1. 600,000 homeless; 90% of structures destroyed; and an estimated $12-15 billion in damage.  They need our help.

    Here are 5 charities helping the Philippines recover from Haiyan

     


  2. The scope of Super Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation

    This is the Guiuan airport runway before Super Tyhpoon Haiyan struck Friday:

    …and after:

    Watch video of Haiyan’s devastating aftermath

     

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  4. Turning your back on people who are starving and freezing is not a Republican value.
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    Peter King, a Republican congressman from New York, has gone on an epic tirade against members of his own party for failing to pass a Senate package that would provide $60 billion in relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

    Watch.

     

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  6. This does not equate to a loss of life, but it is extremely disheartening to see years of research go down the drain.
    — An NYU source remarks on the loss of years of medical research, destroyed by Hurricane Sandy

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  7. Top: Two people reach out to one another as waves crash over a cement barrier in the coastal town of Winthrop, Mass., on Oct. 29.

    Left: Cots are set up in the gymnasium at Roxborough High School, a designated Red Cross shelter, in Philadelphia on Oct. 28, as the city braces for the oncoming torrent of residents forced out of their homes by flood waters and electrical outages.

    Right: Only a few water bottles remain on the shelves at the Waldbaums grocery store in Long Beach, N.Y., on Oct. 28.

    Bracing for Hurricane Sandy: 11 eerily apocalyptic images

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  8. Hurricane Sandy is making its presence known across the Eastern Seaboard, with powerful winds beginning to lash the coast and rain starting to pour down from North Carolina to New York. And as millions of Americans across the East Coast hunker down, some are turning to history as a guide. In 1938, for instance, a category 3 hurricane left 600 people dead in New England. 

    During that ferocious hurricane, also known as the Yankee Clipper and the Long Island Express, the Empire State Building reportedly swayed with wind gusts, and 60 people in New York City alone were killed, says Oren Yaniv at the New York Daily News. Unlike Sandy, 1938’s powerful storm came “without warning,” says History.com, and “was born out a tropical cyclone that developed in the eastern Atlantic.” The hurricane was expected to make landfall in Florida, but at the last minute it changed course, barreling north at more than 60 mph and gaining strength over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. It caught New England, and especially New York’s Long Island, completely off guard, and amounted to “the most destructive storm to strike the region in the 20th century.”

    In this strangely compelling historic video of the storm, winds whip New York City residents braving the streets, power lines throughout New England lean and dangle precariously, and flood waters crash into seaside homes, engulfing what looks like a trolley in one of the region’s cities. 

    (Source: theweek.com)

     


  9. Greg Taylor sent his family to Alabama to avoid Hurricane Isaac. He tells CNN he “went to feed the family fish and I found the enclosed scene where my daughter, Ashley, had given good instruction on how her stuffed animal friends should behave during the Hurricane.” 

    1. Noises: Scoot close to your buddy. 
    2. Bathroom: Take a buddy.
    3. Rules: Follow these rules.
    4. When I’m gone: Stay calm. No partys.
    5. Fun: Have fun!   

    Image here.

    (Source: CNN)

     

  10. Cartoon of the day: The eye of the storm
    STEVE KELLEY © 2012 Creators Syndicate

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  11. Cartoon of the day — Threatening the GOP 
    DANA SUMMERS © 2012 Tribune Media Services

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    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  12. What happens if Tropical Storm Isaac hits the GOP convention? — As of early Thursday, Isaac was churning in the Caribbean, 250 miles southeast of Puerto Rico. It’s moving slowly toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti, then Cuba, and could reach the Florida Keys early Monday, the opening day of the convention, and the start of a week of parties and speeches leading up to the official nomination of Mitt Romney as the GOP’s presidential candidate. The storm could reach Tampa by that night or the next morning.

    There’s a remote chance Isaac could veer west into the Gulf of Mexico, gather strength over its warm waters, then curve back to hit just north of Tampa as a major storm, says meteorologist Alex Sosnowski of Accuweather. If Isaac were to hit as a Category 4 storm, with winds of 130 mph to 156 mph, it could send 20 feet of water over the convention site, says Masters of Weather Underground. Even if it hits as a weaker Category 2, with 96- to 110-mph winds, the area would have to be evacuated. The bottom line, says Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, is that if things get dangerous, "we’re prepared to call it off. I mean, human safety and human life trumps politics. I think the RNC recognizes that.”

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    Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

     

  13. Hurricane Irene: By the numbers

    After slapping the East Coast from North Carolina to Vermont for two wet, windy days, Hurricane Irene slipped into Canada Sunday evening as a weakened tropical storm. The damage was less severe than the worst predictions — but still considerable — and communities along the Eastern Seaboard are still bracing for flooding as rivers continue to rise. Here, a by-the-numbers look at some of the punishment Irene exacted on everything from electrical grids to box-office receipts.