Bermuda Is Experiencing a Weakened Igor – 9-19-2010

THANKS TO GOOGLE EARTH FOR THIS IMAGE - LEFT CLICK TWICE TO FULLY ENLARGE

Part of the image  above was done in 2007 and part in 2008.  I copied this from Google Earth this morning to give you an idea of the size and configuration of the beautiful British Overseas Territory of Bermuda.  Notice the 5 mile long scale at the lower left.  Latitude and longitude are also shown at the bottom margin.  This view is from an altitude of over 17 miles.  I recommend Google Earth for those of you who might be interested in more detail which is readily available.  There is a free version available.  With practice you can have great fun exploring the earth. 

http://www.google.com/earth/explore/products/desktop.html The free version of Google Earth 5 is the one that appears first on the page.

Yesterday Hurricane Hunter aircraft crews found that the inner 23-mile wide eyewall had collapsed during what seemed like a fairly typical eyewall replacement cycle.  A very large 92-mile wide eye was the result and, and as usually happens in such events the hurricane weakened.  Currently hurricane force winds are now spread out over a larger area but Igor is “down” to a category 1 hurricane.  Much of the big eye wall has collapsed and though that is good news, Bermuda is still in for some strong winds of long duration – and intensification is still a possibility.  In any event, there is likely to be considerable damage to beaches and some structures.  I am under the impression that residents of Bermuda are “hurricane savvy” and probably better prepared than those who live along Eastern coastal U.S. A.

According to a 9-17-2010 posting on Air-Worldwide.com, “Homes in Bermuda are typically one or two stories and constructed of ‘Bermuda Stone,’ a locally quarried limestone, or of concrete blocks. Roofs are commonly made of limestone slate tiles cemented together. Commercial buildings, typically of reinforced concrete construction, rarely exceed six stories. In both residential and commercial buildings, window openings are generally small and window shutters are common. These features make Bermuda’s building stock quite resistant to winds, and homes are designed to withstand sustained winds of 110 mph and gusts of up to 150 mph.”

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