My daughter has been keeping in touch daily and is safe. More than two million people have been evacuated from several Florida states but she has not (so far) been affected.
Although Hurricane Dorian weakened, it has now gained strength again according to The National Hurricane Centre at 8am this morning. They issued the warning that “a life-threatening storm surge with significant coastal flooding is expected along a large portion of the south-east and mid-Atlantic coasts of the United States in the next couple of days”. Daughter’s reassurances are therefore doing little to allay my worries.
The devastation caused by the hurricane has been well documented and no-one could fail to be shocked and extremely saddened at the scenes we have seen. Winds of up to 185mph (298km/h) equalled the highest ever recorded at landfall. How daily life is rebuilt after that, I have no idea. What a reminder to us here in the UK that there are concerns very much greater than our own political mess.
The planet is, as ever, at the mercy of nature and there is disagreement among experts as to how much effect the rising temperature of our climate is having on the severity of weather conditions. It is, however, not in doubt that hurricanes are becoming more powerful and more destructive as increased sea surface temperatures strengthen wind speeds. What’s more – it is projected that sea levels will rise over the next hundred years by as much as four feet which has the potential to cause even greater coastal flooding. It’s a scary thought.