September 5, 2004
Danielle's Birthday :) at the
hospital with grandmother.
Grandmother, Danielle, and Tyler
Grandmother got some new flowers :)
Danielle unwrapping her gifts
Happy Birthday Danielle :)
Grandmother eating her cake and ice cream
:) She looks pretty happy there!
Tyler and me at the party :)
Deena...Danielle and me at the party
Tyler and Danielle at Chucky Cheese in Paducah
Danielle's birthday 2004 :)
Mother and me in Paducah at Chucky Cheese
Hurricane Frances is getting ready to move
out into the Gulf of Mexico. She will likely strengthen back to a
hurricane and hit the Florida Panhandle.
Meanwhile HURRICANE IVAN is ALREADY a
category four. It went from a Cat 1 to a Cat 4 in 24 hours.
This is the fastest developing storm I have
ever witnessed in the Atlantic and may be the fastest on record period.
This hurricane may eventually threaten the
What an INCREDIBLE 30 days of hurricane
FRANCES DAMAGE PICS CLICK
HERE (Hey David check out the Marriott)
September 6, 2004
Labor Day :)
Heading for the nursing home here
Have not been able to get new info on Norman.
Have tried. Last I was told he was doing great though. So I assume
September 7, 2004
Yawn - 6 a.m. - early morning here
Big time floods in Georgia, the
Carolinas, and Eastern Tennessee today. Four to Eight inches of
rain. The severe flooding will miss Birmingham. Rain will fall there
but nothing like what they will see to their east.
Sunny and milder here today - our cold
front went through!
Going to the dentist soon.
Ok so the dentist is tomorrow :(
I got up early for nothing.
The Resolute, Canada forecast
Winter can't be far off!!!
Hurricane Ivan is RIPPING through Grenada
tonight. Reports are that the island has been devastated by winds over 140
miles per hour.
IVAN is a category four storm again
September 8, 2004
I can't move this mountain
I have tried
I stand here
looking up at it...
hoping it will disappear
praying and waiting
Will I awake...from this nightmare
will someone be there to grab hold of me
...when I do
Will this night pass...and will it turn to day
I am overwhelmed
...I am deeply saddened
I am driven to my knees
...because there is nowhere else to go
there is nothing else
Where did my rainbow go
Where did the sun set...
Where did it all go
I am drawn into my own world....
searching for answers
...which are not there
I am searching
...to find peace
to find my way out of this maze
...but first I must face the reality
of that which I don't want to be true
soon...I must return to my ocean
...not of tears
but of waves
I am leaving for the Carolinas this
afternoon to check out tornado sirens for Ballard County, Kentucky.
Friday, September 10, 2004
OK, I am back from South Carolina! It
was a great trip down there, long ride but time went by pretty fast with all
We ended up staying the night in Asheville,
North Carolina. They had just had a BIG encounter with hurricane Frances!
Rainfall totals of 8-16 inches were reported by the local media. Sooooo - when
we got there we had clean water at the hotel but by the end of the night there
was zero water in the whole city. :)
A ton of flooding knocked out the water
lines, caused mud and rock slides, and caused millions of dollars in damage
across Western North Carolina. The entire state was declared a disaster
A pic from one of the news stations
showed the flooding:
North Carolina floods - news
(not my photo)
Thankfully we came in right at the end of
all of that mess.
So anyway on to York, South Carolina to
look at tornado sirens :) for Ballard County, Kentucky.
Tornado Sirens that are being given to Ballard County
Herb standing by one of the sirens
Inspecting the sirens :) Lots of them!
The nuclear power plant is donating 15+ sirens to the county. The only
thing the county has to do is get them trucked in from the Carolinas and then
installed. Not a bad deal! These will be the first severe weather
sirens for Ballard County. Hopefully they will start to be delivered next
week. It will take some time to get them up and running though.
After we finished with the sirens we headed
for BEAR COUNTRY. :)
This is the famous bear guy :) Ed.
There is another guy in Tennessee named Mike that makes bears and I thought he
was not going to make these anymore buttttt it turns out that this guy is going
to continue to make them. Sooooo that is good news :) for those of
us that love bears!
He had a TON of bears.
This cute one is trying to shimmy up the pole :)
BEARS AND MORE BEARS AND MORE BEARS!!!!
So of course I couldn't leave without one or two. :)
This one hitched a ride in the backseat
READY TO ROLLLLL
On the way home we saw this mud slide from all the rain!
Mud slide on the interstate
Ok so I am back home now!
Grandmother is doing great, mother just informed
me. I am off to see her in a few minutes.
CATASTROPHE IN THE CARIBBEAN
JAMAICA POUNDED...WINDS SUSTAINED
THAN 150 MPH WITH GUSTS NEARING 200
THIS IS THE 8 p.m. SATELLITE PHOTO...THE EYE IS APPROACHING
This will be the worst hurricane to hit that island in
many a year
Reports via radio say that a shelter with 600 people
inside has had its roof blown off.
Reports of tremendous damage...and the eye has yet to even hit.
From the AP at 8 p.m.
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Waves two-stories high
crashed on Jamaica's eastern shore Friday, flooding homes and washing away roads
as Hurricane Ivan's (search) ferocious winds and pounding rains began to lash
the island and threatened a direct hit on its densely populated capital. The
death toll elsewhere in the Caribbean rose to 33.
September 11, 2004
The nation remembers...
New York City - news media photo (not my photo)
Ivan continues to rip through the
The hurricane traced along the shores of
5 p.m. IVAN REGAINS CATEGORY FIVE
STATUS...WINDS GUSTING OVER 200 MILES PER HOUR! OUCH
CATEGORY FIVE IVAN - SATURDAY EVENING
Kingston, Jamaica :( Hurricane Ivan damage (not
IVAN TONIGHT IS THE SIXTH LARGEST HURRICANE EVER
IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN!
Sunday, September 12, 2004
Ivan continues go churn through the Caribbean. It appears that the Florida
Panhandle and Alabama may feel the full brunt of this hurricane!
Grandmother continues to show
improvement. I am hoping that she will be able to go back home in a couple
of weeks. That would be nice! She is definitely getting better
though, so good good on that front!
Otherwise things are pretty busy around
I went to my first Red Cross meeting here
in Paducah yesterday morning. They have a lot of neat ideas for the local
chapter. They are trying to "regroup".
They have been asking me to go to
Florida. I might take them up on that offer in a week or two. I have
to wait and see how things go around here.
Monday, September 13, 2004
Heading out to see grandmother.
Nanke has informed me that Norman is
back in the hospital. His surgery went well but apparently an infection
has set in. He was taken to the emergency room last night and has
now been admitted.
GRAND CAYMAN NEWS...
Cayman: ‘Devastation beyond imagination’
At 9 am local time on Monday, as the first reports of the full extent of the
damage caused by Hurricane Ivan began to come in, the early morning scene has
been described as ‘devastation beyond imagination’.
Mariners Cove, an apartment building at Spotts on the south side of Grand
Cayman, has been blown down by the wind completely across the road, blocking all
traffic. Extensive damage has also been reported at Ocean Club, another
apartment complex in the same area.
Just about every house on the island has lost part or all of its roof, in some
cases the debris landing on the roofs of adjacent buildings.
Cars and boats have been swept by floodwaters into the roadways.
Some homes have been completely gutted by the wind and floodwater, with entire
contents being swept across the streets. In some houses it is possible to see a
high water mark on the walls, evidencing flooding of some 4 to 5 feet.
Whole sections and floors of some apartment buildings have completely
Emergency services are experiencing difficulties in responding to requests for
assistance because of communications difficulties. Some Cable & Wireless
cellular phones are still working sporadically; all other providers have lost
Cayman Net News reporters are currently trying to make their way around the
island to report on the damage at first hand and further details will be
published as soon as circumstances and communications permit.
In a separate report, local journalist Paulette Connolly said on Monday that
Hurricane Ivan ripped through the Cayman Islands tearing away homes and other
building like "match sticks".
In a live interview on Citadel Radio on Monday, Connolly said that there had
been reports of people being killed during the passage of the category five
storm that had trucks and cars "floating like toys".
"The winds ripped the apartments like match sticks, the whole island has
taken a battering. Cars and trucks were floating away like toys," she said,
adding that the storm had battered the island for more than eight hours on
Connolly said that while there had been no official death toll, "residents
were calling the radio stations to report about deaths."
She said the authorities were on Monday using bulldozers and other heavy
equipment in a bid to clear roads that had been under 20 feet of water when the
waves rushed through the streets on the island.
"I don't know when the Cayman Islands will ever be like it was before,
" she said noting that the British Dependent Territory was now looking to
Britain for assistance in the aftermath of the hurricane that has killed at
least 60 people during its passage through the Caribbean.
Connolly said that the buildings in the Cayman Islands, known internationally
for its banking system, had been constructed under strict building codes and it
was "indescribable" the manner in which the buildings were blown away.
said that the hurricane shelters that were constructed to withstand winds of
more than 200 miles per hour had been badly damaged.
"It is unimaginable. We are devastated. The sea went through
apartments," the journalist, clearly emotional, said.
MONDAY AFTERNOON IVAN UPDATE
IVAN HAS BEEN A CATEGORY FIVE
HURRICANE SINCE YESTERDAY.
HE CONTINUES TO MOVE THROUGH THE
CARIBBEAN AND INTO THE GULF OF MEXICO. I EXPECT IVAN TO HIT THE UNITED
STATES AS A CATEGORY THREE/FOUR HURRICANE. A VERY DANGEROUS STORM.
I AM LOOKING AT THE EYE CROSSING
SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THE FLORIDA/ALABAMA BORDER.
FLOODING RAINS...EXTREMELY HIGH
WINDS...AND DOZENS OF TORNADOES WILL BE LIKELY ACROSS MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA,
GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA
Oh and a new depression has formed east
of the islands, looks like our next storm.
Later this weekend and into next week
there is a big storm threat for the Midwest and Plains into the Ohio
Valley. Could be our first fall severe weather outbreak, with colder air
pouring in to our north.
IVAN FROM SPACE - CATEGORY FIVE HURRICANE
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th
MY FORECAST FOR IVAN
EYE WILL PASS BETWEEN PASCAGOULA,
MISSISSIPPI and PENSACOLA, FLORIDA AS A CATEGORY THREE HURRICANE.
THIS WILL BE A MAJOR DISASTER FOR
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA, GEORGIA, AND PORTIONS OF FLORIDA.
RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 10-15 INCHES IN SOME
WINDS GUSTING OVER 140 MILES PER HOUR.
TORNADO OUTBREAK LIKELY IN PORTIONS OF
ALABAMA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA.
I EXPECT THE EYE OF IVAN TO MOVE ASHORE
DURING THE MORNING HOURS OF THURSDAY.
PURE HELL - as one news media outlet has
TROPICAL STORM JEANNE ADVISORY NUMBER 4
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 11 AM AST TUE SEP 14 2004
| ...TROPICAL STORM JEANNE MOVING THROUGH THE NORTHEASTERN CARIBBEAN
SEA....ADDITIONAL WATCHES AND WARNINGS ISSUED...
Jean is born east of the islands.
Jean may hit FLORIDA! Ouch again.
TRACK FORECAST FOR IVAN
BIRMINGHAM SHOULD SEE 4-7 INCHES OF
RAINFALL, DAMAGING WINDS GUSTING TO OVER 60 MILES PER HOUR AND POSSIBLE
TUESDAY EVENING, IVAN ROARING THROUGH THE GULF OF MEXICO
Expect Ivan to hit as a Category three
storm, give or take there. I don't believe it will hit as a Cat 4 or
5. I hope not at least.
Computer models indicate this MONSTER
will stall over the Southern United States. This will cause catastrophic
flooding in many areas. Not a good situation.
I will be gone most of the day on
Wednesday, so no real update till Wednesday Evening
IVAN APPEARS THAT IT IS NOT LOSING
STRENGTH...IF SOMETHING DOESN'T CHANGE IN THE NEXT 12 HOURS THEN THIS THING
SLAMS ASHORE AS A DEVASTATING CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE...EVERYTHING ON THE RIGHT
SIDE OF THE EYEWALL WILL PROB NOT SURVIVIE. IT IS GOING TO BE A MAJOR
DISASTER IN THE GULF SHORE AND MOBILE AREA.
NOT LOOKING GOOD AT THIS TIME.
CENTRAL ALABAMA COULD SEE 10 inches PLUS
OF RAINFALL - MAJOR FLOOD EVENT ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES INTO THE
TENNESSEE VALLEY - Before the weekend is out I expecvt catastrophic floods
across portions of the mountain regions over East Tennessee and into the
Carolinas and Virginias. MAJOR flooding also for
Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Tennessee, and Georgia.
MY RADAR PAGE
You can click on the Mobile Radar to see the storm come
You can loop the radar, look on the left hand side
and click SHORT RANGE LOOP or LONG RANGE LOOP. YOU CAN SEE FURTHER OUT BY
CLICKING ON LONG RANGE.
STAY SAFE EVERYONE!
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