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Sophia
Hypercane (SSHWS/NHC/EU)
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Hypercane Sophia as it approached the US-Canadian border.
FormedSeptember 24th, 2020
DissipatedOctober 6th, 2050
Highest winds10-minute sustained: 1285 km/h (800 mph)
Lowest pressure645 Millibars hPa (mbar)P
Fatalities900,000+
Damage$5 Trillion

Hypercane Sophia, also called Hurricane Sophia, or even dubbed "The Ultimate Hurricane" was the worst storm in the Atlantic (until a stronger storm formed, of course) ever recorded, and one of the first hypercanes to be recorded. Sophia was the worst tropical cyclone in the entire 2050 world cyclone season, and widely regarded as the worst hypercane in history.

Note: this storm is based on an EAS scenario.

Meteorological History

On September 24th, 2050, at 8:32 AM, a disturbance appeared. The national hurricane center gave it a 95% chance of development. Earlier, the remains of tropical storm Queen and hurricane Ross dissipated over the region. In addition, the temperature of the water was abnormally warm; 124 degrees Fahrenheit, or about 51

degrees Celsius. The wind shear in the region was essentially 0. Lastly, the pressure was abnormally low despite there not being a storm, as it was 980 millibars. Just 3 hours after the National Hurricane Center announced the tropical disturbance, it became tropical depression 99L.

An Instant Upgrade

At around 6:30 PM that same day, hurricane hunters flew into the storm. The storm was already a quarter of a megameter in diameter (if you do not know, a megameter is 1,000 kilometers), and when hurricane hunters were done studying the storm, the storm was instantly upgraded to a tropical storm. It's name: Sophia. But little did anyone know, that the name Sophia would be one of the most horrific names in history.

At exactly midnight, the storm became a C1 hurricane. The storm, being already close to many islands in the Caribbean, already raised some red flags. The storm was hardly moving either, so it had a lot of time to strengthen.

A Cataclysm On The Horizon

Sophia when it just became a tropical storm.

Sophia continued intensifying as it head towards Florida at just 2 miles per hour. In just 40 minutes, the storm became a C2 hurricane. The storm was starting to produce a storm surge, and this storm surge was sent far from the storm due to it's monstrous size. Speaking of size, this storm reached the size of half a megameter in diameter. Anyway, back on the topic of storm surge, the storm surge was sent as far as Florida, causing 26 deaths pretty quickly. The rip currents also caused by this storm were outstanding as well, as 6 deaths also were reported from these rip currents that were reported as far away as North Carolina.

From here, things really begin to go downhill. At the break of dawn the next day, the storm was a Category 3, and was intensifying even faster. The storm was still moving less than 10 miles per hour, and the eye became as large as the US state of Massachusetts. Just about 2 hours before noon on the same day, the storm became a category 4 storm, and getting more intense.

Then, the unthinkable: at exactly 12:04 AM, the storm became a category 5. The National Hurricane Center was already on edge due to the incredibly active hurricane season, consisting of 4 major hurricanes, but now they have yet another, and it is still strengthening.

Days Of Death

At 1:00 AM, the storm suddenly went from winds of 190 miles per hour to winds of 225 mph in a matter of minutes, this sudden increase generated a meteorotsunami, or a tsunami caused by a meteorological event. This gigantic wave engulfed the islands of Burmuda, US Virgin Islands, Virgin islands, and many other small islands in the Caribbean completely, and wiping Burmuda and the Virgin Islands, both the British and American owned, off the face of the Earth. The National Hurricane Center was shocked to find out the tsunami was generated by the storm. The National Hurricane Center, along with agencies such as FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to declare mandatory evacuation orders everywhere in this storm's path.

2 and a half hours later, the storm went even slower, as it started moving at a record of 1 mile per hour, slower than hurricane Dorian in 2019 and hurricane Sally in 2020. The storm, now being basically stationary, gave people a chance to survive and understand this monstrosity of a hurricane. Then, on the next day, the National Hurricane Center announced something almost unbelievable: new levels on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Category 6, Category 7, Category 8, Hypercane, and Super Hypercane were added to the Saffir-Simpson scale. The storm was considered a category 6 hurricane at the time, and was still getting even stronger.

Sophia continued to become stronger, and on the next day, it approached Puerto Rico, and it has reached it's maximum size: 3 megameters in diameter. The eye of this murderous storm was as large as the state of Washington. The storm's windspeeds were now 270 miles per hour. The storm was a C8 hurricane.

A day later, the storm makes landfall in Puerto Rico. 97.3% of anyone that did not evacuate from Puerto Rico, were killed off during the massacre that the storm did on Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico was also heavily eroded due to the huge waves and strong winds, and was half of it's original size afterward. And, you know what? The storm is still intensifying.

A Meteorological Massacre

On the same day that Sophia hit the American island of Puerto Rico, the windspeeds of the storm reached 390 miles per hour, stronger than any tornado ever recorded in real life history. The storm was now strong enough to destroy concrete, brick and metal structures. Nothing would save people from this storm now. Not even safe rooms would be safe from such an apocalyptic storm. 5 Hours after hitting Puerto Rico, the storm had stunned scientists with it's mind blowing windspeed. The windspeed it reached, was 450 mph. The storm was now going to hit Haiti and Dominican Republic head-on, before making a turn and hitting Florida.

And, as predicted, 2 days later, the storm FINALLY makes landfall in Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic and Haiti, already suffering from powerful earthquakes and horrific hurricanes before, now stand no chance against the shear power of Hurricane Sophia.

Sophia then created another meteorotsunami, but this time scientists could track it. it was going to hit each island of the Caribbean. 25 minutes after the meteorotsunami formed, mass evacuations of the Caribbean occured. Airplanes were flying all over the skies of the Caribbean sea. 2 hours after forming, the meteorotsunami finally ends up falling apart. The storm in which it was generated from, remains strong.

Holy Hypercanes!

The reason behind why a 2nd meteorotsunami formed was simple: the storm underwent rapid intensification, again. This time, it reached windspeeds that had been considered "impossible to happen". The winds were 505 miles per hour, and gaining within every hour. Sophia had became the first Hypercane.

Shortly after becoming a hypercane, Sophia made a right turn and went towards Florida. This alarmed the United States. The president spoke on the air a few hours after Sophia made her turn. 2 Hours after Sophia made her turn, mass evacuations were underway. Many residents panicked as they tried to flee from the onslaught that Sophia will bring. So far, estimates put the death toll at 300. The storm got slightly faster, but it did not matter. Sophia was already ruthless enough to wipe out anything.

Landfall in America

Days after it's formation, Sophia FINALLY makes landfall in the United States. It hits the Florida keys directly, and 4 hours later, it directly hits lake Okeechobee. By then, the Florida keys were wiped off the face of the Earth, along with the majority of South Florida's coastline.

Despite being near land, the storm actually got stronger, but for the last time. It reached a peak sustained winds of 830 miles per hour right before it hit Florida, and sustained this windspeed for an impressive 10 minutes. It was also reported that, due to the insanely high windspeeds, earthquakes were reported. Some earthquakes were as strong as magnitude 6, causing substantial damage.

After passing through Lake Okeechobee (and completely destroying it), and wiping the entire state of Florida clean of any undamaged structures, the storm moved further inland. The storm has shrunk back to one-fourth of a megameter. The storm surge was a whopping 90 feet, submerging anything that survived in Miami. Meanwhile, even more evacuations happened, and more people died just because of trampling and panicking. The storm went right over the city of Atlanta, Georgia, destroying the city completely. The storm has finally weakened below hypercane strength and is now a category 8 hurricane. There were many disturbing reports from the very few survivors that there were of this storm of people's individual limbs being ripped off of their bodies (thats just brutal!). The storm is now a 300 mile per hour hurricane, moving around at 20 miles per hour. The storm is getting weaker, very fast.

Despite weakening, this storm did the worst thing imaginable for an American: it completely and utterly obliterated Washington DC. The white house was also completely eradicated. Such a structure is not designed to survive such high windspeeds for such a long time, and thus was vaporized after 10 hours of high wind. This caused the unthinkable: the strongest country in the world, the USA, has collapsed. Now divided into about 30 or so states, and all of the states on the East coast being eradicated, now the states are independent as separate countries. This would lead to new wars being sparked. Meanwhile, Sophia becomes a C7 in what used to be Pennsylvania.

Impacts in Canada

USA was not the only superpower to be destroyed. Another capital city in the path of Sophia, is the capital of Canada: Ottawa, Ontario. 4 days after making landfall, the storm arrives in lake Ontario as a category 6 hurricane. A storm surge is created in lake Ontario. Sadly, Niagara Falls was destroying during this insanity. Meanwhile, the jet stream, despite being slightly stronger than usual, does not have that much of an effect on the hurricane, due to Sophia's low atmospheric pressure.

The Journey to Europe

nearly a week after forming, the storm has reached the Hudson bay. The city of Quebec was completely destroyed, and Ottawa was also destroyed. Canada has also collapsed, resulting in the independence of each Canadian territory and province. However, now the jet stream is starting to rip the storm apart very fast. In a matter of hours, the storm becomes a C4 hurricane, before leaving Canada. It now is just south of Greenland. The cold water weakens the storm further, to a low end C3.

A week after the storm's formation, it approaches the coast of Iceland. Sophia may be as small as hurricane Jose in 2017 was, but it remains strong. Flooding occurs along the south coastlines of Iceland, killing just a few people. But the storm ventures towards the British Isles, and even worse: mainland Europe.

9 Days after becoming a tropical invest, Sophia arrives at Scotland, a country of the United Kingdom. The storm weakens to a C2 hurricane as it impacts Great Britain. Mass evacuations occur in the UK.

4 hours later, the storm makes its way passed England. However, the British government is spared. But now, the storm aims for the French Republic.

Destination: Europe

The French republic, or more well known as France, is now in the line of fire. Sophia takes aim for Paris, but it has weakened to a Category 1 hurricane. However, this is still stronger than any storm reported in Europe before (other than tornadoes). The storm finally makes landfall in France, as a low-end category 1 hurricane. The storm now starts to drift East more. The storm's center heads towards Switzerland and the Alpine mountain range.

After killing about 20 people in France, Sophia becomes a tropical storm and slows down over Switzerland. This causes tremendous flooding. This also triggers landslides and avalanches across Switzerland, southern Germany and Austria. The storm becomes a tropical depression over Austria.

Dissipation and Aftermath

Finally, after 10 days of horror, death, and destruction, the storm becomes a tropical depression over Republic of the Czech, before becoming a low pressure system over Poland. The storm produced multiple

Some debris that hypercane Sophia ejected hit this German BMW that was near Munich, Germany.

tornadoes over Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia. The storm is retired by the National Hurricane Center AND the European Union. The total death toll is 903,280 people, with 1 million injured. Due to the storm's power, debris was actually launched into orbit or the upper atmosphere, and fell across the western hemisphere for the next month. The USA would eventually return, but it would take decades for it to return to it's modern size. After the storm, the National Hurricane Center decided to add Category 9 and Category 10 to the saffir simpson hurricane wind scale due to the large gap between intensities. The storm is considered to be the worst disaster in history...for now.

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