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Broken Hearts: ‘The Worse Tornado in the History of the World’

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 1:04 AM
May 22, 2013

Tornado in South Haven, Kansas        Following the same path as its fellow-destroyer 14 years ago, a massive debris-filled tornado two-miles wide, cut a 30-square mile swath, yesterday hovering at least 200 miles per hour over Moore, Oklahoma, forty minutes over homes, schools, businesses, and more––until there was nothing left.

A local meteorologist for KFOR-TV labeled the storm:  “The worst tornado in the history of the world.”  Weather scientists agree this description is possible as this was a category F4 hurricane, and probably a category F5 on the Fujita Scale––the highest possible scientific measurements.

However, according to Smithsonian Magazine:  “Though the Moore tornado wasn’t the biggest, longest, or most destructive, the combination of its speed, size, and strength does make it a stunningly destructive storm.”

With the medical examiner lowering the death rate from 51 to 24, it nonetheless includes some nine children.  Jon Welsh, a helicopter pilot for KFOR who lives in Moore, said in the quake of the storm:  “This is war-zone terrible.”

Moore residents only received a 16 minute warning before the storm struck the town.  The city’s schools and hospital were leveled. The town’s mayor Glenn Lewis told NBC ‘Nightly News:’ “The whole city looks like a debris field.” Child saved after tornado

The Extinction Protocol says some 22 tornadoes ripped through Kansas, Nebraska and parts of Oklahoma last Sunday.  CNN adds:  “The twisters are part of a severe weather outbreak that is sweeping through parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Missouri as the storms sweep east. Baseball-sized hail, wind gusts and tornadoes are threatening to pummel parts of the central Plains and Midwest.

Several questions loom over Moore’s reconstruction:  First, both of Oklahoma’s U.S. Senators have repeatedly voted against federal disaster aid for other parts of the country––latest being in the case of funding for Hurricane Sandy.  So how can they expect sympathy from their political colleagues now?

Second, this is the four major tornado since 1998 that has hit the town of Moore. Each time, with federal assistance, it has rebuilt.  Should it not have been expected that the town would have been better prepared for this last one?

Third, with such tornado experience and subsequent reconstructions,why was it not required that basements or underground shelters be placed near every home, and that solid underground shelters were built beside every school, as underground is the only nearly-absolute fool-proof survival area in tornadoes.

Fourth, few scientists deny that such horrific tornadoes are associated with Global Warming.  How long will this nation allow climate-deniers to refuse measures to stop man’s destruction of earth.  Wholesale Christian Bibles warn against such refusal to face facts:  “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy (Proverbs 29: 1).”

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Meteor Fire Ball Smashing Into Russia Puts U. S. Leaders on Alert

posted by Jim Seerfar @ 10:09 AM
February 20, 2013

meteor-across-skyScientists are just beginning to delve into ways of preventing natural explosions in space plummeting fragments from a massive meteor fire ball that rained its burning rocks to injure more than 1,200 children and adults in the Ural mountain city of Chelyabinsk, Russia, this week. No deaths of been reported.

At 9: 20 a.m. local time, roaring noises from the meteor’s awesome shock wave smashed out windows, set off car alarms, collapsed roofs, and made the city’s 1.1 million people believe that some type of war had started.

In Associated Press’ ‘Meteor explodes over Russia, 1,100 injured,’ Jim Heintz insists the meteor “exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs . . . 20 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb . . . at a much higher altitude.”

Most injuries came from shattered windows in apartment buildings.  ABC News reports: “the injured includes at least 204 children.  30 adults and 13 children were taken to hospitals.  Two were reported to be in serious condition.”

In ‘Meteor Injures At Least 1,200 in Russia,’ Will Englund writes:  “The intense flash of light was recorded on video . . . nearly 300 miles to the north. The trail of the meteor was also visible in Kazakhstan, more than 80 miles to the south.

Englund reports that Russian scientists claim a bright fare, some 4,532 degrees Fahrenheit, preceded three explosive blasts in the meteor before it blew apart.  They estimate that this meteor fell at supersonic speeds of 30 to 45 thousand miles per hours, and weighed as much as ten tons.

The incident has caused American politicians to take another look at funding NASA and other scientific programs to study meteors.  Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who plans hearings on planetary protections, announces:  “We have been spending millions to find and track asteroids and comets, but the indications are that this one was so small that we aren’t even looking for objects of this size.

“What concerns me even more, however, is the fact that we have no plan that can protect the Earth from any comet or asteroid. So, even if we find one that will hit us, we might not be able to deflect it.”

Rep. Lamar Smith concurred:  “We should continue to invest in systems that identify threatening asteroids and develop asteroids-speedingcontingencies, if needed, to change the course of an asteroid headed toward Earth.”

Lee Roop asks:  ‘Why Wasn’t Russian Meteor Detected Before It Entered The Atmosphere?’ and finds there are no easy answers from human technology.  He says it was either too dark or too light, or came at the wrong angle.  The NASA Blog answers, “Simply put, the meteoroid was too small for the survey telescopes and came at us out of the Sun.”

So much for modern science.  21st century man should expect more visits from the sky.  As plus size Christian sweatshirts warn:  “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory (Matt. 24: 30).”

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Monster Global Warming Storm Strikes U.S. East Coast

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 12:21 PM
February 11, 2013

    Scientists fear the snow storm blanketing the East Coast this weekend is but a taste of the beastly weather soon to hit the U.S.  Warmer winter temperatures, rising sea levels and high winds made this snow storm called ‘Nemo’ historic.

At last count ‘Nemo’ killed at least 10 people, including three in Canada.  People are just beginning to dig out of upwards of three feet of snow falling onto the New York to Boston corridor were roads serving roughly 25 million people are still impassable.  States of emergency remain declared in most affected states.

Although wind gusts as high as 82 miles per hour blew through the storm, leaf-less falling trees did not affect power lines as much.  Thousands of air flights were cancelled.  With hundreds of cars stalled stuck in the snow, officials ordered all moving cars off the street.  Even the U.S. Post Office shut down.

And pity the poor victims of Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island, still without power, and sleeping in tents and tarps even as Nemo struck through.  Michelle R. Smith and Jay Lindsay write for Associated Press (AP): “Cars were entombed by drifts. Some people found the wet, heavy snow packed so high against their homes they couldn’t get their doors open.

“Blowing with hurricane-force winds of more than 80 mph in places, the storm hit hard along the heavily populated Interstate 95 corridor between New York City and Maine. Milford., Conn., got 38 inches of snow, and Portland, Maine, recorded 31.9, shattering a 1979 record. Several communities in New York and across New England got more than 2 feet.”

AP also reports that ‘Nemo’ caused more than 650,000 people to lose power in New England.  Even the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, Massachusetts, had to shut down until backup generations could start:

“Most of the power outages were in Massachusetts, where more than 400,000 homes and businesses were left in the dark. In Rhode Island, a peak of around 180,000 customers lost power, or about one-third of the state.”

Michael Oppenheimer, a climate change expert at Princeton University, said global warming is increasing extreme storms. “Storms like this tend to be heavier than they used to be.  That’s a fact.”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration records show that the Northeast saw a 74 percent increase in precipitation during the heaviest rain and snow events from 1958 to 2011.

As we contemplate ‘Storm Nemo’ and worst weather to come unless our leaders do more to combat Global Warming, let us pray that people remain warm and safe, and that they seek that Haven of Rest found in The LORD Jesus Christ.  For Christian messages promise:  “For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, . . .  when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall (Isaiah 25: 4).”

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While Leaders Ignore, Global Warming Brings Loss, Poverty & Death

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 0:37 AM
January 30, 2013

        While those in leadership belittle its affects, Global Warming sinks more and more of its victims around the world into abject poverty.  Homes, jobs, vehicles, etc. sink into irretrievable loss––not to mention lives––not only in Third World nations, but in wealthy First World ones as well, including the United States.

Thomas E. Lovejoy of The New York Times writes in ‘The Climate Change Endgame:’  “Whether in Davos or almost anywhere else that leaders are discussing the world’s problems, they are missing by far the biggest issue: the rapidly deteriorating global environment and its ability to support civilization.”

In Japan, former home owners, victims of the Tsunami-caused nuclear breakdown have lived homeless in an abandoned high school since April of 2011.  According to ex-skf.blogspot.com they still exist on charity-given box-lunches.

AFP News Service sent word from Mozambique a few days ago that raging flood waters have trapped tens of thousands away from the main land, shuttering in trees in groups of 500 or more, starving, eating only grasshoppers where they can find them.  Alice Mukavele, a mother of six sighs:  “It is three days now. We have nothing to eat, nowhere to sleep, no clothes. I left as I am.”

‘Mozambique Floods Prompt Humanitarian Crisis’ warns:  “The risk of disease has skyrocketed.  Diarrhea is already the biggest killer of children in Mozambique, and without latrines a cholera outbreak may not be far away.”

‘Poverty ‘Rampant’ in Earthquake Hit Christchurch, 2 Years After Disaster’ gives clear detail of the economic wreck these extreme natural upheavals leave behind.  Families struggle to survive in garages, wash houses, tents and sheds.  Social services stay overwhelmed.  Here too much disease is expected.

For the second time in two years, Australia is hit with torrential rains, tornadoes, and severe flooding.  Lives are lost, and homes abandoned.  Rains are now so unprecedented in Indonesia that AFP News claim authorities will try cloud-seeding in attempt to defuse rain-ladened clouds away from Jakarta, where they fear flooding will endanger some 20 million people.

Snow blankets palm trees in Jerusalem, writes Sarah Lyall in ‘Heat, Flood or Icy Cold, Extreme Weather Rages Worldwide:’  “Around the world, extreme has become the new commonplace,” she argues.

As Lovejoy insists: “The situation is pretty much an endgame. Unless pressing issues of the biology of the planet and of climate change . . . are addressed with immediacy and at appropriate scale, the matters that occupy Davos discussions will be seen in retrospect as largely irrelevant.”

Too bad so few acknowledge that endgame, including in the United States where hundreds of Hurricane Sandy victims still live in heatless, lightless houses or in temporary FEMA-provided shelters.  As 1 Peter 4: 7 says in used Christian Bibles: “But the end of all things is at hand.”  Yet our leaders fiddle while their negligence destroys the planet.

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Facing Sandy’s Lingering Dangers in the Midst of Winter’s Cold!

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 7:00 AM
December 4, 2012

        Toxic mold, pollen, other  air pollutants, rampant rats, loose electric wires, peeling lead paint exposed from drying out old houses, poisoned drinking water, un-repaired sewers and increasing injuries among workers trying to clear trash and rebuild––are just some of the ills Hurricane Sandy leaves behind.  Now her victims must face these dangers amid cold winter weather.

In ‘Health Crisis In Sandy Disaster Zones: Cold, Mold Loom As Hazards In Rockaways, Staten Island, Elsewhere’ David B. Caruso writes:  “City officials estimate at least 12,000 New Yorkers are trying to survive in unheated, flood-damaged homes.

“Uncounted numbers of families have returned to coastal homes that are contaminated with mold, which can aggravate allergies and leave people perpetually wheezing. Others have been sleeping in houses filled with construction dust, as workers have ripped out walls and flooring.”

Caruso tells the story of 57-year old John Frawley, who shivers in his home which is still without power.  As Frawley lost his car and all his winter clothes to Sandy’s wrath, he spends winter nights in a pair of donated snow pants, continually coughing hoping it doesn’t affect his chronic heart condition.

Now that the storm is over,  Brooklyn’s Red Hook waterfront park is clouded with gasoline and chemical smells everywhere.  The flooded soccer field sits between a old lead smelter and an abandoned plastics plant.  Sandy has also flooded the Gowanus Canal Superfund site and its toxic gunk fills the air too.

Another poisonous air element Sandy left in her wake is exposed lead paint.  In ‘Hurricane Sandy Pollution . . .’ Lynne Peeples acknowledges: “peeling lead paint, moisture-induced mold and mysterious mixes of chemical products. The risks for children could linger for months, even years, according to experts.”

As Tim Wall analyzed in ‘Sandy May Leave Toxic Legacy’ for discovery.com:  “The aftermath of Sandy may be around long after the rubble has been cleared and power has returned. The storm’s torrents may have washed high levels of hazardous pollutants from cities and farms into waterways.”

Marcia McNutt, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) told Wall:  “  . . . this superstorm can have a longer-term effect in the large pulse of sediment and associated pollutants swept into our waterways.” A USGS worker adds:  “When looking at long-term water quality trends and year-to-year variation, this hurricane could be a defining event for the past few decades . . .”

Americans in New York and New Jersey are crying out for help, but few among us are listening.  Wholesale Christian Bibles reminds:  “Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts,  . . . show mercy and compassions every man to his brother (Zechariah 7: 9).”  We must listen to Him now while we still have life on earth!

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Its Not Just East Coast ––U.S. Can Come Apart: Center May Not Hold

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 7:00 AM
December 3, 2012

         Americans must understand that its not just recent havocs Hurricane Sandy has pours on the East Coast, or the un-recovered wallop Hurricane Katrina wrecked upon Louisiana, but that the rest of the country is likewise threatened.

Whether its persistently severe drought in Midwest states, outrageous rains flooding the West Coast, or increasing tornadoes ripping throughout the South––the effects of Global Warming insure continuous ominous bodes for all the nation.

Lamenting that 17 million Americans may have gone hungry this Thanksgiving, Rebecca Leber of ‘Think Progress,’ points out that food banks, pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters draw on dwindling supplies:

“The shortage is a result of a severe, lingering drought that has depleted Midwest crops, sending prices higher for food staples like meat, vegetables, and fruit. . . the higher food prices have meant the . . . government buys fewer commodities,. . . intended to support agriculture prices and reduce surpluses.

“The unintended result means government donations to food banks, a major source of their inventory, have fallen by more than half.  Government commodity purchases through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) fell by more than half to $352.5 million for the fiscal year ended September 30, from $723.7 million three years earlier, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”

Thus––at a time when the economic slow-down has more Americans out of work and in need––much less food is available.  The drought also means that grocery prices are increasing for those Americans still working.  Moreover, as Associated Press reporter Jim Suhr points out in ‘US Drought Worsens . . . ,’ sixty percent of the lower 48 states are in some form of drought.

As for the West Coast, Michael D. Dettinger and B. Lynn Ingram warn in ‘Scientific American’ ‘Megastorms Could Drown Massive Portions of California.’
They point out: “A 43-day atmospheric-river storm in 1861 turned California’s Central Valley region into an inland sea.”  These atmospheric rivers––narrow bands of water vapor a mile above the Pacific Ocean and thousands of miles long––occur about every 200 years.  But, they say, climate change can bring more.

As it is, they posit, even now “smaller forms of these rivers regularly hit California, as well as the western coast of other countries.” To measure the extent of damage an atmospheric river storm would bring, scientists simulated a megastorm. They “found that such a torrent could force more than a million people to evacuate and cause $400 billion in losses if it happened in California today.”

In a recent blogs with Newspaper Boys and Girls Intl., Rev. Repriestly says our nation seems to be in a war, but we just don’t know it.  Her remark is mindful of Christian messages from the Book of Hosea:  “Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth”––i.e. slowly eaten away; useless unto total destruction (5: 12).  America must combat Global Warming!  We must turn to God in prayer and repentance!  Leaders cannot ignore the problem, as our nation is slowly but surely dismantled.

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Worlds Coming Apart: False Centers Cannot Hold

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 23:04 PM
November 27, 2012

        Not to be overly dramatic by paraphazing Yeat’s poem, ‘The Second Coming,’ but Hurricane Sandy has irrevocably changed the lives of those on the East Coast it has displaced, and its affects threaten the essence of modern life.

As James Atlas wrote for the New York Times in ‘Is This the End?’:  “We’d seen it before: the Piazza San Marco in Venice submerged by the acqua alta; New Orleans underwater in the aftermath of Katrina; the wreckage-strewn beaches of Indonesia left behind by the tsunami of 2004. We just hadn’t seen it here.”

But he adds, New York City had ample warnings of Global Warming’s dire threat.  Three years ago, NYC’s Panel on Climate Change issued a foreboding report:  “In the coming decades, our coastal city will most likely face more rapidly rising sea levels and warmer temperatures, as well as potentially more droughts and floods, which will all have impacts on New York City’s critical infrastructure.”

Thus, Atlas summarizes: “there’s a good chance that New York City will sink beneath the sea.”  In anticipatory contrast, the City and its State could also sink under the financial load left in Sandy’s wake.  Michael Gormley’s Associated Press story, ‘Cuomo: Sandy Cost NY, NYC $32B in Damage and Loss,’ indicates that Governor Cuomo expects the federal government to pick up this tab.  Cuomo’s estimate includes Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $19 billion for our largest city.

And, Gormley continues, these totals do “not include an additional accounting of over $9 billion to head off damage in the next disastrous storm, including steps to protect the power grid and cellphone network.”

Power grids and cell phones––essential elements for today’s lifestyle.  Sandy and so many other storms have well proven that electrical power sources should be piped underground, but politicians don’t touch this simple solution in public.

They also don’t discuss the insanity of rebuilding on the same sand-weak beaches that Sandy’s ‘relatives’ can so easily destroy.  As James D. Fraser, Sarah M. Karpanty and Daniel H. Catlin discuss in ‘We’re Too Close To The Sea’ for the Washington Post:  “Billions of dollars have been spent building seawalls, jetties, beaches and dunes, in efforts to control water flow and sediment movement and, ultimately, to stabilize dynamic shorelines to protect people and property.

“Unfortunately, these efforts have often failed. All engineered solutions, whether “hard construction” such as seawalls or ‘soft construction’ like dunes and beaches, have a limited life and have to be rebuilt repeatedly. . . the levels of destruction wrought by Hurricanes Katrina, Irene and Sandy show that efforts to date have been wrongly directed or insufficient.”

Success demands that we look to Almighty God.  First, we must repent for ignoring Global Warming.  Second we must cry out for His mercy, as wholesale Christian Bibles illustrates:  “Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt (Psalm 123: 3.)”

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Hurricane Sandy: Safe Rebuilding, Safe Insurance, Safe USA?

posted by Ida B. Wells IV @ 12:52 PM
November 19, 2012

    As Sarah Newsworthy is simply overwhelmed with various aspects of Hurricane Sandy affecting so many Americans in its aftermath, she asked me to deal with insurance ramifications for home owner and for states.  But she has done me no favors:  This too is proving to be a confusing and heavily-burdened task!

First, most home owners insurance coverage does not include damage from flooding, but if damage was caused by a different failure that allowed flooding, there may possibly be coverage.

Second, a storm’s ‘name’ when it hits your state can determine your coverage and liability. Bob Hunter, head of  insurance for Consumer Federation of America says:“ If you are in New Jersey, for example, and the storm hits as a hurricane on the coast, but downgrades to a tropical storm by the time it hits your house, the higher hurricane deductible may still apply to your claim.”

Third, in the recent decades of destructions from Global Warming, insurance companies may opt out of paying anything at all.  According to Reuters: “. . . many insurers have “anti-concurrent causation clauses” in policies now that say if you have damage from multiple causes, say wind and flooding, where wind is covered but flooding is not––they won’t cover anything at all.”

Fourth, even if you have the federal government’s flood insurance, you may still have a struggle collecting, because that program is going broke, and Congress is not anxious to re-fund it. So says writers Eric Lipton, Felicity Barringer and Mary Williams in ‘Flood Insurance, Already Fragile, Faces New Stress:’

“The federal government’s flood insurance program, which fell $18 billion into debt after Hurricane Katrina, is once again at risk of running out of money as the daunting reconstruction from Hurricane Sandy gets under way.

“Early estimates suggest that Hurricane Sandy will rank as the nation’s second-worst storm for claims paid out by the National Flood Insurance Program. With 115,000 new claims submitted and thousands more being filed each day, the cost could reach $7 billion at a time when the program is allowed, by law, to add only an additional $3 billion to its onerous debt.”

These reporters explain that homeowners on the national flood insurance program would have to an exorbitant amount in monthly premiums to accurately reflect market insurance rates.   As it is those with federally-backed mortgages in areas at high risk for flooding can pay up to $ 3,000 a year for flood insurance.

Number umpteenth:  In these end-time days, remember that old adage about insurance companies:  They give great coverage until you need it!  In contrast, God’s insurance is never-fail and it’s free.

Hebrews 7: 22 in used Christian Bibles says:  “By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.”  That word ‘surety’ is the insurance in God’s Word filled His promises of love, grace, and mercy to all who accept His Son.

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East Coast Being Pelted by Another Storm: Snow, Wind & Rain

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 18:39 PM
November 7, 2012

    The East Coast is being hit by another storm––this time including snow––and residents staying in their cold homes are too cold but too frightened of looters to leave.  And this new storm is expected to leave temperatures even colder.

While cities struggle to re-fire transportation infra-structures, people shivering in what’s left of their homes––without heat or electricity, and in some cases without water––feel abandoned and alone!

Generator sales are up, but the gasoline needed to keep their going is still in short supply, with lines of people holding red cans waiting to refill them circling around gas stations.  And even using generators can be dangerous as one couple almost died from a generator’s carbon monoxide fumes.

Yes, mayors have urged people to leave their homes in view of this new nor’easterner.  But those same leaders cannot guarantee home safety.  So as David Seifman, Reuven Fenton and Bruce Golding of the New York Post say, most storm-weary victim elect to stay home:

“Many residents in areas of Staten Island hit hard by Hurricane Sandy say they plan to weather the nor’easterner in their battered and powerless homes.  Some residents say that they fear looting. Some feel they have nowhere else to go. Some figure Mother Nature has already dished out the worst.”

However, meteorologists are hopeful that this new storm may be moving further offshore, which would mean its winds and floods may not be as bad. Forecasters believe that this, new but still massive, storm will hit the region with winds at 40 miles an hour, but with some flooding along the coast as it moves up the Atlantic seaboard from Florida.

Seifman, et. al. write that weather-watchers have placed flood warnings “for Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx, as well as the hard-hit coastlines in New Jersey and Long Island, with storm surges expected to reach up to 4 feet.”

Airlines have already canceled flights for New York and other East area airports.  At least 360 flights to the three New York airports.  Thankfully, they are not charging customers who have to reschedule.

Mayors have closed city parks and beaches.  Moreover, this new storm will also hamper efforts to clean up from Hurricane Sandy.   And these clean-ups are crucial for human health.  As Tim Wall writes in news.discover.com:

“The storm’s torrents may have washed high levels of hazardous pollutants from cities and farms into waterways. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is currently sampling the waters in areas affected by the massive storm to measure pesticide pollution, E. coli contamination, nutrient levels, and sediment.” All dangerous stuff!!

As we pray for those in the region who have lost so much of material value, let us offer them this verse from Christian messages:  “For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, . . (Isaiah 25: 4), even as we send or bring them all the help we can!

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The Fury of A Super-storm: Hurricane Sandy’s Possible Destruction

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 10:50 AM
October 29, 2012

 

A triple crown of Global Warming whacky weather, Hurricane Sandy brings frightening merger of a Caribbean tropical storm and two winter weather systems to create the 18th storm of the hurricane season––and potentially the most deadly.

Forecasters call Sandy ‘a hybrid monster storm,’ ‘Frankenstorm,’
‘Megastorm,’ etc., claiming it will bring waves from three to six feet to New York shores, and up to two feet of snow to West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Wayne Parry and Emery P. Dalesio of the Associate Press add: “An 800-mile wide swath of the country could see 50 mph winds regardless of Sandy’s strength,  the storm could be wider and stronger than Irene, which caused more than $15 billion in damage, and could rival the worst East Coast storm on record, hurricane-force winds of 75 mph could be felt 100 miles away from the storm’s center.”

They also report that New Jersey’s barrier island are under mandatory evacuation, as are all Atlantic City casinos and state parks.  New York city has shut down all public transportation, including subways, bus and other rail service.

In total Sandy killed between 29 and 40 people in the Caribbean: 11 in Cuba, 16 in Haiti and one in Jamaica are known.  For these islands, this was the worse storm of the decade, tearing off roofs and damaging coffee and vegetable crops.

Power outages are also expected from the havoc, as the public is warned to be prepared for several days with no electricity.  Parry, along with Brock Vergakis, quote Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy:  “Assume that you will be in the midst of flooding conditions, the likes of which you may not have seen at any of the major storms that have occurred over the last 30 years.”

However, utility companies promise governors in every state that they are far better prepared for this storm than they were for Hurricane Irene.  They claim to have extra electrical power crews and tree trimmers in place.  Company bosses are especially concerned that leaves remaining on trees will over-weigh them to fall.

Farmers and home planters are pulling crops out of the ground as quickly as possible.  Most people are moving outside furniture into homes and sheds; and many are boarding up houses and driving far away with their valued possessions.

James Franklin, chief forecaster for the National Hurricane Center in Miami estimates:  “It’s going to be a long-lasting event, two to three days of impact for a lot of people.  Wind damage, widespread power outages, heavy rainfall, inland flooding and somebody is going to get a significant surge event.”

Kevin Boyle, Administrator of the Borough of Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, asks people to pray:  “You’re preparing for the worst and praying for the best, and whatever God can do to keep it from whacking, we’d appreciate it.”

We at Earthend say “Amen” to that.  Let’s get out our Christian prayer books and ask Our Father to move this giant threat away from us and on out to sea, in The Holy Name of The LORD Jesus Christ.  Amen and Amen!

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