Legendary Storm Chaser Jeff Piotrowski Panics Over Irma: ‘Rooftops Will Be Ripped Off, Windows 15-30 Stories High Blown Out’ (VIDEO)
Legendary storm chaser Jeff Piotrowski took to Periscope on Tuesday evening to warn about the devastating impact Hurricane Irma may have on Florida. Piotrowski warned ‘rooftops will be ripped off and windows 15-30 stories high blown out.’
Emmy award winning storm chaser, Jeff Piotrowski, just did a gloomy Periscope, warning people to evacuate Florida, saying a storm of this magnitude will lay waste to wherever it hits.
“You don’t want to experience it. I promise you.When your house starts coming apart and your buildings and walls start collapsing, the boards start punching through the house like torpedoes, like missiles — it’s unbelievable what’s going to happen.”
Having experienced some of the major hurricanes in person, Jeff painted a grim picture of roof tops being torn off, both house and hotels, windows blowing out up to 15 to 20 stories highs — power failures and ‘catastrophic’ damage that will take months to repair.
Texas hasn’t even begun rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey and Florida is already threatened by Hurricane Irma. The Category 5 storm may cause major damage to South Florida. As the storm hurdles towards the U.S., NOAA’s sent a “Hurricane Hunter” airplane to fly through the eye of Irma to collect data.
Video source: CNN
CBC has more on the devastating impact Hurricane Irma may have on the Caribbean, as well.
Hurricane Irma grew into a dangerous Category 5 storm, the most powerful seen in the Atlantic in over a decade, and roared toward islands in the northeast Caribbean Tuesday on a path that could eventually take it to the United States.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Irma was a “potentially catastrophic” storm with maximum sustained winds of 285 km/h as it bore down on the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda. It was centred about 365 kilometres east of Antigua in the late morning and moving west at 22 km/h.
The centre said there was a growing possibility that the storm’s effects could be felt in Florida later this week and over the weekend, though it was still too early to be sure of its future track.
If it stays on track and reaches the Florida Straits, the water there is warm enough that the already “intense” storm could become much worse with wind speeds potentially reaching 362 km/h, warned Kerry Emanuel, an MIT meteorology professor.
“People who are living there (the Florida Keys) or have property there are very scared, and they should be,” Emanuel said.