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Hurricane Irene to Batter East Coast

Hurricane Irene a powerful category 2 Tropical system which slammed Puerto Rico, Cuba, and The Bahamas  is making landfall on Wrightsville Beach,NC Friday.From Atlanta Business Chronicle:

Hurricane Irene is barreling toward North Carolina early Friday with landfall expected Saturday between 10 a.m. and noon. Forecasters said the storm will hit eastern North Carolina as a Category 3 storm with winds estimated at 115 miles per hour. Mandatory evacuations of coastal North Carolina residents will take place throughout the day on Friday. Officials are expected to order evacuations Friday as far north as New Jersey. Forecasters said early Friday the storm is as large as the Southeast, and has the potential to affect as many as 65 million people as it moves north along the East Coast of the U.S.

Even the mayor of New York City is considering mandatory evacuations. Officials there are watching forecasts to determine the storm’s anticipated strength as it moves north. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said officials expect to shut down the city’s entire transit system Saturday afternoon ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irene. He said service likely won’t be available again until sometime Monday or perhaps later. A transportation official said the system cannot operate with sustained winds of 39 mph.

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Rock n Roll: East Coast 5.8 Magnitude Earthquake

What a day folks. The eastern seaboard of the US shaken on Tuesday afternoon when a 5.8 magnitude temblor shook as the workday was coming an end. The quake struck after 3 P.M.  on a fault in Mineral, Louisa County ,VA about 90 miles southwest of Washington, DC. and 50 miles northwest of Richmond,VA.

The quake felt from Atlanta, GA in the South, to Montreal,QC North; Chicago out west. Buildings in cities on East Coast were evacuated spreading  panic in the streets. Centuries old Brick building  facades collapsed .

Nuclear Power plants up and down the coast shut down very briefly including the North Anna Power Plant nearby. President Obama was notified of the quake while hitting the links on Martha’s Vineyard. Obama family spending a ten-day vacation.

For people working at the Pentagon and New York City shades of September 11 Terror Attacks from ten years ago. From A.P. via Yahoo  News:

The earthquake came less than three weeks before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, and in both Washington and New York it immediately triggered fears of something more sinister than a natural disaster.

At the Pentagon, a low rumbling built until the building itself was shaking, and people ran into the corridors of the complex. The shaking continued there, to shouts of “Evacuate! Evacuate!”

The Park Service closed all monuments and memorials on the National Mall, and ceiling tiles fell at Reagan National Airport outside Washington. All flights there were put on hold.

In lower Manhattan, the 26-story federal courthouse, blocks from ground zero of the Sept. 11 attacks, began swaying, and hundreds of people streamed out of the building.

The New York police commissioner, Raymond Kelly, was in a meeting with top deputies planning security for the upcoming anniversary when the shaking started. Workers in the Empire State Building spilled into the streets, some having descended dozens of flights of stairs.

 “I thought we’d been hit by an airplane,” said one worker, Marty Wiesner.

Another, Adrian Ollivierre, an accountant, was in his office on the 60th floor when the quake struck: “I thought I was having maybe a heart attack, and I saw everybody running. I think what it is, is the paranoia that happens from 9/11, and that’s why I’m still out here — because, I’m sorry, I’m not playing with my life.”

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Los Alamos and Nuke Plant Threatend By Fire

The town of Los Alamos,NM  and the Los Alamos National Laboratory is in the path of a massive wildfire. From Reuters:

 New Mexico fire managers scrambled on Tuesday to reinforce crews battling a third day against an out-of-control blaze at the edge of one of the nation’s top nuclear weapons production centers.

The fire’s leading edge burned to within a few miles (kilometres) of a dump site where some 20,000 barrels of plutonium-contaminated waste is stored at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, fire officials said.

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Here We Go Again Tornadoes Hit MA.

Four people are dead and several injured as a  series of Tornadoes touched down in Western Massachusetts  on Wednesday. 19 communities were affected the hardest hit Springfield.From WBZ-TV/HD “WBZ4NEWS“:

Several tornadoes touched down in Massachusetts Wednesday afternoon, killing at least four people and damaging property across more than a dozen communities.

Tornadoes were confirmed in Westfield, Springfield, West Springfield, Wilbraham, Sturbridge, Monson, Oxford, Charlton, Agawam, Brimfield, and Douglas. Damage from the storms was reported in 19 communities.

By Wednesday evening, at least four people were confirmed dead, along with dozens of injuries.  Governor Patrick has declared a State of Emergency.

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By the way June 1st the start of Atlantic Ocean Hurricane Season!

Oklahoma City and the Midwest hit byTornadoes on Tuesday

14 people  were killed when tornadoes dropped down on Oklahoma City  and in Arkansas and Kansas. Oklahoma City suburbs of Chickasha, Piedmont and Canton,were hardest hit communities.  From AP via Yahoo.com:

When three tornadoes marched toward Oklahoma City and its suburbs, thousands of people in the path benefited from good forecasts, luck and live television to avoid the kind of catastrophe that befell Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Joplin, Mo.

Even though more than a dozen people died in the latest round of violent weather, schools and offices closed early, giving many families plenty of time to take shelter. And even stragglers were able to get to safety at the last minute because TV forecasters narrated the twisters’ every turn.

“We live in Oklahoma and we don’t mess around,” Lori Jenkins of Guthrie said after emerging from a neighbor’s storm shelter to find her carport crumpled and her home damaged.

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Tornado Strikes Joplin, Missouri Nearly Wiped Off the Face of the Earth Kills 122; Minneapolis’ North Side and Suburbs, La Crosse, Wisconsin and Topeka,Kansas Suburbs Hit by Storms as Well

On Sunday evening as families were having dinner or nighttime Church services a Category EF-5 Tornado Slams in to Joplin, MO. 40 Years to the Month killing 116, injuring more than 2000 people. The images are striking. St. John Regional Medical Center one  largest hospital in Southwest Missouri suffered heavy damage in six deaths, windows blown out. KOAM-TV/HD “KOAM News“:

Joplin city manager Mark Rhor says in the news conference that search and rescue efforts continue.

Rhor says the death toll is now at 122, but names are still not being released.

He said nine survivors have been found over the past two days during search efforts.

8,000 structures were damaged in Joplin over a 1,800 acre area.

Rhor says the city has been testing the siren system, and and all but two are working.  Those will be repaired.  In the meantime, the uncovered area will be notified with PA by the police department.

From The New York Times:

An additional 1,500 people remained on the official list of those who remained unaccounted for, which ballooned in a flood of worried phone calls but is gradually shrinking as the names of the living and the dead are scratched off.

The police said two people were found alive Tuesday, in addition to seven found on Monday.

Because cellphone service was knocked out by the storm on Sunday and remained spotty two days later, many residents were unable to contact friends and relatives who may still be alive. Residents’ frustration and fears grew as officials declined to share the names of the dead and the missing, and they have turned to local radio and Facebook.

Missouri Politicians  came to Joplin to the tornado damage for themselves. From KODE-TV/HD -KSNF-TV/HD “Action 12 News”/”KSN NEWS”:

Senator Roy Blunt and Congressman Billy Long toured the tornado devastation.

They met with FEMA directors, the Chief of Police, Fire Chief, and other emergency units involved in the disaster.

President Obama speaking from London,United Kingdom reassure the tornado victims the US Federal Government is help on the way. The President will visit Joplin on Sunday. From KCTV/HD “KCTV 5 News”:

President Barack Obama plans to travel to the tornado-damaged state of Missouri on Sunday.A tornado that cut through the city of Joplin on Sunday was the single deadliest twister to ever hit American soil since the National Weather Service began keeping records 61 years ago. At least 124 people have died.”We are going to do absolutely everything we can to make sure they recover,” said Obama, in England on Tuesday to meet with Britain’s royal family and huddle with top politicians.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate and Deputy Administrator Richard Serino have traveled to Missouri to work with state and local officials, Obama said.

Rescue workers search Apartments and stores for survivors. From ABC News:

Rescuers shifted through the rubble of six miles of debris and more than 2000 damaged buildings on Monday, looking for survivors as high winds and hail continues to plague the area.

“This a community. We are more than a city … we do things together,” Joplin Mayor Mike Woolston told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer. “The city sheltered a number of people the first night, but it was a hundred or so, something like that. Given that we had 2,000 structures that are damaged, you wonder where those people went. Well, they’re staying with friends, they’re staying with family, some of them may be staying with complete strangers they don’t know but may have taken them in. The amount of donations we’ve had is overwhelming.”

A small EF-2 tornado struck Minneapolis Far North Side killing one injuring several others. 60 miles away in La Crosse, WI a strong line of thunderstorms damage over 200 homes in that area. From WCCO-TV/HD  “WCCO 4 News”:

About 800 homes were damaged by the storm that hit north Minneapolis on Sunday, and a lot of people in the community have been toughing it out despite roof damage and other damage.

But Tuesday afternoon, the city informed some of those folks that, like it or not, their house isn’t safe enough to live in anymore.

“They say we have to leave our house, our house is unsafe. But the man never checked the structure,” said DeWayne Thornton.

A powerful storm sideswiped this western Wisconsin city on Sunday, tearing roofs from homes and littering streets and lawns with downed trees and debris.

One person is dead when a EF-3 tornado struck Reading,KS 60 miles southwest Topeka and 20 miles from Emporia,KS. From WIBW-TV “13 News“:

Reading, a small town of about 250 located 19 miles northeast of Emporia was destroyed in a late Saturday night EF3 tornado.

The twister killed 53-year-old Don Chesmore.

Kansas Division of Emergency Management spokeswoman Sharon Watson says Don Chesmore was in a mobile home that flipped over Saturday night.

Chesmore was taken to a hospital in Emporia, where he was pronounced dead. Four others were injured in the tornado.

About 20 houses, the downtown post office, bank, the town’s only cafe and the elementary school were all hit.

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Historic Mississippi River Flooding Heads For Baton Rouge and New Orleans

The Mississippi River floods are near the end of the line Baton Rouge  and New Orleans and the Delta. Many cities and town have been flooded due to the this past winter snows and recent rains. Parts of Memphis and Tunica, MS have serious flooding. Up river The Army Corps of Engineers  blew up levees new Cairo, Ill  late last week. Now the Army Corp of Engineers will open the Morganza Spillway Saturday to relieve the pressure on the Mississippi. Thousands have been evacuated from the spillway area. From AP via Yahoo News:

In an agonizing trade-off, Army engineers said they will open a key spillway along the bulging Mississippi River as early as Saturday and inundate thousands of homes and farms in parts of Louisiana’s Cajun country to avert a potentially bigger disaster in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

About 25,000 people and 11,000 structures could be in harm’s way when the gates on the Morganza spillway are unlocked for the first time in 38 years.

“Protecting lives is the No. 1 priority,” Army Corps of Engineers Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh said aboard a boat from the river at Vicksburg, Miss., hours before the decision was made to open the spillway.

The opening will release a torrent that could submerge about 3,000 square miles under as much as 25 feet of water in some areas but take the pressure off the downstream levees protecting New Orleans, Baton Rouge and the numerous oil refineries and chemical plants along the lower reaches of the Mississippi.

Keep the communitites in the path and those that have been affected by recent flooding in the Mississippi River Valley.

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