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Deadly Fires & Storms––Killer D.C./Greater Area ‘Hurricane’

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 16:55 PM
July 2, 2012

    Millions living without power, summer camps and seasonal school classes cancelled, Amtrak suspended services, subways rerouted, government workers told to work from home, downed trees not yet removed, tractor trailers upended, emergency cooling centers opened as heat soars to over 100 degrees––all from the violent storms tearing through the D.C. and Mid Atlantic areas this weekend.

Michael Ruane and Debbi Wilgoren of The Washington Post report:  “The vast crescent of storms that swept across the Appalachians into the region on Friday night killed . . . a total of at least 17 deaths in a swath of mid-Atlantic states reaching from New Jersey to Kentucky.”  It also left some 20 others injured.

How could the wealthiest country on earth be so unprepared for a simple summer storm?  As we go overseas to fight countless wars, to put in new roads and rebuild cities in distant lands, is there a reason that we have not spent the money to put power lines underground at home?  When will the public health and safety of our own be important enough to spend money for safety in our citizens?

Jason Samenow of Capital Weather Gang defines weather anomalies that hit the greater D.C. area a ‘derecho,’ a “kind of fast-moving, long-lived, large, and violent thunderstorm complex.”  He called it “one of the most destructive complexes of thunderstorms in memory swept through the entire D.C. area.”

Wikipedia defines ‘derecho’ as “a widespread and long-lived, violent convectively induced straight-line windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms in the form of a squall line usually taking the form of a bow echo.” With extensive damage, the storm had wind gusts of 60 to 80 mph.

To pave the way for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other sources of help, the governors of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Ohio, along with local entities in the District of Colombia declared states of emergency.  Nine states as far away as Indiana have power outages.

But again, how many would be dead, and how many millions of Americans would be without power if the storm had been a hurricane or tornado?  Why aren’t local, state and federal governments better prepared for such disasters?

Those who accept Global Warming as reality know full well that this country will be hit with even stronger wacky storms and even more strange and extremely hot weather in the months and years to come.

A central of Christian messages is to be prepared:  “Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them (Ezekiel 38: 7).”  A nation is not well-prepared when those who guard it spend more time preparing for others than they do preparing for their own.

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