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Environment / 10 months ago
Idalia Throws Tantrum, Morphs into Category 4 Hurricane Overnight; Other Storms Green with Envy
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Idalia's explosive transformation into a fierce Category 4 hurricane leaves other storms green with envy in this season's stormy drama.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Out of the blue, Hurricane Idalia threw the season's biggest tempest tantrum, metamorphosing from an unassuming, docile tropical storm to a wrathful beast of a Category 4 hurricane with a blink of an eye or rather, spin of a cyclone. "The dramatic transformation was quite alarming, reminding me very much of a deal gone sour on 'Pawn Stars,'" said Chad Windley, a resident meteorologist at the University of West Florida. While most Floridians had been anxiously tracking storms such as Emily, Gert, Herold, and Franklin, Idalia seemed to find her inspiration in underrated supporting characters like Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter, dramatically revealing herself off the Yucatan Peninsula. There were telltale signs of her next moves, of course, like ominous ambient music in a horror film. But the speed of her escalation was like nothing our weather gurus had ever witnessed. Within a mere 24 hours, those innocent little 70 mph breezes had turned into terrifying 130 mph gales, tearing at hearts, homes, and holiday plans. In just 12 hours, she waltzed from a cute Category 1 twirling her unruly winds, to a full-blown Category 3 diva, stomping her cyclonic boots. "Quite frankly, it's a bit embarrassing," mumbled Gert from the Atlantic Ocean, sipping on the cool sea currents. "Us, the veterans, doing our traditional 'strong winds followed by torrential rains' gig, and this rookie just blows us out of the water." Emily, a former prima donna of the hurricane curtains and a shade paler these days, confessed to feeling "a bit outshone." "I mean, I've been working on my storm surge for months now, and this newbie shows up and throws a tantrum, and suddenly she's the talk of the town. Talk about favoritism!" But not everyone is gnashing their teeth in envy. Franklin, a mere tropical depression these days, applauds Idalia's audacious spirit. "She saw her moment, and she took it! That’s what storms are all about," he exclaimed. Meanwhile, Idalia, now classified as a Category 4 hurricane, is reported to be preparing for an encore, humming audibly and rehearsing hurricane hits such as "Waves of Destruction" and "Surprise Twister." As people evacuate, board up, lock down and hold tight for the temperamental tempest, one thought courses through everyone's mind: What will Idalia do for her next act? And with many needing to bookmark their meteorology guides. Could she possibly defy the norms and transform into a Category 5? It will be a "breeze" worth watching, indeed. The Atlantic Ocean, this season's venue for tempestuous tempests, seems to be brewing one stormy drama after another.
posted 10 months ago

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Original title: Sucker punch: Here's why Idalia intensified so quickly, and why it may be the new normal

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