Disaster Zone

Michael as an "Overland" Hurricane

Three surprises from Hurricane Mike.

by Eric Holdeman / October 10, 2018

Hurricane Michael has had many of the normal functions and attributes that come from being a hurricane. High winds, wind gusts, rain, and storm surge along the Gulf Coast. Those are typical of all hurricanes.

What is not as typical are these three things about Hurricane Michael:

  1. The speed with which it formed in the Gulf of Mexico
  2. The rapid increase overnight Tuesday from being a Category 2 to increasing in wind speeds to Category 4
  3. The fact that Michael sustained itself over land and went through Georgia as a Category 1, before being downgraded to tropical storm status

How much of the above is attributable to climate change? Who knows? But it will be debated for sure.