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Hurricane Sally causes ‘catastrophic,’ ‘life-threatening’ flooding, leaves nearly half a million US households without power: ‘Just a nightmare’

Hurricane Sally made landfall in the Gulf Coast in the wee hours Wednesday morning, bringing with it “catastrophic” and “life-threatening” floods and knocking out power to nearly half a million U.S. homes.

The storm, moving slowly inland, made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama, at 5:45 a.m.as a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, the Weather Channel reported. Sally is moving north and east and is projected to continue on that trajectory throughout the rest of the day. Its maximum sustained winds have decreased to 80 mph.

A tornado watch has been issued for southeast Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, and southwest Georgia until 7 p.m.

The National Weather Service office in Mobile, Alabama, issued a flash flood emergency warning early Wednesday, declaring “a severe threat to human life & catastrophic damage from a flash flood” and urging people to seek higher ground.

WTVY-TV in Alabama
reported “significant damage” to the beach and an expectation of “life-threatening flash-flooding” throughout Gulf Shores. CNN’s Ed Lavandera reported transformers are blowing up in Mobile, knocking power out for hundreds of thousands of people.

Estimates from utility tracker poweroutage.us suggest more than 500,000 homes in Alabama and Florida are now without power.

Pictures of the damage in Gulf Shores were shared by WALA-TV reporter Tyler Fingert, taken near Highway 59 and Beach Blvd. They show structures along the beach destroyed, buildings suffering damage, and debris left by the storm surge covering the streets.

In Pensacola, more than two feet of rain has caused severe flooding. Videos shared on social media capture streets under water as storm surge rips through the city.

“We believe that this is an epic proportion flooding event,” Escambia County Public Safety Director Jason Rogers
told WEAR-TV. “There is extremely high water, moving water that is very dangerous. We don’t believe that we have yet seen the worst of the flooding.”

“We anticipate the evacuations could literally be in the thousands,” Sheriff David Morgan, of Escambia County told CNN.

Emergency services and first responders are working with the federal government, including FEMA and the U.S. Coast Guard, to engage in rescue operations.

The greater danger from Hurricane Sally is not in the strength of the storm, but in its reported 3mph speed as it moves inland. Heavy and sustained rainfall will continue to cause flooding.

“It’s not common that you start measuring rainfall in feet,” National Weather Service forecaster David Eversole in Mobile said, speaking to the New York Times. “Sally’s moving so slowly, so it just keeps pounding and pounding and pounding the area with tropical rain and just powerful winds. It’s just a nightmare.”

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Prepare: Hurricane Laura Intensifies QUICKLY

Hurricane Laura, which is barreling toward the Gulf Coast, is expected to continue to intensify. Forecasters are now expecting hurricane Laura to “rapidly power up into a catastrophic” Category 4 hurricane.

If you live in the path of this hurricane, you probably know how to prepare, but for those who are new, hurricane preparedness should begin as soon as possible. Stay alert and prepared; this one is changing fast!

Hurricane Preparedness: Start Before The Storm

Hopefully, this will amount to little, considering the mainstream media’s bread and butter is fear-mongering. However, it never hurts to be ready. Laura’s maximum sustained winds have increased to near 110 mph with higher gusts, forecasters said. More than half a million people were ordered to flee the Gulf Coast on Tuesday as Laura strengthened into a hurricane that forecasters said could slam Texas and Louisiana with ferocious winds, heavy flooding, and the power to push seawater miles inland, according to a report by CNBC.

Remember the following:

The most important thing to remember is to hide from the wind but run from the water.  Don’t get caught in flooding and if it looks like that’s a possibility, grab your bag and bug out. Water weighs about 1,700 pounds per cubic yard. As it’s pushed by hurricane winds, it can act as a battering ram, pummeling the shore and buildings.

If you do evacuate, make sure you’ve got a place to go. Camping gear may make it easier to avoid FEMA shelters and keep some of your privacy. Make sure you’ve got a first aid kit and food in your bug out bag, along with some life straws. Water contamination could be a big problem and a life straw will remove a minimum of 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites, and filters to 0.2 microns; which surpasses EPA filter standards. –SHTFplan via The Prepper’s Blueprint

“Some areas when they wake up Thursday morning, they’re not going to believe what happened,” Stacy Stewart, a senior hurricane specialist at the hurricane center, said Wednesday. “We could see storm surge heights more than 15 feet in some areas,” Stewart said. “What doesn’t get blown down by the wind could easily get knocked down by the rising ocean waters pushing well inland.”

Stay safe and stay vigilant.

 

 

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Thousands in Michigan told to evacuate after two dams collapse due to heavy rains

Thousands of people in central Michigan have been urged to flee their homes, after two dams failed following sustained heavy rains in the area.

What are the details?

ABC News reported that “two breached dams caused by several days of rainfall and rising water on Tuesday forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people in mid-Michigan, where the governor said one downtown could be ‘under approximately 9 feet of water’ by morning.”

The Edenville Dam and Sanford Dam—each located in Midland County—both collapsed, leading officials to urge residents to flee their homes and find higher ground, according to Reuters.


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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) declared a state of emergency following the breaches, and issued a statement saying, “This is unlike anything we’ve seen in Midland County. If you have a family member or loved one who lives in another part of the state, go there now.”

Whitmer, who has been criticized for her strict lockdown orders during the COVID-19 crisis, added, “To go through this in the midst of a global pandemic is almost unthinkable.”

According to Michigan Advance, Whitmer “asks everyone going to shelters to wear their masks and maintain social distancing as best they can.”

Reuters noted:

In 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission revoked the license of the company that operated the Edenville Dam due to non-compliance issues that included spillway capacity and the inability to pass the most severe flood reasonably possible in the area.

The Edenville Dam, which was built in 1924, was rated in unsatisfactory condition in 2018 by the state. The Sanford Dam, which was built in 1925, received a fair condition rating.

Both dams are in the process of being sold.

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10 Plagues That Are Hitting Our Planet Simultaneously

All of a sudden, really crazy things are starting to happen all over the world.  Giant swarms of locusts are absolutely devastating entire regions, extremely unusual storms are confounding meteorologists, earthquake and volcanic activity are both on the rise, and five very dangerous diseases are sweeping across the globe.  So far in 2020, it has just been one thing after another, and many are speculating about what could be ahead if events continue to escalate.  The other day my wife mentioned that one of her friends suggested that I should put together a list of all the weird stuff that has been taking place, and so that is what I have decided to do.  The following is a list of 10 plagues that are hitting our planet simultaneously…

#1 Armies Of Locusts – As I detailed the other day, swarms of locusts the size of major cities have been devouring entire farms in Africa in as little as 30 seconds.  These swarms have also been spreading throughout the Middle East, and now we have learned that they have even reached China

A gigantic swarm of locusts that belong to a plague that has ravaged millions of acres of crops across east Africa has been spotted reaching the Chinese border.

Billions of the insects have destroyed food supplies across Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia in what has been described as the worst plague for decades.

#2 Extremely Bizarre Weather Patterns – It is almost as if virtually all of the old rules have suddenly been thrown out the window.  An all-time record 209 mph wind gust just hit Calfiornia, and absolutely crazy storms are happening all over the planet.  For example, just check out what just took place in Australia

Sydney has been thrown into chaos by a devastating storm that saw two months of rainfall in just two days – forcing mass evacuations, leaving 150,000 homes without power, and prompted warnings not to drive to work. The storm dumped 400mm of rain on the city over the weekend, causing mayhem for commuters on Monday morning with roads blocked, ferries canceled and trains suffering major delays across the network.

#3 Unprecedented Flooding – We are seeing unusual flooding all over the world right now, and the flooding that is devastating the southern U.S. at this moment is being called “unprecedented”

In Jackson, Mississippi, hundreds of residents either watched their homes flood over the weekend or worried their residence would soon be drenched as the Pearl River crested Monday at 36.8 feet, its third-highest level ever recorded – behind only 1979 and 1983.

Calling the Jackson floods “historic” and “unprecedented,” Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said in a Sunday press conference that “we do not anticipate this situation to end anytime soon. It will be days before we are out of the woods and the waters recede.”

#4 Major Earthquakes – Really big earthquakes are happening with such frequency now that it is very difficult for me to write about them all.  For example, a magnitude 7.7 quake recently struck off of the coast of Jamaica, but I have been so busy writing about other disasters that I have not even mentioned it until now

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck Tuesday about 80 miles from Jamaica, shaking people in the Caribbean and as far away as Miami.

A tsunami of 0.4 feet was recorded in the Cayman Islands at George Town, but no tsunami was observed at Port Royal, Jamaica, or Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

#5 Unusual Volcanic Eruptions – Seismic activity has been rising all over the globe, and over the past couple of months we have seen volcanoes all over the world pop off like firecrackers.  One of the most notable eruptions that we have seen in recent days was the most powerful eruption of Mount Merapi in 90 years

One of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes, Mount Merapi just experienced its most powerful eruption since 1930! The eruption reportedly took place on Thursday and was caught on video displaying a powerful and terrifying eruption showing the moment the crater exploded and launched lava and ash an estimated 2,000 meters into the air forcing local residents to stay outside of the designated no-go zone 3km (1.8 miles) from the crater.

#6 The Coronavirus – Needless to say, the coronavirus outbreak in China has been getting more headlines than anything else on this list.  The numbers continue to rise, and many are speculating that this could potentially become the worst global pandemic since the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918.  In a desperate attempt to keep the truth from getting out, the World Health Organization is asking the major social media companies to censor their users

The World Health Organization has held talks with tech giants to stop the spread of coronavirus “misinformation,” despite the fact that some things once labeled “misinformation” have since turned out to be true.

The meeting was organized by the WHO but hosted by Facebook at its Menlo Park campus in California. Attendees included representatives from Amazon, Twilio, Dropbox, Google, Verizon, Salesforce, Twitter, YouTube, Airbnb, Kinsa and Mapbox.

#7 The African Swine Fever – “Pig Ebola” has already wiped out millions upon millions of pigs in China, and it has now spread to more than 40 other countries.  The price of pork is absolutely skyrocketing in China right now, and to help fill the demand the Chinese are increasingly importing pork from U.S. sources

Tyson Foods Inc. says it’s just starting to see the benefits of the African swine fever outbreak in China, which includes a 600% year-over-year increase in pork orders to China in the fiscal first quarter.

#8 The H1N1 Swine Flu – Unlike the African Swine Fever, the H1N1 Swine Flu can actually kill humans.  In fact, it has already killed more people outside of China than the coronavirus outbreak has.  For instance, 13 people in Taiwan died from the virus in one recent week alone

As of now, the H1N1 virus is posing a great threat once again as it has claimed 13 lives in Taiwan in the last week. This virus is highly contagious and is known to spread from human to human. It is especially dangerous for those with a compromised immune system like those suffering from chronic medical conditions and long-term health conditions.

#9 The H5N1 Bird Flu – This strain of the bird flu caused a massive global scare a number of years ago, and now it is experiencing a stunning resurgence.  China has had to kill thousands of chickens so far, and experts are warning that this outbreak could be just getting started…

China also is reportedly dealing with an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu in chickens in the Hunan province, an area that borders the province where the coronavirus emerged, according to the South China Morning Post.

As of Feb. 1, local authorities had culled 17,828 poultry after the H5NI outbreak, according to a statement by China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

#10 The H5N8 Bird Flu – This strain is different from the H5N1 bird flu, but many believe that it is even more frightening.  It has started to pop up in numerous places around the globe, and experts were really surprised when it recently made an appearance in Germany

Germany has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus in a backyard in the southwestern part of the country, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday.

The virus killed 44 birds out of a flock of 69 in Bretzfeld, in the Baden-Wurttemberg region, the Paris-based OIE said, citing a report from Germany’s food and agriculture ministry.

Can any of you remember a time when we have been hit by crisis after crisis like this all at once?

2020 has certainly started off with quite a bang, and many expect global events to continue to accelerate.

So hold on to your hats, because things are likely to get even crazier in the months ahead.

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