Category Archives: Natural disasters

NC and beyond impact from Hurricane Florence, Rivers still cresting, Much impact to homes without flood insurance, Huge economic impact, Crops livestock and jobs impacted

NC and beyond impact from Hurricane Florence, Rivers still cresting, Much impact to homes without flood insurance, Huge economic impact, Crops livestock and jobs impacted

“Already, the emergency and recovery response is staggering in its scope, with more than 6,000 National Guard soldiers and thousands more federal disaster-response workers spread across the region. They have six million emergency meals to hand out, four million liters of water, 700,000 blankets and 6,000 cots. Along with state and local governments, federal officials will also have to manage a daunting bureaucratic challenge as they attempt to rebuild and revive a vast area that covers hard-hit mega-farms, tourist zones and pockets of deep rural poverty.”…NY Times

 

The people of eastern NC, SC and even some of VA need our prayers and support.

The impact from Hurricane Florence which was mostly rain and flooding was and is huge.

Several of the rivers, including the Cape Fear are just now cresting or about to which means more flooding and damage and perhaps more road closures.

Even if your home was not damaged, many people have been out of work, could be delayed in returning or in some cases, may not have a job to return to.

The farmers have been extremely hard hit.

NC is the number one sweet potato producer in the US and number 2 in hogs.

This impacts the farmers, their workers, truckers and all of the people connected to them and will impact food prices elsewhere.

From US News at 4:30 PM.

“Travel Still Dangerous in Flooded Areas of North Carolina”

“Gov. Roy Cooper said nine of the state’s river gauges are at major flood stage and four others are at moderate stage, while parts of Interstates 95 and 40 will remain underwater for another week or more. Emergency management officials said residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed will begin moving into hotel rooms next week.”

“The small farming community of Nichols, South Carolina, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) from the coast, was completely inundated by water, Mayor Lawson Batter said Saturday. He called the situation “worse than Matthew,” the 2016 hurricane that destroyed almost 90 percent of the town’s 261 homes. Battle said flooding from Florence has wiped out the 150 or so homes rebuilt afterward.”

Read more:

https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2018-09-22/small-north-carolina-town-latest-to-feel-florences-fury

From the Charlotte Observer.

“North Carolina is the largest sweet potato producer in the country, accounting for well over half of the national harvest. Last year, the 90,000 acres of sweet potatoes grown here were worth $346.5 million, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, trailing only tobacco, soybeans and corn. Most of the crop is concentrated in five counties just east of the Triangle: Johnston, Nash, Sampson, Edgecombe and Wilson.

State officials say it’s too soon to estimate the losses farmers have suffered as a result of Florence, though state Agriculture Secretary Steve Troxler has said it will be measured in the billions of dollars. So far, growers have reported losing 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and about 5,500 hogs, with an acknowledgment that the tally will rise. But farmers and extension agents are still trying to determine the damage done to crops such as tobacco, corn, soybeans and cotton.”

Read more:

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article218683595.html

People have been asking me for a recommendation of where to donate money.

I have always had a good impression of the Salvation Army. I just spoke to a friend who works with them. He will be traveling to affected areas soon. He showed me a report that revealed a great many meals and other supplies had already been provided. They were on the scene before the hurricane struck.

The NC Baptist Men’s group always does a good job.

Samaritan’s Purse is also involved.

The state of NC has a contact link:

https://governor.nc.gov/donate-florence-recovery

There is also the Red Cross and others.

TV stations across the state have also been holding fundraisers.

Thanks to all across the country for your concern and support.

 

More here:

https://citizenwells.com/

http://citizenwells.net/

 

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Obama the candidate vs Obama the Commander in Chief, Hurricane Sandy vs Benghazi response, Press Secretary Jay Carney October 29, 2012, We leave nobody behind???

Obama the candidate vs Obama the Commander in Chief, Hurricane Sandy vs Benghazi response, Press Secretary Jay Carney October 29, 2012, We leave nobody behind???

“The question that I had in my mind, was why did we not do something to protect our forces?”…Charles Woods, father of slain Navy Seal

“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”…Barack Obama

“we leave nobody behind”…Barack Obama

Barack Obama says that he leaves no one behind when it is politically expedient.

From the Right Scoop October 30, 2012.

“I don’t need to tell you why I’m posting this. Obama literally said “we leave nobody behind” earlier today as he was attempting to look presidential and appear compassionate to help him win the election (h/t: Breitbart).

Tell that to the family of Tyrone Woods. Tell that to the family of Glen Doherty. These two men were calling for help and they were left behind. By Obama.”

Watch the video here.

http://www.therightscoop.com/obama-we-leave-nobody-behind/

Obama as the candidate.

Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Jay Carney Aboard Air Force One En Route Andrews Air Force Base, 10/29/2012

“As he said at FEMA Headquarters yesterday, the President has instructed his team to make sure that needed federal resources are in place to support state and local recovery efforts.”

“Separately, when the President gets back to Washington he will lead a meeting in the White House Situation Room, where he will be updated on the latest forecast for Hurricane Sandy and the extensive federal efforts underway to support the state and local response of this historic storm.

The President will convene the meeting via video teleconference with Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Fugate, Transportation Secretary LaHood, Energy Secretary Chu, and National Hurricane Center Director Richard Knabb. Also participating at the White House will be Chief of Staff Jack Lew, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security John Brennan, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security Richard Reed, and other senior members of the President’s team.”

“MR. CARNEY: The President’s priority right now is the safety and security of Americans who are in the path of the storm and who will be affected by it. It’s essential, in his view, that he be in Washington, one of the areas that will be affected and where his team is, to oversee that effort and to be updated on it.

It is true that the President is President 24 hours a day. This is one of the circumstances where, in his view, it makes the most sense for him to be in place in the White House fulfilling those responsibilities.”

“MR. CARNEY: I think that is not something I’m able to address. The fact is the storm is just taking effect now and having an impact now and making landfall I believe tonight. We have to focus on not the campaign and not the election, but on making sure that all federal resources are both prepositioned and in place to help states and localities respond to the storm, to help Americans who are affected by the storm. That’s our focus right now.”

“MS. PSAKI:  Well, sure.  As Jay has mentioned, our focus, the President’s focus, the campaign’s focus is ensuring the safety of the American people, of our volunteers, of our supporters.  That’s what the President is focused on every single day.”

“This is a time not for politics, but at a moment like this, with a storm as severe as this, with likely impacts as consequential as we will see, the President is very focused on making sure that the federal response effort is comprehensive, that every state and locality has what it needs.  And that includes all the prepositioning of resources that FEMA has done in key locations prior to landfall.  It includes embedding FEMA officials in state emergency centers so that that communication is immediate.  And it includes at the presidential level, directing all responsible parties in the federal government to be taking the necessary steps to ensure that everything possible is done to protect the American people in a storm like this.”

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/29/press-gaggle-press-secretary-jay-carney-aboard-air-force-one-en-route-an

So, all of you serving in the military, CIA and other foreign support functions, make certain that in the future you televise all of your operations to insure that Obama will act in a politically expedient manner.

NYC subways worst disaster in 108 years, Seven subway tunnels under the East River flooded, Damage throughout the entire system, Salt water affects wiring

NYC subways worst disaster in 108 years, Seven subway tunnels under the East River flooded, Damage throughout the entire system, Salt water affects wiring

“Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway.”…Warren Buffett

“If I ever have to stop taking the subway, I’m gonna have a heart attack.”…Edward Norton 

 

Not only are NY City’s subways flooded, damaged and experiencing power outages, but sources say that the salt water could have a devastating effect on electrical wiring.

From Business Insider October 30, 2012.

“MTA: In 108 Years, The NYC Subway System Has Never Faced A Disaster As Devastating As This”

“MTA chairman Joseph J. Lhota has released a statement about the recovery of service for transportation systems in New York City.

It doesn’t look good.

Seven subway tunnels under the East River flooded, the Metro-North has lost power at stretches on multiple lines and there’s plenty more damage throughout the entire system.

Here’s the statement from Lhota — from Anthony DeRosa at Reuters:

The New York City subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night. Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on our entire transportation system, in every borough and county of the region. It has brought down trees, ripped out power and inundated tunnels, rail yards and bus depots.

As of last night, seven subway tunnels under the East River flooded. Metro-North Railroad lost power from 59th Street to Croton-Harmon on the Hudson Line and to New Haven on the New Haven Line. The Long Island Rail Road evacuated its West Side Yards and suffered flooding in one East River tunnel. The Hugh L. Carey Tunnel is flooded from end to end and the Queens Midtown Tunnel also took on water and was closed. Six bus garages were disabled by high water.

We are assessing the extent of the damage and beginning the process of recovery. Our employees have shown remarkable dedication over the past few days, and I thank them on behalf of every New Yorker. In 108 years, our employees have never faced a challenge like the one that confronts us now.

All of us at the MTA are committed to restoring the system as quickly as we can to help bring New York back to normal.”

http://www.businessinsider.com/hurricane-sandy-mta-subway-2012-10

Hurricane Sandy forces mass evacuations, East Coast oil refinery emergency plans, 7.7 earthquake Queen Charlotte Islands British Columbia, Mayan Calendar?

Hurricane Sandy forces mass evacuations, East Coast oil refinery emergency plans, 7.7 earthquake Queen Charlotte Islands British Columbia, Mayan Calendar?

“Earthquakes. Volcanic eruptions. Hurricanes, and floods”…Ashuan, Tz’utujil Mayan, May 1, 2010 

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”…Matthew 24:7

From the Washington Times.

“Hurricane Sandy threat launches mass evacuations on East Coast”

Forget distinctions like tropical storm or hurricane. Don’t get fixated on a particular track. Wherever it hits, the rare behemoth storm inexorably gathering in the eastern U.S. will afflict a third of the country with sheets of rain, high winds and heavy snow, say officials who warned millions in coastal areas to get out of the way.

“We’re looking at impact of greater than 50 to 60 million people,” said Louis Uccellini, head of environmental prediction for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

As Hurricane Sandy barreled north from the Caribbean — where it left nearly five dozen dead — to meet two other powerful winter storms, experts said it didn’t matter how strong the storm was when it hit land: The rare hybrid storm that follows will cause havoc over 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes.

“This is not a coastal threat alone,” said Craig Fugate, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “This is a very large area.”

“Governors from North Carolina, where heavy rain was expected Sunday, to Connecticut declared states of emergency. Delaware ordered mandatory evacuations for coastal communities by 8 p.m. Sunday.”

Read more:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/26/year-after-irene-us-prepares-superstorm/

From Fox News October October 26, 2012.

“Oil Refineries Brace for Hurricane Sandy”

“Oil refineries along the U.S. Atlantic Seaboard braced for Hurricane Sandy on Friday, putting in place emergency plans ahead of the storm’s expected landfall in the Northeast early next week.
Six East Coast oil refineries representing 1.19 million barrels per day, or 7 percent of total U.S. capacity, could potentially be hit by the deadly storm, which left 21 dead as it passed through the Caribbean and churned northward.
The threat of the storm has boosted gasoline and heating oil futures and cash product prices in the New York Harbor over the past two sessions.
Forecasters say Sandy is expected to be pulled in by another storm system moving from the west, making it come ashore in the northeast late Monday or early Tuesday and unleashing heavy rains, storm surges and possibly near hurricane-force winds.
Some forecasters say Sandy has the potential to be a multibillion-dollar disaster, wreaking greater damage than last year’s Hurricane Irene, but it was too soon to tell its actual trajectory and refiners were taking early steps to prepare.
“Both our East Coast refineries have comprehensive hurricane preparedness procedures in place that they will implement based on the storm track, as they did last year for Hurricane Irene,” said Michael Karlovich, a spokesman for PBF Energy.
PBF Energy owns and operates two East Coast refineries, the 190,000 barrel per day Delaware City plan and the 180,000 Paulsboro plant in Southern New Jersey, across the Delaware River from the Philadelphia area.
Hurricane Irene, which hit the region in August 2011, caused severe flooding and power outages all along the East Coast, and some refinery disruptions. Phillips 66 closed its 238,000 barrel per day Bayway refinery in Linden, New Jersey and other refiners cut back rates but the oil industry escaped Irene with minor, if any, damage.
Hess Corp. said on Friday it had implemented its storm plan for its 70,000 bpd refinery in Port Reading, New Jersey and that it would continue to watch Sandy’s progress.
In addition, two other plants are potentially within the storm’s path, Philadelphia Energy Solutions’s 330,000 bpd Philadelphia refinery and Delta’s Monroe Energy 185,000 bpd Trainer, Pennsylvania plant.
Oil markets are closely watching for any potential disruptions to gasoline and heating oil supplies, as lean fuel stockpiles of fuel in the region make the East Coast vulnerable to price spikes, especially ahead of the winter heating season.”
A Magnitude 7.7 earth quake struck the Queen Charlotte Islands off the coast of British Columbia last night. There were also numerous quakes in the 4 – 5 magnitude.
Mayan Calendar prophecy in play?

Alaska Tsunami warning, 7.1 magnitude earthquake Aleutian Islands, Friday September 2, 2011

Alaska Tsunami warning,  7.1 magnitude earthquake Aleutian Islands, Friday September 2, 2011

From Reuters September 2, 2011.

“A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck on Friday in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, prompting a tsunami warning for a portion of Alaska’s coast.

The warning was posted for coastal areas from Unimak Pass, 80 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor, to Amchitka Pass, 125 miles west of Adak.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it did not see a threat of a widespread destructive tsunami from the quake, which was centered in the Pacific Ocean, 107 miles southeast of Atka, Alaska.

The quake, which struck at 6:55 a.m. EDT, was 22.1 miles deep, the USGS said.”

 

Virginia earthquakes continue September 1, 2011, 3.4 magnitude follows lesser quakes yesterday

Virginia earthquakes continue September 1, 2011, 3.4 magnitude follows lesser quakes yesterday

“A 3.4 magnitude earthquake struck central Virginia at 5:09 AM this morning, September 1, 2011. Yesterday several 2 plus magnitude quakes struck the same area.”

Magnitude 3.4 – VIRGINIA

2011 September 01 09:09:37 UTC

Earthquake Details

  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude 3.4
Date-Time
Location 37.958°N, 77.882°W
Depth 4.9 km (3.0 miles)
Region VIRGINIA
Distances 50 km (31 miles) SW of Fredericksburg, Virginia
52 km (32 miles) E of Charlottesville, Virginia
58 km (36 miles) NW of RICHMOND, Virginia
85 km (52 miles) NNE of Farmville, Virginia
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 14.9 km (9.3 miles); depth +/- 3.1 km (1.9 miles)
Parameters NST= 46, Nph= 51, Dmin=2.2 km, Rmss=0.92 sec, Gp= 83°,
M-type=”Nuttli” surface wave magnitude (mbLg), Version=6
Source
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usc0005mrm

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc0005mrm.php

Virginia earthquake August 30, 2011, Magnitude 2.1, 86 miles from Washington DC

 Virginia earthquake August 30, 2011, Magnitude 2.1, 86 miles from Washington DC

From the USGS August 30, 2011.

Magnitude 2.1 – VIRGINIA

2011 August 30 13:26:50 UTC

Earthquake Details

  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude 2.1
Date-Time
Location 37.920°N, 77.978°W
Depth 5.8 km (3.6 miles)
Region VIRGINIA
Distances
  • 11 km (7 miles) SSW (212°) from Mineral, VA
  • 12 km (7 miles) S (170°) from Louisa, VA
  • 25 km (15 miles) NE (41°) from Columbia, VA
  • 31 km (19 miles) E (90°) from Lake Monticello, VA
  • 62 km (39 miles) NW (313°) from Richmond, VA
  • 139 km (86 miles) SW (218°) from Washington, DC
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.7 km (0.4 miles); depth +/- 0.5 km (0.3 miles)
Parameters NST= 11, Nph= 20, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.08 sec, Gp= 83°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=A
Source
Event ID se083011a 

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/Quakes/se083011a.php