Climate Crisis: After Irma’s Destruction, Category 4 Hurricane Jose Follows Suit

As the Caribbean, Cuba, and now Flordia is still reeling from the incredibly powerful Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, yet another Hurricane is brewing up and threatening to blow away whatever ruins are left. Hurricane Jose has been placed into the “extremely dangerous” Category 4, which is still growing and is located east of the Leeward Islands.

The monster is forecasted to move west-northwest into the Atlantic Ocean in the coming few days. Terrifyingly enough, this is the first time in recorded history that two 150+ mph hurricanes have been recorded at the same time.

The US national hurricane center said,

“air force hurricane hunters find Jose even stronger … almost a category 5 hurricane”.

According to the latest updates by National Hurricane Center, Jose hosts winds near 150 mph. The fateful islands of Antigua, Barbuda and Anguilla, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy, who have just witnessed the destructive Irma hit their shores, have been put on another Hurricane Watch on Friday at 11 a.m.

Hurricane Irma passed over the tiny Caribbean island of Barbuda and destroyed nearly 95 percent of the buildings according to their Prime Minister Gaston Browne. Irma is now heading towards Cuba and south Florida, with Hurricane Jose following its lead.

“I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to know that further damage is imminent,”

said inspector Frankie Thomas of the Antigua and Barbuda police.

Colorado State University meteorologist Philip Klotzbach said in a tweet,

“This is the first time on record two hurricanes with 150-plus mph winds have been recorded at the same time.”


And surprise, surprise, scientists are blaming human activity as the main culprit behind worsening of these catastrophes.

Richard Allan, the Professor of Climate Science at the University of Reading, told The Telegraph:


“While weather explains the formation and track of these tropical beasts, additional heating due to emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities will inevitably make them more deadly. Extra energy from warmer waters increases the intensity of the winds in the strongest cyclones while a warmer atmosphere is able to suck in greater quantities of moisture which is dumped as more intense rainfall.


“Rising sea level due to oceans expanding as they warm and more ice melt from glaciers and ice sheets on land add to the size of ocean storm surges which can devastate coastal regions, including low lying islands. So while the fickle nature of the atmosphere and ocean have generated deadly storms this year, their impacts have been amplified by human-caused climate change.”

There’s only one thing a person can say after this horrific and seemingly unending chaos,



Images via National Hurricane Center, Pixabay, MirrorBusiness Insider



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