By James F. Tracy
Updated 10:05AM, Oct. 7
This report is being written at 1:15AM ET on October 7, 2016 from Boca Raton Florida, a point well within the designated “cone” of much-dreaded Hurricane Matthew. At this time government officials and major media suggested the general population not killed from the storm would be wallowing in their destroyed belongings and fighting for cans of baked beans.
Western edge of Matthew's eyewall approaching Cape Canaveral; REMAIN INDOORS! More info: https://t.co/HQU4e7Phf1 #FLPrepares #alert pic.twitter.com/9QZxVdrEqr
— FL Division of Emergency Management (@FLSERT) October 7, 2016
3:00 am | Outer eyewall of #Matthew approaching Indian River & Brevard County. Peak wind gusts 90 – 100 mph! pic.twitter.com/oGJYlInh1q
— NWS Melbourne (@NWSMelbourne) October 7, 2016
These forecasts were given added validity when President Obama declared states of emergencies in Florida and South Carolina. Yet as graphics above and The Weather Channel tweet below suggest, the storm itself was hardly as severe as promoted.
Hurricane #Matthew Producing 70+ MPH Wind Gusts in East Florida. Conditions Deteriorating Quickly. Full Forecast: https://t.co/etYsM2JDtL pic.twitter.com/Y2nNffamUD
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) October 7, 2016
The author has spent the past two days preparing for this major weather event with those scenarios in mind, to be confronted with what can only be described as a mild-to-moderate tropical storm, characterized with some precipitation and winds not exceeding 40 MPH. That’s it. Despite this government meteorologists and regional and national news have proceeded to make this borderline tropical storm/hurricane into a beast.
This alleged major weather event, used as a rationale by the governors of Florida, the Carolinas and the US President to intimidate millions of citizens into evacuations, must be construed as at least partly fraudulent. There’s simply too great a disparity between the storm’s over-the-top billing from joint government and corporate media sources and its weak overall performance. This is the assessment of someone who lived through Hurricanes Frances and Wilma in 2004 and 2005 respectively, storms markedly below Matthew’s purported Category 4-to-5 strength yet markedly more intense.
As the storm approached, for example, Floridians were warned by Governor Rick Scott that at least several million could lose their electrical power to their homes. In fact, less than one hundred thousand have lost power.
Midnight Power Outage Report. Stay safe and indoors. pic.twitter.com/CRmnPKP2Ng
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) October 7, 2016
The Weather Channel’s correspondents’ huffy-puff seek to enforce the Matthew bogey, arguing that the “eye’s power wall is” “ever expanding,” yet there’s limited visual evidence of such development.
47 thought on “Hurricane Matthew a Washout in South Florida”
How can anyone call this storm a ‘washout’ when it’s already killed hundreds? Have you seen images from Haiti? Weather is never 100% predictable and it’s better safe than sorry. If this preparation would have happened before New Orleans, a lot more people would have survived the devastation. Does it have to kill Americans before it’s considered serious?
Hmmm…I believe the key words here are “in south Florida”. He didn’t say “in Haiti”.
I agree, not seeing a story here,
hurricane predictions are never %100,
and there was significant damage
All the islands always have & always will get hit first & get hit the hardest, just due to their unfortunate proximity when the storms come across the Atlantic from the African coast.
All the governments, theirs, ours, everybody’s, (including the “Clinton Foundation”) has had hundreds of years to go down to every island & build those people concrete houses instead of the toothpicks w/tin-roofs that they continue to live in. Land mass is a problem with islands, not enough of it for all the people there to have “spread out” housing.
And that’s not just Haiti but all the islands of the Caribbean, East-West, are the same. Tourists who “fly in” may only see the fancy hotels in the tourist areas, but go riding around & see where the locals live… crammed in little wooden shacks all close together. Or take a few cruises is another way to see.
It’s just the way it is. Doesn’t mean it’s a good thing. But “shanty-towns” will collapse much easier in a breeze. And if they don’t have good storm drainage (infrastructure, etc.), then flooding is worse, but flooding is bad in many places simply due to terrain, sea level, rivers/lakes nearby, amount of rain within whatever short period of time, & the dreaded “storm surge” from ocean storms.
And are media-reported “death tolls” always reliable?
When the several hurricanes of 2004 hit Florida, there were locals (via internet, not TV news) in SW FL (I believe was the area) reporting far more dead bodies & “body bags” than the media was reporting. In other words, the “death tolls” were in reverse (news media reporting LESS than there actually supposedly were).
Also, think about it: Islands have ocean on “all four sides” so they will be smacked from every direction, whereas larger landmasses with lesser “coastal” exposure stand a better chance.
I, for one, am a bit skeptical of “images from Haiti”. Also, Florida, so far as I know, does not have dams and levees that can be intentionally destroyed and/or disabled to force the poor, black citizens to leave and relocate.
Weather is near 100% predictable by those who create it. They knew exactly what they were doing. Not a problem with the devastation in Haiti (as we have so often seen). And a good plan to scare the pants off those in the (already jittery) southeastern USA.
Haven’t seen any info that would suggest this hurricane is artificially created
Hundreds have died because, according to The Weather Channel, Haitian children have contributed to the country’s deforestation by eating its trees.
It was actually the US military that started the deforestation in Haiti back in the 1915 thru the present time. Typical Americans, let’s blame our incompetents on others. And dont forget good ole General Smedley Butler`s view of the Haitian people. (He did had a change of heart in his older years)
Wow, this is weird, and made me laugh out loud. This along with the weatherman who told people they were going to die (and their kids) if they didn’t get out. The news is getting more and more entertaining!
The event strikes me as a ditzy moment for a young broadcaster, not a conspiracy with the weather
Good grief – will these TV “journalists” just repeat anything they see on an autocue, or is this her own private madness? 🙂
For those that want to see for themselves what is really happening, here’s a link to surf cams, posted along many coastlines.
I really wonder if this was a Cat 4 at all. Just rain and a bit of wind, nothing more.
Wanted to add, there are people SWIMMING in Palm Beach County Beaches this morning.
Here’s a link to Delray Beach, FL
Indeed. Life is essentially back to normal here in South Palm Beach County, sans some public facilities. Further, I’ve learned that the local public university FAU never evacuated its dorms of several thousand students, despite the numerous reports that the ominous “Cat. 4” could have turned on a dime at a moment’s notice and targeted Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, etc.
Again, in October 2005 we lived through Hurricane Wilma, which traversed land from the west to east coasts of Florida. It was a Cat. 2 or 3 and we were without power for close to a week. Matthew is billed as a Cat. 4? Still very skeptical.
I was just reading an article saying that Black Lives Matter was planning to do a little bit (or a lot) of looting in areas that would be hit by Hurricane Matthew. The governors of these states and the president were calling for mandatory evacuations. Is it possible they were trying to make BLM’s looting a bit easier? After all, it’s much easier to loot homes when the owners are away. Perhaps they were hoping for some mayhem along the lines of New Orleans in 2005. Could it be true, or have I become way too suspicious of the controllers?
The rumour is BS ! Maryha. And the mayhem that Nawleans became was facilitated by the folks you voted for, everyone was looting including the police. And the levies was imploded, read up on it sweetheart ! It was all a big psyops.
Why does your comment sound like we are in disagreement on this? Of course it’s all garbage and disinfo. New Orleans was probably another in a long line of experiments, designed to gauge the public’s reactions. I believe the Boston “lock-down” event was as well.
You said, “facilitated by the folks you voted for”. Don’t include me in that – I didn’t vote for any of these clowns!
I didn`t mean to seem that way, Maryaha. But when you make a statement that “It would make it easier for BLM to loot houses due to the evacuation ” I`m under the assumption that you believe what you read.
And I`m elated that you don’t vote for the puppets in assumed power.
I came across this story about the levees being exploded,
had forgotten about this-if this story could be truly investigated it would topple the government
If any violation of the Law would be properly prosecuted, with no agenda, they would all go down. Both sides
We are not a nation of laws anymore. Its who has the best connections and Politcal Power.
The Rino Republicans don’t stand up because they’re hoping that they will have access to the same power once they’re in charge.
That’s why we need a new fresh face who is neither establishment Republicans or establishment Democrats.
I will take Trump any day over old establishment Globalists.
Infuriating that the government along with its lapdog press has stopped down the southeast and compelled millions of residents to grapple with a hyped-up forecast. Beyond infuriating.
Still, relieved and glad to hear our friends there are fine.
Probably not news to the Administrator, but the MHB site has gone a little wonky – Scoop Feed not linked, ads gone, comments not accurate in sidebar list on homepage, no email notifications of posts or comments since 7 pm ET last night.
After you demobilize from the underwhelming emergency, maybe you could take a look. Thanks. Again, so glad everything is ok.
Hey Toni, Anne(Miss Marple), Recyend77,
Did you guys enjoy the Chem-Trail fest today and yesterday?
5 months of Blue Skies….Why?
Yes Ric, they were painting the skies today over Santa Clarita Valley. My daughter attended a beach wedding in Del Mar (San Diego County) today. She reported chemtrails galore down there and sent photos as well.
Perhaps there were budget problems, or staff problems, that have been resolved to our detriment. Or they figured that all the wild fires this summer made up for making our lives hellish out west. Because hell on earth is what they want. Just look around the world.
No doubt that aluminum downfall from the chemtrail spaying helped fan these fires, reportedly the fastest and most furious firefighters here had ever encountered. Perhaps tptb were enjoying the fruits of their labor and now it’s business as usual again. That is what psychopaths do.
Fascinating, as Spock would say, thanks for the info, will comment tomorrow .
Daughter awake, major accomplishment…..Ms. Marples.
Communications will resume at 0900 Hours tomorrow.
We have chem-trails over Fresno today
For what it’s worth, I noticed some pretty heavy chemtrails here in Jacksonville last Saturday Oct. 1 and again on Monday Oct. 3.
I’ve been paying attention because I’ve had a lot of sinus pain and pressure ever since the first hurricane (Hermine) came through here around Labor Day. It got better, but then it ramped up again last weekend before Matthew. I’ve never had sinus issues before.
I don’t know the significance of the chemtrails or how (or if) they play into all of this.
Does anyone know if chemtrails can cause sinus issues? Is that a real thing?
In this ink is a list of ailments that may be caused by chemtrail spraying. Sinusitis is on the list.
I’ve been suspicious of this storm due to the over the top hype surrounding it. Smells a lot like fear and misdirection.
Drudge takes heat for suggesting gov’t hyping Matthew.
I think this part didn’t post…
Already, Clinton’s campaign ran into criticism for a move that gave the appearance she was capitalizing on a deadly storm. Earlier in the week, the campaign spent $63,000 on advertisements to air on The Weather Channel — which would have aired during coverage of the hurricane, while the station’s viewership swelled.
On Thursday, Clinton’s campaign — facing backlash from Republicans including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell — delayed that buy until after the hurricane.
Checking in here from the Jacksonville area, about 6 miles inland to be exact. We are not out of the woods yet, but so far it seems like the storm has not been as damaging as expected in NE Florida.
I know the coastal and low-lying areas around here are flooded though. Where I am, the wind has been pretty steady around 30-40mph, with gusts around 60 maybe? My husband just walked outside, and he thinks we may have lost a few shingles. The lights have flickered a few times, but thankfully we still have power.
Same neck of the woods, about 7 miles inland. The “scariest” headline across the Local TV News screen now (watching online) is “STORM HAVING IMPACT.”
That’s a far cry from the predicted “Massive Destruction & Death” from “one end of the earth clear to the other end” (compare Jeremiah 25:33), with every building/home collapsed on itself with dead bodies strewn everywhere, that they were harping on from yesterday, all night & into early afternoon today. (OK, so I jest a little, but they were ALL nauseating in their fear-mongering, even the “young girls” on the streets/reporters-in-the-rain, & the well-dressed ones in the studios.)
I had to finally give up & get a “nap” approx. 2:30-7:30pm, so I guess I slept through the “major hit” that was supposed to occur circa 6pm. Prior to that & just a few minutes ago I could hear “squeaking” of the building, & earlier the metal garage door was rambling a bit, but so far that’s it.
Pro & Con of having UNDERGROUND powerlines & electric meter pipes: Less chance of power outages (no power loss here) due to overhead winds/rain, BUT the Smart Grid cranked up its intensity again this morning at 10am (after having been very Low-Intensity yesterday & all last night, almost total “stillness” & “quiet”). But since 10am today it is back with its horrible ELF deep-ominous-sounding rumbling/warbling noise & electrically-induced EMF vibrations (no, that’s not hurricane-related as it’s been doing that since Spring 2014).
JEA outages reported as of about 3pm: “1,818 Customers Affected: 185,739.”
FP&L reported that about 1 million of their customers statewide had/have outages.
So, are their socalled Smart Grids as smart as they think they are?
Ah Ha! I have long suspected (since the Asian Tsunami of Dec. 2004) that at least ONE of the reasons for “bad storms” is an excuse for govts. to “rebuild infrastructure” to get them up to NWO-Control-Grid speed.
When asking google how many power outages FPL has had, this was in the results, but when I clicked on it, it went to an entirely different article. So I saved this screenshot of the headline which would have been from Friday 10/6/16 since it says “One Day Ago”:
Grrr, I uploaded the wrong copy/photo. Here’s a better one re SunSentinel headline of 10/6/16 saying FPL warned it may have to rebuild its Grid due to Matthew:
(Maybe they will use the opportunity to make it even “Smarter” & stronger [5G?] than it already is.)
Just subbed for the THIRD time! Still not getting notices in my e-mail for new articles. Glad to see storm was not as bad as the fear porners said it would be.
Hurricane Gator Humor… 😀
Yesterday I followed two tweets/links @HenryMakow that went to articles/comments where guys were discussing what you described in your article > that the end result of the hurricane was not as predicted, & that they felt it was because the NHC (or whoever does the “deciding”) demands that the wind speeds registered by the “hurricane hunters/aircraft” way up there in the SKY are the ones that should be used for determining hurricane categories/damage RATHER THAN the wind speeds down here ON THE GROUND where WE are.
I thought that made good sense! (though not everyone in the comments agreed).
Hence, the discrepancies in wind speeds between what officials predicted vs. what people are reporting they experienced.
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To answer your question in your twitter feed: “Is Matthew the most massively overhyped weather event in US history?”
I would have to say just about! The worst pounding we get is not from the rain & wind but from the newscasters trying to beat it into our heads how disastrous & deadly THIS one will be, WORSE than the last one, & how we must OBEY & follow ALL directions.
I can’t think of how to describe their attitude exactly but it’s very noticeable; it’s not quite patronizing but close. And they all speak the same, in the same monotonous repetitive “nagging” way (as Jon Rappoport has brought out in his articles, they all use the same cadence in their speech).
Since I was raised in FLA, we had hurricanes during childhood, Donna or Dora?, but we never worried about them; loved the rain, etc.
The first time I remember being “frightened in advance,” due to News fear-mongering, did not occur until either 1988-1989, when I was living on the 3rd/top floor of a concrete apt. bldg. near the Central FLA East Coast, & they were laying it on THICK then, that a super bad hurricane was coming & it would be devastating (Hugo?) I remember fretting so much about whether it would blow the roof off (even though I knew concrete bldgs. were safer than wood bldgs.).
Turns out, whichever storm that was, it never even came close. I think it may have passed us by entirely because all I remember was bright sunny days & wondering, “Well, WHEN is the bad stuff coming?”
Next major-fear-mongering was definitely 2004, & now they act the same way re EVERY single storm that cranks up & shows itself on their radar detectors. And yes, they REALLY outdid themselves w/Matthew, including Rick Scott! Academy Awards for them all!
Rick Scott at 8:30am press conference on Sat. 10/7/16, acted really “hard-nosed” & just a wee bit TOO serious; he said he was terribly concerned, that things could be severe, that it could be disastrous, devastating, etc., so many SERIOUS words, plus his tone of voice. It just seemed over-the-top.
Another guy asked him, again, re extending the voter registration, & Scott had no patience for that guy, basically shutting him up with words to the effect of, “HEY BUDDY, LISTEN UP! We’re talking LIFE & DEATH HERE, & this is NOT the time/place to be worrying re voter registrations!”
Yes, TPR your assessment of the local newscasters here in Jax is spot on, and “nagging” is probably the most appropriate word to describe them. They are condescending busybodies, and their prodding, pestering and sensationalizing has been over-the-top. They all got the same memo Sheppard Smith got at Fox.
My instinct (whatever that is worth) tells me that these storms and other disasters serve a multipurpose agenda: compliance drills, as others have said, to help mold us into nice obedient subjects.
Also, some kind of insurance fraud or perhaps TPTB profiting through insurance derivatives or something. I don’t exactly know how, but I feel certain they are profiting handsomely somehow.
Lastly, I think anytime they can create or promote chaos and fear among large groups of people, that’s another added
bonus. It’s plays into the mind control element and makes us more pliable to their agenda.
A friend used to live in Jacksonville, and described it as a very low income, generational poverty, very dilapidated houses and neighborhoods. She pointed out that the area would be ripe for rebuilding.
Did any other cities get major storm surge besides Jacksonville? The hurricane went up the entire coast but no storm surge anywhere else? I haven’t seen any explanations for this.