As usual, the city of Atlanta was unprepared for a light snowstorm that blanketed highways and surface roads with sheets of black ice. The storm (if you can call it that) swept into Atlanta around 12 noon on Tuesday. Around 1 p.m., the first reports of school closings were announced. By 2 p.m., the roads were jammed with frantic Atlantans who left work early to go pick up their children. Scores of motorists are still stranded in their vehicles more than 24 hours later. Hundreds of students spent the night in their schools. A few lucky motorists were given warm shelter, food and drinks by staff at CVS and Walgreens stores. Chik-fil-A also helped out by offering free food and hot beverages to stranded motorists.
All of this could have been avoided if Mayor Kasim Reed and the governor’s office had only heeded the weather reports.
A Staten Island mother is grieving the loss of her two young sons who were swept away during Hurricane Sandy. Searchers found the bodies of Brandon, 2 and Connor, 4, in marshland about 30 yards from where they went missing Monday.
But Glenda Moore’s story about a large wave ripping the children from her arms is raising troubling questions.
President Obama declared New York a disaster area as Hurricane Sandy pounded the east coast of the United States with sheets of rain and high winds, leaving several people dead and millions without power.
Winds are still gusting at 45 mph in some areas of the East. 30 foot storm surges were reported as Sandy came ashore in the New York and New Jersey areas.
President Obama suspended his campaign efforts to concentrate on federal hurricane relief efforts. On Monday, Obama stood before the cameras and warned New Yorkers to evacuate or stay inside their homes. He said Hurricane Sandy would be “big and powerful” but he said the federal government was ready.
Hurricane Sandra is shaping up to be the biggest storm to hit the eastern seaboard of the United States in 100 years. That’s not good news to residents living in the flood-prone Tri-state areas — directly in the storm’s path.
Dubbed “Superstorm” by the media and “Frankenstorm” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hurricane Sandy cut a swathe of destruction across Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba, leaving 28 people dead and many injured.
When Hurricane Irene threatened the East coast last year, NY Mayor Bloomberg released a map of flood zones based on hurricane category severity. The Lower East Side, Coney Island, Upper East Side and Staten Island are all at risk for serious flooding.
Musician and con artist Wyclef Jean thinks he isn’t getting enough of the right kind of attention. So he tweeted this pic of his birthday present to himself, a brand new Ducati motorcycle. Jean recently turned 43, just a month after he shut down his Yele Haiti foundation — after misappropriating $16 million in donations for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Of course we tried to warn donors that Jean is shady, but no one listened. The NY Times wrote an article detailing Jean’s massive con scheme to line his own pockets. Diaoly Estimé, who runs an orphanage in Haiti, told reporters, “If I had depended on Yéle, these kids would all be dead by now.”
If you need a sign that teen idol Justin Bieber’s career is on the decline, you need only listen to the 18-year-old’s latest musical offering, entitled “Die In Your Arms”.
The single would be a complete travesty if it weren’t for the Michael Jackson sample.
Justin’s track dropped yesterday to much fanfare from one of MTV’s numerous Twitter accounts. One in particular, which is probably updated by a 12-year-old, said the single was “EVERYTHING,” and strongly suggested that we take a listen.
I had much hope for Justin as I heard the opening chords backed with the easily recognizable Jackson 5 vocal harmonies: “Uh huh, yeah yeah, alright.”
I had every Jackson 5 album and every Michael Jackson solo album when I was a kid. So I quickly recognized the sample of Michael Jackson’s “We’ve Got A Good Thing Going” as one that was in heavy rotation on my cheap record player back in the 1970s.
So, like I said, I had high hopes for the Beibster as the room filled with Uh huh’s, Yeah yeah‘s, and Alright‘s…. then Justin started singing.
I bet a lot of heathens and sinners got right with the Lord yesterday. Nature’s awesome power was on display when twisters and super cells cut a swath through north Texas. Shocking television news footage shows one tornado violently tossing 18 wheelers around like twigs. The power of Nature’s fury was evident as high winds uprooted trees, cars and buildings with ease.
Thankfully, there were no deaths reported. See pics of the destruction and watch the chilling video after the break.