Monday, August 08, 2011

080811.2--Message for Today: Calamities, bible

1.  More calamities, including strong winds, are on the way...

2.  The "Holy Bible" has nothing to do with any religion, whatsoever--religion just use it to their purpose.  It is the manual or the knowledge of Life on earth.  Please read it.


Anonymous said...

Governor: Wind gust that fell Ind. stage a 'fluke'

TOM LoBIANCO - Associated Press | AP – 5 hrs ago

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The wind gust that toppled a stage at the Indiana State Fair Saturday night, killing five and injuring dozens of fans waiting for the country band Sugarland to perform, was a "fluke" that no one could have anticipated, the governor and others said Sunday.

The wind was far stronger than that in other areas of the fairgrounds, said Dan McCarthy, chief meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Indiana. He estimated the gust at 60 to 70 mph.

Gov. Mitch Daniels said precautions were taken before the storm, but no one could have foreseen such a strong gust focused in one place. Some witnesses have said that while a storm was expected, rain hadn't begun to fall when the wind sent the stage rigging falling into the crowd of terrified fans.

Anonymous said...

Stage Collapse Kills Concert-Goers in Belgium

Incident is latest in a series of collapses at outdoor concerts; Mountain Park operator takes precautions

11:59 a.m. PDT, August 18, 2011

At least three people are reportedly dead after a stage collapsed Thursday during severe weather at a music festival in Belgium.

Initial reports suggest that a storm moving through the grounds at the Pukkelpop Festival in Hasselt, Belgium, caused the Chateau Stage to collapse shortly before Chicago band the Smith Westerns was scheduled to perform.

Cullen Omori, the band’s singer wrote on Twitter, “Stage collapsed max almost got crushed by the tress.[sic] I hope pukkelpop has insurance bc all our [expletive] is broke.” He followed up a minute later with the hope that no one was hurt.,0,5969522.column

Anonymous said...

Tropical Storm Irene barrels toward Puerto Rico

APBy DANICA COTO - Associated Press | AP – 48 mins ago

PATILLAS, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Irene barreled toward Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands on Sunday, packing heavy rains and winds that closed airports and flooded low-lying areas in the Leeward Islands.

The fast-moving storm, tracking west-northwest at roughly 18 mph (30 kph), was taking an unpredictable path that left people in the islands of the U.S. Caribbean anxious about the winds and rain to come.

On its current forecast track, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Irene was expected to pass near or over the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico later in the day. It's expected to strengthen into a hurricane on Monday as it approaches Hispaniola, the island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti. More than 600,000 people in Haiti still live without shelter after last year's earthquake.

Strong winds and battering rain were expected late Sunday over Puerto Rico, including its outlying islands of Vieques and Culebra. U.S. forecasters had earlier expected the storm's center to pass just south of Puerto Rico's southern coast, but now said it could pass over the island of nearly 4 million inhabitants.

"The storm is wobbling a little bit. It is moving more to the west-northwest than we anticipated earlier," said Cristina Forbes, an oceanographer at the center. Sustained winds must reach 74 mph (119 kph) for the storm to be classified as a hurricane.

Most forecasts have Irene hitting southern Florida by the end of the week.

By Sunday afternoon, Irene was about 185 miles (300 kilometers) east-southeast of the southern Puerto Rican city of Ponce, where most businesses were closed and some homeowners were putting storm shutters on their windows.

Edgar Morales, owner of a roadside food stall in southeastern Puerto Rico, was one of the few business owners who opened Sunday despite the approaching storm.

"We're going to stay open until God allows it," said Morales, 35, who scanned TV news about the tropical storm with some of his customers.

In advance of Irene, Puerto Rican authorities urged islanders to secure their homes and pick up debris that high winds could turn into dangerous projectiles. Maritime officials advised people to stay away from the ocean because Irene could bring a dangerous storm surge to the coast.

"I strongly recommend that swimmers and recreational boaters avoid the ocean and that the general public stay away from shoreline rocks until the tropical storm passes and weather and surf conditions normalize," said Capt. Drew Pearson, a U.S. Coast Guard commander.

The Coast Guard closed the port in St. Croix, the largest and poorest of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Early Sunday, the storm churned up rough surf along a group of small islands in the eastern Caribbean that includes Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis, Guadeloupe, and St. Maarten.

The storm caused some flooding in low-lying areas, and several countries and territories reported scattered power outages, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries. The storm was expected to dump up to 7 inches (18 centimeters) of rain on the islands.

"We are hoping that it won't be too bad for us because we just can't take this storm," said James Henry, a fisherman on the island of Dominica who braved a gusty squall early Sunday to pull his small boat ashore.

In Antigua, the airport authority closed the V.C. Bird International Airport during the storm's passage. The tiny country of St. Kitts also closed its airport, stranding travelers who had hoped to beat the storm.

By Sunday afternoon, the government of Antigua and Barbuda discontinued a tropical storm warning for the island nation as well as for Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Anguilla.

Forecasters said tropical storm force winds extended outward up to 150 miles (240 kilometers), mainly to the north of Irene's center.

Anonymous said...

Bahamas official reports 'disturbing' storm damage

APBy Associated Press | AP – 38 mins ago

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — The head of the National Emergency Management Agency in the Bahamas says he is getting what he calls disturbing initial reports of damages from Hurricane Irene in two southern islands.

Capt. Stephen Russell tells The Associated Press that at least two settlements have been devastated on Acklins and Crooked islands. Russells says an official there reports that 90 percent of the homes in the settlements have been severely damaged or destroyed. Several hundred people live on each island. No injuries have been reported.

The two islands were among the first to be hit Wednesday as the hurricane made its way up the island chain.

Anonymous said...

Waves from Hurricane Irene sweep eight off Florida jetty

By Liz Goodwin | The Lookout – 2 hrs 35 mins ago

As Hurricane Irene makes it way toward North Carolina, where it's expected to make landfall early Saturday morning, video footage of the storm is beginning to surface.

The storm weakened to a Category 2 as it reached Florida's waters, the Associated Press reported, but it could pick up steam again.

The video below appears to show the first injuries from the storm, as eight people were swept off a jetty near West Palm Beach by giant waves. According to the Palm Beach Post, one of the eight is in a hospital in serious condition. The waves crashed over people in Boynton Beach, Florida, who ventured out to a jetty to watch the storm.


Anonymous said...

Large forest fires rage in Greece

Press | AP – 2 hrs 21 mins ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Strong winds spread large fires through thousands of hectares (acres) of forest in Greece Friday, despite a large firefighting operation with water-dropping aircraft from other European countries.

Authorities said no injuries or major damage to property were reported from about a dozen major blazes reaching from the northeastern border region of Evros to the southern island of Crete.

A man was convicted of arson through negligence regarding the Evros fire.

Two villages in western and southern Greece were evacuated as a precaution, while flames swept through the ruins of ancient Kalydon in the west, charring trees and blackening some stone walls. The culture ministry said the antiquities suffered no structural damage and would soon be cleaned.

Greece suffers from wildfires every summer, and 76 people died in a spate of blazes in 2007.