Saturday, September 6, 2008

Mother Nature

Sometimes Mother Nature just takes the upper hand, and puts us in our place. I was reading about Hurricane Ike, currently a Category 4 hurricane.

From NOAA:

A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE CUBAN PROVINCES OF
GUANTANAMO...
PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY SHOULD BE RUSHED TO
COMPLETION.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 135 MPH...215 KM/HR...WITH
HIGHER GUSTS. IKE IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CATEGORY FOUR
HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE. FLUCTUATIONS IN STRENGTH
ARE POSSIBLE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS...BUT IKE IS EXPECTED TO
REMAIN A MAJOR HURRICANE DURING THIS PERIOD.


STORM SURGE FLOODING OF 13 TO 18 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS...
ALONG WITH LARGE AND DANGEROUS BATTERING WAVES...CAN BE
EXPECTED IN THE WARNING AREA NEAR AND TO THE NORTH TO THE OF
THE CENTER OF IKE.

HISPANIOLA AND EASTERN CUBA COULD SEE 6 TO 12
INCHES OF RAIN WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF UP TO 20 INCHES
POSSIBLE. THESE RAINS COULD CAUSE LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODS
AND MUDSLIDES OVER MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN.

I don't wish ill to the planet or people, but I must admit, there is a part of me that hopes they evacuate Guantanamo Prison safely, and Mother Nature cleansed the planet of this horrible place ~ Close the book on this remote prison. Is it wrong for me to wish Nature would do what humans have failed to do?

6 comments:

enigma4ever said...

IKE is very very worrisome...huge and coming straight across Cuba and also yes, sigh....headed towards NOLA....

Fran said...

Still, if Mother Nature is whipping up something like this, maybe she could just take out Gitmo & put an end to that suffering.

The Gulf Coast still has people displaced from Gustov, not yet recovered from tht one.
Worrisome for sure.

Fran said...

Before Gustov arrived I cauht an interview with a Mom & her youung son, she said if the major flooding happened again in NOLA, she;d leave & not come back.
Obviously, some people never returned after Katrina- there was nothing to return to.
Sad. Made the RNC grandstanding all the more difficult to take.

Christopher said...

It seems to odd to me that we can alter life at the embryonic stage and send explorers to Mars, but we still haven't figured out how to diffuse the energy vortex inside a hurricane before it comes aground and causes untold loss of property and life.

In this way, we're still like our ancient ancestors, cowering inside a cave, hiding from the storm.

Hello, science? Where are you???

Fran said...

Excellent point Christopher... I wondered about that as well- if they can fly by it measure it, track it. predict it's path... why not break it uup when it;s out @ sea?

Maybe the military just needs to consider it an enemy? Gak!

Border Explorer said...

One of my co-workers is a Katrina refugee, now an Iowan. How completely our lives can change in a matter of a few days.
I had not thought of Guantanamo.
No, you are not wrong to wish that something...anything...could end that horror.