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March 31, 2005

Fla. Auditor General to Scrutinize Miami-Dade County Disaster Aid Payments

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Every time we see an article on this, we have to check it out:

The study is the first investigation by the state into payouts by both FEMA and Citizens in Miami-Dade County. The federal agency has paid out $31 million to residents there and the insurance company more than $22 million for Hurricane Frances, even though the Labor Day storm made landfall more than 100 miles to the north.

 

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Posted on March 31, 2005 11:21 PM by Hurric57.
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Hurricane Surfing in South Beach

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The first time we looked at this, we weren't sure:

"In Hurricane Jeanne, I saw in South Beach about 100-plus surfers, and you had a cop bullhorning people in. The waves were one to three-foot. They weren't big, but there was a hurricane and they think there's this crisis."

 

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Posted on March 31, 2005 11:20 PM by Hurric27.
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March 30, 2005

We Are Alive

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These intrepid bicyclists made it through not one, but two hurricanes on their trip.

Yes, . . . we are alive and doing FANTASTIC! We apologize for our poor communication but because of Hurricane Ivan the places where we had planned to send updates from did not have power. First we endured Hurricane Frances at the beginning of our hiking journey and we were fortunate to send out News Update #2 just before we lost power at the Dutch Haas. But that was not to be the end of hurricanes this year because Hurricane Ivan came next and left us without access to electricity in the Shenandoah National Park (SNP) section of the AT.

 

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Posted on March 30, 2005 10:51 PM by Hurric57.
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Hurricane Charley Hit Rehab Center Hard

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Still recovering in Charlotte County from Hurricane Charley.

On August 13, Hurricane Charley devastated Southwest Florida and parts of central Florida. Charley was especially brutal to Special Training and Rehabilitation of Charlotte County (STAR).

 

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03/30/05

Posted on March 30, 2005 12:45 PM by Hurric26.
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March 29, 2005

Hurricane Tidal Surges Cause Water Supply Problems

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Hurricane cause tidal surges that have the potential to mix ocean water with fresh water supplies.

He further noted that some 60 percent of homeowners in New Providence have private wells and do not purchase water from the Corporation. These people have not experienced the problems incurred by the utility company over the past seven months after Hurricane Frances. "I am advised that this hurricane, without a direct hit on Andros, nevertheless, resulted in seawater inundating the well field as a result of a tidal surge. To date, although significantly quality improvements have been made through quick corrective measures taken by the Corporation, previous levels have not been fully re-established."

 

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Posted on March 29, 2005 12:09 PM by Recove56.
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Volunteers travel to help with hurricane rebuilding

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Without volunteers, recovery from Hurricane Isabel would never happen.

Such crews have become almost business as usual, though, as coastal Poquoson labors to recover from its $100 million devastation by Hurricane Isabel with lots -- and lots-- of volunteer help.

Who knew...
 

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Posted on March 29, 2005 12:09 PM by Hurric58.
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03/29/05

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It could be much worse:

Hurricane Charley continues to do damage in Southwest Florida.

From dealing with the reams of red tape the Federal Emergency Management Agency puts in the path of relief to just not getting answers, hurricane-related problems like these were among the issues brought Monday during a special town hall meeting at Port Charlotte High School.

Although intended to be solely about problems people are having with FEMA, many took advantage of the public forum to discuss the problems they are having with insurance, contractors and permitting.

 

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Posted on March 29, 2005 12:09 PM by Hurric26.
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March 28, 2005

Hurricane Ivan Caused Severe Sand Loss Along Gulf Coast

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Hurricanes are causing long-term impact to beaches and shorelines.

New findings show Hurricane Ivan caused massive erosion of beaches, dunes and barrier islands along the Gulf Coast and underscore how vulnerable the American coastline is to hurricanes.

 

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Posted on March 28, 2005 01:11 AM by Hurric18.
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03/25/05

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Hurricane preparation is important, but some hurricanes bring unimaginable problems.

Having a plan to prepare for the worst is great, but as two county officials said this week, no plan could prepare them for what Hurricane Charley brought.

 

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03/25/05

Posted on March 28, 2005 01:11 AM by Hurric26.
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March 26, 2005

Texas Officials Want Mandatory Hurricane Evacuations

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Texas wants everyone out when a hurricane strikes.

The recommendation to authorize local officials to order evacuations is one of 18 Perry made Thursday in answer to a report on the state's hurricane preparedness. Perry ordered the review of Texas' plans following the deadly hurricanes that hit Florida one after another last summer.

 

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Posted on March 26, 2005 07:32 PM by Hurric103.
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Florida Power and Light Seeks Rate Increase

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The hurricane season wiped out FPL's surplus and left it with a big hole in its wallet.

The $354 million in the storm reserve, which took 11 years to build up, was exhausted by hurricanes Charley and Frances. There was nothing left in the fund to pay for damage caused by Hurricane Jeanne. Charley, Frances and Jeanne cost FPL and its customers $890 million - leaving a $536 million shortfall.

 

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Posted on March 26, 2005 07:32 PM by Hurric27.
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March 25, 2005

A True Do-It-Yourself Repair

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After Hurricane Frances took everything away, this guy has started putting it all back together with little help.

Herbert LaMorder's pale yellow bungalow burned down in September during Hurricane Frances.

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Six Months Later: Gulf Shores Residents Still Rebuilding

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Six months after Hurricane Ivan and re-building still going on in the gulf.

Hanners is talking about one of the many houses his family ownes. It's also one of the many homes they lost during Hurricane Ivan.

 

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Posted on March 25, 2005 11:19 PM by Hurric18.
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Understanding Resources Needed After a Disaster

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Learning from the Hurricane Isabel recovery, the Board of Trade is designing better disaster recovery plans.

Needs were developed through interviews with area emergency services managers and by looking at reports of disasters such as the 2001 jetliner attacks and Hurricane Isabel, Cunningham said. The Board of Trade will work with local public managers to keep the list current and make sure the appropriate emergency centers get the aid, she said.

 

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Posted on March 25, 2005 11:19 PM by Hurric58.
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Brevard Island Residents Ignore Second Hurricane Warning

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First hurricane came and everyone left Brevard Islands. Then Hurricane Jeanne showed up.

Too many of Brevard's 160,000 barrier island residents braved Hurricane Jeanne without evacuating, Lay said.

 

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Posted on March 25, 2005 11:19 PM by Hurric27.
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Physician Honored for Care After Charley

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This physicians gets the nod twice for his care during Hurricane Charley.

For the second time, a local physician has been honored for his efforts in providing health care after Hurricane Charley struck the area.

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Posted on March 25, 2005 11:19 PM by Hurric26.
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March 24, 2005

Flagler Pier Reconstruction to Start Soon

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The Flagler Beach Pier, built in 1928, lost the 144 feet that formed the top of the "T-shape" in September.

Commissioner Ron Vath estimated the city spends about $100,000 a year to maintain the pier. The city's insurance did not cover the damage from Hurricane Frances, Vath said.

 

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Posted on March 24, 2005 05:57 PM by Hurric57.
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Officials Leep 'Skinny Line' for Hurricane Tracking

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Hurricane Jeanne devasted Haiti.

The storms caused about $45 billion in damage and were directly responsible for more than 3,000 deaths in Haiti, all from Hurricane Jeanne, and 60 in the United States -- from storm surge, tornados, flooding wind and rip currents.

 

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Posted on March 24, 2005 05:57 PM by Hurric27.
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News From Hurricane Convention

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Here's the latest on the Hurricane Convention taking place in New Orleans.

Hurricane Charley was a killer looking for victims, Charlotte County Emergency Management Director Wayne Sallade told an attentive audience Wednesday at the 27th Annual National Hurricane Conference.

 

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Posted on March 24, 2005 05:57 PM by Hurric26.
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Politics and Hurricanes

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This blogger believes politics played a large role in the White House response to the 2004 hurricane season. Maybe it was a good thing all those hurricanes hit during a presidential election year in a state that was too close to call.

Remember that classic line from former Bush domestic policy advisor John DiIulio: "There is no precedent in any modern White House for what is going on in this one: a complete lack of a policy apparatus. What you've got is everything – and I mean everything – being run by the political arm." We just keep finding examples to bolster the statement, don't we?

Florida was a close race in a state with 27 electoral votes. What happens when there's a natural disaster? The powers that be immediately start wondering what they need to do to reap the biggest political rewards. Again, there is no tactic too cynical, no ploy too crass, no maneuver too callous for this gang. Everything is a political opportunity to be exploited. Everything.

 

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Posted on March 24, 2005 12:28 AM by Recove56.
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March 23, 2005

Road Repair Contracts Let

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Department of Transportation is just letting contracts for road repairs due to Hurricane Ivan.

Some of the roads damaged by slides caused when remnants of Hurricane Ivan tore through Washington and Greene counties last September soon will be repaired.

 

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Posted on March 23, 2005 12:29 AM by Hurric18.
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Disaster Planners Share Stories

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Just get folks out before the storm hits!

Mainly, he'll look for better ways to get people to leave when storms such as Hurricane Jeanne aim our way.

 

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March 21, 2005

Grand Cayman Still Recovering From Ivan

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This blogger gives a recent account of Hurrican Ivan recovery on the Grand Cayman Island.
Grand Cayman was hit hard last fall by Hurricane Ivan. Evidence of the hurricane's destructive force is everywhere. Many of the trees on the island were knocked down, and those still standing lean to the west. Many hotels and businesses are still closed, and some roads remain closed for repair. Turtle Reef used to be home to a large school of tarpon that would hang out in an underwater grotto and part like a curtain when you swam through them. Alas, the tarpon left with the hurricane, but Turtle Reef still has more than its share of Parrotfish and other colorful Caribbean denizens. Today we saw a barracuda and a stingray.
 

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Posted on March 21, 2005 11:43 PM by Hurric18.
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Hurricanes Attract Presidents

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What hit Pensacola more in the past year, hurricanes or presidents?
So this is the third time in 6 months that President Bush has been to Pensacola. The first time was to survey hurricane Ivan damage (I’ll never forget the beautiful sight of AF1 flying over, bringing me out of the state of shock I had been in the previous couple of days.) The next visit was a campaign stop. And now today. Next time many locals will probably start yawning.
 

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Posted on March 21, 2005 11:40 PM by Recove56.
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Hiking Hurricane Sisters

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These intrepid hikers sat out Hurricane Isabel one year and Hurricane Frances the next. But they finally got to hike!
Yes, for this hike we have been christened with new trail names by Lois and Earl Arnold, owners and operators of the Dutch Haas B&B. We stayed at their Bed & Breakfast last year to wait out Hurricane Isabel and we arrived this year with Hurricane Frances, so now we are known as the Hurricane Sisters, Spirit/Frances and Smasher/Isabel! Beth and I arrived at the Dutch Haas after both of us drove through the driving rains of Hurricane Frances most of the day. We were to begin our hiking journey on the 8th of Sept. but decided to wait out the torrential downpours, high winds and downed trees as the remnants of Hurricane Frances passed through.
 

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Posted on March 21, 2005 11:33 PM by Hurric58.
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March 20, 2005

Gulf Coast Tourism Six Months After Ivan

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Tourism is trying to make a comeback six months after Hurricane Ivan against long odds.

Six months after Hurricane Ivan's landfall over Gulf Shores, residents remain homeless. The oyster population largely is decimated. The state and businesses along the shore stand to lose millions of dollars in revenue, and repairs still are under way.

 

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Posted on March 20, 2005 09:04 PM by Hurric18.
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Recovery Continues 18 Months After Isabel

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Volunteerism helps, but there is still work to do long after Hurricane Isabel passed through.

Eighteen months after Hurricane Isabel, recovery is still under way in parts of Virginia.

 

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Posted on March 20, 2005 09:04 PM by Hurric58.
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March 19, 2005

Businesses Unhappy With Conectiv

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Hurricanes have made it difficult to provide power, but Conectiv ranks near the bottom of the pack for power companies.

Conectiv has done poorly in the annual J.D. Power survey for the last several years, ranking below the national average and low when compared to East Coast utilities.

For the past two years, the companies have had to deal with widespread blackouts caused by hurricanes. The current ranking may have been influenced by those events, said Conklin.

In response to the worst blackout in company history, state regulators ordered Conectiv last year to change the way it responds to massive power outages. That blackout in September 2003, a result of Hurricane Isabel, knocked out power to 109,000 customers for up to a week.

Anger at the company built up as the blackout dragged on and customers were not given any information about when their power would be restored, a Conectiv policy that has since been reversed.

 

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Posted on March 19, 2005 07:41 PM by Hurric58.
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Hurricane Surfing

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Sounds a little crazy, but some people enjoy surfing during hurricane season.

Take hurricane season, when powerful waves pound the beach. This is not a time for beginners or inexperienced surfers, Schmidt cautions. "We don't like to bring students out into waves that are over three feet.

"If you're gonna start charging bigger waves, you got to be a good swimmer," he says. "I've done 6-, 9-, 10-, 12-foot waves, and when you wipe out on a wave like that, it tends to hold you under. You gotta have lung capacity and know how to swim and stay calm in those situations.

"In Hurricane Jeanne, I saw in South Beach about 100-plus surfers, and you had a cop bullhorning people in. The waves were one- to three-foot. They weren't big, but there was a hurricane and they think there's this crisis."

Hurricanes aside, surfing is "extremely relaxing; it's spiritual ... You're on your surfboard riding some waves. What could be better than that?"

 

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Posted on March 19, 2005 07:41 PM by Hurric27.
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Hurricane Center to Offer Probability Map

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Important to get the best information available, but sometimes it's hard to tell when and where a hurricane will hit.

Gulf Coast residents were caught off guard on Aug. 13, when a Category 4 Hurricane Charley slammed into Punta Gorda. The black line drawn on maps by forecasters hours earlier showed a Category 2 storm hitting Tampa, about 100 miles to the north.

Hurricane specialist James Franklin said 24 hours before landfall, the probability of Charley's core hitting Tampa or Port Charlotte was the same: 30 percent.

"If people had been looking at this probability product rather than focusing on the line, nobody would have come to the conclusion they were safer in Port Charlotte than Tampa," Franklin said.

The hurricane center is considering getting rid of the skinny black line, or projected path, and replacing it with circles or dots to emphasize a much broader cone of uncertainty.

 

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Posted on March 19, 2005 07:41 PM by Hurric26.
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Guilty Verdict for Contract Without License

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This guy didn't fool the law when he took advantage of home owners after Hurricane Charley struck.

A jury on Tuesday found a Louisiana man guilty of unlicensed contracting during a state of emergency after Hurricane Charley struck the area.

Frank Andrew Russo, a former insurance claims agent who came to the area after Hurricane Charley hit, was sent to the Charlotte County Jail where he will wait for the results of a pre-sentence investigation. He faces a maximum of five years in prison.

Russo's case is the first to go to trial from more than 100 being handled by the 20th District State Attorney's Office. Russo, 38, is also the first in the county to face the charge as a third-degree felony. Gov. Jeb Bush changed the status of the crime from a misdemeanor to a felony after four hurricanes struck Florida in 2004.

 

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Posted on March 19, 2005 07:40 PM by Hurric26.
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March 18, 2005

Texas Hurricane Plan Forsees Mandatory Evacuation

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The Texas report on hurricane preparedness calls for mandatory evacuations and details evacuation bottlenecks.

The 18-page report by the governor's Office of Homeland Security was the result of Perry's call in September for an assessment of the state's hurricane preparedness. The assessment and report were led by Steve McCraw, Perry's homeland security director.

 

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Governor Appoints Insurance Task Force in Alabama

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Insurance problems resulting from Hurricane Ivan damage need further study.

Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has appointed a 19-member task force to study insurance issues. The move follows months of complaints related to Hurricane Ivan recovery and a decision by one firm to end wind coverage for some homeowners.

 

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Colonial Beach Set to Open Later This Year

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Colonial Beach landmark plans to open nearly 2 years after Hurricane Isabel.

It's been a long process of permitting, planning and waiting, but Riverboat-on-the-Potomac owner Penny Flanagan hopes visitors will be able to return to the Colonial Beach landmark by the end of November.

"We're finally getting excited about it now," Flanagan said this week.

The Riverboat, a pier off the Potomac shore in Colonial Beach, housed a restaurant, arcade, liquor store and Maryland off-track betting parlor until Hurricane Isabel wrecked it in September 2003.

 

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Posted on March 18, 2005 04:59 PM by Hurric58.
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March 17, 2005

Florida Ramping Up for Hurricane Season

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Hurricane season is only 10 weeks away. Still cleaning up the paperwork from Hurricane Frances, though.

FEMA has promised $600 million to local government to date. Brown added that auditors were monitoring the distribution of the funds. FEMA has paid more than $30 million to about 13,000 residents of Miami-Dade, even though the county received no hurricane-force winds. Ten Miami-Dade County residents have pleaded not guilty to charges they cheated the federal government by filing false aid claims for property damage from Hurricane Frances.

"As much as we are focused on the recovery ... we must also prepare for the 2005 hurricane season," said Craig Fugate, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. "It looks to be another active year."

The Atlantic-Gulf season runs from June 1 through November, but storms can occur before or after.

 

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Hurricane Ivan Increases Panhandle Homeless

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The devastation of Hurricane Ivan continues.

PENSACOLA, Fla. Hurricane Ivan is forcing a second wave of people from their homes six months after it hit.

Some are leaving because mold has made the buildings health hazards and others who lost their jobs are running out of rent or mortgage money.

Some have also had to leave rental homes. Landlords haven't repaired the damage because they lack insurance, plan to make other use of the property or are delaying so they can charge higher rents after tenants leave.

 

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Perry calls for improvements to state's hurricane planning

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We saw this interesting item at www.chron.com:

The recommendations were contained in the governor's "Texas Hurricane Preparedness" report, which Perry ordered after a series of hurricanes struck Florida last year.

 

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Feds Pay $29.9M for Hurricane Isabel Road Damage

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Hurricane Isabel did great road damage in Virginia.

The federal government will pay for just under 30 (m) million dollars of the damage that Hurricane Isabel did to Virginia roads.

The storm in September 2003 caused more than 70 (m) million in damage to Virginia's road system.

The U-S Department of Transportation provides emergency help to pay for repairs to eligible highways seriously damaged by natural disasters.

 

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Posted on March 17, 2005 07:28 PM by Hurric58.
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South Carolina Prepares for Hurricanes

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South Carolina learns from 2004 hurricanes how to prepare for 2005 hurricanes.

Officials will be more prepared for the upcoming hurricane season because of what the 2004 season taught them about lane reversals, shelter needs and rapid response for evacuations when a storm suddenly turns, a state hurricane manager said Wednesday at the end of the 2005 S.C. Hurricane/Emergency Management Workshop.

"There were several firsts even though many consider this was not a significant season for us. It was a very significant season," said Jon Boettcher, hurricane program manager for the S.C. Emergency Management Division, which sponsored the workshop. "It was the busiest season in 110 years" for S.C. residents. Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30.

 

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Hurricane Charley Still Haunts Central Florida Family

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Hurricane Charley still in the minds of many.

The damage from Hurricane Charley was only the beginning of Beatrice Stanley's troubles.

Stanley said her family had to take the carpets out themselves because they couldn't stand to breathe inside the house.

Charley tore off shingles and siding, collapsed ceilings and flooded the inside of her Kissimmee home. However, when Stanley went to her insurance company of 15 years to get the damage fixed, she was told her policy had been canceled.

"That was worse than a nightmare. I didn't know where to turn," she said.

 

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Posted on March 17, 2005 07:28 PM by Hurric26.
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Simple Hurricane Demonstration

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This article shows you what causes hurricanes.
How does a hurricane form? Many large thunderstorms come together over ocean water and begin to swirl like a vortex. When this vortex becomes powerful enough, it is called a hurricane. It's easy to make your own model of a hurricane using plastic soda bottles.
 

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Posted on March 17, 2005 12:59 AM by Weathe28.
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March 16, 2005

In the Eye of Hurricane Frances

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When you're in the eye of the hurricane, you're one-half way through the storm. Here's a blogger hanging on during Hurricane Frances.

We are "hunkering down" (you have no idea how tired I am of that particular phrase--there you go cheri, more fodder for conversation)

Hurricane force gusts and tropical storm force sustained winds.

Flooding.

All roads closed to anywhere--not that a car could maintain an upright position.

The Eye of Frances is now completely over land, wind speeds dropping, pressure rising.

I fell asleep sometime around 1am and slept until 4am. Craig is finally sleeping now.

Kids should be up anytime.

We are only about 1/2 way through this storm.

 

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Posted on March 16, 2005 12:02 AM by Hurric57.
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March 15, 2005

Bob's Hurricane Charley Story

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Bob works for a rental car company and told his story of sitting out Hurricane Charley in his house.
I had an interesting conversation with Bob (pictured) who works at the car rental return facility. Bob said that he endured the wrath of hurricane Charley in his home on the south side of Cape Coral. His wife had gone to an emergency shelter, but he did not. He thought that the hurricane would switch paths and that it would not be much of a threat in the end. He was wrong. He said the house cracked and popped during the highest winds. There was also a loud roar. Amazingly, the house suffered very little damage. Other homes in that same area suffered major damage. Bob said that he will never again ignore warnings and will go to a shelter or evacuate elsewhere. He never wants to go through something like that again.
 

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March 14, 2005

Project Stormfury

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Project Stormfury was an attempt in the 1960s and 1970s to slow down hurricanes by seeding hurricane clouds. The blogger argues it should be restarted.

The NOAA web site has a graphical depiction of Project Stormfury Hypothesis. Here's another article on Project Stormfury. My own take on the skepticism expressed in the article is that that science is all about experimentation. If an attempt at cloud seeding was attempted on a much larger scale (say bump up the seeding by a couple of orders of magnitude) using today's technology then the seeding approach could be much more thoroughly tested.

Some people are going to oppose climate engineering because, for reasons that are religious in character, they believe that humans do not have the right to intervene in nature to cause climate scale changes. Others will oppose it out of fear of unintended consequences. However, even if we reject the sort of moral philosophy that views natures as something that should not be tampered with and even if we may some day know enough to be able to predict all major consequences there will still be another argument against climate engineering: any intentional shift in weather that causes changes in one place will cause changes throughout the world. As a consequence of those changes (no matter how large or small) there are bound to be winners and losers throughout the world as well. For instance, a slight increase or decrease in rainfall in other countries will either increase flooding or lead to a reduction of crop yields.

 

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Saffir-Simpson Scale

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The Saffir-Simpson scale is to hurricanes as the Richter scale is to earthquakes.
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a 1-5 rating based on the hurricane's present intensity. This is used to give an estimate of the potential property damage and flooding expected along the coast from a hurricane landfall. Wind speed is the determining factor in the scale, as storm surge values are highly dependent on the slope of the continental shelf in the landfall region. Note that all winds are using the U.S. 1-minute average.
 

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March 13, 2005

Ex-Presidents Golf for Tsunami Relief

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Former Presidents Bush and Clinton played golf last week in an event that raised money for tsunami relief in southeast Asia.

U.S. citizens and corporations have donated more than $1.1 billion for tsunami relief, according to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. The U.S. government has pledged about $950 million.

Clinton said the donations have earned the United States goodwill in Indonesia. He said a State Department survey he received Tuesday showed Osama bin Laden's popularity had fallen from 58 percent to 23 percent in the country since the tsunami.

"There is now a plurality in Indonesia that believes America should lead the war on terror, the first Muslim country to believe that," Clinton said. "When they were asked why, everyone cited because of the way America responded with tsunami relief. They know we had no ulterior motives. They know all these contributions came on a totally human level."

 

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March 12, 2005

Pacific Cyclone Activity 2004

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Here's summary of the 2004 cyclone season from NOAA.
Total activity for the tropical cyclone season was slightly below normal, with three systems occurring within the area of responsibility of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC). One tropical cyclone (01-C) developed within the central Pacific and the other two, Darby and Estelle, moved into the area from the eastern Pacific. Estelle was the strongest of the three systems and the only one of tropical storm intensity. There were no deaths recorded or property damage reported in the central North Pacific due to these three tropical cyclones.
 

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March 11, 2005

Typhoon Meari

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With all the news about hurricanes last year, Typhoons got little coverage. Typhoon Meari hit southern Japan and killed at least 18 people in 2004.
The MODIS instrument flying aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured this true-color image of Typhoon Meari along the eastern China coast on September 27, 2004 at 02:55 UTC. At the time this image was taken, Meari had maximum sustained winds near 105 knots with gusts to 130 knots. Meari was expected to weaken slightly over the next 24 hours and make a gradual turn to the north.
 

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March 10, 2005

Nukes and Hurricanes

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Using nuclear arms to stop hurricanes is not a good idea.

According to the The Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML), "During each hurricane season, there always appear suggestions that one should simply use nuclear weapons to try and destroy the storms." This suggestion is apparently common enough to warrant a FAQ entry on their website, in which they offer a "rigorous" scientific explanation as to why this might be a bad idea.

 

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How Does FEMA Spend Money?

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Gannett newspapers are trying to get information on how the government distributed money after the hurricane disasters of 2004.

The News-Press and two other Florida Gannett newspapers sued the federal government today to get information relating to the 2004 hurricanes that devastated the state.

The News-Press, Pensacola News-Journal and FLORIDA TODAY filed the lawsuit in federal court in Fort Myers against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its component, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The newspapers want a federal judge to enforce the Freedom of Information Act and make those agencies turn over public records concerning the distribution of federal emergency aid in the wake of the storms.

“We want to review how the federal government distributed millions of dollars of taxpayers' money. There is no legal justification for that information to be withheld,” said Kate Marymont, executive editor of The News-Press, who has led Gannett’s effort in Florida to obtain the public records. "Just as frustrating as the lack of information is the lack of explanation. FEMA is offering no justification for handing out millions of dollars without any oversight."

 

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March 09, 2005

Recovering From Ivan

Grand Cayman was decimated by Hurricane Ivan last September. It is just now starting to get back on its feet.
About 35 per cent of the 3,388 hotel and condominium rooms on Grand Cayman have reopened to tourists, with a projected increase to 50 per cent by April, according to the Cayman Island Department of Tourism. The island was devastated by Hurricane Ivan last September.
 

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RSS Feeds for Hurricanes

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Remember when Ham Radio operators turned out in emergencies to aid communications? Now it's RSS. Here's a very useful tool for bloggers in areas affected by Hurricanes.

You'll want to pay close attention to this if you live in an area affected by these massive storms.

The National Hurricane Center has created a set of RSS feeds to help you keep track of tropical storm/hurricane updates for the Atlantic and Pacific regions of the United States.

Personally, I think this is a great idea!

So do I!
 

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March 08, 2005

How Businesses Can Help Recovery

Freddie Mac, one of the largest buyers of mortgages, moved to help homeowners after Hurricane Frances last year

Borrowers with mortgages owned by Freddie Mac are entitled to reduce or suspend their payments for up to 12 months.

Freddie Mac is also "strongly encouraging" its mortgage servicers to waive borrowers' penalties or late fees and to hold off on reporting delinquencies caused by the hurricane.

Freddie Mac said in August it is providing the same relief for families whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Charley. The corporation donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support temporary housing for victims of Hurricane Charley.

 

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March 07, 2005

Financial Penalties for Meteorologists?

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Russian politicians want to penalize weather forecasters for incorrect forecasts. Sounds like guaranteed money.

Moscow Mayor Juri Luschkov said: "Weather forecasters in our city and the surrounding area will be held responsible for financial losses that the city incurs through their incorrect prognoses."....

He did not elaborate on how much the fines would be or if the cash would be taken from the weathermen, or the companies they worked for.

 

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Hurricane Landfall Predictions

This site will determines probability of hurricane landfall by location.
Quick, what's June 1st? Yes, it's Morgan Freeman's birthday. Yes, it's Potty Training Awareness month. What I was getting at, though, is that it's also the start of hurricane season, which extends until December 1. A new site is making available landfall estimates for different varieties of storm force winds over the next 50 years in 205 different counties, from Texas to Maine. The site is called the United States Landfall Probability Web site and it's available at http://www.e-transit.org/hurricane/welcome.html .
 

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March 06, 2005

Hurricane Ivan Before and After Shots

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Some amazing before and after photographs that document Hurricane Ivan's destruction.

On Friday September 17, 2004, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) conducted an aerial photographic survey of the barrier islands in Alabama and Florida that were impacted by Hurricane Ivan. The photographs have been compared to pre-storm photographs to illustrate extreme coastal change.

The barrier islands exposed to Ivan's strongest winds, for example, the communities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, AL, are, in places, low lying, their dunes rising up only several meters, which is insufficient to have contained Ivan's storm surge. The Gulf spilled across the islands in a strong current capable of transporting massive amounts of sand landward, undermining buildings and roads, and opening new island breaches. On top of the surge, breaking waves nearly as tall as the water was deep, eroded dunes and battered structures.

 

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March 05, 2005

How to Prepare For a Hurricane

This is a thorough article on hurricane preparedness. Click on the link to read the entire article.

- Check your county evacuation map to see whether you are in an evacuation zone and which one. What you need to do depends greatly on how likely you are to evacuate.

- Gather deeds, titles, stock certificates, wills, birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, military and adoption records, credit card and bank account numbers, insurance policies, other important documents and anything else difficult to replace. Keep in a sturdy, waterproof container you can grab to take along or leave in a safe place. Consider a safe deposit box.

- Photograph, videotape or write down a list of your valuables and keep this with your other documents. This is for insurance.

 

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NOAA Coastal Observation

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NOAA provides coastal observations around the U.S. Click for more information on observations in each coastal area.
This site provides information and links to a number of coastal ocean observing systems in the United States. Data collection platforms include moored and drifting buoys, meteorological towers and stations, bottom-moored instruments, stand-alone instruments, ship survey cruises, satellite imagery, and remotely and autonomously operated vehicles. Both operational and research systems throughout the U.S. are included here.
 

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March 03, 2005

Solar Power After the Storm

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Solar power generation is great for standalone power when everything else has failed. You might consider solar power battery chargers in preparing for the next hurricane.

Florida has been hit four times, and many small island countries have been devastated by the recent hurricanes. Solar can be a safe alternative to dangerous gas generators for many who have power outages, and other forms of solar devices can help during the reconstruction period of these hard hit areas.

I have been particularly moved by the terrible situation in Haiti. These people need solar! They need it in a most desperate way. My time is short today, and I dont' have time to put all of my thoughts in this post, but please scan down this blog to the entry on Haiti when floods killed 2,000 Haitians. There are some real important thoughts on using solar cooking to help Haiti grow back their trees! This has to happen. Haiti is at the point of complete failure. We can help! Paul Munson of Sun Ovens International is doing all that he can to help these people. He is working with organizations and churches to get solar to the people.

 

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Disaster Recovery Plan for Business

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Recently published research shows that businesses still aren't implementing disaster recovery plans, even after one of the worst hurricane seasons ever.

Research by the Business Continuity Institute reveals that 20% of businesses still do not have disaster recovery plans, despite respondents believing that terrorism, fire and flood present significant threats to their business operations.

Andy Tomkinson of the BCI described the results of a new survey to be released to the public during the upcoming Business Continuity Awareness Week, saying, "The BCI awareness survey provides a timely reminder that more needs to be done to help business prepare for disruption. It is a wake up call for Government and business to come together and highlight what needs to be done, to prepare for better disaster recovery and business continuity planning."

 

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Posted on March 3, 2005 10:59 PM by Recove56.
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Hurricane Ivan From Space

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Great photo of Hurricane Ivan far away from the damage.
Ivan is the currently the third - and largest - hurricane set to strike the US this hurricane season. The swirling eye of Hurricane Ivan was photographed above from the orbiting International Space Station (ISS) as the storm's sustained 200 kilometer per hour winds wreaked havoc in the Caribbean. The bad news is that hurricane season in the Atlantic typically lasts until November 30, over two months from when this picture was taken. The more immediate bad news is that tropical storm Jeanne is next in line coming across the mid-Atlantic Ocean.
 

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March 02, 2005

Dave Barry's Hurricane Preparedness Guide

This won't help much, but it is funny.

We're entering the heart of hurricane season. Any day now, you're going to turn on the TV and see a weatherperson pointing to some radar blob out in the Atlantic and making two basic meteorological points:

1. There is no need to panic.

2. We could all be killed.

Yes, hurricane season is an exciting time to be in South Florida. If you're new to the area, you're probably wondering what you need to do to prepare for the possibility that we'll get hit by "the big one." The best way to get information on this topic is to ask people who were here during Hurricane Andrew (we're easy to recognize, because we still smell faintly of b.o. mixed with gasoline). Based on our experiences, we recommend that you follow this simple three-step hurricane preparedness plan:

STEP 1. Buy enough food and bottled water to last your family for at least three days.

STEP 2. Put these supplies into your car.

STEP 3. Drive to Nebraska and remain there until Halloween.

Unfortunately, statistics show that most people will not follow this sensible plan. Most people will foolishly stay here in South Florida. If you're one of those people, you'll want to clip out the following useful hurricane information and tuck it away in a safe place so that later on, when a storm is brewing, you will not be able to locate it.

 

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Posted on March 2, 2005 06:14 PM by Hurric103.
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Hurricane Insurance

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This is a funny and practical guide to hurricane preparation. You should check your homeowners insurance to see what is covered.

HOMEOWNERS' INSURANCE: If you own a home, you must have hurricane insurance. Fortunately, this insurance is cheap and easy to get, as long as your home meets two basic requirements:

(1) It is reasonably well-built, and

(2) It is located in Wisconsin

Unfortunately, if your home is located in Florida, or any other area that might actually be hit by a hurricane, most insurance companies would prefer not to sell you hurricane insurance, because then they might be required to pay YOU money, and that is certainly not why they got into the insurance business in the first place. So you'll have to scrounge around for an insurance company, which will charge you an annual premium roughly equal to the replacement value of your house. At any moment, this company can drop you like used dental floss.

 

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Posted on March 2, 2005 06:11 PM by Recove56.
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March 01, 2005

NOAA Concerned With Coastal Population Growth

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NOAA says that population growth in areas prone to natural disasters on both U.S. coasts is making hurricanes, landslides and other natural disasters more expensive.

More than half of all Americans live on or near the nation's coastal areas, and the number is growing, posing a challenge for emergency management officials in the event of hurricanes, tsunamis and other natural disasters, federal officials said Tuesday.

Coastal area growth also poses environmental and economic challenges to local governments, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a report on coastal population trends.

Whether it's tsunamis on the West Coast or hurricanes and other storms in the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, rising populations complicate evacuations and make emergency response more complex, officials said.

 

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Posted on March 1, 2005 01:50 PM by NOAA a29.
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Hurricane Reading

This book review is, in part, about a book called "What They Don't Tell You about Hurricanes."

The different styles of writing certainly make a difference in depicting the personalities in "Portrait of My Body" and "What They Don't Tell You about Hurricanes." The tone used in each is perhaps what sets the mood, intrigues the reader, and makes them worth-while reads. To compare, both Lopate and Gerard use tones that vent their frustration over things-that-be of which they have no control; Lopate's body is his, yet he can do little to change it while Gerard can do nothing to prevent the hurricane or the devastation that is certain to follow. Gerard and Lopate write to some degree to voice their protests, but more so to complain. They write out their frustrations.

The styles in which Lopate and Gerard write are very different however. Lopate writes about himself entirely. He describes his physical image and at the same time gives the reader a thorough description of his thoughts as well. Gerard's writings describes the oncoming hurricane and is not as straight-forward about himself. One can sense his dread about the hurricane, but he does not stress his concerns in the same way as Lopate. Lopate's "Portrait if My Body" was entertaining at first, but ended in a way that seemed tiresome and whiney. Gerard's description seemed depressed and sad, understandable regarding his situation.

 

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6 Months After Charley

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Nice article on how things are going 6 months after Hurricane Charley.
For some time after Charley hit I would break out in tears. I went thru feelings of guilt that our home survived major damage. I knew people who lost everything in the hurricanes this summer. I knew a woman with children who were living in a tent next to where their apartment used to stand until FEMA brought in some trailers. I kept asking, "why them"? and "Why was our home spared and theirs was not"? It took me some time to understand that it is just the luck of the draw when it comes to mother nature.
 

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