Both feet in the water after heavy rain

Hurricane season promises to be more active than usual for our neighbors to the south, because many of them have already submerged their feet in Florida on Saturday, after a tropical depression passed.

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“We know hurricanes get stronger and stronger, earlier and earlier in the season. The example, which we just saw, warns Jill Breen, an expert in biometeorology. We’re seeing that hurricanes seem to be getting stronger over the past 20 years.”

In just 24 hours, Florida ended up with 280mm of rain, the equivalent of all that could fall in a summer in Montreal.

A car attempts to drive through a flooded street in Miami, Florida, where a tropical depression left 280 mm of rain on the ground.

Photo: Agence France-Presse

A car attempts to drive through a flooded street in Miami, Florida, where a tropical depression left 280 mm of rain on the ground.

This heavy rain comes from the remnants of Hurricane Agatha, which originated on the Pacific side before crossing the tip of Mexico into the Atlantic.

It is the strongest typhoon ever recorded before the start of the usual season, starting at 1Verse From June to November 30, accompanied by winds of up to 160 km / h.

“Agatha’s remains are being repaired and that’s what happened in Florida. A tropical depression may reappear this evening to turn into a tropical storm and get the name Alex,” explains Mr. Breen.

This phenomenon, called a “cross cyclone”, is very rare.

Floridian Lisa Pham cleans the water from the floor of the Spa and Nail Fever salon.

Photo: Agence France-Presse

Floridian Lisa Pham cleans the water from the floor of the Spa and Nail Fever salon.

Two feet in the water

Thus many Quebecers who live in Florida have found their feet in the water.

Richard Clavett, president and co-founder of the Richards Motel, which includes 18 buildings in Hollywood and Hallandale Beach north of Miami, was able to see just how much rain it was.

“I had to move clients […] Lots of water outside in the back. “It’s impossible to get into the rooms without having to go through a foot of water,” he said on Saturday.

Clavitt has run its motels since 1990, and claims to be a regular with weather alerts. He believes that the citizens of the Strip still avoided the worst, because despite the rains there was no wind.

“There was a lot of water […] Three blocks from here, there was a tank that crashed into the water,” he said, recalling that small streets were closed off by the authorities due to the dangers posed by them.

Eight to ten hurricanes

This year, up to 21 named storms are expected, including eight to ten hurricanes, Jill Breen estimates. Usually, there are about 6 in the summer.

This may translate to torrential rain and wind in eastern Quebec in late summer and early fall, if “fairly dense” remnants of hurricanes finish their course in the Atlantic northward, says Patrick Duplessis, a Meteomedia meteorologist.

“It’s also part of our summer, which is still expected to be very hot and humid with good airflow from the US,” he adds.

Global Warming

According to Jill Breen, it is very likely that hurricane season, already very active in the United States, will also be in Quebec this year.

“There are signs everywhere that the climate is changing. […] Everything is connected, because we add heat to the climate system. Warmer oceans, warmer air, stronger thunderstorms. They rise higher, the diameter of the hail increases, and the winds are stronger. ”

He attributes the cause of these changes to global warming.

“It takes disasters and storms to pass through more and more urban areas for people to realize that the climate is changing. great moment”he regrets.

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