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Tropical Storm ISAAC Public Advisory
Tropical Storm Isaac about to become a hurricane as it crosses the Florida Keys and enters the Gulf of Mexico. As reported at ABC News, Isaac is expected to make landfall somewhere along the Gulf Coast by Tuesday or Wednesday, on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. However, Isaac does not appear to be as powerful as the devastating Katrina that reeked havoc on New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Isaac has made the planner of the Republican National Convention cancel the first day of the event on Monday.
Tropical Storm Isaac barely stirred some Florida Keys residents from their fabled nonchalance Sunday, while the Gulf Coast braced for the possibility that the sprawling storm will strengthen into a dangerous hurricane by the time it makes landfall there.
Isaac was expected to cross the Keys by late afternoon, then turn northwest and strike as a Category 2 hurricane somewhere between the New Orleans area to the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
The storm was predicted to pass west of Tampa, the site of the Republican National Convention, but it had already disrupted the schedule there because of the likelihood of heavy rain and strong winds.
Even before reaching hurricane strength, Isaac caused considerable inconvenience, with hundreds of flights canceled at airports in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. There were scattered power outages from Key West to Fort Lauderdale affecting more than 6,000 customers, and flooding occurred in low-lying areas.
Florida Governor Scott Brown says that Florida is preparing for Isaac. The Florida Keys are going to be hot with tropical force wind and rain. Brown stated that he has canceled his plans to attend the Republican National Convention on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to deal with issues for the state of Florida and the potential for Isaac to turn into a hurricane.
Life Threatening Tornado Outbreak Across Mid-West & Plains … Storm Hits Iowa Hospital; Tornado Warning for Wichita, KS (UPDATE: 5 Dead in OK)
According to AccuWeather.com, a life-threatening situation will continue into tonight across the central and southern Plains as tornadic-thunderstorms strike the region. Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams stated, “The risk is about as high as it gets.” Please take these warnings seriously and take shelter if you are in the areas of this sever weather.
National Weather Service “dangerous situation” and “life threatening situation” continues across the Plains and Mid-West.
A possible tornado struck a hospital Saturday evening in Creston, Iowa, according to a dispatcher with the Union County Sheriff’s Department. A search-and-rescue operation was under way.
“We have been hit. We are triaging and moving patients,” a spokeswoman at Greater Regional Medical Center in the south-central Iowa city confirmed.
Severe Weather and Flash Flood Warnings for NE, TX, IA, KS
UPDATE I: From the Des Moines Register: Creston hospital being evacuated after storm; 22,000 lack power in central Iowa
UPDATE II: 5 dead, 29 injured in Oklahoma.
Tornadoes raking communities across the Midwest and Plains left five people dead and at least 29 injured in Oklahoma, damaging a hospital, homes and other buildings as a vast severe weather front plunged eastward Sunday across the nation’s midsection.
Oklahoma emergency officials said five people died after a tornado touched down at 12:18 a.m. Sunday in and around the northwest Oklahoma town of Woodward, the high winds damaging homes, toppling trees …
Death and Destruction in the Heartland After Tornodoes Rip through the Mid-West & South (Update: 31 Dead)
Tornadoes, twisters, hail and sever lighting and thunder storms ripped through the Mid-West and the South Friday leaving devastation and many dead it its wake. For those who witnessed the tornadoes and severe storms first hand, if you did not see the 80 to 90 tornadoes that touched down, you witnessed golf ball size hail that fell so fast that it accumulated like snow on the ground. To date, 14 people were killed in Indiana, 12 died in Kentucky and two people were killed in Ohio. The property damage spanned from the Midwest to the gulf coast. Out prayers go out to those affected by these terrible storms.
A swarm of tornadoes tore through the U.S. midsection on Friday, splintering homes, damaging a prison, overturning trucks and killing at least four people in the hard-hit state of Indiana, officials said.
At least one person died in the southern Indiana town of Henryville, where television images showed homes blown apart and vehicles including a school bus thrown into buildings. Three others died elsewhere in the state.
The town of Marysville, IN, population about 1,900, was “completely gone” and nearby Henryville also suffered extreme damage.
UPDATE I: 31 people confirmed dead after the severe weather … 31 victims, 15 were in Indiana, 12 in Kentucky, three in Ohio and one in Alabama.
The tornado outbreak, unusual for this time of year, killed at least 31 people. Saturday began with large swaths of the South still battered by heavy rain and under tornado watches — and a real fear of the death toll rising.
Of the 31 victims, 15 were in Indiana, 12 in Kentucky, three in Ohio and one in Alabama.
Piles of debris littered land where well-built homes once stood. Tall trees bowed to the winds and lay horizontal with the land. Churches turned into shelters and thousands of people began a weekend unnerved bynature’s fury.
Golf ball sized hail in Tennessee
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HEY AL GORE, DON’T LOOK NOW BUT THE NORTHEAST JUST GOT HIT WITH RECORD OCTOBER SNOW … GLOBAL WARMING?
As kids got their Halloween costumes ready for some Trick or Treating, a funny and historic thing happened in the Northeast on Saturday, record snow fell. Pumpkins have been replaced by record snow amounts as Central Park in NYC saw its largest accumulation of snow since 1869. According to reports, about 2.3 million customers from Pennsylvania reaching up into New England are without electricity and may not be restored for days.
A historic October snowstorm is still crushing New England with heavy snow and howling winds before cruising away into Atlantic Canada.
Snow amounts have already topped two feet across portions of New England, while record-shattering snow hammered the major Northeast cities from Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia to New York City and Hartford, Ct.
An additional 3-6 inches of snow will thump across portions of Maine and New Brunswick, Canada, as the potent nor’easter races along. Heavy snow rates of 1-2 inches an hour will be found in this zone with thunder snow a possibility. Bangor, Maine, is included in this zone.
Check out the incredible snow amounts that fell across the Northeast that shattered October records.
--Bristol: 17.0 inches
–East Farmington Heights: 13.0 inches
–Manchester: 9.0 inches
--Hillsboro: 21.5 inches
--Peterborough: 24.0 inches
–Jaffrey: 31.4 inches
--Bridgton: 17.5 inches
–Gray: 12.9 inches
–Otisfield: 14.0 inches
–Plainfield: 30.8 inches
–Ashfield: 25.5 inches
–Worthington: 24.0 inches
–Goshen: 25.0 inches
–Harriman: 16.0 inches
–Armonk: 12.5 inches
–Yankee Lake: 16.5 inches
–White Plains: 7.5 inches
–Yonkers: 7.0 inches
–Laurel Summit: 12.2 inches
–Freeland: 13.0 inches
–Mount Cobb: 12.7 inches
–Hazelton: 16.0 inches
–West Milford: 19.0 inches
–North Caldwell: 12.0 inches
–Ringwood: 10.5 inches
UPDATE I: Instupundent asks whether Al Gore is in Jersey, they just declared a snow emergency.
Oh the dangers of live TV. It wasn’t just North Carolina citizens that were blown away by Hurricane Irene, but weather Channel execs after this little streaking incident during Live coverage.
Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit (content warning)
And they thought all they had to worry about was an embarrassing moment like Geralda Rivera getting knocked over by a wave during hurricane coverage in Galveston, TX.
Brian in a Blue State
Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered an evacuation by 5 p.m. Saturday for low-lying areas that house about 270,000 people. Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said subways, buses and commuter trains in the city, on Long Island and in the northern suburbs will begin their final runs around noon Saturday.
Some 65 million people along the U.S. East Coast are bracing for the wrath of Irene, which is expected to be the strongest hurricane to strike the East Coast in seven years and one that could inflict billions in damages in an arc from Washington to Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston.
From the National Hurricane Center:
Family Disaster Plan
Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.
Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.
Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles.
Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.
Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
Check your insurance coverage – flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.
Use a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.
Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.
To all our readers in the path of this storm, please be prepared and stay safe!
Please say a prayer for the folks in the South that were devastated by tornadoes yesterday. The pictures coming out of the devastation from the Southeast are beyond words.
Massive and deadly tornadoes and thunderstorms tore through the South killing a reported
178 194 people and 128 in Alabama alone. The state of Tennessee is reporting that 15 people have died and in Virginia 8 people died as a result of the horrible and relentless weather. The rain and wind kept coming and would not stop. The tornadoes that hit Alabama stayed on the ground for a reported 2 hours, 1.5 miles wide and laid waste to every thing in its path.
More reports and pictures of the devastation from Georgia.
It can only be described as a complete and total catastrophe. There were a reported 164 tornado sightings and this has unofficially the deadliest tornado day in the United States since 310 people lost their lives on April 3, 1974.
The AP has reported that a total of 194 have died in 5 Southern states.
Dozens of tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system wiped out entire towns across a wide swath of the South, killing at least 194 people, and officials said Thursday they expect the death toll to rise.
Alabama’s state emergency management agency said it had confirmed 128 deaths, while there were 32 in Mississippi, 15 in Tennessee, 11 in Georgia and eight in Virginia.
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said it received 137 tornado reports around the regions into Wednesday night.
Tornadoes in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
More VIDEO from Tuscaloosa and you can hear the fear of the individual taking it. Words cannot even describe the size and devastation that these storms caused. More pics can be found at CNN. A State of Emergency has been declared by the Governor of Alabama.
UPDATE I: Nuclear power plants had to be shut down.
Sadly so many have died and the death toll is only going to rise as searches sift the the ruins. Please say a prayer and help the victims of this deadly storm.
More VIDEO of the deadly Twisters.
It has snowed again in South Town … more global warming.
The South, including the deep South South, has been struck by a massive Winter storm including snow, ice and cold temps. The governors of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee declared states of emergencies. Even Al Gore’s home has been made a Winter Wonderland. (VIDEO). Unlike in the North, many area of the South have little to no provisions for snow removal. Hartsfield Airport in ATL literally paralyzed.
Several inches of snow and freezing rain were expected to make the Monday morning commute for those forced to venture out nearly impossible in parts of the South, including Atlanta, where countless cars were stuck on impassable highways and roads while the world’s busiest airport canceled thousands of flights.
The winter blast rolled across the South on Sunday, coating bridges and roads with snow, sleet and freezing rain and causing at least one death in Louisiana. The governors of Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee declared emergencies and schools and colleges called off classes. Snow and ice had blanketed several cities, including up to 3 inches in parts of Atlanta, which rarely gets so much.
“We don’t have weather events like this,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said in an on-air interview with CNN. “I think the amount of snow we’re getting is probably a 10-year event for the city of Atlanta.”
Despite officials imploring people to stay off the roads, interstates around Atlanta were clogged with cars early Monday.
A winter storm bore down on the South on Sunday with ice and snow that made travel dangerous, downed tree limbs and left some without power. Today, the storm is targeting Georgia and the Carolinas.
Snow will blanket a swath from Virginia through northern Georgia westward into Tennessee and Kentucky through tonight. During this time, the heaviest snow will target the southern Appalachians, northern Georgia, northwestern South Carolina and western North Carolina, where snowfall totals could reach half a foot.
SNOW JOB, NYC Dept of Sanitation Style …
No wonder there was such an issue getting snow removed after the last blizzard in NYC. First it was said that there was a purposeful Union ordered slow down, then we learn that the instead of plowing some were getting plowed and then there were other workers who simply called out sick. What a disgrace, talk about irresponsibility. Is it any wonder why people were stranded, roads were not cleared and people died?
Instead of plowing, they got plowed.
A group of on-duty Sanitation supervisors is under investigation for allegedly buying booze and chilling in their cozy department car for hours Monday night after the blizzard stranded a bus and three snowplows blocks away.
The city Department of Investigation is probing the incident after witnesses said four snow blowers blew off their duties to get blitzed, buying two six-packs of beer from a Brooklyn bodega. The workers then walked five blocks to their car, which was in 20 inches of snow in the middle of 18th at McDonald avenues near the F train entrance, passing the stuck bus and idle plows on 18th Avenue between Third and Fourth streets.
Isn’t this special, some 660 to 720 Sanitation workers called in sick for the cleanup of last week’s blizzard. That represents 11-12% of the Sanitation Departments work force. To make matters more suspect, that’s double the usual rate of absenteeism.
As stated by Jammie Wearing Fool, New York’s new Governor, Andrew Cuomo, should be to launch an investigation into the outrageous behavior of the New York City sanitation workers. Let’s see Mayor Bloomberg defend this.