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A writer and a tropical muse. A funky Lubavitcher who enjoys watching the weather, hurricanes, listening to music while enjoying life with a sense of humor and trying to make sense of it all!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Miami Record Rain Fall Should Be a WAKE UP Call For Hurricane Season

Tropics are fairly quiet.
Emily has been removed from the NHC map.
Fronts are beginning to move.
Waves are wandering west.
Two Yellow Xs with 0% exist.
That is where you should be watching.
Day by day the odds rise on something developing.
Something really big.
Something real.

So I'm turning my attention to my home.
I live in Raleigh but Miami is home.
I go back and forth often.
Miami is where I was born and raised.
Lived, loved and played ...

Miami has seen explosive growth..
Because it's paradise.
But paradise has a price tag.
Once in a while a real hurricane hits.
And then the clean up begins.
But it's been a long time since a real hurricane.
Short on pictures and long on words today.

The article is below in case you don't want to click.... I'm concerned about the flooding not for global warming (it's a thing but that is not the reason in this case) but because I really do not believe Miami is ready to take a direct hit by a major hurricane dead on and that worries me. I love Miami and most of South Florida. Hell, I love most of Florida but Miami Beach especially is over populated, over developed and cruising for a tropical bruising. It's that simple. It's a sandbar. A billion dollar sandbar but a sandbar. It had mangroves and it was meant for sailing over to and taking long walks on the beach, but not for skyscraper high rise buildings. Greed was unchecked and ecological concerns over looked and we keep on building.

Statistically record rain in July and August is connected to a pattern of South Florida getting hit later in the season by a large, wet hurricane riding a front NE across South Florida. Some variation there on exact path and time but it's true. Happens. Late September out. August is rarely prime time for Miami... well except for Hurricane Andrew.

Up until the 1970s there were some big condos along the bay and big hotels along the ocean. And in between were deco colored cottages (some mansions and some not) between the Bay and the Ocean. And we build on it as if it's solid land, inland protected by a barrier island but we are building on a barrier island that is meant to come and go with the sands of time. It's for seagulls and fisherman and winter tourists and year round living on a low scale. However, those ecological concerns were ignored. So don't go hog wild on this being global warming and sea water rise. It rained close to 7 inches in a few hours, the only way for the water to drain on Miami Beach is to use the drains (usually clogged...they are NOT garbage cans ...but people think they are) and it takes a while for the water to drain off and it did. At night crews of city workers clean the beaches for the tourists to enjoy their sunrise in paradise. The drains do not get drained nightly. Think about it.

Close up

Further away

Telling you as much as I love it.....'s not ready for prime time, major hurricane hit!

I can pretend. But I'd be pretending.
I like to to watch African Waves.
I know they are not going to be the next big one.
Not yet... getting closer to prime time.
I'm not even sure there will a big one this year.
But I know one day Miami Beach will get a direct hit..
..from a Major Hurricane.
And if it can't handle a heavy rain in like this...'s not ready for a really, big, wet hurricane.

Please read the facts of the article below.
Today the tropics are fairly quiet.
It's a beach day.
Go to the beach.
Enjoy it...

Besos BobbiStorm
@bobbistorm on Twitter

Got relatives in town?
Show them the beach.

When they say South Florida.
They mean Miami Beach

#1 they go to Miami Beach...
..which they call "South Florida"
All of South Florida needs to listen up.
Get a plan. Figure it out.
Be prepared for a Hurricane.

Flood warnings lifted for Miami-Dade, clean up begins

MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A flood advisory issued for Eastern and Central Miami-Dade has been lifted.
Heavy rains pelted the area, causing officials to issue the warning, Tuesday.
A large portion of the warning was issued over Miami Beach.
The flooding affected Miami Beach all the way from South Pointe past 63rd Street.
The entrance to Interstate 395 at Alton Road showed heavy flooding.
“I haven’t seen it this bad since April 2009,” said one woman.
“Flooding before but, I believe, not this bad,” said Miami Beach resident Ozzie Albarez.
Video submitted by a 7News viewer also showed flood waters creeping up on roads in Miami Beach.
“Everyone’s flooded,” said Miami Beach resident Maria Umanco. “Everyone on Facebook is saying their garages are flooded. I have a friend who’s off Lincoln Road and says there’s water in her hallway, water going down her elevator chute.”
“The cars in front of my building — they got water in them, so it’s just a shame,” said a resident.
The rough weather even saw lightning strike a diesel truck in Southwest Miami-Dade. However, no injuries were reported in that area.
Lightning also touched down at the Miami-Dade Police Department Kendall station, badly damaging a diesel tank.
Downtown Miami experienced heavy flooding, as well.
Video from Miami Police showed cars stuck in flood water at Northeast Second Avenue and 11th Street, where crews were forced to shut down the street.
“He’s been squeegeeing for like an hour. I’ve been stuck on the fourth floor for like three hours,” said one man. “I had to call out of work.”
Many people waded through knee-deep water, while others depended on the kindness of strangers.
“I have to go to work, and it was, like, knee-deep. So a pickup truck, some guy picked us up and let us ride on the back,” said one woman.
A Brickell building manager took matters into his own hands, bringing out pumps for the second time in months.
“We have to pump the water down on Eighth Street,” he said, “because obviously you can see we have no help, you know what I mean? So we need help.”
The flooding also caused problems underground.
Pictures submitted by a 7News viewer showed flooding inside the parking garage at Brickell City Centre.
Some residents asked why the city hasn’t done more to prevent these flooding problems.
“I just wonder, me as a taxpayer, where is my money going?” asked the Brickell building manager. “Can anybody tell me that? Where is my money going?”
Many cars remain stranded in Miami Beach, waiting for a tow.
“Car just shut off going through this puddle, and I’m stuck here,” said Julian Allison. “I don’t really know what to do.”
“We’re pretty busy out here, man. Pretty busy,” said a Miami Beach tow truck driver.
Crews have begun cleaning up, but debris remains on affected roads.
Multiple people in both Miami-Dade and Broward are reporting power outages in their areas. As of 8:00 a.m., about 391 customers in Miami-Dade and 163 customers in Broward are without power.
Miami Beach officials have deployed one of their flood teams and are asking residents to report any flooding at
Multiple people in both Miami-Dade and Broward are reporting power outages in their areas. As of 8:00 a.m., about 391 customers in Miami-Dade and 163 customers in Broward are without power.
Miami Beach officials have deployed one of their flood teams and are asking residents to report any flooding at


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