Archive for August, 2005

Gas Prices Soar In Canada

From CTV:
      Motorists pulling up to the pumps Wednesday may be wishing they filled up a day earlier, after prices (may) jump overnight by almost as much as 25 cents a litre. The price hikes come amid reports of massive damage caused by hurricane Katrina, which slammed into the U.S. Gulf Coast on Monday.
      Katrina sent seven oil rigs adrift and forced the closure of eight refineries in the Gulf region.
The Gulf of Mexico accounts for one-quarter of total U.S. oil output, and Katrina has shut down an estimated 95 per cent of crude production in the area.





My Thoughts

      I have made many blog entries in recent days about the tragic circumstances surrounding Hurricane Katrina and it’s resulting aftermath. I continue to watch CNN and other news, to keep current on ongoing efforts to help those in need during such difficult, overwhelming, and unbelievable times.
      Seeing what I’ve seen on TV and online, I cannot help but have my breath taken away time and time again, and my heart goes out to every single person affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, including massive flooding and almost incomprehensable destruction.
     My thoughts and prayers do not stop there, however, as all of the local, state, and federal assistance the affected areas are receiving and will receive, puts those authorities in harm’s way and life-threatening situations. All of this in effort to save the victims of Katrina, who are all in desperate need of rescuing and/or saving.
    Tonight, I will be pausing for a couple of minutes in respect for those affected by Hurricane Katrina, and I encourage you to do the same.






Recovery Will Take Years

From CNN:
As a result of Hurricane Katrina:
"The latest deployment will double the number of National Guard troops deployed to the area. The troops are expected to arrive in the next two days and will be split evenly between the two states, the officials said.
# Public health emergency declared; cholera, typhoid fears
# Bush: "One of the worst national disasters"
# AP: New Orleans mayor says toll may be in thousands
# Extra 10,000 National Guard troops called up"
UPDATE: Please check out my new Weather Blog on MSN Spaces. 


Health Emergency Declared

From CNN:
      The Bush administration declared a public health emergency for the entire Gulf Coast on Wednesday in an effort to stop the spread of disease in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
      "We are gravely concerned about the potential for cholera, typhoid and dehydrating diseases that could come as a result of the stagnant water and the conditions," Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt. Authorities prepared Wednesday to evacuate about 25,000 refugees who’ve been stranded since Katrina struck and transport them to the Houston Astrodome. Texas officials offered to open the giant stadium as a shelter for people displaced by the storm. conditions were deteriorating rapidly at the Superdome, as evacuees sweltered without power for air conditioning and toilets overflowed.
      Electricity is out for more than 2.3 million people in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida.
Katrina’s effect on oil supplies and gas prices spread nationwide. Katrina forced operators to close more than a tenth of the country’s refining capacity and a quarter of its oil production, which sent gasoline prices surging and prompted the White House to tap the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
      The Army Corps of Engineers is bringing in heavy, twin-rotored Chinook helicopters to drop 3,000-pound sandbags into the gap.
# Public health emergency declared; cholera, typhoid fears
# Katrina death toll so far estimated at least 120
# New Orleans mayor says toll in his city will be hundreds
# Superdome evacuees moving to Astrodome
UPDATE: Please check out my new Weather Blog on MSN Spaces.


Evacuations after Evacuations

From CNN:
      "Deteriorating conditions in New Orleans will force authorities to evacuate the tens of thousands of people at shelters in the city, as Gulf Coast communities struggled to deal with the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
      Officials could not yet provide accurate estimates for fatalities or time needed for recovery in the area and are focusing, instead, on widespread search-and-rescue operations. The death toll from the storm so far is estimated at 70 — mostly in Mississippi. Officials stressed that the number is uncertain and likely to be much higher.
      (In New Orleans) The city had no power, no drinking water, dwindling food supplies, widespread looting, water rising in the streets, smoke rising on the horizon and even the sounds of gunfire. At least one large building was ablaze Tuesday.
# New Orleans emergency shelters being evacuated
# About 200 critically ill patients being airlifted to safety
# New Orleans mayor: Bodies being pushed to the side
# Coast Guard reserves mandatory call up ordered
# Mississippi flooding up to six miles inland
# "This is our tsunami," Biloxi Mayor"
UPDATE: Please check out my new Weather Blog on MSN Spaces


Rising Fears in States of Destruction

From CTV and CNN:
      "Thousands of Hurricane Katrina refugees in New Orleans’ 10 shelters must be evacuated, given the deteriorating situation, says Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco. The storm’s devastating impact on New Orleans is worsening as floodwater from breakdowns in the levee system steadily fills the city’s streets.  Blanco said the power could be out for a long time, and with the break of a major water main, no drinkable water is available. A historical marina in the city was in flames, with no crews available to extinguish the blaze, as officials worked feverishly to search for residents who waited to be rescued.
# New Orleans emergency shelters being evacuated
# About 200 critically ill patients being airlifted to safety
# New Orleans mayor: Bodies being pushed to the side
# Mississippi flooding up to six miles inland
# "This is our tsunami," Biloxi Mayor
# 1.7 million customers without power" Videos


68 Deaths

From CNN:
      Water poured into New Orleans from Lake Pontchartrain after a two-block-long breach opened overnight in a section of a levee that protects the low-lying city. authorities had ferried at least 500 people from their homes, flooded with as much as six feet of water. Some residents reported water rose so fast they did not have time to grab their shoes. In Mobile, Alabama, the storm pushed water from Mobile Bay into downtown, submerging large sections of the city, and officials imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew.
      The Federal Emergency Management Agency is preparing to house "at least tens of thousands of victims … for literally months on end," the agency’s director, Michael Brown, said Monday night. Veteran FEMA staffers who have surveyed the destruction are reporting some of the worst damage they have ever seen, he said.
• Katrina blamed for 68 deaths, including 55 in Mississippi
• Reports of bodies floating in water in New Orleans
• New Orleans ‘in state of devastation,’ water still rising
• Rescuers work to reach hundreds of stranded
From CTV: (links will open in Windows Media Player)





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