Hurricane Hurly Burly

Aug 18, 2007 by

Let us see now….

First Dean pounded the lovely island where my wife and I honeymooned a few short months ago:

In Dominica, a woman and her 7-year-old son were killed when a rain-soaked hillside gave way and crushed the home where they were sleeping, said Cecil Shillingford, the national disaster response coordinator. Dominica’s government reported at least 150 homes were damaged.

But at least this time if it heads this way we can take solace in the fact that someone will be watching….

Hurricane Dean’s every little ripple will be reported by the oil industry flacks and their willing mouthpieces in the media. The crescendo of ominous events will be forecast and analyzed, all with a unanimity of purpose leading to higher and higher oil prices. Whether the storm actually hits or not, one thing is sure. The mere specter of the event will have the oil industry and the oil trading community cheering, “Go Big Dean, Go”.

So what are the latest specs on our unwelcome guest in the Gulf? (No, not Dubya this time)

With sustained winds of 150 mph (240 km per hour), Dean was a Category 4 storm, the second-highest on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. It was expected to smash into Jamaica on Sunday.

It could become a Category 5 storm after roaring by the Caymans in two days, with winds of over 155 mph (250 kph).

At 8 p.m. EDT (1 a.m. British time), Dean was located 405 miles (650 km) east-southeast of Kingston and about 165 miles (265 km) south-southwest of Santo Domingo. It was moving west at 17 mph (28 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Almost in time for the two year anniversary of the Federal Flood. Gee……

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