LATEST UPDATE 11/10/14 AM.....Jim Williams.....
It is looking like we may close out the season with no more named storms as unfavorable contions for development have swept the basin. We have had 8 named storms so far this year well below the average of 11.7. Despite being a slow season there have been 28 locations in the hurricanecity database affected by named storms with the hardest hit being Bermuda. Storm chaser Jim Leonard aka Cyclone Jim one of the first to film a hurricane passed away on November 3rd. Jim had quite an extensive career filming hurricanes that goes back many decades, here is a list from his cyclone jim website. I was honored to chase with jim on a couple of occasions with the last time in Key West for tropical storm Isaac in 2012 and had him on the shows at hurricanecity a few times ,he will be missed. It seemed like every time I got together with jim he would hand me a dvd from a past storm he chased. In honor of Jim Leonard these dvd's will loop on hurricane TV until the end of the season. I will speak more on Jim Leonard & this hurricane season on the end of season broadcast Nov 30th.
Winds: <39 mph
A tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained surface winds are 38 miles per hour (33 knots) or less. Characteristically having one or more closed isobars, it may form slowly from a tropical disturbance or an easterly wave which has continued to organize.
Winds: 39-73 mph
At this point, the system is given a name to identify and track it.Damage done to only the flimsiest lean-to type structures. Unsecured light signs blown down, minor damage to trees and bushes. Some small dead limbs, ripe coconuts, and dead palm fronds blown from trees. Some fragile and tender green leaves blown from trees.
Category 1 Hurricane
Winds: 74-95 mph
Storm surge generally 4-5 ft above normal. No real damage to building structures. Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees. Some damage to poorly constructed signs. Also, some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage.
Category 2 Hurricane
Winds: 96-110 mph
Storm surge generally 6-8 feet above normal. Some roofing material, door, and window damage of buildings. Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees with some trees blown down. Considerable damage to mobile homes, poorly constructed signs, and piers. Coastal and low-lying escape routes flood 2-4 hours before arrival of the hurricane center. Small craft in unprotected anchorages break moorings.
Category 3 Hurricane
Winds: 111-129 mph
Storm surge generally 9-12 ft above normal. Some structural damage to small residences and utility buildings with a minor amount of curtainwall failures. Damage to shrubbery and trees with foliage blown off trees and large trees blown down. Mobile homes and poorly constructed signs are destroyed. Low-lying escape routes are cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the center of the hurricane. Terrain continuously lower than 5 ft above mean sea level may be flooded inland 8 miles (13 km) or more. Evacuation of low-lying residences with several blocks of the shoreline may be required.
Category 4 Hurricane
Winds: 130-156 mph
Storm surge generally 13-18 ft above normal. More extensive curtainwall failures with some complete roof structure failures on small residences. Shrubs, trees, and all signs are blown down. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Extensive damage to doors and windows. Low-lying escape routes may be cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the center of the hurricane. Major damage to lower floors of structures near the shore. Terrain lower than 10 ft above sea level may be flooded requiring massive evacuation of residential areas as far inland as 6 miles (10 km).
Category 5 Hurricane
Winds: >156 mph
Storm surge generally greater than 18 ft above normal. Complete roof failure on many residences and industrial buildings. Some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away. All shrubs, trees, and signs blown down. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Severe and extensive window and door damage. Major damage to lower floors of all structures located less than 15 ft above sea level and within 500 yards of the shoreline. Massive evacuation of residential areas on low ground within 5-10 miles (8-16 km) of the shoreline may be required.
When Hurricane warnings go up, live video will be done as the worst conditions arrive . When a major Hurricane is hitting, Jim Williams will be live with special guests, radio simulcasts, video.T.V & analysis using Hurrtrak EM/PRo software. From time to time we will broadcast live coverage of severe weather outbreaks but mostly hurricane coverage at hurricanecity.tv
Our last four archives
After going through hours of recorded video I edited down the most interesting moments of Hurricane Gonzalo hitting Bermuda from Oct 17th,2014. After editing down to 36 minutes the program would not produce the video without crashing so I did a screen capture of the program with ustream so it is a bit pixelated. watch as we show cams,radar,news,hurricane watch net audio as Gonzalo hits.
2014, July 4th Hurricane Arthur hit the outer banks of North Carolina during the early morning hours . As Hurricane Arthur made landfall some of the most interesting moments were recorded live on hurricanecity.tv. On the recording you will see hurricane Arthur from the eyes of storm chasers,webcams and television as it happened.
Storm chaser Jim Edds was in the Phillipines filming typhoon Haiyan on November 8th,2013 and talked about it with Jay Leno on the tonight show on November 28th.
A massive tornado roared near & over parts or El Reno Oklahoma in May of 2013. Unfortunately 3 very experienced storm chasers lost their lives in this unpredictable super cell. Tim and Paul Samaras memorial service was held a week later and filmed by a local TV station aired live on the internet. We recorded most of this touching service on our ustream channel watch (45min)