Tropical Storm Irma Live Thread for /r/TropicalWeather
Our closing letter.
When we started this live thread on September 6th, we knew it would be a long five, six or even seven days of updating. Of taking radar screenshots and mashing the refresh button on Twitter, watching flood gauges and tide gauges, and keeping track of the community.
Some of us covered Hurricane Harvey just a week before. To tell you the truth, it’s exhausting work. Some of the members of our team have covered events where 120,000 people were watching over every move. He said, “this is the most exhausting thing I’ve ever covered”. We all felt the same way.
But this isn’t about us. It’s about the people in the way of Irma. The people who might lose everything, who might not have power, who might be sleeping in a shelter, or in a hotel. The people who had to endure hours of traffic just to get to a safe place.
As /u/_supernovasky_ said in other thread, between Harvey and Irma, this is the most impactful hurricane season that /r/TropicalWeather has ever covered. Unfortunately, the season isn’t even over - there are still several more weeks to go and more tropical systems to watch. To know that you’re watching people potentially lose everything while sitting comfortably in your chair is heartbreaking, but it is heartwarming to know you’re helping.
We hope that we were able to provide all of you with high quality information. For some of you, our information persuaded family members to get out of effected areas. It may have convinced you to get out, or may have let you know what was coming if you stayed. We appreciate you tuning in.
From Z-Cast and all of the /r/TropicalWeather team, signing off.
An amazing video of Irma and Jose as seen by GOES-16.
A tree fell through a house near the Seminole Heights area in Tampa.
Hartsfield-Jackson reporting 50mph gusts
Oviedo, FL flooding
Oviedo, FL damage
Oviedo, FL damage