By: Terri Talley Venters
David’s strength grew by the hour as he traveled towards Florida’s east coast. The wind blew hard all around him as the rain dumped into ocean. No one foresaw his epic journey. But he’d already set records as he skimmed across the warm waters of the Atlantic. The entire world awaited his momentous arrival. Everyone talked about him with such familiarity, even without ever meeting him. None of his predecessors accomplished what he was about to. Everyone watched the news and waited for him to turn, praying his strength would diminish, praying the low tide coincided with his landfall. But his center, calm, formed a perfect Eye. What David did when he arrived in Florida would be discussed for centuries.
Report from the Weather Channel:
Hurricane David is due to make landfall this evening in Jacksonville Beach, Florida during high tide. This category 5 hurricane has sustained winds exceeding 200 miles per hour. David's strength surpasses all others Its barometric pressure dropped to 870 millibars, the lowest, and strongest, ever recorded. Jacksonville never experienced a direct hit from the east coast, let alone a category 5 storm. David is stronger than many tornadoes. Mandatory evacuations for millions of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina residents began 3 days ago. Only concrete and brick structures have a chance of partially surviving these record setting winds. All Aluminum and wooden structures will be ripped to shreds. Hurricane David’s strength and enormous span will destroy half of Florida and coastal Georgia & South Carolina.