Where Sen. Coburn (R-OK) can cut back in order to offset costs for tornado relief 11

Senator Tom Coburn R OKRepublican Senator Tom Coburn, Oklahoma, is crying that the costs for relief of the recent disastrous tornadoes must be offset by cutting back elsewhere.

I have the perfect answer…. Cut back on the subsidies the oil companies receive.

They are profiting more than ever. Plus they’re the ones, whether knowningly or unknowningly, that are a main component of our aggressive climate change. They can chip in.  More…

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Some of the more dramatic photos from Hurricane Sandy 8

I grew up in tornado alley and of course there is quite a bit of difference between the two. One major difference that keeps coming to my mind is the length of time. Tornadoes are “wham bam thank ya ma’am,” whereas Sandy (which is no longer being called a hurricane) is like the Eveready Bunny… just keeps going and going and going…. I’ll take my tornadoes.

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TX Tornadoes Toss Semi-Trucks Like Toys | Footage and Photos 6

Incredible footage of semi-trailer trucks literally sucked up in the air and tossed around as though they are match-box toys. Footage from the tornadoes which struck Dallas-Ft Worth on Tuesday. Heavy damage, yet no casualties. Very lucky.

If you have not seen this footage, it is amazing. I am from tornado alley, and my jaw still drops when I watch this. Found a nice HD upload from the CNN coverage, so you can really see nature at work here.

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Japan | Photos One Year Later 19

One year ago on March 6, 2011, a trifecta of disasters hit Japan. First was a 9.0 earthquake which caused a massive tsunami to hit the shore. A tsunami so large that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant suffered a triple meltdown. A combination of all three killed as many as 20,000 people, left tens of thousands of homes and businesses in ruins, and turned that area of Japan into a ghost town.

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Tornadoes Tear Through the Midwest | Footage and Photos 17

I am sure you have all heard by now that a powerful severe storm system moved across the United States on Friday, with a slew of tornadoes from Alabama to Indiana contributing to at least five deaths and threatening even more destruction as the day wore on.

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More Photos from the Wreck of the Costa Concordia 2

Here are some amazing photos of the Coast Concordia. It has been hard to grasp the size of this ship from most of the pictures I’ve seen, and the news coverage on TV and the internet. However, in a few of these photos, the rescuers look like tiny miniatures when photographed next to sections of the ship. These are some truly incredible pictures.

Clicking on a thumbnail will bring up the photo in full size and you may then toggle through at your own pace.      More…

Fire, Floods, Snow and Ice Strikes the Western US | Video Photos 10

Funny weather forecast. Click to enlarge.

A state of emergency has been declared in Oregon and Washington, where a powerful winter storm brought deadly floods, heavy snows of up to 4 feet, a severe ice storm, and damaging winds Wednesday and Thursday. Heavy rains of 3 – 8 inches have fallen over a wide swath of Western Oregon since Monday, causing major to record flooding on multiple rivers and creeks. In Albany, Oregon, a family of four drove out of a supermarket parking lot and into a flooded Perwinkle Creek Wednesday night, and were swept away. Two people were rescued, but a 20-month-old boy and his mother drowned. The Marys River in Philomath rose to its highest flood on record yesterday, and will remain at major flood stage today before gradually receding tonight. The rains have tapered off over much of the region today, but renewed rains are expected later today and intermittently into early next week.

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2011 in Review | Fires in the US Southwest 2

During the summer of 2011, which happens to be one of the worst droughts on record for those of us here in the United States Southwest, fires erupted all over causing mass destruction in many states.  I reside in Albuquerque NM, and we were very fortunate here in the city.  No large fires.  A few small ones sprang up in the Rio Grande Bosque, but were quickly put out with little damage.  However, Albuquerque, as well as a large part of the state, were victims from the mass amount of smoke and ash from the Arizona Wallow fires in June 2011.  The first picture below is one I took from my back yard late one afternoon.  No, it is not a setting sun… it is pink due to the thick smoke in the air.  Ash covered everything for several days, choked our swamp coolers, and caused a large increase of asthma related problems in the hospitals.  Below that are three photos I took from the north side of Albuquerque of the smoke pouring from the fires in Los Alamos (the Las Conchas fire), which threatened the nuclear lab facility there (home of the A-Bomb.)  Los Alamos NM is approximately 70 miles how the crow flies. More…

2011 in Review | Extreme Weather 6

What a year 2011 was when it came to weather.  Blizzards, tornadoes, flooding, droughts and hurricanes.  Here is a photo journal through the extreme weather of 2011 shown in chronological order.  Geologic disasters (tsunami, earthquakes, etc) will be posted in a separate article, as well as the fires in the US Southwest (in which I live.) More…

Photos of floods in Pakistan Reply

One year ago, Pakistan suffered the worst flooding in its history, a slow-moving disaster that left some 2,000 dead and another 11 million homeless. Nearly one million are still without permanent shelter, and meanwhile, the flooding has returned. Though it’s not on the same scale as last year’s flood, this summer’s damage is still significant.

High water from monsoon rains has killed more than 200 people since early August, damaging or destroying some 670,000 homes and affecting more than 5 million people, according to the government and the United Nations. The disaster has once again overwhelmed the capacity of the government to assist, and the UN has asked for $357 million in international aid. Gathered here is a handful of recent images from Pakistan, where residents are once again coping with flooding on a massive scale.

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Texas fires

Several footages of fires in Texas. Update on Bastrop. Reply

The Insurance Council of Texas reported Monday that estimated losses due to recent wildfires in Central Texas are $250 million, by far the costliest in the state’s history.

Firefighting teams Monday worked to extinguish final stubborn flare-ups in the massive, week-old Bastrop blaze, even as gusty winds rekindled several hot spots.

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Hurricane Irene beach front homes Nags Head NC

Update and photos on Hurricane Irene from North Carolina Reply

[Update 8:43 p.m.] A ninth person has died as a result of Hurricane Irene, officials said.  A man in Chesterfield County, Virginia, died after a tree fell on his home, emergency officials said.

[Update 8:39 p.m.] The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for metropolitan New York. A tornado watch indicates that conditions are favorable for a tornado to form, according to the National Weather Service. No tornado has yet developed or been reported.

[Update 8:35 p.m.] Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in Boston announces suspension of Sunday services due to Hurricane Irene.

[Update 8:32 p.m.] The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is now closed, the Maryland Transportation Authority said on its website.  The bridge will be off-limits until high winds subside, the agency said.

[Update 8:21 p.m.]  The Maryland Transit Administration said it was halting all subway and bus services at 9 p.m. Saturday – with light rail transport ending three hours earlier. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel has been closed until further notice, the state’s Emergency Management Agency reported.

[Update 8:00 p.m.] The National Hurricane Center on Saturday warned residents living in tall structures in the path of Hurricane Irene that the wind hitting upper floors will be stronger than those in most storms.

Above from CNN
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7.05pm ET: Time for a summary of the day’s news as Hurricane Irene carved its way up the United States’ Atlantic coast, Saturday:

• At least five fatalities have now been attributed to the storm. Three of these deaths were caused, directly or indirectly, by trees felled by high winds. In Florida, a surfer was killed while attempting to take advantage of the hurricane-powered waves.

• Approximately 1 million Americans – in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and DC – are without electricity. The mayor of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania has warned citizens that outages could last for days, even weeks. As Irene heads north, that number is likely to grow.

• Hundreds of thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate coastal and low-lying areas along the eastern seaboard. As many as 1 million people have left the Jersey shore. In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has warned that “we are going to break down doors if we have to” to enforce the evacuation.

• Transport has ground to a virtual halt on the east coast. Some 9,000 flights have been cancelled from affected airports. In New York, all public transport has closed down until Monday.

• Despite Irene losing force, downgraded to category 1, storm surges and heavy rains are creating danger of widespread flooding. In northern New England, Vermont’s governor has declared a state of emergency, with flooding predicted in every river in the state.

With that, Matt Seaton is signing off. Matt Wells continues the service shortly. Good night, Irene.

Posting from Guardian

Abandoned beach front houses are surrounded by rising water as the effects of Hurricane Irene are felt in Nags Head on Saturday, August 27, 2011.
SHAWN ROCCO – SROCCO@NEWSOBSERVER.COM

Abandoned beach front houses are surrounded by rising water as the effects of Hurricane Irene are felt in Nags Head, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
GERRY BROOME – AP


A sea bird struggles for life in the leeward side of a dune in Frisco Saturday as Hurricane Irene pounds the coast.
CHUCK LIDDY – CLIDDY@NEWSOBSERVER.COM


A rooftop view of flooding damage Saturday, August 27, 2011 in Morehead City. Hurricane Irene, a category 1 storm, is making landfall on the North Carolina coast. TRAVIS LONG- tlong@newsobserver.com
TRAVIS LONG – TLONG@NEWSOBSERVER.COM


Jon Harvey checks flooding damage in his garage Saturday, August 27, 2011 in Morehead City. Hurricane Irene, a category 1 storm, is making landfall on the North Carolina coast. TRAVIS LONG- tlong@newsobserver.com
TRAVIS LONG – TLONG@NEWSOBSERVER.COM


A sailboat sits high and dry in the Scott Marina as Hurricane force winds from Irene push the water into the Pamlico Sound Saturday morning.
CHUCK LIDDY – CLIDDY@NEWSOBSERVER.COM


Ian Crossman, left, Cody Levy and Christian Van Vliet walk out onto a receded Albemarle Sound in Kill Devil Hills on Saturday, August 27, 2011. The sound had moved out due to the high winds of Hurricane Irene.
SHAWN ROCCO – SROCCO@NEWSOBSERVER.COM


Ian Crossman, left, Cody Levy and Christian Van Vliet walk out onto a receded Albemarle Sound in Kill Devil Hills on Saturday, August 27, 2011. The sound had moved out due to the high winds of Hurricane Irene.
SHAWN ROCCO – SROCCO@NEWSOBSERVER.COM


Boats sit in an almost empty channel as Hurricane Irene pushes the water out in to Albemarle Sound in Nags Head on Saturday, August 27, 2011.
SHAWN ROCCO – SROCCO@NEWSOBSERVER.COM


Boats sit high and dry in the Scott Marina as Hurricane force winds from Irene push the water into the Pamlico Sound Saturday morning.
CHUCK LIDDY – CLIDDY@NEWSOBSERVER.COM


A vehicle avoids a downed utility pole on Woodlawn St. as Hurricane Irene hits Greenville, N.C. on Aug. 27, 2011.
CHRIS SEWARD – CSEWARD@NEWSOBSERVER.COM


This gas station convenience store in Avon lost it’s canopy as Hurricane Irene arrived Saturday morning.
CHUCK LIDDY – CLIDDY@NEWSOBSERVER.COM


Waters lap at the foundation of a house along Calico Creek Saturday, August 27, 2011 in Morehead City. Hurricane Irene, a category 1 storm, is making landfall on the North Carolina coast. TRAVIS LONG- tlong@newsobserver.com
TRAVIS LONG – TLONG@NEWSOBSERVER.COM


Smithfield Firefighters inspect the damage to Smithfield House at the intersection of Buffalo and Hospital Roads on Saturday afternoon after winds from Hurricane Irene pushed two trees on the building on Saturday August 27, 2011 in Smithfield, N.C.
ROBERT WILLETT – RWILLETT@NEWSOBSERVER.COM


A personal message to Hurricane Irene at the Nags Head Ocean Rescue building on Friday, August 26, 2011.
SHAWN ROCCO – SROCCO@NEWSOBSERVER.COM


A personal message to Hurricane Irene on a Nags Head House on Friday, August 26, 2011.
SHAWN ROCCO – SROCCO@NEWSOBSERVER.COM

All photos from News Observer

Ring of Fire strikes again. 7.3 magnitude quake off the coast of Japan Reply

Image below from March 11th, 2011, tsunami

A powerful earthquake struck off Japan’s northeastern coast on Sunday, July 10, 2011. Tsunami advisories were issued following the Japan earthquake, Tokyo Breaking News reported. The alert was later lifted.

According to Reuters, Fukushima nuclear plant workers evacuated to higher ground following the earthquake, with no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Tokyo Electric Power said that there did not appear to be any further damage at the nuclear plant.

In March, Japan’s earthquake and tsunami devastated the country, and wreaked havoc at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

The Associated Press reports:

The quake hit at 9:57 local time (0057 GMT), and a warning of a tsunami was issued for most of the northeastern coastline. The epicenter of the quake was in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan’s main island, Honshu, at a depth of about 20 miles (30 kilometers).

Japanese officials predicted the quake could generate tsunami of up to 20 inches (50 centimeters), but the initial waves were only about 4 inches (10 centimeters). The tsunami warning was lifted after the forecast arrival time of the waves

Update:

Japan’s Meteorological agency at first estimated the strength of the quake at 7.1, but later revised that to 7.3. It also revised the depth estimate from 10 to 30 kilometers.