First, it's a horror in Ohio with 3 dead at Chardon High School, then deadly twisters rip through Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and possibly in Kentucky or Tennessee today.
In Kansas, we had 70 degree temps yesterday, now it's snowin w large flakes, confusing birds, humans and spring flowers alike. !!
Rain is but a tease in south KC this morning: 72 degree temp is very nice, but we can't seem to squeeze any rain outta them grey clouds. Meanwhile, up north of KC, rain is supposed to fall, Interstate 29 is still closed for the Missouri river flooding (thank you South Dakota!) the lowlands from Omaha south into Kansas and Missouri. Newsman this morning says they are diverting Joplin tornado FEMA funds to help pay for Irene's storm damage back east....
so strange to think of New England getting hurricane damage... (yeah yeah, I know it was a tropical storm by this time, but STILL)
Let us know what outsiders can do, or offer, to alleviate the disaster in Vermont and elsewhere in New England.
20 towns remain cut off from the outside world in Vermont. The devastation has been staggering. There are no people in the state, no matter how old, who can remember such a flood. Where there are towns connected to roads, bridges and pavement have been washed away. People are staggering around with a glazed look in their eyes. Many have lost everything and extremely few have flood insurance. This has been an extreme tragedy. No one had any real idea that this was possible...
Our state took a direct hit in terms of rain. A uniform average of about 7" fell on all parts of the state from South to North yesterday causing towns to flood from Bennington to St. Johnsbury. The state's new emergency management agency in Waterford was evacuated yesterday when Winooski river overflowed it's banks. Many roads and bridges have been washed out. There have been numerous power outages and 1 death reported. There is widespread flooding in all parts of the state. The eye of the storm passed directly overhead of me at 6:10pm yesterday.
This was caused when the storm tracked further westward than was forecast, taking a route up the Hudson Valley and then up the westward spine of the Green Mountains. There was no wind but torrential downpours the entire day. This was absolutely a result of climate change and global warming. Hurricanes and tropical storm do not usually cause such severe rainfall. The last time was 1938 for this kind of damage in the State of Vermont. This was a once a century storm for our area.
There was a major hail storm when I was on the train back from Paris yesterday. Hail the size of golf balls! Was really weird to hear it on the train-was like sitting in a tin box being pelted by ice bombs. Trees were bent over almost in half, and was an interesting little adventure for a few moments!
I am not young enough to know everything.
They WAY over hyped Irene. We are now expecting 30mph winds and two inches of rain! That is in VT. Other places will see larger amounts of rainfall and major beach erosion.
Don't worry 'bout your cousin, unless h/she is a crazy surfer dude.
Aaarrrgh! We pirates have battened down the hatches and left the ship to moor at Hampton Bay. We started Irene's party yesterday even we be far up in the Green Mountains we're still in for a blow.
Aaarrrgghhhh! We've laid in the provisions and got the genie all gassed up and laid in provisions. Time to haul out the long glass and really get this party rockin'!
Aaarrrggghhhh!!! Avast ye matie! Don't touch that pipe or you be keel-hauled when we get back to the boat. No rest till Monday....