Weather Gang: Why Florida’s record-setting hurricane drought portends danger

Monday, 06 October 2014 09:34
Hurricane Andrew, 1992. (NASA) Florida has gone 3,270 days without a hurricane – nearly nine years and, by far, the longest stretch on record (the next longest streak is 5 seasons from 1980-1984, in records dating back to 1851). Meanwhile, the Sunshine state’s population and development have boomed. Florida is long overdue for a destructive hurricane and has never had so many people and so much property in the way.
Exhibit to showcase artwork restored after Katrina
Thursday, 02 October 2014 23:13
After first Ebola case, fears turn to U.S. pandemic preparedness
Storms expected to arrive in Ala. around 3 a.m. Friday
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 16:50
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Storms will impact much of Alabama overnight. We can expect a few severe storms in West Alabama. In particular, we're focusing on Marion, Winston, Walker, Fayette, Lamar, Pickens, and Tuscaloosa counties for the greatest potential for severe weather. Most of the active weather will not arrive until after 3 a.m. and last through the morning commute.
FEMA’s $240M Disaster Relief System Doesn’t Work
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 04:15
A $240 million dollar “high tech” system intended to help FEMA deliver supplies to victims of catastrophic disasters is a complete disaster itself, according to federal auditors. Nine years ago, after the government’s botched response to Hurricane Katrina, Congress mandated that FEMA build the Logistics Supply Chain Management System to help coordinate with other agencies and suppliers to quickly distribute food, water and blankets to victims.
Heart of Louisiana: Caminada Hurricane
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:44
More than a century before Hurricane Katrina, residents of coastal Louisiana were battered by a monster hurricane. According to some accounts, the hurricane of 1893 was the deadliest hurricane ever to strike the Louisiana coast. There is a small cemetery along LA-1 near Grand Isle. A dead oak tree, the sinking ground, and the crumbling graves are a fading memorial to a monster hurricane.
Waveland family closer to coming home 9+ years after Katrina
Monday, 29 September 2014 07:47
WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - A Waveland woman who was forced to move to Birmingham, Alabama after Hurricane Katrina destroyed her family's home says a national television show is giving her family a chance to move back home. The reality show "Tiny House Nation" on the FYI Channel is going to help rebuild the family's home and feature them and Waveland on an upcoming episode.
Dying at OPP
Monday, 29 September 2014 03:20
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'When Helping Hurts' author to speak at Northland
Monday, 29 September 2014 00:36
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, I remember hearing about the escalating problem of noble intentions. People from around the nation were trying to donate all kinds of hand-me-downs to Katrina victims, including home furnishings, at a time when what aid workers really needed was clean drinking water, nonperishable food and the money to transport those things to New Orleans. The moral of the story? Sometimes the best of intentions can make things worse, especially…
More FEMA Screw Ups Cost Taxpayers $12 Million
Friday, 26 September 2014 23:45
FEMA has a serious problem with the way it doles out federal disaster relief. Just last month, a watchdog reported that $4.7 million in Hurricane Katrina aid had either been misused or not used at all. And an investigation by the Associated Press revealed that the agency is currently trying to recoup more than $5.8 million from Hurricane Sandy victims, saying it gave out too much money.
Civil engineers group calls for a national strategy on mitigating floods
Sunday, 21 September 2014 04:17
By Geoff Mulvihill, The Associated Press An organization of civil engineers is calling for a national strategy for mitigating flood risks, saying the U.S. has not fully heeded lessons from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. The American Society of Civil Engineers released its recommendations Monday during a conference on water issues in Philadelphia. The group is calling for Congress and the Obama Administration to develop a sustainable way to pay for infrastructure maintenance and updates…

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