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In the historic Parish Church of St. Helena Sunday morning, clergy delivered a message of gratitude in the calm following Hurricane Matthew’s storm.

“The question for us today is ‘are you thankful?’” Rev. Shay Gaillard asked during his sermon taken from the New Testament book of Luke.

Residents who stayed in town to ride out the storm might have felt alone, Gaillard said, and those who evacuated might have felt vulnerable without their normal support system.

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Posted October 17, 2016 at 11:14 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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In the days following Hurricane Matthew, these same folks thought they had dodged a bullet with little water coming from the waterway into their streets.

But that relief was short-lived.

On Friday night, water started pushing up through the streets and yards. By Saturday morning, the residents were facing floodwaters much higher and much more devastating than 2015’s onslaught.

Neighbors awoke to find members of the Horry County Fire and Rescue already on the scene with boats helping people to dry land.

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Posted October 15, 2016 at 4:01 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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For a storm that inflicted less damage than many had feared, Hurricane Matthew nevertheless impaired or destroyed more than 1 million structures, forced businesses from Florida to North Carolina to close and put thousands temporarily out of work.

In many affected areas, small-business owners were still assessing the damage.

"I've never had anything like this in 12 years of business," said Ami Zipperer, who has two garden supply stores in the Savannah, Georgia, area.

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Posted October 12, 2016 at 3:48 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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Jimmy Cutter wheeled his pickup through the parking lot of a roadside ice machine Monday, ready to buy a bucket for his home.

But he didn’t get any ice. Without power, the machine would not run. It was the latest challenge in recent days for Cutter, who was among thousands of eastern South Carolina residents dealing with the effects of a weekend hurricane.

"It's not bad for a few days, but after a while it gets old,'' Cutter said Monday.

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(Martha Graves)

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Posted October 11, 2016 at 6:15 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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Here are a few images that show the damage from the storm so far...Check them out.

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Look through them all.

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But Dusty Bryant, Worship and Life Groups pastor at Lighthouse, lives across the street from her house in Nelliefield Plantation.

The two had the same idea: to bring people together to break bread at a “front lawn worship service.”

“I knew that a lot of places of worship had to make that hard call to cancel services early in the week,” Bryant said. “And I thought, what a great opportunity to be able to come together with our neighbors, those we see and know and talk to each and everyday, and pray together, give thanks together, celebrate together.”

Read it all from the local paper.

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Some good shots and video--check it out.

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Posted October 10, 2016 at 6:15 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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Winds here were measured at a peak of 60 mph.

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To the sounds of prayers, generators and chainsaws, Lowcountry residents began to dig themselves from the rubble of Hurricane Matthew amid a battered landscape peppered with flooded roads, swollen waterways, fallen trees and downed power lines.

After brutalizing the Carolina coast for two days, the spent storm weakened to a post-tropical cyclone Sunday morning and moved out to sea, leaving behind spectacular blue skies, crisp temperatures and a trail of destruction from Florida to North Carolina.

Read it all from the local paper.

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Posted October 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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Check them all out.




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Posted October 9, 2016 at 6:45 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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County officials said water rescues were ongoing early Saturday morning in both Tranquil Estates and Summer Wood subdivisions, but no rescue operations are currently ongoing. No residents were injured in any of the incidents.

Rescue teams remain staged near the Ashley River and its tributaries, Norton said.

At least one family said they were told to evacuate their home on Donning Drive in the Ponds subdivsion and for a time, were holed up in the Ponds community room at the neighborhood entrance.

“I heard a tree crash next to me, and it nailed the house next door,” said homeowner Michael Chauvin, publisher for Summerville Communications.

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Posted October 8, 2016 at 11:14 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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We had and are still having tropical storm force winds. Because we are not in a flood zone or an evacuation zone, we are hanging in there. But areas of the town where we live near water are a mess, and the greater Lowcountry has much greater wind and water damage.

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Posted October 8, 2016 at 11:11 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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Prayers for protection for all--KSH.

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O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go: Preserve those who travel, surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey's end. Give them rest and peace in this time of taking shelter and speed their safe delivery home through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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(Wunderground)

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Please join us in praying for protection for all in the path of the storm.

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Mosquito swarms, pollutants, trees toppling over for no apparent reason — the devastating flood last week will leave an environmental mess. The only real question is, how big?

Everything from litter to unseen poisons are out there. As the waters creep back below rivers’ banks, residents and officials are starting to assess the damage and clean up the debris. Here’s at least part of what you could find....

Read it all from the local paper.

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Posted October 12, 2015 at 7:01 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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Found here:
As the flooding progresses through our state we ask you to continue to keep those affected in your prayers. Two of our clergy are serving as chaplains on the front lines. The Rev. Donald Hayes, Vicar of Christ Church, Florence, is Chief Chaplain for the South Carolina Guard. He is overseeing 50 Chaplains deployed throughout our state. The Rev. Nathan Bistis, Associate Rector at St. Luke’s, Hilton Head, is serving as a Chaplain with the National Guard. Both are ministering to flood victims as well as to those involved in search and rescue efforts. While reports are still coming in about churches and individual parish families, we do know that Holy Cross, Stateburg and Holy Comforter, Sumter and St. Paul's, Conway appear to be among the most significantly impacted so far.


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Posted October 10, 2015 at 4:11 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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Church members come together for Conway church damaged by flood

Thursday was back to school for more than 60 children at Conway's St. Paul's Anglican Church Day School, but not everything was back to normal.

The floodwaters damaged the classrooms on the lower level of the historic Conway building.

It soaked carpets and damaged drywall.

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Posted October 10, 2015 at 3:31 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you,” says Isaiah, 43:2, “and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.”

Well, for the most part, at least.

The biblical words resonated with area church leaders and parishioners affected by this week’s storm as they assessed the damage to their places of worship and helped each other find alternative spaces for upcoming services.

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Posted October 10, 2015 at 9:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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We ask that you keep the families of those who have lost loved ones, those who have suffered loss of property and all those harmed or who are assisting in the rescue and relief efforts following this historic flood in your prayers.

While we are grateful to God that the majority of our Diocese has come through the recent catastrophic storm unscathed, a few of our parishes and people suffered significant damage that will not be adequately covered by insurance. It is also a reality that additional flooding is expected and the recovery process will continue for some time. That there will be unmet needs is certain.

For those reasons, the Diocesan office is recommending the following possible responses to this disaster...

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[Tiffany Wilson]..and her family had to be rescued from their home near Swan Lake Sunday. Her woke up to her dog wimpering in the back yard, where she say he was under water.

"I panicked because I have a six week old baby, and I have an eight-year-old son. Plus, I have a disabled Dad. So, my thought was to get everybody out."

Walking back into her new reality, Wilson says it was tough to see.

"I cried," stated Wilson.

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Posted October 8, 2015 at 5:31 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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At the Harvest Hope Food Bank, each volunteer has a reason to serve, including Kassy Alia. Tuesday afternoon, Alia was dubbed the "Fun Food Lady" as she sorted cart-loads of cakes, pies, and pizzas.

"Something that's brought me a lot of peace over the past few days is I know I told my husband everyday how much I loved him, and he did the same for me. I'm confident, and I know that he would be so proud of me,” she said.

Kassy's late husband, Forest Acres police officer Greg Alia, was shot and killed in the line of duty last week while responding to a suspicious vehicle call at Richland Mall. He was a new father, just 32 years old, and a star at the small department. Alia was laid to rest on Saturday as the rain rolled in.

Read it all and watch the whole video.

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Along South Carolina’s coast, residents were preparing for a second round of flooding as rivers swollen from days of devastating rains make their way toward the Atlantic.

Residents near a dam in Richland County were told to evacuate Wednesday morning, with authorities saying the dam could breach at any time.

Crews worked overnight to try to stabilize the Beaver Dam after a sinkhole formed nearby, pumping water out of of the pond to relieve pressure on the dam.

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At least 18 dams have breached or failed in South Carolina since Saturday, the state's emergency management agency said early Tuesday.

One failure, of the Overcreek dam in Forest Acres, sent a torrent of floodwater raging downstream and forced a mandatory evacuations near Columbia.

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Posted October 6, 2015 at 6:06 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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Deadly flooding has engulfed parts of South Carolina, forcing people from their homes. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has activated the National Guard to help with flood rescues, and charitable organizations are responding.

Impact Your World has gathered ways for people to help in these efforts.

• The Salvation Army is assisting communities along the East Coast by providing food, water and shelter to flood victims.

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David Glover was watching Clemson beat Notre Dame when the dam broke.

Not even 150 sandbags, piled high against the back wall of his house, could keep hours of relentless rainfall from spilling inside. The tide rose. Church Creek flooded. In a mad panic, Glover and his son started carrying everything they could to the kitchen on the second floor, including his favorite game day recliner.

By Sunday afternoon, there was no distinguishing where his yard ended and the creek began. A few sand bags floated above what was once his driveway. Glover crossed his arms as he surveyed the damage from the side of the road.

“I’ve been here 18 years. We’ve never had water like this,” he said. “Thank God I’ve got insurance.”

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Posted October 5, 2015 at 7:34 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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As teams from multiple agencies try to save people from their cars on flooded streets across South Carolina, officials are struggling just to keep count, the state's emergency management spokesman told CNN on Sunday.

"It's a historic flood the likes of which we haven't seen," Eric Rousey said. Most of the rescue operations are being staged in Dorchester and Charleston, where at least 30,000 people are without power. Emergency officials said there were about 140 water rescues in Dorchester overnight.

In Charleston, people paddled kayaks and canoes down city thoroughfares, as more than 6 inches of rain fell in downtown on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service Twitter account.

On Saturday, about 11½ inches of rain had fallen in the city, the weather service said. That's an inch more than the all-time daily highest amount of rain in the area, recorded in September 1998.

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Posted October 4, 2015 at 4:33 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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A photo posted by @ontheflysc on




The Lowcountry won’t see much of a break today, as the National Weather Service forecasts rain and possible thunderstorms to continue throughout the day and into the overnight hours. New rainfall amounts in excess of 4 inches are possible.

The high will be around 75 degrees and the wind will be between 5 and 8 mph.

Storms today could produce heavy rainfall, which has been the case since Thursday for most of the Lowcountry. The historic downfall has caused several event cancellations and has closed numerous Lowcountry roads. Residents are urged to stay home as much as possible.

Read it all and you can see 41 local photos there.

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Posted October 4, 2015 at 8:39 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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The Lowcountry began bracing for a weekend deluge Friday, even as the potential threat from Hurricane Joaquin dried up.

The complex storm system is expected to bring 8-10 inches of rain between Friday night and Sunday morning — enough to push Charleston’s rainfall well above the average annual total with more than two months left in the year.

“The flooding concern is by far the biggest concern at this point,” said Jonathan Lamb, a National Weather Service meteorologist at the Charleston International Airport. “We’re probably going to have tidal flooding on top of a real heavy rainfall.”

The worst time to drive around could be early Saturday afternoon, when the tides are high, he said.

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Posted October 3, 2015 at 9:20 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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NBC News meteorologist Dylan Dreyer heads to a frigid Niagara Falls to check out the frozen-over falls.

Amazing pictures--watch it all.

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Just a wobble away - that's how close Tropical Storm Arthur will come Thursday to the Lowcountry.

Forecasters said the eye of the storm will pass 100 miles out to sea or closer. On Wednesday, the storm's winds extended 90 miles from the eye.

The National Weather Service's forecast Thursday night called for strong winds and rain squalls for Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties - harsher nearer the coast - but not tropical storm conditions.

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Watch it all. The Wash. Post wrote up the background:
Sorry, if the pivotal episode of your favorite TV show is on and a tornado warning is issued, TV stations can, should, and will cut in and cut off programming to provide potentially life-saving storm coverage.

Typically, the shows are streamed online, either in real-time or after the fact for your viewing pleasure.

But that never stops some angry viewers from bombarding stations with nasty complaints over missing such indispensable shows as Grey’s Anatomy and Big Bang. They sometimes take the form of obscenity-laden tirades. Gawker reproduces some of these selfish missives, too profane to share here.

Monday morning, something beautiful happened. KSFY anchor Nancy Naeve – out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota – spoke her mind on this disgusting practice...


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...[The] church has started an appeal to raise £160,000 for repairs following the winter storms.

St Phillip and St James in Leckhampton is 130 years old and grade-II listed but is no longer wind and watertight.

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Nebraska is truly a flyover state for millions of snow geese, sandhill cranes and other migratory birds traveling north from south of the border during early spring. The area has become world famous for bird watchers who themselves migrate to the Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary along Nebraska's Platte River to see and hear the birds up close.

Watch the whole thrilling video (under three minutes) and please enjoy this one also.

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Surging prices for food staples from coffee to meat to vegetables are driving up the cost of groceries in the U.S., pinching consumers and companies that are still grappling with a sluggish economic recovery.

Federal forecasters estimate retail food prices will rise as much as 3.5% this year, the biggest annual increase in three years, as drought in parts of the U.S. and other producing regions drives up prices for many agricultural goods. The Bureau of Labor Statistics on Tuesday reported that food prices gained 0.4% in February from the previous month, the biggest increase since September 2011, as prices rose for meat, poultry, fish, dairy and eggs.

Globally, food inflation has been tame, but economists are watching for any signs of tighter supplies of key commodities such as wheat and rice that could push prices higher.

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Please watch it all from Jimmy Kimmel--very funny.

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This is simply stunning--take the 2 1/2 minutes to watch it all.

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The power is finally back on for everyone in South Carolina after the ice storm 10 days ago.

The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina said Saturday morning that their members had finished all their repairs on the grid, getting electricity to the final 200 customers that had been without power since the winter storm on Feb. 12 and 13.

Officials say there still may be scattered outages from the storm with people who will have to repair the wiring going into their own homes.

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Some stunning images of the Great Lakes have been captured this winter, as large portions of the massive bodies of water frozen were almost completely froze over for the first time in two decades.

The intense cold snap that gripped much of central Canada and the United States throughout the winter brought thick and widespread ice to the Great Lakes region.

Read it all and look at all the images.

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Rob and Kelly Mitchell were prepared for their two sons to have a four-day weekend, but when nasty weather tacked on two additional days, they were caught off guard.

"We had a sitter set up for Friday and I'm off work Monday," said Rob Mitchell, a government contractor and father of Ellis, 7, and Jeremy, 5. "Those days were covered, but we had to scramble to cover the ice days" Wednesday and Thursday.

Read it all from the local paper.

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No internet, house and yard is a mess, feels like living in slow motion--KSH.

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Posted February 13, 2014 at 9:50 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and schools closed, flights were grounded and thousands of people were without power Wednesday as the second ice storm in two weeks slammed the Charleston area.

It could be another tough day in the tri-county area. Light freezing rain and trace amounts of ice accumulation were expected overnight and into early morning.

"That will impact travel Thursday morning," said Blair Holloway, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Charleston.

Read it all from the front page of the local paper.

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Posted by Kendall Harmon

Oregon replaced Washington, D.C., which had held the top spot for the previous five years as workers sought out government jobs. The nation's capital fell to fourth place last year, tying with South Dakota.

Other top destinations for those seeking to relocate included South Carolina, with 60 percent of moves made for those coming into the state, North Carolina (58 percent), and Nevada (56 percent).

"Business incentives, industrial growth and relatively lower costs of living are attracting jobs and people to the Southeastern and Western states, such as South Dakota, Colorado and Texas," said UCLA economist Michael Stoll.

Read it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchTravel* Economics, PoliticsEconomyCorporations/Corporate LifeLabor/Labor Unions/Labor Market* General InterestWeather* South Carolina* TheologyAnthropologyEthics / Moral Theology

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Posted January 8, 2014 at 9:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Winter from Paul Klaver on Vimeo.



Watch it all--and enjoy the wonderfully soothing music also.

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Posted December 13, 2013 at 5:28 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Watch it all.

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Posted December 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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In 36 years with three school districts, Bull counts his sick days on one hand -- five -- and tallies just as many in 13 years as a carrier, first as a substitute in 2000 and then as a full-timer in 2007. The temperatures he works in can swing 120 degrees Fahrenheit, from 115 (46 Celsius) in the summer to below zero in the winter’s wind.

Five years ago, the snow and ice were so deep on the road that his power steering gave out. He zigged and zagged and tore through an electric fence, leaving a hole for 50 head of cattle to roam free. He pushed on the gas, nudging the truck out of trouble and on to the nearest farm for help.

“You just never know what might happen,” Bull says over rib-eye and potato salad at his favorite steakhouse.

Read it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchAging / the ElderlyReligion & Culture* Economics, PoliticsEconomyLabor/Labor Unions/Labor Market* General InterestWeather* International News & CommentaryAmerica/U.S.A.

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Posted August 21, 2013 at 7:45 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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Some areas were hit by the deluge harder than others, but few were spared. This time last year the Greenville area had seen about 21 inches of rain. This year more than 47 inches have fallen so far at the airport, where it's measured.

At the other end of the state, not far from Myrtle Beach, Darel Watts said it's been a struggle at Sugarfoot Organic Farms in Conway.

“Planting was late, and then when we would have a window, it just rained after that and drowned seedlings,” he said. “And once we got things growing it was hard to cultivate, and then we got disease.”

My mom has been on this property since she was 16, and she's 71, and she said it's the wettest she's ever seen,” Watts said. “When there's a drought, I can irrigate, but I can't wring it dry.”

Read it all from the local paper (emphasis mine).

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Posted August 17, 2013 at 10:18 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The start of hurricane season is 6 weeks away, and four independent forecast outlets unanimously agree it will be a busy one.

Colorado State’s Bill Gray and protege Philip Klotzbach, the pioneers of seasonal hurricane forecasting, predict a blockbuster hurricane season, with 18 named storms, 9 hurricanes and 4 major hurricanes. (The 1981-2010 30-year averages are 12.1 named storms, 6.4 hurricanes, and 2.7 major hurricanes.)

“We anticipate an above-average Atlantic basin hurricane season due to the combination of an anomalously warm tropical Atlantic and a relatively low likelihood of El Niño,” Klotzbach and Gray write in their outlook, released last week.

Ugh--read it all.

Filed under: * General InterestWeather* South Carolina

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Posted April 17, 2013 at 6:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

A behemoth storm packing hurricane-force wind gusts and blizzard conditions swept through the Northeast overnight, where more than 650,000 homes and businesses in the densely populated region lost power, roads were impassable and New Englanders awoke Saturday to more than 2 feet of snow.

More than 38 inches of snow fell in Milford in central Connecticut, and an 82-mph wind gust was recorded in nearby Westport. Areas of southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire notched at least 2 feet — with more falling. Airlines scratched more than 5,300 flights through Saturday, and the three major airports serving New York City as well as Boston’s Logan Airport closed.

Read it all.

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Posted February 9, 2013 at 9:15 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

For anyone wanting to follow the Hurricane Sandy open thread, you'll find it here.

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Posted November 1, 2012 at 7:15 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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Please post your experiences of Hurricane Sandy in the comments, including links to any interesting storm tracking sites, pictures, news stories, etc.

This storm has the potential to bring severe damage and disruption across much of the East Coast from Delaware to Maine in the coming days. Please be in prayer for all affected.

Filed under: * Admin* General InterestNatural Disasters: Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, etc.Weather

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Posted October 29, 2012 at 9:50 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

U.S. meteorologists expect a natural horror show of high wind, heavy rain, extreme tides and maybe snow to the west beginning early Sunday, peaking with the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday and lingering past Halloween on Wednesday.

Experts predict at least $1 billion in damage in the United States.

"It's looking like a very serious storm that could be historic," said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the forecasting service Weather Underground. "Mother Nature is not saying, 'Trick or treat.' It's just going to give tricks."

Read it all.

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Posted October 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The world is facing a new food crisis as the worst US drought in more than 50 years pushes agricultural commodity prices to record highs.

Corn and soyabean prices surged to record highs on Thursday, surpassing the peaks of the 2007-08 crisis that sparked food riots in more than 30 countries. Wheat prices are not yet at record levels but have rallied more than 50 per cent in five weeks, exceeding prices reached in the wake of Russia’s 2010 export ban.

The drought in the US, which supplies nearly half the world’s exports of corn and much of its soyabeans and wheat, will reverberate well beyond its borders, affecting consumers from Egypt to China.

Read it all (requires subscription).

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Posted July 20, 2012 at 8:12 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Is the world on the brink of another food crisis?

It has become a distressingly familiar question. With the price of agricultural staples such as corn, soyabeans and wheat soaring for the third summer in five years, the prospect of another price shock is once again becoming a prominent concern for investors and politicians alike.

The debate marks a dramatic shift from just a few weeks ago, when traders were expecting bumper crops and policy makers were comforting themselves that – if nothing else – falling commodity prices would offer some relief to the troubled global economy.

Read it all (subscription required).

Filed under: * Culture-WatchDieting/Food/NutritionGlobalization* Economics, PoliticsEconomy* General InterestWeather

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Posted July 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

At Cappuccio’s Meats in the Italian Market, the cuts of beef are cutting into the profits.

“Every week when I talk to my suppliers, I’m amazed by how much it’s going up,” said owner Domenick Crimi.

Beef prices soared more than 10 percent last year according to the Department of Agriculture, and they will likely go up at least another 5 percent this year.

Read it all.

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Posted February 1, 2012 at 7:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The crisis is deepening for some of the 13m East Africans worst-hit by one of the most devastating droughts in 60 years, aid agencies have warned.

World Food Day is being marked nearly three months since the UN declared a famine in parts of the Horn of Africa.

But people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and the newly-formed Republic of South Sudan remain in desperate need of food, water and emergency healthcare.

Read it all.


Filed under: * Culture-WatchDieting/Food/NutritionPoverty* General InterestNatural Disasters: Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, etc.Weather* International News & CommentaryAfricaSomalia

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Posted October 16, 2011 at 6:45 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The Vatican is calling particular attention to the dire circumstances of the peoples of the Horn of Africa, in particular Somalia, who have been facing a severe drought and food crisis since July.

The press office published an informative noted on the "Efforts and Commitment of the Catholic Church in the Horn of Africa," which is issued in conjunction with a press conference held today by the Pontifical Council Cor Unum on the plight of several East African countries.

Presented in a question-and-answer format, the note summarized the situation in countries such as Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia: "A severe drought, conflict and lack of governments have led to massive numbers of people going hungry.

Read it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchDieting/Food/NutritionPoverty* General InterestNatural Disasters: Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, etc.Weather* International News & CommentaryAfricaSomalia* Religion News & CommentaryOther ChurchesRoman Catholic

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Posted October 10, 2011 at 6:32 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Check them out.

One picture I really liked was this one (maybe because of the red House).

Filed under: * General InterestNatural Disasters: Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, etc.Weather

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Posted September 1, 2011 at 6:01 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Due to a total loss of power and heavy flooding the area, the Cranford Police Department has been evacuated. Police Chief Eric Mason, who is serving as the emergency management coordinator, was unavaiable to talk to the media regarding the evacuation.

Read it all and check out those pictures.

Filed under: * Economics, PoliticsPolitics in GeneralCity Government* General InterestNatural Disasters: Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, etc.Weather

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Posted September 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

As the flood waters receded, weary residents across the Northeast began pulling soggy furniture and ruined possessions onto their front lawns as they surveyed the damage wrought by Hurricane Irene.

The mess of destroyed furniture on Paul Postma's front lawn looked like a yard sale gone wrong. Over the weekend, Postma had watched as more than two feet of rain filled the bottom level of his home in Lincoln Park, N.J. On Wednesday, he was using bleach to wipe down the house's mud-soaked walls.

"None of this has value," he said. "At least not anymore."

Read it all.

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Posted September 1, 2011 at 7:30 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Check it out and there is a good image there. If you have java, the moving water vaper loop picture is fascinating.

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Posted August 26, 2011 at 6:12 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Check it out--ugh.

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Posted August 22, 2011 at 7:20 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Anglicans are to meet in Nairobi next week to launch an appeal and advocacy campaign on the food crisis sweeping East Africa.

The meeting which will bring together primates and bishops from the worst hit areas, comes as the UN announced a deepening of the famine in southern Somalia.

The meeting is being organised jointly by the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa and the Anglican Alliance for development, relief and advocacy, through its Africa facilitator, Emmanuel Olatunji.

Read it all.

Filed under: * Anglican - Episcopal* Culture-WatchDieting/Food/NutritionGlobalizationPoverty* General InterestNatural Disasters: Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, etc.Weather* International News & CommentaryAfrica

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Posted August 8, 2011 at 12:32 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

All too often the international community, or more specifically the former colonial powers, get blamed for interference, and for the destabilisation and disincentivisation of local initiative in these regions. And yet when children are dying, food and water need to be provided fast, it is often the international community which is best equipped for a rapid response. In Britain, we can be encouraged by the swift response from the Department for International Development, and it is my hope that governments of other nations respond as generously – especially countries of the African Union. They cannot vicariously leave it to Kenya and Ethiopia.

But this is not the only response, and not, ultimately, what is needed to secure a better future for the region. In Eastern Kenya, the people living in the most desperate need are often those outside of the refugee camps. They see the refugees inside benefiting from World Food Programme handouts, while outside they struggle to feed themselves and keep their goats and cattle alive. Despite the horrors of life inside the camps, there is real security there - the promise of food, water, and some medical care. Capacity to provide such shelter should be encouraged but we should not forget there is a real need to ensure for those living on the edge, who year after year must eke out an existence in those dry and barren landscapes, are not forgotten. It is also crucial that people get the support locally so that they don’t have to make such perilous journeys to get aid.

Read it all.

Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalArchbishop of York John Sentamu* Culture-WatchDieting/Food/NutritionGlobalization* Economics, PoliticsForeign RelationsPolitics in General* General InterestWeather* International News & CommentaryAfrica

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Posted August 2, 2011 at 7:52 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Mark Shea points us here to see a letter to the editor which begins thus:
The lowest temperature this year was minus 22 in January, while on Tuesday, the high was 103 -- a range of 125 degrees. We Minnesotans take that incredible diversity in stride like few other places in the world.....
Now consider--this is "the Letter of the Day" the paper says. What is he arguing for? Guess before you click--KSH.

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Posted June 10, 2011 at 5:56 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Economists have found themselves repeatedly making excuses. First it was the snowstorms. Then it was Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster which crimped the supply of parts to car assembly plants in America. Then, as the snow melted, floods ravaged Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee, and tornadoes battered Alabama and Missouri. America has suffered five incidents of extreme weather this year, each inflicting at least $1 billion in damage.

The most important special factor has been petrol. Prices jumped from $3 per gallon at the end of December to $3.90 in early May. That has siphoned off much of the purchasing power that consumers should have extracted from December’s tax agreement and subsequent gains in employment. Total consumer spending rose at just a 6.7% annual rate in the three months to the end of April, but most of that increase was eaten up by inflation. Real spending grew by a paltry 2.2%.

Read it all.

Filed under: * Economics, PoliticsEconomyConsumer/consumer spendingCorporations/Corporate LifeHousing/Real Estate MarketLabor/Labor Unions/Labor MarketThe Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--* General InterestWeather* International News & CommentaryAmerica/U.S.A.AsiaJapan

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Posted June 5, 2011 at 3:29 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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I happened to catch this yesterday morning courtesy of the BBC News and when I showed it to family members last night the agreement was it was something else. Watch it all--KSH.

Filed under: * General InterestNatural Disasters: Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, etc.Weather* International News & CommentaryAustralia / NZ

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Posted May 31, 2011 at 6:15 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Interstate 70, through central and eastern Missouri, was closed down for a while because of snow and ice. The closure stranded many motorists and workers along the highway. Host Michele Norris speaks to Terri Brackney and Greg Stratton, who work at the Travel Plaza Truck Stop in Warrenton, Mo., and have been stranded there since Monday.

Over 200 trucks parked overnight! Egads! Listen to it all--KSH (Hat tip: Elizabeth).

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Posted February 3, 2011 at 6:31 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

ABC News has reported: Premier Anna Bligh says Queensland is facing a reconstruction effort of post-war proportions as the state battles possibly the worst natural disaster in the country's history.

The Brisbane River inundated more than 20,000 homes and businesses across the capital when it peaked this morning at 4.46 metres. More than 100,000 homes are without power across the city and to the west in Ipswich where floodwaters are receding rapidly after yesterday's peak. The search for missing people continues in earnest across the Lockyer Valley, where this morning the body of a man was found in a field near Grantham, bringing to 13 the number confirmed dead.

Read it all and continue to pray for those in Australian struggling valiantly to shine Christ's love in this challenging time.

Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalAnglican ProvincesAnglican Church of Australia* Christian Life / Church LifeParish MinistryPastoral CareSpirituality/Prayer* General InterestWeather

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Posted January 13, 2011 at 8:21 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Like Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the Australian floods come as a salutary reminder that, for all the technological advances of our time and for all the sophistication of modern urban life, there are many ways in which our civilisation is vulnerable and some elements we are still powerless to control.

Read it all.

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Posted January 13, 2011 at 6:39 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Ice and sleet and freezing rain-fun, fun, fun.

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Posted January 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

What a nice picture.

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Posted December 20, 2010 at 7:17 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The Rev. Cathi Bencken managed to crack a joke Monday after an apparent lightning strike zapped an iron cross and crumbled the steeple of Trinity Episcopal Church.

“I don’t think it was (because) of anything I said,” she said of the sermon she delivered Sunday.

Neighbors in a nearby downtown apartment told Bencken and other church leaders that lightning hit the church about 3:30 a.m.

Read it all.

Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalEpiscopal Church (TEC)TEC Parishes* Christian Life / Church LifeParish Ministry* General InterestWeather

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Posted August 10, 2010 at 9:19 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Mark Malsick jokes that his summer vacation plans are shot.

That's because the severe weather liaison for the S.C. Climate Office doesn't like how the hurricane season is shaping up.

And neither does anyone else.

El Nino has evaporated. That's a warming trend in Pacific tropical waters which created high- altitude winds shearing hurricanes in this hemisphere the past few years. Meanwhile, the tropical Atlantic is warmer than it was in 2005, the record-breaking year with a record 27 named storms including the devastating hurricane Katrina. And hot seas make for mean storms.

Ugh--read it all from the front page of yesterday's local paper.

Filed under: * General InterestWeather* South Carolina

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Posted May 29, 2010 at 11:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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As hurricane season looms, forecasters, scientists and residents along the Gulf Coast worry that a major storm could make the oil spill worse.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says a hurricane, or a succession of them, may bring oil up from the depths of the Gulf of Mexico and then push it ashore. Forecasters say a season with multiple storms could send oil farther inland and spread it as far as Cape Hatteras, N.C.

"To think a storm surge could resuscitate a huge sum of oil (from the deep) and deposit it on land is truly catastrophic," says Joe Jaworski, mayor of Galveston, Texas, a city hit by Hurricane Ike in 2008.

Read it all.

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Posted May 20, 2010 at 6:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

There are a lot of fun pictures here.

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Posted February 15, 2010 at 8:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

As many as 50,000 Lowcountry residents are without power this morning as a result of the snow.

An estimated 12,500 people are without power in Charleston and 14,000 more in the Summerville area, according to SCE&G.

Berkeley County Electric Co-op is reporting another 20,000 outages, down from more than 32,000 at its peak early this morning.

The Highway Patrol is urging motorists to stay off the icy and slushy roads unless absolutely necessary.

We lost power and have lots of downed limbs. The yard is a winter wonderland. Wow. Read it all.

Update: The local newspaper photogallery is here and local residents sent in photos there.

Filed under: * General InterestWeather* South Carolina

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Posted February 13, 2010 at 9:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Check it out.

Filed under: * General InterestWeather* South Carolina

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Posted January 30, 2010 at 6:03 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Frigid Nights of the sort that we have been experiencing this week beg the question of whether Columbia's homeless have proper shelter.

Fortunately, Columbia's Winter Homeless Shelter, with a little more than 200 beds, is open. But while we suspect the shelter will function better than it ever has before, now that it is operated by The Cooperative Ministry and the USC School of Medicine, it alone isn't enough to meet the needs of the city's homeless. There are an estimated 900 homeless people in Richland County - and that estimate is quite likely low.

While the city and others make gallant efforts to ensure people at least have some place to go to keep warm, the fact is that simply trying to keep homeless people from freezing to death during winter months isn't enough. The Oliver Gospel Mission, which focuses on turning around lives, does what it does well, but its reach is limited; the same can be said for other shelters, programs and advocates who work tirelessly to help the homeless. The bottom line is we aren't doing enough.

Read the whole editorial from South Carolina's largest newspaper.

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Posted January 6, 2010 at 7:08 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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Watch it all.

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Posted January 6, 2010 at 1:22 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

In the autumn time feels short, but that there is enough of it, which is paradoxical. Time being a tricky thing to think about is best done alongside Nature, where it seems to make more sense than it does by clock or by calendar. And the memory place that autumn is uses time itself as a container for the things that we keep returning to and trying to understand.

The reflective melancholy of autumn helps me to cope with change and loss, and to find both beauty and necessity in things passing. Ageing has a splendour to it.

Our culture cannot accept that. I think of those lines of Donne: “Nor spring or summer beauty hath such grace/ As I have seen in one autumnal face.”

Read it all.

Filed under: * Christian Life / Church LifeSpirituality/Prayer* Culture-WatchReligion & Culture* General InterestWeather* International News & CommentaryEngland / UK

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Posted October 16, 2009 at 5:36 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

In terms of numbers, the Anglican Church isn’t a very big player in Samoa.

But the scale of the tsunami disaster is such that no-one with any Pacific connections has been left untouched by it – including some leading figures in the Diocese of Polynesia.

Take Taimalelagi Fagamalama Tuatagaloa-Leota, for example.

Archdeacon Tai, as she’s known to hundreds in this church is a Samoan living in Auckland. She has served as the Anglican Observer at the United Nations, on the Anglican Consultative Council, as a Diocese of Polynesia representative to the General Synod, and earlier this year she was priested.

For her, the impact of the tsunami is profound.

One of her adult sons was in a van that was swept out to sea by the tsunami. He finished up half under the van, impaled by roofing iron. He’s critically injured, and is in Apia hospital.

Read it all.

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Posted October 4, 2009 at 2:44 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon



Quite something--watch it all.

Filed under: * General InterestWeather* International News & CommentaryAustralia / NZ

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Posted September 24, 2009 at 8:20 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

I remember standing at Meeting and Broad streets, the famous Four Corners of Law, thinking this was a historic moment. As a reporter, I felt lucky to be there. As a citizen, however, it was devastating.

A few hours later, I waded onto the barrier islands and witnessed firsthand what looked like a war zone. The power of such a storm made houses on the island look like they had been inside a blender.

In the days to come, the sound of chain saws would dominate our senses as we all witnessed the aftermath of a nightmare.

I remember walking through the rubble of people's homes and wondering how long it would take for us to recover from such a disaster.

Turns out, some of us never will.

Read it all.

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Posted September 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

An old city, like anyone who has lived a bold life, will have many scars. Over its lifetime, Charleston has weathered plagues, wars, fires, storms and earthquakes — events that left the city in ruins and terrified its residents.

Some scars from these traumatic times are still visible today; others healed outwardly but remain part of the city's collective memory and are as real as the morning light.

Twenty years ago, Hurricane Hugo, a dark mass of spinning winds and vapor as big as the state itself, tore into South Carolina.

Those who went through the storm will never forget the rising waters, the freight-train wail of the winds, the Ben Sawyer Bridge tilting in the marsh, the pines snapped halfway up their trunks, the pink insulation everywhere, the convoys of people coming to help, the exhaustion at the end of a day trying to make things normal again.

Hard to believe it has been two decades. I remember a lot of things, but most of all the sound the wind made. It is a sound I never want to hear again. Read it all--KSH.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchHistory* General InterestWeather* South Carolina

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Posted September 20, 2009 at 5:00 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

A devastating drought is sweeping across Kenya, killing livestock, crops and children. It is stirring up tensions in the ramshackle slums where the water taps have run dry, and spawning ethnic conflict in the hinterland as communities fight over the last remaining pieces of fertile grazing land.

The twin hearts of Kenya’s economy, agriculture and tourism, are especially imperiled. The fabled game animals that safari-goers fly thousands of miles to see are keeling over from hunger and the picturesque savanna is now littered with an unusually large number of sun-bleached bones.

Ethiopia. Sudan. Somalia. Maybe even Niger and Chad. These countries have become almost synonymous with drought and famine. But Kenya? This nation is one of the most developed in Africa, home to a typically robust economy, countless United Nations offices and thousands of aid workers.

The aid community here has been predicting a disaster for months, saying that the rains had failed once again and that this could be the worst drought in more than a decade. But the Kenyan government, paralyzed by infighting and political maneuvering, seemed to shrug off the warnings.

I caught this one coming home last night on the plane. Read it all and look at that remarkable picture.

Filed under: * Economics, PoliticsEnergy, Natural Resources* General InterestWeather* International News & CommentaryAfricaKenya

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