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  • Devastated: Crooked Island Residents Describe Battle Against Floods

    IN THE aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin, residents of Crooked Island have been describing having to rip through sheetrock with their children in their hands, fighting to reach the ceiling of their home to escape chest high floods.
  • **Photo and Video Available** Coast Guard holds press conference for missing container ship

    10/05/2015 2:49:25 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    U.S. Coast Guard, 7th Coast Guard District ^ | October 05, 2015 | U.S. Coast Guard, 7th Coast Guard District
    Coast Guard Capt. Mark Fedor responds to questions during a press conference for search-and-rescue operations for a missing container ship, El Faro, at Coast Guard Air Station Miami, Oct. 5, 2015. Thirty-three people were aboard the El Faro before it went missing in the Caribbean Sea. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Barney.
  • USCG confirms: SS El Faro has sunk. 33 lives may be lost, still searching

    10/05/2015 7:16:02 AM PDT · by cll · 88 replies
    Various ^ | 10/05/15
    <p>USCG confirms SS El faro has sunk. 1 body and one damaged life boat found among large debris field. details forthcoming.</p>
  • Cargo ship that vanished into Hurricane Joaquin with 33 crew aboard,(Shortened)

    10/05/2015 6:46:10 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies ^ | October 5, 2015 | Laura Collins
    A cargo ship with 33 crewmen on board that has been missing since Thursday is believed to have sunk, according to authorities involved in the search for the vessel.
  • A major maritime disaster is underway in the Atlantic and it is subject to a media blackout?

    10/04/2015 6:33:03 AM PDT · by cll · 146 replies
    10/04/2015 | cll
    An 800 ft. cargo vessel sailing from Jacksonville to San Juan in the vicinity of a major hurricane with 33 crew on board loses power, starts listing, sends a distress signal and goes missing now for four days. Drudge has a link to the story just as a side of other hurricane stories. The story goes largely ignored by the mainstream media. Even Free Republic has taken it down from Breaking and Front Page news. That's 33 souls, 28 of which are Americans, possibly lost at sea or struggling to survive. A major U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue effort...

    10/03/2015 5:58:29 PM PDT · by cll · 38 replies
    AP ^ | 10/03/2015 | Ben Fox & Danica Coto
    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has located a life ring from a cargo ship that lost power and communications during Hurricane Joaquin and is now the subject of an intense search in the southeastern Bahamas. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss says the life ring was 120 miles northeast of Crooked Island. That's about 70 miles northeast of the last known position of the El Faro before it lost contact with authorities with 33 people on board. Doss says the crew of a C-130 airplane spotted the life ring Saturday and a helicopter crew confirmed it...
  • Families Hold Out Hope For 28 Americans Missing at Sea After Joaquin

    10/03/2015 1:44:40 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    Anxious family members of 28 Americans who went missing during Hurricane Joaquin awaited news of their loved ones' fates Saturday, as the Coast Guard combed hundreds of miles looking for their stricken cargo ship. Officials said there was still no sign of the El Faro, which was last heard from around 7:20 a.m. ET Thursday when a distress call indicated it had lost power and was taking on water.
  • Hurricane Joaquin Forecast: Why U.S. Weather Model Has Fallen Behind

    10/02/2015 6:51:23 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 30 replies ^ | October 2, 2015 | Nate Cohn
    For days, the models that guide the National Hurricane Center’s forecasts had been split over the future of Hurricane Joaquin. Different models were sending the storm to Cape Hatteras in North Carolina or to Maine or to Bermuda. The official forecast — which held that the storm would make landfall in the mid-Atlantic — was “low” confidence, as the center put it. It was an attempt to compromise between models that fundamentally disagreed. Friday, the official forecast now takes Joaquin out to sea. A direct hit on the East Coast can’t yet be ruled out, but the top models doubt...
  • Jacksonville Cargo Ship Missing in Hurricane

    10/02/2015 9:50:14 AM PDT · by cll · 14 replies
    News4Jax ^ | 10/02/2015 | Kumasi Aaron
    Coast Guard search and rescue crews are searching for a container ship with 33 crew members that sailed out of Jacksonville and was reported to be caught in Hurricane Joaquin, near Crooked Island, Bahamas. The El Faro, a 735-foot ro-ro cargo ship, sailed out of Jacksonville Tuesday en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Tim Nolan, president of TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico, said that when the ship sailed, the crew was monitoring what was then Tropical Storm Joaquin. He said TOTE lost all communication with the El Faro as of 7:20 a.m. Thursday. "There are a number of possible reasons...
  • Jacksonville cargo ship missing in hurricane Coast Guard in Miami searching for ship with 33 crew

    MIAMI - Coast Guard search and rescue crews are searching for a container ship with 33 crew members that sailed out of Jacksonville and was reported to be caught in Hurricane Joaquin, near Crooked Island, Bahamas. The El Faro, a 735-foot ro-ro cargo ship, was en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Jacksonville. About 7:30 a.m. Thursday, watchstanders at the Coast Guard Atlantic Area command center in Portsmouth, Virginia, received an Inmarsat satellite notification stating the El Faro was beset by Hurricane Joaquin, had lost propulsion and had a 15-degree list. The crew reported the ship had previously taken...
  • North Carolina under state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Joaquin

    10/02/2015 4:08:11 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 65 replies
    Fox8 ^ | 12:55 pm, October 1, 2015 | Van Denton and CNN Wire
    GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency for all 100 counties ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Joaquin -- a category 4 storm. “We’re hoping for the best, but hope is not preparation nor is it a plan,” Governor McCrory said. “I’ve ordered all state agencies to begin preparation for the severe weather, particularly flooding, that is going hit just about every corner of the state during the next few days." McCrory asked that everyone stay away from flooded areas because most storm-related deaths are due to drowning. “Regardless of the impacts of Hurricane Joaquin, North...
  • Hurricane Joaquin - Two very different predicted tracks: Weather Channel vs AccuWeather

    10/02/2015 2:52:07 AM PDT · by ETL · 53 replies
    Weather Channel & AccuWeather (websites) | Oct 2, 2015 | Me
    Just thought it interesting, and potentially very important for those living on the east coast, to point out how different the predicted path for this major hurricane is between these two major weather sources (Weather Channel and AccuWeather), at least as of the moment: Fri, Oct 02, 2015 @ 5:30AM EDT. AccuWeather appears to have it *several hundred miles* more west than does The Weather Channel. Perhaps the predictions are based on different computer models. The first map below is from AccuWeather. The second, The Weather Channel.
  • Forecast predicts Hurricane Joaquin will charge up Chesapeake Bay

    09/30/2015 6:26:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 61 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 9/30/15 | Scott Dance
    The center of Hurricane Joaquin could be churning up the Chesapeake Bay come Monday morning, bringing flooding rains and storm surge with it.The storm — which was upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane Wednesday morning — is still about 200 miles east of the Bahamas, but is expected to strengthen and shift northward soon, according to the National Hurricane Center.Joaquin is expected to make a right turn and speed up the Eastern Seaboard starting Friday, before crossing the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Sunday and heading up the Chesapeake on Monday. While forecasts are tenuous several days...
  • Hurricane Joaquin

    09/30/2015 4:52:38 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 113 replies
    Just upgraded at 8am advisory.
  • Keep an eye on TS Joaquin, Strong Hurricane Is Potentially Heading Toward Outer Banks

    09/29/2015 9:18:10 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 19 replies
    Just a heads-up to anyone in the NC to DE area, a Cat4 is potentially headed your way. Keep an eye on TS Joaquin
  • Watch Out East Coast! Flooding Rains and Joaquin Developing Too!

    09/29/2015 2:57:05 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 81 replies
    NOAA and wunderground
  • 1935 Labor Day Hurricane: Hemingway Slammed New Deal Ineptitude

    09/07/2015 2:17:45 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 34 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 7, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    It was the most powerful hurricane to hit the United States. No, not Katrina whose tenth anniversary was recently widely noted. This was a much more more powerful hurricane with a much higher death toll. It was the hurricane that hit the Middle Keys of Florida 80 Labor Days ago on September 2, 1935 and since hurricanes back then had no names, it was known as the Labor Day Hurricane. There were over 400 official deaths, most of them World War I veterans working in three CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) camps building the overseas highway. Most of those deaths could...
  • Hurricane Katrina turns 10: Remembering gun confiscation in New Orleans [Video]

    08/31/2015 4:09:06 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 10 replies
    WND TV ^ | 8/31/2015 | Staff
    Hurricane Katrina Gun Confiscation Video
  • Something Historic Is Happening With Hurricanes In The Pacific Ocean — And It Could Mean Trouble

    08/31/2015 3:24:39 PM PDT · by blam · 101 replies
    BI ^ | 8-31-2015 | Lydia Ramsey
    Lydia RamseyAugust 31, 2015there are some storms a-brewin'. And, Although none of them have made landfall, they're making part of the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii resemble a Van Gogh painting.three hurricanesNOAA Here's a photo showing hurricanes Kilo, Ignacio, and Jimena from left to right. This is the first time three Category 4 storms have been seen in central and eastern Pacific Ocean at one time, according to The Weather Channel. Category 4 hurricanes have wind speeds anywhere from 130-156 miles per hour. Hurricanes are categorized primarily by wind speeds. the higher the sustained wind speed, the stronger the hurricane. A...
  • Ignacio maintains strength as Category 1 hurricane, forecast to pass north of islands [Hawaii]

    08/28/2015 9:58:40 AM PDT · by Jyotishi
    Hawaii News Now ^ | Friday, August 28, 2015 | Ben Gutierrez
    HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hurricane Ignacio has maintained its speed in the Central Pacific as its track takes the storm near the Hawaiian islands. The National Hurricane Center said at 5 a.m. Friday, Ignacio was located approximately 840 miles east-southeast of Hilo. . . . Ignacio could become a Category 3 hurricane by Friday. . . . If the storm remains organized it could come close to the Big Island Monday evening. . . .
  • Florida Declares State Of Emergency As Tropical Storm Erika Approaches

    08/28/2015 9:26:30 AM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 141 replies
    Fox Business ^ | August 28, 2015 | Claudia Assis
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared state of emergency Friday ahead of Tropical Storm Erika, currently drenching the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and headed for the Dominican Republic. Erika, moving to the west-northwest at 17 miles per hour, is expected to gradually turn north as it approaches Florida Sunday evening,.....
  • Tropical Storm ERIKA

    08/27/2015 11:00:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies ^ | 08/27/2015 | Staff
    000 WTNT85 KNHC 271733 TCVAT5 ERIKA WATCH/WARNING BREAKPOINTS/INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 11A NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL052015 200 PM AST THU AUG 27 2015 .TROPICAL STORM ERIKA PRZ001-002-003-004-005-006-007-008-009-010-011-012-013-VIZ001-002- 272100- /O.CON.KNHC.TR.W.1005.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/ 200 PM AST THU AUG 27 2015 PUERTO-RICO 18.22N 66.44W VIEQUES 18.12N 65.43W CULEBRA 18.32N 65.28W ST-THOMAS-AND-ST-JOHN 18.33N 64.85W ST-CROIX 17.74N 64.73W $$ ATTN...WFO...SJU...
  • Tropical Storm Erika to Reach Us by Monday as Category 1 Hurricane, According to Some Predictions

    08/26/2015 5:54:28 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 32 replies ^ | 8-26-15 | Chris Joseph
    It's time to release the hurricane tracking sharks because we're officially in the dreaded "cone of uncertainty" with Tropical Storm Erika, which is expected to arrive in our neck of the woods by Monday morning. Most models predict that Erika could be a hurricane by the time it reaches our general area next week. According to most tracks and predictions, Erika's cone covers all of South Florida, as she approaches the Leeward Islands tonight. Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Antigua, Barbuda and Anguilla are all under a Tropical Storm Warning. The latest advisory has Erika with maximum sustained winds of...
  • Hurricane Danny forms in the Atlantic; 1st of the season

    08/20/2015 8:10:30 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    AP ^ | Staff
    MIAMI (AP) -- Hurricane Danny has formed in the Atlantic, becoming the first hurricane of the Atlantic season. Danny's maximum sustained winds Thursday morning have increased to near 75 mph (120 kph) and additional strengthening is forecast during the next two days. The hurricane is centered about 1,090 miles (1,755 kilometers) east of the Windward Islands and is moving west-northwest near 12 mph (19 kph).
  • A flypast to honour The Few: 18 Spitfires and Hurricanes take to the skies

    08/18/2015 12:02:35 PM PDT · by DFG · 30 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 08/18/2015 | EUAN MCLELLAND
    The skies above southern Britain echoed to the sound of massed Spitfires and Hurricanes today as the iconic aircraft took to the skies over south-east England to commemorate 75 years since the heaviest day of fighting during the Battle of Britain. The famous planes patrolled the skies once again after what was known as The Hardest Day, when the Luftwaffe launched a major offensive in a bid to wipe out RAF fighter command and achieve aerial superiority over the Channel. Just 600 RAF and Fleet Air Arm air crew managed to fly 927 sorties in an effort to stop 2,200...
  • Hurricane Blanca explodes into category 4, earliest second major hurricane on record

    06/03/2015 11:00:55 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 3 at 11:43 AM | Angela Fritz
    Hurricane Blanca already became the earliest second hurricane on record in the eastern Pacific ocean when it reached category 1 status on Tuesday. Now the storm is undergoing a period of rapid intensification over very warm ocean waters, and has the potential to max out at a category 5 over the next couple of days. Blanca formed fast on the heels of Hurricane Andres, which surged to category 4 status on Sunday. Andres has since weakened to tropical storm-strength, but Blanca is quickly filling its shoes. The hurricane is the second of the season, the second major hurricane of the...
  • Could the Atlantic Hurricane Season Start Early?

    05/01/2015 11:00:23 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies ^ | 05/01/2015 | By Jon Erdman
    The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June through November. However, the atmosphere doesn't always conform to that. Occasionally a storm develops early, and that could happen off the Southeast coast next week. Enlarge Setup For Potential Low The Setup The potential setup for this begins with a leftover, fading frontal boundary over the southwest Atlantic, the Bahamas and Cuba. This is the same frontal boundary that brought a much-needed soaking to South Florida earlier this week and gave Key West its third-heaviest April day of rain on record Wednesday. This old frontal boundary will be revived by an infusion of...
  • 'Isis' removed from listing of hurricane names

    04/18/2015 6:07:44 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    ...'Isis' has been taken off from the formal checklist of names of foreseeable future hurricanes as it was now considered inappropriate mainly because of the eponymous militant group....
  • 'Isis' among names removed from UN list of hurricane names

    04/17/2015 1:41:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/17/15
    'Isis' has been removed from the official list of names of future hurricanes as it was now deemed inappropriate because of the eponymous militant group, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday. As the name of an ancient goddess of Egypt, Isis had been on the WMO list of names for hurricanes in the eastern North Pacific in 2016, WMO spokeswoman Clare Nullis said. But ISIS is also used to describe the Islamic State militant group, whose forces have captured large swathes of Iraq and Syria and which stands accused by U.N. war crimes investigators of committing brutal...
  • Katrina-size hurricanes used to hit New England; could it happen again?

    02/12/2015 5:31:06 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 17 replies
    cBS News ^ | 2/11/15 | Michael Casey
    New Englanders are no stranger to hurricanes, enduring the likes of Bob in 1991 and Donna in 1954, which packed winds over 100 miles per hour and caused hundred of millions of dollars in damage. But that was kids' play compared to the storms that hit the region centuries ago. Using sediment deposits from a Cape Cod pond, scientists said Wednesday that hurricanes more powerful than any on record in modern times swamped New England between the years 250 to 1150 A.D. And they were pretty frequent, with 23 hurricanes recorded - one for every 40 years - from what...
  • This Eye-Opening Infographic Shows How Prepared Every State Is For A Natural Disaster

    11/29/2014 11:21:05 AM PST · by blam · 24 replies
    BI ^ | 11-29-2014 | Matt Johnston
    Matt Johnston November 29, 2014The folks at have put together some crucial data about how safe we all are in one big and wonderful infographic. The first graphic below shows a map of the United States and the disasters most likely to hit certain parts of the country. also poured through the data to look at how each state is prepared for disaster. This is measured by each state's disaster budget per capita according to The results are very telling. Texas is in the worst shape, according to this data. They are ranked as the least safe...
  • Landrieu off to Bad Start in Louisiana Runoff Election [satire]

    11/09/2014 8:13:25 AM PST · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 Oct 2014 | John Semmens
    Incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) got off to a bad start in her desperate bid to hold onto her seat. In an attempt to characterize her Republican opponent Bill Cassidy as “unreliable” and “undependable,” Landrieu demanded to know what he had done to help the state recover from 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Cassidy, an MD, responded that he had been working to provide medical aid to refugees of the storm. With help from friends and neighbors he and his physicians’ group set up an emergency treatment center in an abandoned K-Mart. Landrieu shruugged this off as “small potatoes. While my opponent...
  • (Tropical Storm)Cristobal Will Bring Rough Surf To US Eastern Beaches

    08/24/2014 2:55:23 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies ^ | 8-24-2014 | Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist
    Kristina Pydynowski, Senior MeteorologistAugust 24, 2014 Tropical Storm Cristobal has taken shape and is expected to become a hurricane and impact the Atlantic beaches of the United States with hazardous conditions. Tropical Depression Four strengthened into Tropical Storm Cristobal at 6:20 a.m. EDT Sunday. Cristobal was churning near the southern Bahamas at that time. Cristobal is forecast to stay east of the U.S. this week. However the Atlantic coast will not be free of impacts from the tropical system. "Even if a tropical storm or hurricane was to stay east of the Atlantic coast of the U.S., a strong system...
  • New Program Helps Elderly Deal With Climate Change

    07/21/2014 4:12:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Rhode Island Public Radio ^ | July 21, 2014 | By AMBAR ESPINOZA
    A program designed to help Rhode Island's older adult population prepare for climate change threats is one of several projects that will receive federal money as part of the state's disaster recovery action plan. This program will receive $150,000 over the next two years. Julia Gold, the health department's climate change program manager, said the agency and its partners will develop these plans during a pilot project to kick off this fall in Washington County. The grant to support this program comes from federal money designed to help long-term recovery efforts related to Hurricane Sandy.
  • Super Typhoon Neoguri to pass near Japanese island of Okinawa (Category 5)

    07/07/2014 12:05:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | July 7, 2014 | Jethro Mullen
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)A large super typhoon is gathering force as it barrels along a path that is expected to take it close to the Japanese island of Okinawa. By the time it nears Okinawa early Tuesday, Super Typhoon Neoguri is likely to be generating winds as strong as a Category 5 hurricane, meteorologists say. "This is a beast," said CNN International Meteorologist Tom Sater. Okinawa, where multiple U.S. military facilities are situated, regularly finds itself in the path of big typhoons. Many of the buildings on the island are designed to weather the powerful winds that come roaring in off the Western...
  • Hurricane Arthur Scythes Through Outer Banks of North Carolina

    07/04/2014 6:26:41 AM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | July 04, 2014 | Chris Keane|
    The first hurricane of the Atlantic season has hit the North Carolina coast, a wet and windy spoiler of the July Fourth holiday for thousands of Americans as authorities ordered them to evacuate exposed areas. Hurricane Arthur crossed the coast near Cape Lookout at the southern end of North Carolina's Outer Banks at 11:15 p.m. EDT (0315 GMT) on Thursday, with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour (160 kph). This earned it Category 2 status on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Moving northeast at 22 mph (35.6 kph), Arthur is...
  • Hurricane Arthur

    07/03/2014 4:02:22 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 103 replies
    NHC/NOAA ^ | 2 July 2014 | NHC/NOAA
    Arthur becomes the first hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season. Independence Day travelers and revelers up and down the U.S. Atlantic coast are eying the path of the storm. Forecast models are in good agreement that Hurricane Arthur will dampen July 4th festivities along the N.C. Outer Banks. Mandatory evacuation of the Outer Banks has begun. Warm waters from the Gulf Stream are adding fuel to the storm development. Sea Surface TempsPublic Advisories
  • 2014 Hurricane Season Prediction

    05/22/2014 8:31:20 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 86 replies
    NOAA/NHC ^ | May 23,2014 | noaa/nhc
    Colorado State University researchers have forecast nine named storms in 2014, with just three expected to become hurricanes and one major storm. El Nino development is anticipated to contribute to a less active Atlantic tropical storm season. Forecasters got it wrong last year when they predicted an unusually busy hurricane season. There were just 13 named storms and two Category One hurricanes. The NHC has updated and revised several of their tracking and prediction products. The intensity probability table has been retired. The forecast cone (affectionately known as the cone of death or destruction) will be smaller. A new potential...
  • NJ has distributed less than 25 percent of Sandy aid

    05/05/2014 7:00:35 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 7 replies (True Jersey) ^ | May 4, 2014 | Erin O'Neill
    Though the federal government allocated more than $1.8 billion in Hurricane Sandy disaster relief aid for New Jersey more than a year ago, less that a quarter has been distributed to cash-strapped residents struggling to rebuild, according to a new state report. State officials, however, say they are making considerable progress with recovery programs, addressing concerns and making changes where needed to speed up the delivery of aid. But advocates claim a botched rollout of major housing recovery programs has taken its toll on distributing funding more quickly. More than $1.3 billion of federal aid is "in the pipeline or...
  • Boxer who sued over his movie depiction

    04/20/2014 2:25:30 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 07, 2008 | Claire Noland
    Joey Giardello, a former middleweight boxing champion who won a decision over Rubin Carter in 1964 and then sued over how the fight was depicted in the 1999 film "The Hurricane," has died. He was 78. Giardello died Thursday of congestive heart failure at a nursing home in Cherry Hill, N.J., the International Boxing Hall of Fame announced.
  • Political marriage between Chris Christie and President Obama breaks up over Sandy aid rift

    03/07/2014 12:18:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/07/2014 | By Robert Costa and Rosalind S. Helderman
    The once-budding friendship between President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reached its zenith in May on a storm-ravaged boardwalk in Point Pleasant, N.J. After Obama missed four throws at a carnival game, Christie stepped in, picked up a football and tossed it through a hoop, winning the president a stuffed bear. “One and done,” the governor said as a crowd cheered and the two men exchanged a high-five. On Thursday, however, Christie used an appearance before the Conservative Political Action Conference to blast Obama in personal terms, as a weak leader. Accusing Obama of sitting on the sidelines...
  • Chris Christie Asks Obama for More Sandy Aid as Evidence of Misuse Grows

    01/31/2014 10:42:07 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 8 replies
    Breibart - Big Government ^ | 1-30-2014 | Frances Martel
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may stand accused of using Sandy money as both carrot and stick in his political battles, but that's not stopping him from asking the federal government for more help. The Star-Ledger reported Wednesday that Christie sent a letter to President Obama asking FEMA to extend its housing program. The program, the paper reports, would not directly bring money into the state, but instead cost the Federal government thousands in maintaining temporary homes for displaced victims. The housing, located in the Central Jersey facility of Fort Monmouth, currently houses 49 families but takes care of 80...
  • FEMA forgives $67.8 million loan + interest from Hurricane Katrina for St. Tammany schools

    12/24/2013 3:45:37 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Bayou Buzz ^ | 12/23/13
    WASHINGTON -- The St. Tammany Parish school district is getting $67.8 million in disaster loans and accumulated interest for Hurricane Katrina forgiven by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Sen. Mary Landrieu's office announced Monday. The announcement follows FEMA's earlier decision to cancel a $9.9 million loan for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office and a $14.5 million loan to the St. Tammany Parish government. The loan forgiveness is a response to a provision Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, added to a 2013 Homeland Security Appropriations that changed the criteria for loan forgiveness affecting some $211 million in Katrina-related loans.
  • EDITORIAL: 'A lousy hurricane forecast'

    12/01/2013 7:19:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    NWF Daily News ^ | 11/29/13
    The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season ended Saturday, and — unless a new sponsor pops up with wads of cash — so did Colorado State University’s hurricane forecasting team. Fine with us. We won’t miss either one. The Colorado team, officially the Tropical Meteorology Project, has been issuing forecasts for the upcoming hurricane season each summer for 30 years. At the beginning of this year’s season, the team predicted 18 named storms. Nine of those, it said, would become hurricanes. Four would be major hurricanes. Here’s how it shook out: There were 13 named storms. Only two became hurricanes. Neither was...
  • Arctic ice [build-up] may help alter hurricane paths

    11/17/2013 1:47:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 16, 2013 | Ken Kaye
    A hurricane hunter aircraft sent to the Arctic to study ice formations returned this month with critical data that might explain why an increasing number of tropical storms seem to be taking irregular paths. Scientists are trying to determine how much heat is released into the atmosphere when Arctic ice builds up in autumn. That heat release is believed to shift the jet stream, a fast-moving, high altitude river of air, farther to the south. That shift, in turn, might be slowing down or even stalling tropical systems, before they can re-curve east and out to sea, scientists say. [Snip]...
  • Typhoon highlights weak Philippine infrastructure

    11/12/2013 10:49:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WFMJ-TV / The Associated Press ^ | November 12, 2013 | Kelvin Chan, Teresa Cerojano and Oliver Teves
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Under a reforming president, the Philippines emerged as a rising economic star in Asia but the trail of death and destruction left by Typhoon Haiyan has highlighted a key weakness: fragile and patchy infrastructure after decades of neglect and corruption. Authorities fear that the storm that tore through Leyte province in the country's east has killed thousands. More than 600,000 people have been displaced. Low rates of insurance in the Philippines mean the disaster is likely to sap government finances but analysts say it might not slow growth significantly because of the small role the affected region plays in the...
  • Amid gruesome typhoon scenes, aid trickles in (Philippines. US Marines on scene)

    11/11/2013 11:07:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KFMB-AM / The Associated Press ^ | November 11, 2013 | Todd Pitman, Jim Gomez, Oliver Teves, Minh Tran and Teresa Cerojano
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) - Typhoon-ravaged Philippine islands faced a daunting relief effort that had barely begun Monday, as bloated bodies lay uncollected and uncounted in the streets and survivors pleaded for food, water and medicine. Police guarded stores to prevent people from hauling off food, water and such non-essentials as TVs and treadmills, but there was often no one to carry away the dead - not even those seen along the main road from the airport to Tacloban, the worst-hit city along the country's remote eastern seaboard.....
  • Typhoon deaths climb into thousands in Philippines (10,000 just in one city!)

    11/10/2013 6:40:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    My Way News / The Associated Press ^ | November 10, 2013 | Jim Gomez
    TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) - Corpses hung from trees, were scattered on sidewalks or buried in flattened buildings - some of the 10,000 people believed killed in one Philippine city alone by ferocious Typhoon Haiyan that washed away homes and buildings with powerful winds and giant waves. As the scale of devastation became clear Sunday from one of the worst storms ever recorded, officials projected the death toll could climb even higher when emergency crews reach parts of the archipelago cut off by flooding and landslides. Looters raided grocery stores and gas stations in search of food, fuel and water as...
  • A year after Superstorm Sandy, federal aid trickles in (90% of aid money unspent?)

    10/26/2013 9:58:38 PM PDT · by JediJones · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/25/2013 | Hilary Russ
    ...only a fraction of the aid money earmarked for recovery has been used, in what some claim is a painfully slow and opaque process. Only $5.2 billion of the pledged $47.9 billion had been tapped by cities and states by the end of August, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. And tracking those funds has been complicated, lawmakers said. "Transparency is woefully lacking. We don't know where the money is. We know people have been approved for grants, but the money has not been distributed," said New Jersey Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer, chair of the environment...
  • Atlantic hurricane season quietest in 45 years, experts say

    10/24/2013 8:11:19 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 31 replies
    al-Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 24OCT2013 | Tom Brown
    MIAMI (Reuters) - The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season looks set to go down as a big washout, marking the first time in 45 years that the strongest storm to form was just a minor Category 1 hurricane. There could still be a late surprise in the June 1-November 30 season, since the cyclone that mushroomed into Superstorm Sandy was just revving up at this time last year. But so far, at least, it has been one of the weakest seasons since modern record-keeping began about half a century ago, U.S. weather experts say. Apart from Tropical Storm Andrea, which soaked...