Justin Wolf 09/15 Dread hits land well ahead of Isabel
The article I chose to write about is on the newest natural disaster, Isabel. Isabel is the hurricane that is taunting the East Coast. Hurricane Isabel is the strongest Atlantic storm of the new century. The hurricane has picked up speed the last couple days and is headed straight towards the East Coast of the United States. The storm is expected to get ashore Thursday or Friday. The predicted location of the storm is between North and South Carolina and the southern part of New England. The hurricane is so big that winds could reach up to 150 miles inland from where it first hits.
Federal disaster planners are requesting that residents of the vulnerable states start to make evacuation routes and begin collecting and storing non-perishable food and water. They also recommend flashlights and battery-powered radios. The emergency officials in Washington, D.C. are trying to stockpile sandbags.
Meteorologists have dubbed Hurricane Isabel, “supercane.” Late last Sunday the supercane reached winds as fast as 154 miles per hour which is right at the highest hurricane rating. Winds reaching 155 miles per hour are considered Category 5. There have been only three storms with such power to hit U.S. coastline in the past century. The most recent storms with this kind of power were hurricanes Andrew in 1992 and Camille in 1969. Hurricane Camille killed more than 250 people. Hurricane Andrew caused 25 billion dollars in damage.
Isabel is highly unlikely to maintain top force as it curves north over cooler water in the coming days. The winds of Isabel slipped slightly to 155 miles per hour on Sunday but forecasters still say that it will still be a major hurricane when it hits. Hurricane expert Joe Bastardi from the Accurate Weather forecasting service states that Hurricane Isabel could be the one-in-100-year storm. He also predicts that Isabel will have winds up to 130 miles per hour. With...