In 2011, Record-Tying Nine Billion in Weather Disasters
With hurricane season still ahead, a record-tying nine $1 billion weather disasters have already racked the nation this year, federal, state and private forecasters reported Wednesday. Following on the heels of the 60-mph wind gusts that collapsed a stage and killed five at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday, the National Weather Service estimates that weather disasters have cost more than $35 billion this year, based on insurance estimates. Recent flooding in the Midwest along the Missouri and Souris rivers topped the $2 billion damage mark.
“The nation is increasingly vulnerable to extreme weather,” National Weather Service Director Jack Hayes says. The year has been marked by floods, drought and tornadoes, such as the May twister that killed 160 people in Joplin, Mo. Meanwhile, a Texas heat wave has cost $5.2 billion in crop and livestock losses so far “It doesn’t take a wizard to predict that 2011 will go down in history,” Hayes says.
Nationwide, the number of natural disasters has tripled in the last two decades, according to insurance firm Munich Reinsurance America. Thunderstorm losses since 1980 have become five times more severe, on average. There were $20 billion in such losses by midyear in 2011, doubling the average of the past three years.
Part of the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Weather Service will partner with local emergency managers and weather forecasters to ensure the U.S. is a “Weather-Ready Nation,” Hayes announced. The agencies will begin with nine pilot projects around the country aimed at improving disaster warnings to the public that include:
•Testing a new emergency warning system in Charleston, W.Va., that will improve “severe” weather warnings from a half-hour to three hours ahead.
•Installing National Weather Service experts directly in emergency management centers in Fort Worth and Silver Spring, Md.
•Adding newly trained hurricane and coastal safety experts to an emergency management center in New Orleans.
“We want to try to get every community in the USA storm-ready,” said International Association of Emergency Managers USA President Eddie Hicks, who heads the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. Discussing the Indiana stage collapse, Hicks called for improved social-media tools to text message warnings to people about weather dangers.
With roughly half of the U.S. population of 311 million living close to the nation’s coasts, and economic growth in Southern states hit hard by the tornadoes and flooding this year, Hayes says the nation faces an increasing risk from extreme weather simply because of demographics.
The old record-setting year for nine billion-dollar U.S. weather disasters was hit in 2008, according to National Climatic Data Center records. The center adds up disaster costs using insurer, state and federal agency records going back to 1980.
With NOAA forecasting an “above-normal” hurricane season — seven to 10 hurricanes — after three years without one hitting land on the East Coast, “I’m very worried about complacency,” Hayes says. “We want people taking steps now to be ready for extreme weather.” – GhanaWord
The LOZ (Lions of Zion, Yahweh’s Elite Warriors) has been successful in that they have been primarily causing collateral damage verses the loss of life. Adding to the monetary loss of this country’s treasury. This being Satan’s throne of authority, the LOZ is nudging him toward his new seat of rulership as he realizes he cannot sustain this country due to the ever mounting debt. The infrastructure – aging bridges, buildings, dams, etc., this all is set for a crumbling-to-ground effect when the LOZ launches its campaign to tremor the fault lines in the USA. That will bring forth the final demise of the already debt ridden nation. They will continue to apply pressure to Satan”s new ruling authority, making it rough water for him to effectively serve as the Antichrist. His unwillingness to relinquish power over his prized child brings with it ramifications he did not expect.