Archive for December 28th, 2011

The 14 Worst Weather Disasters in 2011 Around the World

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December 28, 2011

 Wendy Weathersbee: Our plan was to keep this list down to the 10, but we found that to be impossible.  When everyone reviewed their research back to January, we finally settled for 14.  In each case, where information is possible, we include the number of people killed, as well as displaced, and total financial losses.

 Sarah Newsworthy:  Number 14 – Little media notice was given to the flooding in North Dakota last June which displaced some 11,000 people.  Most are still in temporary shelters.  Only 10% of the damaged homes are fixed, and in Dakota’s cold winters, thousands shiver in hotel rooms or in cold FEMA trailers.
 Newspaper Boys and Girls:  Number 13 – Blizzards across the U.S. last February had 60 mph winds and two feet of snow in some cities. In Chicago over 900 vehicles were stuck for hours.  All airline flights halted and 24 people died.

 Sarah Newsworthy:  Number 12 – The Farmer’s Almanac reminded me of “The Mississippi Floods” last April when melting snow brought floods to Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.  People in rural areas were angry because the government chose to flood 4600 square miles of farm land to save Baton Rouge and New Orleans.  We have no record of deaths or injuries, but flood damages are more than $ 5 billion.

 Jael Ever: Number 11 – Cost for the year-long drought in the southern U.S. is at least $ 5.2 billion.  This rainless weather wrecked destruction on Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.  While media reported no deaths or injuries, the emotional toll is, of course, immeasurable. 
 Wendy Weathersbee:  Number 10 is Hurricane Irene which moved up the coast from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlanta and then New England.  It killed 56 people and brought $ 7 billion in damages. Our archives abound with stories on this disaster as well as Number 9 -‘The Joplin Tornadoes.’  These storms killed 161 people in the Missouri and Oklahoma areas and resulted $ 2 billion in damaged.

 Newspaper Boys and Girls:  Number 8 is the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, in February, where 181 people died and thousands were displaced. Victims tell the BBC their lives will never be the same.  And for Number 7, we place the flooding when Tropical Storm Lee dumped 45 trillion gallons of rain on the Northeastern U.S. and 14  people died.  Estimates of damages are in the billions and 100,00 Americans are still displaced.

 Jael:  With this countdown, we remind our readers that the world is in a time of judgment.  The U.S. and Christchurch are Christian nations.  Bible prophecies state:  “. . . judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4: 17).”

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