour it stings.
Honey, want to go for a swim in the tranquil caribbean sea? This morning at Ha'penny bay. The big break is on the reef which is a quarter mile offshore. This probably looks like a normal beach day where you guys play!!!!