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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Heavy Rains, Flooding leave 4 Dead in Honduras

1, 500 others forced from their homes - croplands damaged.
 
 

Flooding in Honduras leaves 4 dead

2 hours, 13 minutes ago
Floods caused by heavy rains have left four people dead, forced 1,500 others from their homes and caused more than $8 million in damage to Honduran croplands, officials said Thursday.
Two people drowned in the northern province of Cortes along the Caribbean coast, and two others drowned in western Intibuca province, said Juan Carlos Elvir of the Emergency Response Commission.
Flooding caused by downpours during the past three weeks has damaged more than 300 homes and forced 1,500 people to seek refuge in government-run shelters, Elvir said.
Meanwhile, bridges have been wiped out in some villages, leaving at least 5,000 residents stranded, Elvir said.
Flooding also damaged 5,200 acres of farmland, causing more than $8 million in damages.
Forecasters were calling for more rain over the next few days.
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Mexico's Volcano of Fire - Ash, Gas Spewing more than Mile High

Volcano in western Mexico shoots ash
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MEXICO CITY - Western Mexico's Volcano of Fire sent a towering column of ash and gas more than a mile into the air Thursday, authorities said.
Winds blew a 7,150-foot column of ash toward the west. No communities were affected, said authorities in Jalisco state.
The 2 1/2-mile-high volcano sent up twin eruptions in January, triggering several small landslides.
The Volcano of Fire, on the border of Jalisco and Colima states, 420 miles west of Mexico City, has erupted repeatedly in recent years.

A resident of Gulang-Gulang village in Sorsogon province runs away with a boy as Mount Bulusan explodes with a massive volcanic ash cloud, June 18. The Philippines put civil defense personnel on alert for possible deadly volcanic mudflows as a tropical storm began bearing down on the volcano that has been spitting ash for weeks.(AFP/File/Francis Malasig)
 
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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Yes, Montserrat Volcano IS at Level 4 Alert

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Three Not-To-Miss Risks

All that has occurred, such as war and natural disasters, the tsunami and all the rest?those were all low-probability, but they happened. We've had our minds opened.
-Tim Williams, CSO of Nortel Networks
(as quoted in Spinning the Wheels of Misfortune http://www.csoonline.com/read/010106/wheel_misfortune.html)
 
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The resource for Security Executives:
 

Three Not-to-Miss Risks

By Sarah D. Scalet
Risk Management Solutions, founded at Stanford University, does complex economic risk modeling for the insurance industry. We spoke with Chief Research Officer Robert Muir-Wood about what he views as the biggest risks facing the United States. Here's what he had to say.

1. A flu pandemic

"We haven't considered as much as we might have the degree of economic and social disruption that an event like an influenza pandemic would cause. It's hard to find an equivalent except a little bit in how people respond to terrorism: You have a fear of something, and you want to take action as a result of that fear. With influenza, that fear is probably any gathering of people. Eventually, I would imagine that most people will refuse to go to work or send their kids to school, and they'll refuse to take air flights. The people who work in supermarkets, will they turn up? Will the people who operate Internet systems turn up? I don't know.
 
"If your perspective is corporate security or network security, the questions are: Who is part of your critical workforce, and what can you do to ensure that they keep turning up to work? The plan should work on the premise that some outbreak has started and rational people are going to think, I do not want to go where other people are unless I'm protected or inoculated in some way."

2. New flood zones

"Another big risk is that we are in a phase of high activity and high severity of hurricanes. In sections of the Mississippi coast, buildings were effectively destroyed farther inland than the 500-year flood plain. The problem is, all the assumptions about flood zones are based on how likely hurricanes are and how intense they are. That may all need to be reevaluated.
 
"There's a big argument going on about the climate change dimensions of this, but you don't need to believe in climate change to recognize that there are more hurricanes and more intense hurricanes occurring at present. Hurricanes have changed their activity in the past. There was a high cycle in the 1950s, and a very low period in the '60s and '70s and '80s, and then the activity has switched on again since 1995. Maps of the coastal flood zones were based on the frequency of hurricanes in a period of low hurricane activity, and these flood zones will now need to be redefined and buildings rezoned.
 
"If I was based along the coast and just outside the defined flood zone, I'd be concerned that I might be rezoned or that a storm might hit before the rezoning happened. A corporation may well need to be ahead of the government's thinking on this."

3. A massive cyberattack

"The third big risk would be some kind of cyberattack.
This could be something that brings the network down. It could also be a virus or worm that corrupts data very slowly so that you don't notice it; by the time banks realize the corruption is going on, they have no record that's uncorrupted. The fact that we have a Microsoft monoculture makes us particularly susceptible. If you just have the one species of tree, you could have a disease that wipes out the whole lot. We effectively have something like a monoculture in the systems area.
 
"The people who have the best understanding of this risk are the people who have the best understanding of how you bring down systems. You almost need a devious imagination."
 
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Your recent articles on 14 Nightmare Scenarios and this one on Three Not-to-Miss Risks are bang on. A huge problem for CSOs is convinciing those who work on Mahogany Row that good security is an investment in the bottom line and that a well thought out security program will help an organization to survive a disaster - regardless of the type.


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Carla Iyer persecuted for defending Terri Schiavo - See Hannity & Colmes, Fox News

Important information from Cheryl Ford, RN
To:       Fight4Terri Supporters
From: Cheryl Ford RN
            www.Fight4Terri.com
 
Date: June 28, 2006
 
Carla Iyer R.N. is tentatively scheduled to speak out this Friday night
June 30, 2006 on Fox News Hannity and Colmes. Hear Carla talk about how the Florida State Nursing Board is threatening to revoke her RN license for breach of confidentiality for speaking out about the Terri Schiavo case. Carla was one of Terri's nurses. She cared for Terri from April 1995 to July 1996. Carla provided an affidavit which detailed her accounts of what she witnessed when caring for Terri.
 
Today, Carla resides in a quaint town in Florida with her husband and three small children. Carla relays, "My legal fees are more than I can afford. I cannot believe they are doing this to me. I have done nothing wrong."  "I feel threatened and harassed for providing information to the courts that is required by law to be reported by any nurse who witnesses violations of patients rights."
 
Carla needs our help.  Your prayers and any financial legal assistance that you can give to her is greatly appreciated.
 
Help to defray Carla's legal cost can be mailed to:
 
Carla Iyer R.N.
502 Sugar Creek Drive
Plant City, Florida 33563
 
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Flooding - Thousands ordered to evacuate Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland

 
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Pennsylvania Flooding Forces Evacuations
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Jun 28, 7:01 PM (ET)

By MARK SCOLFORO
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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - Up to 200,000 people in the Wilkes-Barre area were ordered to evacuate their homes Wednesday because of rising water on the Susquehanna River, swelled by a record-breaking deluge that has killed at least 12 people across the Northeast.
Thousands more were ordered to leave their homes in New Jersey, New York and Maryland. Rescue helicopters plucked residents from rooftops as rivers and streams surged over their banks, washed out roads and bridges, and cut off villages in some of the worst flooding in the region in decades, with more rain in the forecast for the rest of the week.
Wilkes-Barre, a city of 43,000 in northeastern Pennsylvania coal-mining country, was devastated by deadly flooding in 1972 from the remnants of Hurricane Agnes. It is protected by levees, and officials said the Susquehanna was expected to crest just a few feet from the tops of the 41-foot floodwalls.
But Luzerne County Commissioner Todd Vonderheid said officials were worried about the effects of water pressing against the levees for 48 hours. The floodwalls were completed just three years ago.
(AP) Kim Courtright, 21, of Bethlehem, Pa., stands in the flooded basement of his friend Sean Kearns...
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"It is honestly precautionary," Vonderheid said. "We have great faith the levees are going to hold."
An estimated 150,000 to 200,000 people in the county of about 351,000 were told to get out by nightfall. The evacuation order applied to more than half the residents of Wilkes-Barre, as well residents of several outlying towns, all of them flooded by Agnes more than three decades ago.
Laura Lockman, 42, of Wilkes-Barre packed a car and planned to clear out along with her husband, three kids and a puppy named Pebbles. They were not ordered to evacuate their brick home, a half-mile from the Susquehanna, but were going to nearby Scranton anyway for the children's safety. Their home was inundated in 1972, when water reached the second floor.
"I just want to get out of here. I just want to be safe, that's all," she said.
A dozen helicopters from the Pennsylvania National Guard, the state police and the Coast Guard were sent on search-and-rescue missions, plucking stranded residents from rooftops in Bloomsburg, Sayre and New Milford. Hundreds of National Guardsmen prepared to distribute ice, water and meals ready to eat.
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Flooding closed many roads in the Philadelphia area, including the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
"We lost just about everything - the cars, the clothes, even the baby's crib," said James Adams, who evacuated his family's home near Binghamton, N.Y., after watching their shed float away and their cars get submerged. "I'm not sure what we are going to do."
Elsewhere in the Binghamton area, an entire house floated down the Susquehanna. After touring the region by helicopter, New York Gov. George Pataki estimated that property damage in his state would total at least $100 million.
The soaking weather was produced by a low-pressure system that has been stalled just offshore since the weekend and pumped moist tropical air northward along the East Coast. A record 4.05 inches of rain fell Tuesday at Binghamton. During the weekend, the same system drenched the Washington and Baltimore region with more than a foot of rain.
Although the bulk of the rain moved out of the area Wednesday, streams were still rising from the runoff, and forecasters said more showers and occasional thunderstorms were possible along the East Coast for the rest of the week.
(AP) People look out over a flooded New Jersey 29 after the rain-swollen Delaware River overflowed,...
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Earlier this week, floodwaters in the nation's capital closed the National Archives, the IRS, the Justice Department and other major government buildings, and toppled a 100-year-old elm tree on the White House lawn. The National Archives, several Smithsonian museums and some government office buildings were still closed Wednesday.
The National Archives moved in giant dehumidifiers to preserve its historic documents. "The threat to the records is not floodwater, but humidity from the lack of air conditioning," spokeswoman Susan Cooper said Wednesday.
An estimated 2,200 people were ordered to evacuate the area around Lake Needwood at Rockville, Md., which was approaching 25 feet above normal. Engineers reported weakened spots on the lake's earthen dam.
A swollen creek carved a 25-foot-deep chasm through all four lanes of Interstate 88, about 35 miles northeast of Binghamton, N.Y., and two truckers were killed early Wednesday when their rigs plunged into the gaps, officials said.
Thousands of people were evacuated from communities across New York state, and whole villages north of Binghamton County were isolated by high water.
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Along the Delaware River, more than 1,000 people left low-lying areas of Trenton, N.J., and state employees in buildings along the river left work early.
Trenton's water filtration system was shut down because of debris floating down the Delaware, and Mayor Doug Palmer called for conservation, saying the city had only about two days of drinkable water. The river was expected to crest Friday at nearly 8 feet over flood stage, the fourth-highest level on record for Trenton.
The weather was blamed for four deaths each in Maryland and Pennsylvania, one in Virginia and three in New York, including the two truckers.
The Agnes flood caused 50 deaths and more than $2 billion in damage in Pennsylvania, and remains the worst natural disaster in state history. It left 20,000 families homeless in Wilkes-Barre and surrounding Luzerne County towns.
Afterward, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers undertook one of the most ambitious flood-control projects east of the Mississippi River, raising the existing levees by 3 to 5 feet. The $200 million project was finally completed in 2003.
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Associated Press writer Michael Rubinkam contributed to this report from Allentown, Pa.



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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Wild weather - more storms forming..

Thanks to Liz for this.
 
Excerpt:
The situation is as if a Divine signal is being sent to America's leaders, although we wouldn't go so far as to attribute this weather to Divine judgment per se. There are indications that the weather systems may be man-made from scalar weapons by rogue elemens or another nation with such scalar technology as Russia, China or reportedly even the Japanese mafia known as the Yakuza. We mention this because America's father of scalar physics, Dr. and Lt. Col Tom Bearden has alledged that scalar technology is in the hands of Russia, China and the Yakuza. There has been some discussion that last year's hurricanes were either created or guided by such technology. We're not so sure that such was the case but we duly note the claims.
Liz
Tuesday, 27 June 2006
Wild Weather 
Grave Weather Situation Developing For D.C. Area? 
Potential Tropical Storm Development Could Hit D.C. Too 
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Above: Flooding on the historic Constitution Avenue 
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Above: Radar image of Washington DC area about 4:50pm 6-27-6
Flooding continues to cripple America's capital city at this hour. Immense rainfalls totally more than a foot since Sunday morning continues to trigger not only flooding for the Washington, D.C. area but severe storms and tornadoes are occuring all around the city. The storm has toppled a 100-year old elm tree on the White House lawn and closed many government buildings. Many streets are also experiencing flooding, including Constitution Avenue.
The situation is as if a Divine signal is being sent to America's leaders, although we wouldn't go so far as to attribute this weather to Divine judgment per se. There are indications that the weather systems may be man-made from scalar weapons by rogue elemens or another nation with such scalar technology as Russia, China or reportedly even the Japanese mafia known as the Yakuza. We mention this because America's father of scalar physics, Dr. and Lt. Col Tom Bearden has alledged that scalar technology is in the hands of Russia, China and the Yakuza. There has been some discussion that last year's hurricanes were either created or guided by such technology. We're not so sure that such was the case but we duly note the claims.
Meanwhile, the current situation along America's mid-central Atlantic coast continues to deteriorate under relentless rainfall and may become grave if an approaching storm system develops into a Tropical storm or hurricane. More on that in a related story below. For current developments in the D.C. area, link here.  More here from Accuweather. 
Tropical Depression May Be Developing
Could Be A Grave Threat To Wash. D.C. 
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The National Hurricane Center has dispatched a hurricane hunter aircraft to check on a developing low-pressure weather system off the coast of North Carolina. Hurricane experts believe the system has the potential to develop into a tropical depression at any time as it moves north-northeastward at 15 to 20 miles per hour.
The Air Force is sending a hurricane-hunter aircraft over the system to see if there is a closed circulation system developing around the low-pressure point. If there is closure, that would mean the storm is forming into enough of a tropical system to pose grave danger to the already flooded regions of the Mid-Atlantic coastline including Washington, D.C.
At the moment, the weather system is dumping showers and thunderstorms over portions of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. Weather forecasters expect the system to continue and dump heavy rains and strong winds in both South and North Carolina for the rest of today and tomorrow as it heads northward.
Late word as we post - Reconnaissance aircraft reports that for now there is no closed surface circulation so it is not yet a cyclonic storm. Winds in the system are ABOVE Tropical Depression strength over the low-pressure point off the Carolina coast. Currently the low is off the South Carolina coast but will track into eastern North Carolina by Tuesday evening bringing gusty winds and heavy rain during the afternoon and evenings. Winds over the outer banks are expected to gust over 40 mph.
This system will affect the Washington D.C. and mid-Atlantic areas later tonight and on Wednesday giving little respite to areas already experiencing serious flooding. More Details here. 

More Storms May Form 
[Ed Note: Insider sources tell us they expect 5 tropical storms by mid July]

The National Hurricane Center is now watching 3 'tropical waves' with one large one garnering particular interest at the moment. Experts do not believe that any of these 'waves' will be forming into tropical depressions or storm in the next 24 to 36 hours. Keep in mind that the current system off of North Carolina started out as a wave disturbance not far off the Florida coastline that we reported on over the weekend in our AO Breaking News.  For more details link here. Here's more from Accuweather. Link  
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Above Wave 1 
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Above: Wave 2


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