Sandy Beaches?

Looks like we're in for a hurricane (SANDY) on the East Coast within a few days time!

Some think that because Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall in the Delmarva area, New York will be spared. Don't get your hopes up! The most damage occurs to the North and East of landfall for East Coast storms. A tropical depression can do a lot of damage all by itself. Now add wind from a tropical storm or hurricane, then top it off with a moon tide of three more feet at the peak of the storm. Add a dash of storm surge from an East Coast wind. You now have a recipe for disaster. With a cold front slowing the storm down these conditions could last over 24 hours as well.

What should you do? With a reasonably good forecast for Saturday, it might be a good day to bring in the Halloween decorations as they can become projectiles in high wind. You wouldn't want your neighbor getting stabbed in the back by your front lawn resident witch, would you?

Things like patio sets, garbage cans, chairs, decorations and even left over tomatoes on the vine should be brought in or discarded. Placing garbage cans in your garage (detached at least) would be a very good idea.

Make sure that any propane tanks are secured and the valve fully turned off. Move BBQ grills to a safe place or your garage. They can become kites in a strong wind, and loaded with propane they are quite dangerous!

Before the storm hits fill up your gas tank. fill up gas cans you might need for generators and even for your cars in the event that power is lost for several days. Gas stations cannot pump gas without electricity.

Make sure you have adequate supplies of batteries, flashlights, water, food, a battery operated radio and a reasonably well stocked first aid kit.

If you have multiple cell phones we suggest that you leave all but one off at any given time. Forwarding calls from the others to that one cell phone will enable you to have spares in the event you cannot charge them for a while.

Think ahead, and prepare for the worst. It usually doesn't happen, but it could! This storm has the potential to wreak havoc on the entire East coast.

Have I forgotten anything? Let me know...

Stay safe, and stay dry!

Posted on 26 Oct 2012, 15:04 - Category: Al's Top News
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Solar Storm, bright Auroras!

For those of you who have never seen the Aurora Borealis and live in the Northern Hemisphere (in New York, Washington or at/near that latitude), this may be your chance to see it live!

Tonight New York will have partly cloudy skies, and due to a very severe solar flare which occurred recently, large quantities of proton radiation are directed towards the Earth. The Aurora is likely to extend far enough south for New Yorkers to see a green glow in the Northern sky. Keep your eyes peeled tonight. The show is about to start.

Storms this strong have been known to affect GPS systems, satellite transmissions, HF radio like police, air and fire departments use and the electrical grid. One such storm knocked out a good part of Canada many years ago.

If the lights go out here in New York the Aurora should be quite visible. This light show is free.. enjoy!

Posted on 7 Mar 2012, 13:30 - Category: Al's Top News
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Gold over $1600 an ounce??

What! Gold over $1600 an ounce???

Yes, it was over $1600 an ounce this morning! Gold settled at $1598 and change shortly after a quick peak amid fears that the Euro-Block is failing to recover from the recession. The U.S. unresolved borrowing status remains unchanged in a government stale-mate as well, adding to the panic.

Things look very bad for many countries in Europe, including Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland. Several European banks are either failing the stress test (8 banks) or in danger of failing it (16 banks) as well.

Tensions are high as S&P and Moodys have made statements regarding credit rating changes for both Europe and U.S. This has pushed up borrowing rates and increased bond rates as a result in the Euro-zone.

Are we out of danger from the recession? Not by a long shot! We are about to dip once more, and this time the only way out may be a full reset for the entire world! What does that mean for you and I? Nothing good I assure you!

Lets hope and pray for the best. Unless something changes quickly, we will have to face reality this time around and should begin to brace ourselves for the worst default in the history of the modern world. It is near.. very near!

Posted on 18 Jul 2011, 10:37 - Category: Al's Top News
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Japan earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdowns!

Japan.. what is really happening?

So many news stories are surfacing now, all touching on how bad it is in Japan. Disaster struck following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake. The earthquake triggered a tsunami which destroyed a large part of the island nation and set several other events into motion. There is great suffering and great loss of life. The events continue, and this disaster is far from over.

Let me clarify what you are hearing from news sources...

1. Sendai is/was a large city in Japan, but far from the major cities, and located in an area that is mostly rural and farmland. It was virtually wiped out, along with neighboring towns and communities due to a tsunami. Death tolls are climbing quickly as more bodies are discovered. The rescue operations are near-end, so real numbers will be coming in shortly. It is expected that tens of thousands will have died.

2. Japan is well equipped for earthquakes, and experiences a few each month. Most buildings will withstand even the largest of quakes. They are NOT equipped for a tsunami!

3. Tokyo for the most part is unscathed. Some buildings did have damage, but most had nothing happen to them. There is an odd sense something more to come or of possible disaster, but store shelves in Tokyo are well stocked, and life is going on... just not as normal. There is fuel rationing, and rolling power cuts to save energy. This all may change in the coming hours or days, and probably not for the good.

4. Several nuclear power generating facility buildings containing reactors are in trouble due to cooling failures. More than one is a threat to the entire region and at least one has had a core melt and containment breaches. At this time some 50 workers are continuing to work in these facilities, trying to control the disaster. Knowing they are exposed to large amounts of radiation, they are in effect offering their lives to save the many. Chances are their lives will be very short, if they survive. They should be honored as heroes.

5. Most radiation that escapes is going out to sea at the moment. If winds change this will result in population exposure to considerably higher than normal levels of radioactivity. Japan is ready to supply iodine tablets to the population in the event this happens. We hope that will be enough. The situation has progressively worsened over the last day, perhaps into a spiral of unstoppable events.

UPDATE (3/17/2011, 2:26 pm): (excerpt from BBC News)

Japanese police have issued the latest figures on the number of people who died in Friday's quake and the tsunami it triggered - a total of 5,692 deaths have been confirmed. 9,506 people are still missing. But the number of missing people reflects only the number actually registered with the police, broadcaster NHK reports.

UPDATE (3/18/2011, 10.17 am): (excerpt from BBC News)

The number of people confirmed dead in the 11 March earthquake and tsunami in Japan has reached 6,539, surpassing the toll from the massive tremor in Kobe in 1995, the AFP is quoting Japanese police as saying.

UPDATE (3/18/2011, 12.47 pm): (excerpt from BBC News)

The death toll in Japan has been rising through the day. The national police now say 6,911 people are known to have died in the disaster, and 10,316 are still missing.

UPDATE (3/22/2011, 10.12 am): (excerpt from BBC News)

Police say the confirmed death toll from the earthquake and tsunami is now 9,079, with 12,645 missing.

UPDATE (3/23/2011, 5.30 pm): (excerpt from BBC News)

The confirmed death toll from the earthquake and tsunami has risen to 9,408, and more than 14,700 people are listed as missing.

UPDATE (3/29/2011, 10.45 am): (excerpt from BBC News)

On Sunday it said radiation levels at reactor No 2 were 10 million times higher than normal, before correcting that figure to 100,000 - something the government called "absolutely unacceptable".

The twin disasters are now known to have killed 10,901 people, with more than 17,000 people still missing across a swathe of northern Japan.

Of Interest but not of danger: The US Environmental Protection Agency said it had detected traces of radiation in rain water in the north-east of the country. These are at very low levels and are not of any danger to life (of any kind).

UPDATE (4/5/2011, 1.52 pm): (excerpt from BBC News)

The official death toll from the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami which struck on 11 March stands at 12,344, with more than 15,000 people still unaccounted for.

UPDATE (4/21/2011, 3.33 pm):

It is estimated that some 28,000 people have died or are missing in Japan as of this update. 14,000 of them have been confirmed as dead, and over 80 percent have been identified.

Japan has now made a clear 3 mile no entry zone surrounding the Fukushima nuclear power facility. The surrounding 12 to 20 mile zone has now been declared as restricted as opposed to it's earlier designation as an evacuation zone. People are allowed in for 2 hours with an escort to gather belongings. Violators are subject to a fine (quite large) and/or a 30 day jail term.

We send our thoughts and prayers to all of our friends, family and neighbors in Japan. Let us all prey for their safety, and support them in any way that we can.

Posted on 21 Apr 2011, 15:37 - Category: Al's Top News
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Libya soon to be ???

Libya unrest continues.. (updated 2/24/2011)

For those who know nothing about Libya, it is a country which borders Egypt. It, like Egypt and Tunisia has been tossed into turmoil. It's country domain name on the Internet is LY, which holds many short URLs like itself.

Libya fighting is causing oil prices to rise astronomically, reaching to well over $110 a barrel (Brent crude), and to the vicinity of $100 a barrel here in the United States.

Most of the population of Libya resides in the North along the Mediterranean Sea. The South is mostly desert, and is sparsely populated.

As civil unrest continues, the country's darkest secrets are being uncovered. Underground jails for political prisoners have been exposed and people opposed to the current rule are being shot dead in the streets.

The fighting in Libya is far more severe than that which occurred in Egypt and Tunisia. Casualties are mounting quickly.

This is the third of 16 eastern block countries that are now slowly entering similar states of unrest and where governments are being overthrown. We wish you all safety and peace.

Posted on 24 Feb 2011, 11:00 - Category: Al's Top News
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