NATURE IN FURY: MEXICO MORN THEIR DEAD AS HURRICANE IRMA CLOSES IN ON US WITH DEVASTATING EFFECT

 

 

 

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Article posted  by: White Nation correspondent Tennessee USA  September 09   2017

 

 

 

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FUNERALS CROWD CEMETERY OF DEAD FROM MASSIVE MEXICO QUAKE

MORE than half of the 65 known victims of Thursday night’s 8.1 magnitude quake died in Juchitan, a picturesque, historic city near the coast.

Member of the "Topos" (Moles) specialised rescue team search for survivors in Juchitan de Zaragoza, Mexico, on September 9, 2017 after a powerful earthquake struck Mexico's Pacific coast late on 7 September. Picture: AFP.

Anguished mourners lined the streets of the southern Mexican city devastated by the most powerful earthquake to strike the country in 85 years, coffins raised on their shoulders as they advanced slowly to a crowded cemetery on Saturday. More than half of the 65 known victims of Thursday night’s 8.1 magnitude quake died in Juchitan, a picturesque, historic city near the coast where more than 5,000 homes were destroyed and many more left without running water or electricity.

In the Eighth Section neighborhood, a working-class area where nearly every home was damaged, a loud drum and horn band played traditional music before the funeral of one of the 37 dead so far recovered from the wreckage of the somber city. The piercing blasts of the burly horn section at times were drowned out by the plaintive wailing of mourners for Maximo Zuniga, a little boy whose distraught relatives said was fond of his spiky black hair and bright red tennis shoes. The three-year-old boy was asleep when the force of the quake brought his brick bedroom walls crumbling down on top of him, his mother and an older brother. The boy died shortly after he was pulled from the rubble; the other two survived.

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“I could barely see a little bit of his hair peeking out and his forehead,” said neighbour Alejandro Sanchez, who was the first to come to the stricken family’s aid. “There was a heavy wooden beam on top of all three of them and lots of dirt,” he added, as the dead boy’s uncle sobbed uncontrollably nearby. The long, juddering tremor was felt some 500 miles (800 km) away in Mexico City and as far south as Honduras, but unlike the 8.0 magnitude quake in 1985 that killed thousands in the capital, outlying areas of Mexico were left relatively unscathed. By contrast, much of the hot, muggy city of 100,000 near the Pacific coast looked as though it had been turned upside down.

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Piles of rubble lay scattered across town, chunks of roofs littering the ground, and more than 300 locals were receiving care for injuries in area hospitals. Many residents refused to stay indoors for fear that badly damaged structures might yet come tumbling down. Neighbors of the Zuniga family handed out red tulips and others set off fireworks. Then the assembled crowd of about 200 mourners set out for the local cemetery, four men carrying the boy’s small white coffin draped in thin sheets of bright blue paper as the band led the procession. Snaking through narrow streets, the colorful flower-bearing train of people in T-shirts and caps had to step over piles of debris and masonry from collapsed walls as neighbors turned out to line the route, bowing their heads as the coffin passed.

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In the midst of a frantic search for a missing police officer, President Enrique Pena Nieto made a brief appearance on Friday afternoon in Juchitan’s devastated downtown. Pledging help to rebuild and attempting to soothe raw nerves, Pena Nieto declared three days of national mourning. But his words were cold comfort for Alma Alverez, Maximo’s 48-year-old grandmother, who crossed her arms as men shoveled dirt over the small coffin. “Pena Nieto was able to make it here in his helicopter super fast. That’s how help should be arriving, right? Exactly how he got here. But it hasn‘t,” Alvarez said, reflecting a belief that Mexico’s south has long been ignored by the richer north.

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Two other funerals of quake victims were underway in the same cemetery as Fernando Lopez, a cousin of Maximo, stood near the back, his head bandaged from cuts suffered protecting his grandmother from falling tiles when the disaster struck. “This is what you’re going to see the next few days,” he said, pointing to the other funeral services taking place. “The whole town will be here in the cemetery or in the hospital. We’ll tidy up what we can clean, but we won’t be celebrating anything on September 15th,” said Lopez, referring to the start of Mexico’s independence day festivities. “We don’t have anything to celebrate.” Juchitan’s mayor, Gloria Sanchez, agreed. “A great sadness overwhelms us,” she said. “The situation in Juchitan is critical, unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.” (Link)

AND IN THE UNITED STATES HURRICANE IRMA STARTS TO LAMBASTE FLORIDA KEYS AS IT SOWS HAVOC AMONG THE CITES 

 

POWER outages during Hurricane Irma are expected to affect 4.1 million customers – about 9 million people – according to Florida Power & Light . More than 200,000 homes and businesses in Florida lost power Saturday night . The third-largest electric utility in the U.S., FPL serves almost 10 million people in the southern half of Florida  ‘We currently have an army, frankly, of 13,500 restoration workers, both FPL crews and outside crews ready to respond as soon as it’s safe to do so”  said FPL . FPL will be shutting down nuclear power plants Turkey Point and St. Lucie before the storm .

 

 

 

 

Florida Power and Light said on its website that more than half of those outages were in the Miami-Dade area, where about 600,000 people have been ordered to evacuate.

More than 200,000 homes and businesses in Florida had lost power by Saturday night as the center of Irma was about 90 miles southeast of Key West. Above is a worker trimming branches in Orlando on Friday ahead of Irma

More than 200,000 homes and businesses in Florida had lost power by Saturday night as the center of Irma was about 90 miles southeast of Key West.

Power outages during Hurricane Irma are expected to affect 4.1 million customers - about 9 million people - according to Florida Power & Light

Power outages during Hurricane Irma are expected to affect 4.1 million customers – about 9 million people – according to Florida Power & Light. The company has said it expects millions of people to lose power, with some areas experiences prolonged outages. The company said it has assembled the largest pre-storm workforce in U.S. history, with more than 16,000 people ready to respond. ‘I want to reassure our customers that we are prepared for Hurricane Irma,‘ FPL CEO Eric Silagy. The third-largest electric utility in the U.S., FPL serves almost 10 million people in the southern half of Florida and Silagy says they are ready for it.   ‘We currently have an army, frankly, of 13,500 restoration workers, both FPL crews and outside crews ready to respond as soon as it’s safe to do so, “-he said.  ‘Many of the linemen are coming from across the country including from as far away as California. 

'That would be unprecedented for us and probably any utility,' said FPL CEO Eric Silagy of the impact the storm could have

That would be unprecedented for us and probably any utility,’ said FPL CEO Eric Silagy of the impact the storm could have ‘We have pre-positioned equipment and people getting ready to fight the aftermath of Irma.‘ Silagy did add, however, that he didn’t want to put any workers in jeopardy though.   ‘Unfortunately, there will be a period of time where we will have to hunker down and wait,‘ he said. ‘We have to wait until the winds subside to 40mph to get on the road, 35mph to get buckets in the air.’ FPL plans for the entire process of restoration to happen over multiple weeks.   ‘With these kinds of winds, we are not looking at restoration but actually rebuilding. These kinds of winds can bend metal poles,’ he said.

Thousands of miles of power lines will be impacted, according to Silagy and while 40 percent of the lines are underground, those too can be affected by the storm

Thousands of miles of power lines will be impacted, according to Silagy and while 40 percent of the lines are underground, those too can be affected by the storm. ‘We are going to see a lot of damage. We are going to see a lot of debris that will unfortunately impact the system and we are going to have to do a lot of cleanup.‘ Silagy declared that restoration would start as soon as they could get on the roads and wouldn’t stop until ‘every single customer’ had their lights back on. Thousands of miles of power lines will be impacted, according to Silagy and while 40 percent of the lines are underground, those too can be affected by the storm. Spokeswoman Marie Bertot asserted that the power would stay on during the storm, squashing rumors stating otherwise.

FPL will be shutting down nuclear power plants Turkey Point and St. Lucie before the storm

FPL will be shutting down nuclear power plants Turkey Point and St. Lucie before the storm . ‘FPL has one of the smartest, strongest grids in the country. We’re going to keep operating that grid before the storm and during the storm. So it’s not true,’ she said to CBS Miami.  ‘We’re going to continue operating until the storm no longer allows us to do so and then we are going to restore power.’ However, FPL will be shutting down nuclear power plants Turkey Point and St. Lucie before the storm.   ‘We will shut those plants down 24 hours before the onset of winds reaching category 1 and only restart after the winds have passed and the storm has passed,’ said Silagy.

'We will shut those plants down 24 hours before the onset of winds reaching category 1 and only restart after the winds have passed and the storm has passed,' said Silagy

‘We will shut those plants down 24 hours before the onset of winds reaching category 1 and only restart after the winds have passed and the storm has passed,’ said Silagy. ‘Turkey Point actually had a direct impact hit by Hurricane Andrew, a category 5, and suffered no damage to its nuclear facilities,’ Silagy stated. Bertot added that there were several natural gas that also gives the area its power.  ‘We don’t turn those off. We continue to generate power during the storm. Now if we have any damage to a plant it’s prioritized. It’s the first thing that we fix,’ she said. The 1992 hurricane did cause $90 million in damage to surrounding buildings. Officials had to cool down the nuclear reactors after shutting down the plant. They must be cooled off after shutting down or a meltdown can occur causing hydrogen-air explosions and release of radioactive material.  Both plants are protected by six-feet steel-reinforced concrete and have backup generators and extra fuel.   ‘We will not take any chances and those plants will be secured,’ said Silagy.  FPL said it invested about $3 billion to strengthen its electrical grid after Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in 2005 (Link)

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MEANWHILE  Hurricane Irma gained strength early Sunday as it bore down on the Florida Keys, with officials upgrading it to a Category 4 storm and reporting maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. The hurricane’s eye was expected to cross the Lower Florida Keys during the next several hours, the National Hurricane Center said at 2 a.m. Irma had been downgraded to a Category 3 storm as it churned toward Florida on Saturday, after leaving a trail of death and destruction across the Caribbean. Florida officials directed 6.5 million residents to leave their homes in one of the largest emergency evacuations in American history.

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On Saturday evening, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida warned that the state could get as much as 18 inches of rain, with the Keys getting up to 25 inches. Southwest Florida could see a storm surge of 15 feet above ground level, and entire neighborhoods stretching northward from Naples to Tampa Bay could be submerged. “If you have been ordered to evacuate, you need to leave now,” Mr. Scott said at a 6 p.m. news conference. “This is your last chance to make a good decision.”

After crossing the Keys on Sunday, the storm was expected to move up the west coast of Florida before reaching Georgia on Monday afternoon. That westward track, which was a change from earlier expectations, left some residents and officials scrambling to find shelter. Late Saturday, forecasters said the storm’s projected path had again shifted “ever so slightly” West. Irma made landfall in Cuba on Friday evening as a Category 5 hurricane, lashing the island’s northern coast with a direct hit, before losing some of its force later. It was the first Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in Cuba since 1924.

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Here’s the latest:

• More than 200,000 people in Florida were without power by early Sunday morning. Keys Energy Services, which supplies electricity to Key West and the Lower Florida Keys, said that all of its 29,000 customers were without power.

• At least 25 people were confirmed dead in areas in the Caribbean affected by the storm.

• In addition to an evacuation order in Miami, one of the country’s largest evacuations, 540,000 people were told to leave the Georgia coast. Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina have declared states of emergency.

• Mr. Scott said Saturday that more than 385 shelters were open in Florida and more were expected to open at night. More than 76,000 people were without electricity, he said.

Hurricane Jose was passing farther north of the Leeward Islands than initially predicted, and St. Martin and St. Bart’s have downgraded hurricane warnings to tropical storm warnings. Check out our maps tracking the storm.

Hurricane Katia, which made landfall on Mexico’s eastern coast, was downgraded to a tropical depression, with winds of 35 m.p.h. Two people died in a mudslide in the state of Veracruz after the storm hit, The Associated Press reported.

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Residents and officials scramble for shelters

The storm’s sudden drive to the west prompted last-minute orders for evacuation in Collier and Lee Counties in Florida, leaving little time for residents to pack up and find shelter.

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Many homes were destroyed on Virgin Gorda, in the British Virgin Islands.CreditCaribbean Buzz Helicopters/Caribbean Buzz Helicopters, via Associated Press

“We thought we were safe,” said a spokeswoman for Collier County who declined to give her name because she was not authorized to discuss the situation. “We thought we were safe like 36 hours ago.” The spokeswoman said that a forecast at 5 p.m. on Thursday caused county officials to react, readying shelters and helping residents seeking to evacuate. Starting on Saturday morning, lines that were several blocks long formed outside of shelters such as the Germain Arena, as residents jammed inside.

In Fort Myers, which is in Lee County, buses that were transporting people to shelters stopped running at 3 p.m. to allow the drivers to seek safety, potentially leaving people who had not left their homes in time. By late Saturday afternoon, all of the shelters in Collier County were at capacity, according to local news reports. Because of the imminent storm surge, officials told people living in one-story homes to try to enter shelters anyway, and people in two-story homes to seek shelter upstairs.In Miami-Dade County, some people who had flocked to shelters were reassessing their situation on Saturday afternoon after learning that the brunt of the hurricane would most likely be felt farther west.

“We’re going home,” Virginia Lopez, an administrative assistant at Barry University, said as she loaded her 5-year-old poodle mix, Princess, into her Mazda outside a shelter at Highland Oaks Middle School after spending the night there with her daughter and son-in-law. “We decided half an hour ago. The storm has moved to Tampa, so we’re going to get a lot of rain but it won’t be as bad. I don’t feel so scared.”

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Waves crashing against the Malecón seawall in Havana as Hurricane Irma turned toward the Florida Keys on Saturday.Credit Reuters

Inside, dozens of people lay on cots and blankets in the building’s hallways amid a stench of perspiration and vomit. Some were packing to leave but most seemed resigned to remaining until the storm blows through.

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Florida gets an early feel for what’s to come

As Hurricane Irma steered its way toward the Florida Keys on Saturday night, Florida began to feel its approach. The ocean began rising in Key West, spilling into hotel parking lots and roads. In the Keys to the north, water levels toppled over the banks of canals.  In Miami-Dade, tree branches tumbled and fast-moving bands of powerful rain and wind occasionally made it hard to walk. Orange County issued a mandatory evacuation for all mobile homes. In Lake Worth in Palm Beach County, a tornado tore through one neighborhood, bringing the telltale freight train rumble and clatter of intense wind. On South Beach, palm trees tilted in the wind, their palm fronds fluttering fiercely. But these ominous signs of Irma’s churn toward Florida were often short-lived. The storm was still far offshore and not expected to be within striking distance of the Florida Keys until the predawn hours.

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Florida Keys face being cut off

In the Florida Keys, emergency officials girded for a direct hit and residents who did not evacuate began to take cover as the winds kicked up sharply Saturday afternoon. The Keys, a thin chain of low-lying islands, are especially vulnerable to Hurricane Irma’s anticipated powerful tidal surges.

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Martin County firefighters preparing to move to another station on Saturday before Hurricane Irma’s arrival in Jensen Beach, Fla. Credit Jason Henry for The New York Times

The ocean is expected to rise and hurtle into buildings and houses near the coast. Pine Island, north of Key West, was already seeing rising seas at noon. Some canals were spilling their bounds and emergency responders were evacuating to the Upper Keys. But the worst could come after the hurricane moves on. Keys residents could find themselves isolated from the mainland if any one of their 42 bridges gets damaged. Residents and emergency officials would be cut off from food, gas and other supplies because there would be no easy way of reaching them by road. “Just think about the Keys for a second,” Mr. Scott warned residents at a recent news conference. “If we lose one bridge, everything south of the bridge, everybody’s going to be stranded. It’s going to take us a while to get back in there to try to provide services.

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A hospital hunkers down

Hurricane Irma has already disrupted Florida’s health systems. As of Saturday night, 29 hospitals, 239 assisted-living centers and 56 other health care facilities in the state were evacuated, according to Jason Mahon, a public information officer at the Florida State Emergency Operations Center. More than 60 shelters had been opened for people with special needs.

Not all health organizations made the difficult choice to transfer their patients out of Irma’s path. Tampa General Hospital, the highest level trauma center in the region, remained open and full of patients and staff, despite being surrounded by water on the tip of Davis Islands. The hospital is in Zone A, the area most vulnerable to storm surge. A spokesman for the hospital, John Dunn, said by phone Saturday night that staff members had arrived on Friday to stay throughout the storm and work in shifts to care for the hospital’s approximately 700 patients.

Salvaging items from a flooded home in Fort-Liberté, Haiti, on Friday. Credit Dieu Nalio Chery/Associated Press

Mr. Dunn said the hospital had submarine doors to protect against flooding, and generators had been elevated from the ground floor to a higher level. They are capable of powering air-conditioning for parts of the buildings, he said. He added that the hospital’s leaders had spoken in the past with local emergency officials and with the Federal Emergency Management Agency about how the hospital might evacuate. “There are not many resources available to be able to evacuate large numbers of patients,” he said.

Cuba gets a direct hit

Irma slammed into Cuba on Friday night as a Category 5 hurricane, causing widespread destruction. Meteorologists were expecting the storm to tack north earlier, and were not predicting a direct hit. The eye of the storm passed directly through the archipelago of keys on the northern coast in the central part of the island. The damage to its central provinces was substantial: Power lines were brought down in Camaguey, houses were destroyed in Ciego de Ávila and fishing towns have been submerged in Villa Clara.

An ‘apocalyptic doomsday scene’ on the British Virgin Islands

With communications limited on the British Virgin Islands, the full scope of the damage from Hurricane Irma was still revealing itself. On Saturday, at least five deaths were reported by the governor, Gus Jaspert. With communication on the island all but severed, officials were still working to assess the full scale of devastation. Residents of Tortola, the largest island, said buildings were leveled and roads were washed away. People have limited food and water. The British government said it sent 20 tons of aid to the affected areas, including shelter kits and solar lanterns aboard a naval ship.

Catherine Clayton, whose family owns a hotel on Tortola in Josiah’s Bay, said 25 people — including neighbors whose homes were decimated — were sheltered in the two remaining inhabitable rooms at the once eight-room Tamarind Hotel.It is like an apocalyptic doomsday scene here,” she said. “No trees, leaves or greenery.” (Link) 

 

 

 

Spectacular double waterspout reported in Praia a Mare (CS), Calabria, S Italy yesterday evening, Sept 8.

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