Tropical Storm Cindy Takes A Toll On Gulf Coast Sea Turtles and Shore Birds

photograph of Loggerhead Turtle

by Tyla MacAllister DeFreese Tropical Storm Cindy is just a memory for the Northern Gulf Coast now, but the early season storm took a toll on threatened sea turtle nests and shore birds. Loggerhead and leatherback turtle nests as well as the eggs and chicks of Least Terns and Wilson’s Plovers were devastated. Loggerhead turtle nests in northwest Florida seemed to be hardest hit by the tropical storm.  Mark Nicholas, a Gulf Islands National Seashore biologist told The Pensacola News Journal, of the 56 sea turtle nests identified before Cindy…

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Keeping Pets Safe: The Dangers of Hot Cars, Asphalt, and Hiking

by J. Lee   It is that time of the year when too many pet owners leave their beloved pets in hot cars. It’s a year round problem, but summertime is the deadliest time of the year. It is heartbreaking that too many pet owners do not understand the dangers. Sadly, some of them just don’t care. Their oversight can cause kidney damage, brain damage, or even death to their pets. Keep in mind, it doesn’t matter if it’s only for a short period of time. A car can heat up in…

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Cindy Weakens To Tropical Depression And Spawns E-F2 Tornado in Alabama

By Tyla MacAllister Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall in Louisiana early Thursday morning but weakened to a depression by afternoon. The slowly moving tropical system produced torrential rain and spin up tropical tornadoes along its eastern side as it moved inland. In Central Alabama, a tropical tornado spawned by Cindy caused extensive damage in the Fairfield area near Birmingham Thursday afternoon. The tornado destroyed several businesses including a liquor store.  People who were inside the liquor store when the tornado struck said that the building exploded. Four people were transported…

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Tornadoes and Hurricanes – Where is Your Shelter in a Time of Storm?

By Janice Barlow Every year, the Weather Channel gears up for what is its exciting new season of weather reality – spring and summer storms. Tornadoes have already been wreaking havoc across the nation with their inevitable swaths of destruction. Hurricanes usually start forming in the Gulf of Mexico and as tropical depressions off the coast of west Africa around this time of year.  Those of us who live in the paths of either type of storm often tune in to the Weather Channel to see if conditions are right…

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