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3 minutes ago, eyewall said:

I am going to guess the hurricane.

You're surely right, but the images until they went dead were of a garden variety thunderstorm, nothing massive or damaging.

The potted plants along the balconies were doing fine and the barricades in front of construction were not moving.

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3 minutes ago, etudiant said:

You're surely right, but the images until they went dead were of a garden variety thunderstorm, nothing massive or damaging.

The potted plants along the balconies were doing fine and the barricades in front of construction were not moving.

I am thinking that spot was heavily sheltered.

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4 minutes ago, eyewall said:

I am thinking that spot was heavily sheltered.

Bourbon St in the French Quarter is pretty much the highest ground in NOLA afaik.  Guess they just got lucky.

In any case, the cameras are back on and the winds appear to have died down, presumably the eye passing.

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Bourbon St is definitely sheltered in many places. I’m sure downtown where there are many high rises will have substantially worse wind damage. People were expecting a minimal hurricane or cat 1 this morning so definitely a worse impact than thought. 

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Just now, etudiant said:

Bourbon St in the French Quarter is pretty much the highest ground in NOLA afaik.  Guess they just got lucky.

In any case, the cameras are back on and the winds appear to have died down, presumably the eye passing.

NOLA is in the middle of the eye but there is no real back half.

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Def much stronger winds than I was expecting. Watching those winds in downtown NO on TWC was impressive. Probably the best live coverage I've seen them do for a landfalling hurricane.

24 hrs ago this was a 65mph tropical storm. What happened? lol

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10 minutes ago, BombsAway1288 said:

Def much stronger winds than I was expecting. Watching those winds in downtown NO on TWC was impressive. Probably the best live coverage I've seen them do for a landfalling hurricane.

24 hrs ago this was a 65mph tropical storm. What happened? lol

It got stronger. 

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44 minutes ago, Moderately Unstable said:

So, basically it has to do with the convective structure of the storm. From the eye, air twists upwards and circulates outwards in a divergent pattern. Surrounding concentric rings of convection form because certain regions concentrate momentum and energy. Imagine a bunch of big vertically oriented ovals. Air rises, is ejected outwards, and then descends further away from the center of circulation. This creates alternating regions of rising and sinking air motion. The stronger the storm, the more well organized, curved, and structured, these bands get.

 

MU

Thank you, that helps some. Guess these things are a lot more complicated than they look at first glance. Time to hit the books again. Suggestions would be very welcome.

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44 minutes ago, eyewall said:

NOLA is in the middle of the eye but there is no real back half.

Weather channel showed a drone flying during the eye, power on and downtown looked fine, the high winds were very short duration

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12 minutes ago, qg_omega said:

Weather channel showed a drone flying during the eye, power on and downtown looked fine, the high winds were very short duration

Short duration will limit damage in New Orleans proper for sure.

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37 minutes ago, Nibor said:

It got stronger. 

Clearly. Was kind of going with a rhetorical question there.

Guess the question or statement should have been more geared towards to how did this just explode so fast in the northern Gulf in late October, just as Greg Postel was referring to in his tweet.

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1 hour ago, andyhb said:

These are some big gusts coming out of where it made landfall. Also reports of significant structural damage in the area.

the 125-136 measurements for gusts are similar to what was reported for Laura out in SW Louisiana.

 

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