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Today I really wanted to explore the hurricane category classification system and how it became the warning system that we use today. I really feel its interesting to see how the current scale describes and sizes up these hurricanes especially with Hurricane Irene still attacking the East Coast. Hurricanes have always been forces of destruction terrorizing coastal areas such as the Caribbean and parts of the coastal U.S. But it wasn’t until two scientists, Herb Saffir and Robert Simpson, decided that the old building codes structural engineers were using for determining the resistance of structures to wind related factors was out of date. Shockingly these building codes were unchanged since 1926! Basically costing the United States a lot of money just for not upgrading the codes. So they teamed up and designed this super effective and accurate category system that sums up hurricanes accordingly. Click here for info on the classification system.

The 5 Category System

  • Category One: Very dangerous winds will produce some damage. This category includes winds that are anywhere from 74 to 95 m.p.h.  Category one hurricanes have the ability to kill and maim animals and/or people.Not only can they kill your favorite pet, these hurricanes can completely destroy your mobile home or any building built before 1994!. Even swimming pools might suffer heavy casualties as this heavy hitting hurricane rips across your hometown.

Category one hurricane. Hurricane Francis doesn't look scary.

  • Category Two: Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage. So what’s worse than a category one hurricane? A category two. These bad boys traverse the coast at about 96-110 m.p.h.! That is a semi slow Lamborghini Gallardo! These hurricanes tend to kill slightly more people and animals but it probably isn’t as bad as a category three. Mobile homes are also much more likely to be uprooted and destroyed by these barbaric hurricanes (Can there really be civilized ones?) but post-1994 constructed homes can also be severely damaged in these disasters. Surprisingly during category two hurricanes is when filtration systems for viable water sources begin failing. Essentially in a category two much more things are being thrown around. 

This pic was taken 11 hours ago of Hurricane Irene, a category 2 hurricane. Click here to see more.

  • Category Three: Devastating damage will occur. This is where hurricanes really start making stronger negative impacts on livelihoods. With these hurricanes the average wind speed will be 111-130 m.p.h. That is mind boggling. Many people and animals will now be at high risk of death just from being within the hurricane. Newer homes might not be completely decimated but most likely will have roof and wall collapses. Even well constructed homes are going to suffer extensive destruction if they are still standing. Both electricity and water sources will be unusable for a number of weeks after this deadly type of hurricane passes.

This was taken from Hurricane Wilma. A category 3 hurricane. Notice the accuracy of the category descriptions.

  • Category Four: Catastrophic damage will occur. Speeds at this level of hurricane ferocity will hit averages of 131-155 m.p.h. These forces of nature will basically do what category threes do except on a category four scale. In other words apartment buildings will most likely have their rooftops ripped off and weeks after this hurricane passes broken glass and shattered windows will still pose threats to passerby and survivors of this calamity. Additionally, many trees are going to be completely uprooted and block off sections of the residential areas they use to line with their beauty along with destroyed telephone poles. Most of the affected area will be uninhabitable for months!!!

Hurricane Dean a category 4 hurricane. Notice the sinking boat towards the farther end of the picture.

  • Category Five: Catastrophic damage will occur. Basically category four and five hurricanes are very similar in their potential destructive power with the only difference being category fives are a bit more destructive since the rate of speed for these hurricanes need to be at an average higher than 155 m.p.h. This hurricane is what nightmares are made of. Regardless of being in your house or in a skyscraper, your chances of death are always high. This is because of the sheer force of moving debris and the speed of the winds themselves. Pretty much every mobile or bolted down building will be annihilated with the exception of a few apartment buildings. The area would be inhospitable for months.

Utter devastation. Category 5 hurricane, Hurricane Katrina.

I hope this descriptive listing of hurricane warnings has enlightened you and opened your eyes to just how devastating a hurricane can really be.  I really never knew how the government scaled hurricanes and on what basis they determined the category levels but after researching them for this post they have my respect that’s for sure. Hopefully Hurricane Irene starts dying down so we don’t see anything close to a category 3-5. Currently I believe it is a Category 2. For more information click here.

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Ya..contrary to popular belief this is what real animals look like.

EZPC Recycle’s Angle:

This question really bothered me after watching a History Channel documentary on plastic pollution and how drastic of a negative impact it has been having because of marine life thinking it’s food. I am not a “tree hugger”. However ever since getting a dog (Akita/German Shepard Mix; very smart/fun puppy) I have inexplicably gotten more attached to the natural environment. The U.S. Census Bureau has a population clock stating the U.S. & World Population at this very moment. Right now, 2:23 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, the world population is at 6,957,210,733 people. Click here to see how many more babies are born when you start reading this post!

But back to the issue. 83% of the Earth. That’s an unbelievable amount of land. This statistic is from an article on National Geographic’s website, you can see it here. It is very old, 2002, which makes this even more shocking. The article goes on to give more statistics just to wrap your head around the 83%: In Ghana, 98% of discrepancies in extinction numbers over a 30 year period were attributed to the national park’s size and the people affecting it’s ecosystem within 30 miles of it. Ghana is nowhere near as advanced as more privileged countries: the E.U. or the U.S. Yet this footprint shows a reach extended by the technology advancing our civilization from the more advanced countries on Earth. This reach is both direct and indirect. Obviously pollution is an indirect factor and hunting down rare exotic animals is a direct one. But being 83% influential can be a positive thing too. Why don’t we move our weight around to dominate this planet in a good way? (possibly increasing our dominion for a little while longer in the process) It would not hurt to prevent one extra piece of plastic from going into the public drainage system and ending up choking “Nemo” (clown fish) to death because he thought it was delicious food. It’s just something to think about. Hope you don’t feel too bad after all we are only human.

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Originally Published: 08/12/11

The Spin:

Are you having electronic recycling issues with all the new innovative technology coming out at a much quicker pace? Have you purchased every single iPhone in existence and have an unseemly mound of junk growing in your garage? Well have no fear! Apple has recently announced how it will make its contribution to the international e-waste problem this past Friday. According to contributing writer, Alexis Petru of Earth911.com, Apple is starting a buyback program for all functioning iphones, ipads or macs that clients do not use or need anymore and will exchange them for Apple gift cards at their fair market price. The catch here is that the devices must function. The important details involved in appraising the products will be: battery life, water damage etc. If your device qualifies for a gift card Apple will mail you one, otherwise they will recycle your broken item for free (What a relief!).

Consumers can mail the items they want recycled. The gift cards will be eligible for use both in Apple stores and online. So start mailing in your old iphones for Apple gift cards……. it will bring you one step closer towards your new iPhone 4!

In case you’re itching to read Ms. Petru’s article you can find it here.

 
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