Tag Archives: Storm Surge

Making It Happen!

As the planet’s climate and weather patterns change as a negative feedback response to global warming and our collective addiction to fossil fuels, communities throughout the world will need to develop and implement innovative strategies to adapt to climate change, build disaster resilient and sustainable communities, and action oriented citizens.

Cherri Foytlin, a mother of six and wife of an oil worker from Rayne, Louisiana, is an action oriented citizen who is doing more than talking the talk, she’s walking the (perp) walk to raise awareness of the effect fossil fuels are having on Gulf Coast communities, their ecosystems and economy.

Her action coincides with the Defend Our Coast activities in British Columbia, where more than 60 Canadian communities are protesting a proposed tar sands pipeline through their region.

Her goal is to connect individuals, groups and communities working to combat social and environmental injustices in the Gulf Coast, with national and global concerns through art, music, video, written word, and social impact media.

To learn more about Cherri’s individual efforts to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Defend of the Coast movement, click here.


Tropical Storm Rafael Strengthens to Hurricane Rafael

There are six weeks left in the 2012 hurricane season, which officially ends on November 30.  Yesterday, Tropical Storm Rafael was upgraded to the 17th named Atlantic hurricane.  While the main peak of the Atlantic hurricane season comes in August and September, a smaller, secondary peak hits in the middle two weeks of October,according to the Capital Weather Gang blog.

Hurricane Rafael has maximum sustained winds of 90 mph (150 kph), as of the most recent NHC update, making it a Category 1 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength.

The hurricane is about 250 miles (400 kilometers) south of Bermuda and heading to the north-northeast. The storm is expected to pass to the east of the island later today; its center will be far enough away that Bermuda will likely only see the tropical storm-force winds at the edge of the storm, and a tropical storm warning is in effect for the island.

Rafael could bring rains of 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) to Bermuda and will likely cause dangerous surf conditions there and along some parts of the U.S. East Coast, according to the NHC.

This story was provided by OurAmazingPlanet.

Storm Surge & The Next Generation

What is this film about?

Contrary to the title, Storm Surge is a not a disaster movie, but rather a film that celebrates the hope, optimism, and self-determination needed to build disaster resilient communities in advance of catastrophic shifts in ecosystems and the related impacts to our weather and our communities.

From super tornadoes, droughts, floods and fires, to the lingering impacts of hurricanes and the BP oil spill, millions of Americans now find themselves living in the cross hairs of a looming planetary emergency – global climate change.

Storm Surge is a film that’s more than what you see on the screen. It’s a movement, an educational campaign, an attempt to raise the level of climate consciousness with a younger generation.

Targeting middle and high school youth, Storm Surge‘s educational campaign will include study guides, bonus features, in-depth interviews, community discussions, town hall meetings, and a traveling lecture series – featuring Stacy Noland and other leaders working to help communities adapt to climate change and become more disaster resilient.

River Rats (aka the Normandy Beach of Nutria)

Storm surge from Hurricane Isaac killed thousands of  river rats in Southern Mississippi.  The trail of carcasses  extend for miles along the beach from the  Highway 90 Bridge south to the Sliver Slipper Casino.  Coyotes and Wild Hogs scattered n the mix.  The stench is awful. 

Coast Guard presence heavy, both land and air, working in partnership with MDEQ and private contract engineering firm to survey damage and move the animal carcasses to a Subtitle D Landill.  

Potentially serious health effects could occur if the heat and humidity rise and if there is a delay in carcass removal.  Would hate to be downwind.

Deja Vu in the Big Easy?

The major broadcasting networks consider shifting resources from GOP Convention in Tampa to New Orleans in advance of Hurricane Isaac’s landfall sometime late Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning, which is ironically the 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Isaac could take direct aim at New Orleans, which is still struggling to fully recover from Katrina which swept across the city on August 29, 2005, killing more than 1,800 people and causing billions of dollars of damage along the coast.

“That brings a high level of anxiety to the people of New Orleans,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu told a news conference. “I want to tell everybody now that I believe that we will be OK,” he added.

At 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) on Monday, Isaac was centered 255 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River with top sustained winds of 70 mph and swirling northwest at 12 mph.

To date, Hurricane Isaac has killed at least 20 people and caused significant flooding and damage in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Hurricane Isaac Creates Sense of Angst on Anniversary of Katrina

Almost seven years to the date of Hurricane Katrina, the most destructive natural disaster in American history, Hurricane Isaac is expected to make landfall on the Central Gulf Coast as a Category 2 Hurricane sometime around 7pm tomorrow.

The National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant expect Isaac to drive a Storm Surge of 6-12 feet into coastal communities, presenting the first major test of regional infrastructure and disaster preparation systems since Katrina.  There are additional concerns that Isaac will bring in a black wave of tar balls from the BP oil spill.

Our production crew is en route to the Gulf Coast to cover Hurricane Isaac, the post storm recovery efforts, and the anticipated onshore flow of remnant oil.

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Hurricane Isaac Evacuation Routes

Links to Evacuation Route information for Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida.

Hurricane Isaac Evacuation Route