Sunday, October 09, 2005

Three Eyes of The Hurricane

Sorry for not blogging lately. Maintenance crews are still working to fix electricity and communication lines in Southeast Texas. It's causing an interruption to our DSL connection. I'm not complaining. Following the news of the death toll from Hurricane Stan in Guatemala and Asia's earthquake makes us more thankful than ever to survive the third strongest hurricane in the American history. Meteorologists are now saying it had three eyes:

Roger Erickson, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, La., said the hurricane had not one, but three eye walls packing tornadic winds.

Erickson described the innermost eye wall, which hit parts of Orange and Newton counties, as five to 10 miles across. The second was 20 to 40 miles across and pounded Beaumont and Jasper. The largest, at about 80 miles across, hit all of Southeast Texas, Erickson said.

Each of the eye walls brought a five-mile-deep band of intense winds up to 20 miles stronger than elsewhere in the hurricane, Erickson said. Gusts in the storm, which made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane, hit 120 mph.

As devastating as the storm was, it would have been much worse for Southeast Texas if it had not made a last-minute northeastern turn.


I'm so glad it made a last-minute turn.

I can't resist not sharing best quote of the week with you:

Red Cross = Public Relations Nightmare.
If I had a nickel for every f-word uttered I'd be rich enough to buy the Red Cross and hire a staff more capable of their duties.

Rusty's World

That's how we feel about the Red Cross here.

People e-mailed me asking how to help. Well, I don't know where to direct you because most of the country has forgotten about us so quickly. Nobody died but that doesn't mean people didn't lose property and jobs. They still have to pay their monthly bills. The following photo may give you an idea on how people are coping with the situation:

Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise

Joseph Segura removes branches from his property in Beaumont on Sunday, October 2, 2005. He evacuated before Hurricane Rita hit on Sep. 24th and returned to find his home had burned to the ground (upper left). Despite his loss, he continues to help his neighbors recover from the damage.

My only recommendation is to donate to the Salvation Army. They're doing an outstanding job here.

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