The eye of Hurricane Irma grazed the Turks and Caicos Islands on Thursday, rattling buildings after it smashed a string of Caribbean islands as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, killing 14 people on its way to Florida. A storm batters as Hurricane Irma descends on Providenciales, in the Turks and Caicos Islands, in this still image taken from September 7, 2017 social media video. With winds of around 185 miles per hour (290 km per hour), the storm the size of France has ravaged small islands in the northeast Caribbean in recent days, including Barbuda, Saint Martin and the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, ripping down trees and flattening homes and hospitals. Winds dipped on Thursday to 165 mph as Irma soaked the northern coasts of the Dominican Republic and Haiti and brought hurricane-force winds to the Turks and Caicos … [Read more...] about Monstrous Hurricane Irma kills 14 in Caribbean, heads for Florida
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Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, churned across northern Caribbean islands on Wednesday with a catastrophic mix of fierce winds, surf and rain, en route to a possible Florida landfall at the weekend. Irma is expected to become the second powerful storm to thrash the U.S. mainland in as many weeks after devastating Hurricane Harvey, but its precise trajectory remained uncertain. The eye of Irma, a Category 5 storm packing winds of 185 miles per hour (295 km per hour), passed over the island of Barbuda east of Puerto Rico, early on Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami reported, possibly hitting Florida on Saturday. "We are hunkered down and it is very windy ... the wind is a major threat," said Garfield Burford, the director of news at ABS TV and Radio on the island of Antigua, south of Barbuda. "So far, some roofs have been blown off." Most people who were on Antigua and Barbuda were without power and about … [Read more...] about Hurricane Irma churns through Caribbean islands, possibly en route to Florida
VietNamNet Bridge - A Wednesday article by Live Science magazine reporting that Vietnam recorded unusually high numbers of shark attacks in 2010 is unreliable, said a local expert. It said that unprovoked assaults by sharks last year include six in Vietnam, 14 in Australia, eight in South Africa and six in Egypt. It also quoted George Burgess at the University of Florida in Gainesville, curator of the International Shark Attack File as saying Vietnam and Egypt had “unusually high numbers of attacks in 2010”. However, he did not explain why Vietnam had such a sudden increase in attacks. According to Deputy Professor Nguyen Tac An, former director of the Vietnamese National Institute of Oceanography (VNIO), this information needs to be verified. Dr. An noted that the magazine’s article could negatively impact Vietnam’s marine tourism. According to him, the statistics of shark attacks released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) … [Read more...] about VN had unusually high numbers of shark attacks?
Matthew, the first major hurricane threatening a direct hit on the United States in more than 10 years, closed in on Florida on Thursday after killing at least 283 people in Haiti on its destructive march north through the Caribbean. Carrying extremely dangerous winds of 140 mph (220 kph), the storm pounded the northwestern part of the Bahamas en route to Florida's Atlantic coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Matthew's top sustained winds had dropped to 130 mph by Thursday night. But it remained a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity as it neared Florida, where it could either plow inland or tear along the Atlantic coast through Friday night, the Miami-based center said. Few storms with winds as powerful as Matthew's have struck Florida, and the NHC warned of "potentially disastrous impacts." The U.S. National Weather Service said the storm could be the most powerful to strike northeast Florida in 118 years. Hurricane conditions were … [Read more...] about Hurricane Matthew closes in on Florida as Haiti death toll rises
Conservative White House hopeful Rick Santorum surged to two startling, come-from-behind wins in the Deep South, in a dramatic shakeup in the Republican presidential battle. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum addresses supporters after winning both the Alabama and Mississippi primaries. Santorum surged to two startling, come-from-behind wins in the deep South, in a dramatic shakeup in the Republican presidential battle. (AFP Photo/Sean Gardner) Santorum's victories in Alabama and Mississippi give his campaign a huge boost, solidifying his claim that he is the main conservative alternative to front-runner Mitt Romney in the battle to be the Republican nominee to take on President Barack Obama in November elections. The results are stinging defeats for former House speaker and southern … [Read more...] about Santorum earns stunning double win in deep South