From The Inside Looking Out: A Weather Report From Wilmington, Part 2

By Janice Barlow AFTER WHAT SEEMED LIKE an interminable amount of time, I was able to get back to my home in Wilmington, N.C. in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Part 1 of the experience is linked at the end of this article, in case you missed it. Massive damage was everywhere, the kind that makes you want to stop your car and stare in disbelief. Block after block of towering trees that were decades old lie on the ground, crashed through fences, across side roads and sadly, through the…

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From the Inside Looking Out: A Weather Report From A Wilmington Resident, Part One

By Janice Barlow AFTER HAVING SPENT over half of our lives in Michigan, my husband and I made the move to the gulf coast of Florida in 1994 with our two young boys. We had some concerns about hurricanes, but we were moving to an area west of Tampa Bay that hadn’t seen a direct hit since the 1920’s. We lived there until 2016, staying put through three hurricanes. Frances caused the most damage at a Cat 2 even though it had to traverse the state from east to west…

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Expecting the Unexpected: How Survivalists Prep

by J. Lee Many people consider survivalists who are also called preppers as those who wear tin foil hats. That is not a true assessment. It is never a waste of time to be prepared or to learn basic survival skills. The opinion of skeptics is of no surprise. Many prefer to take it one day at a time. They never think of scenarios when not being prepared could become a matter of life and death. They think crisis will never happen to them. I have had a survivalist mentality since…

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Hurricane Harvey – Domestic Animals In Crisis, The Rescue Underway & How You Can Help (Part One)

boat transporting flood stranded animals and displaced pets

 J. Lee HURRICANE HARVEY – ANIMALS IN CRISIS The devastation Hurricane Harvey is creating for human life and property is well known through 24 hour news coverage. Loss of life has yet to be determined as numbers rise daily. Unknown numbers of homes have been damaged beyond repair. The storm has also been a hardship for animals. Surrounding shelters and shelters outside Texas are scrambling to have their pets adopted to make room for animals impacted by Harvey. Many of them would like to help, but they have no room…

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Hurricane Harvey – Wildlife In Crisis, The Rescue – How You Can Help (Part Three)

raccoon rescued from Texas flooding in tropical storm Harvey

J. Lee Hurricane Harvey – Wildlife In Crisis Wildlife, in natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey are left vulnerable unless they can find safe shelter. They become battered, tossed and many drown unless they can find higher ground. Specialized rescue groups have stepped forward to help a vast variety of wildlife. Texas Wildlife Fact Sheet – Including amphibians, birds, fish, Invertebrates, mammals and reptiles Huffpost: Here’s How Harvey Is Affecting Wild Animals – The Houston SPCA Wildlife Center of Texas has been “bombarded” with requests to help injured or waterlogged wildlife, and has taken…

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Hurricane Harvey – Livestock In Crisis, The Rescue – How You Can Help (Part Two)

Horse stranded in S.E. Texas flooding, being escorted to dry ground by rescue volunteers

J. Lee Hurricane Harvey – Livestock In Crisis This story is not a commentary or editorial, but a way to feature animals during natural disasters and the urgency to save them. It is to spotlight those who are on the front lines rescuing them. Included in the story are organizations to contact for those who would like to help. When it comes for natural disasters  many farmers are left scrambling. Livestock is not easy to transport on a moment’s notice. Due to their size and herd numbers most are left…

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Abandonment – Animals Left Behind During Disasters Like Harvey or From Lack of Compassion

photo of cat struggling to swim to dry ground during flooding event Harvey

J. Lee Abandonment – Animals Left Behind During Disasters Sadly many people leave their animals behind. When a disaster occurs many pet owners probably have no idea how bad a flood, natural disaster or wildfire could get or how long they will be kept away. Evacuations become frantic. Many compassionate owners leave them behind until a rescue can be safely organized. Some are not allowed to bring them so they do their best to leave them in the safest locations possible until they could be rescued. Some just callously chain…

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Tropical Storm Harvey Claims 5 Lives; Flood Emergency Underway In Houston

Hurricane Harvey on the coast of Texas - satellite image NOAA

By Tyla MacAllister Five people have been confirmed dead in Texas as now Tropical Storm Harvey sits nearly stationery over southeastern Texas. Rockport city officials said a man was killed there Friday night when his house burned down as Harvey made landfall. Rescue personnel could not reach the victim because of the storm conditions. Saturday night the Houston Police Department announced the death of a woman who drove into flood waters on the city’s west side. “It appeared that her vehicle went into high water and she drowned as a…

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Hurricane Harvey Slams Texas And Settles In

Air Force Hurricane Hunters track Hurricane Harvey August 25

By Tyla MacAllister Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas Friday night as a Category 4 hurricane. The monster storm made landfall near Rockport at 10 p.m and moved very little through the night. Harvey weakened to a Category 1 hurricane by 7 a.m. CDT but the storm is expected to linger along the Texas coast into the middle of next week. At 11 am. Saturday Harvey’s center was was located west of Victoria, moving Northeast at 2 miles per hour. Peak winds were 75 MPH. Victoria has received almost 17 inches…

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Hurricane Harvey Nears Texas Gulf Coast Bringing Category 4 Storm In Hours

NASA Satellite image of tropical storm formation

by Richard Cameron Hurricane Harvey Headed Inland HOUSTON, TX Over two million residents of 7 counties on the Gulf Coast of Texas are bracing for what the National Hurricane Center, the National Weather Service and the governor of the state, Governor Greg Abbott, is predicting to be a Category 3 storm heading toward land within the next 12 hours –  by some estimates as soon as 8PM Central, Friday evening.   (Editor’s Note: National Compass – at 6:15 Central, has just been informed that Harvey is now been updated to Category…

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