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The wind savagely tears at each of my windows

The trees branches cry out as they thrust against my house

Everything in my yard found a new spot to live

My cats run for cover on the heals of one another

Passerby’s discard their useless umbrellas

walkers sigh in defeat for they are no longer dry

Dogs whimper from the chill in the air

I peak anxiously through the window hoping for calmness

Comforted by the fact that I’m here and not out there

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wind?

Not I, Are you?

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Copyright 2014 Felina Silver Robinson, Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wind?©

 


Cessna C140 veered off runway at Gifford Field Airport, FAA says

COLEBROOK, N.H. — A small plane veered off a runway at a Colebrook airport Thursday morning, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

FAA officials said the plane, a Cessna C140, veered runway 22L after landing at Gifford Field Airport in Colebrook at 9:45 a.m.

After the plane went off the runway, it got stuck in snow, and flipped over as the pilot was attempting to get the plane out of the snow, officials said.

The FAA will investigate the incident.

Officials said all information about the incident is preliminary and subject to change.


Several states slammed with large hail, heavy rain that prompted handful of water rescues

Lightning rips through the night sky April 3, 2014, behind a replica Eiffel Tower in Paris, Texas, as a severe thunderstorm moved through the southern part of Lamar County, bringing high winds, rain and hail.

Published time: April 03, 2014 03:02

Edited time: April 03, 2014 04:31

A cameraman records near cars caught under rubble after an earthquake and tsunami hit the northern port of Iquique April 2, 2014. (Reuters / Ivan Alvarado)

A cameraman records near cars caught under rubble after an earthquake and tsunami hit the northern port of Iquique April 2, 2014. (Reuters / Ivan Alvarado)

A 7.6-magnitude aftershock has rocked the same area of northern Chile where a massive 8.2 earthquake struck on Tuesday. The earlier quake, which caused a tsunami, killed six people and forced almost one million others to evacuate.

The Wednesday quake occurred just before 02:43 GMT off the northern coast of Chile, 19 km (14 miles) south of Iquique, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The epicenter of the latest quake was located at a shallow depth of 40 km (24.9 miles).

Chile’s emergency ministry has ordered a preventative evacuation along the northern Chilean coastline.

However there have been no official reports of damage or injury in Chile or Peru, according to Reuters.

A tsunami warning issued for Chile and Peru has been canceled, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Based on all available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected,” it said earlier. However minor tsunami waves did hit the northern coast of the country.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has been evacuated from the Arica coast, local media has reported.

Aftershocks measuring magnitudes of 5.6 and 5.8 occurred after the 7.6 quake, according to the USGS. Both were located around 70 to 75 km (43 to 46 miles) southwest of Inquique.

 

Image from maps.google.com

Image from maps.google.com

Another strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 6.4, also struck 47 km (29 miles) west of Iquique at around 01:58 GMT Wednesday evening.

This comes one day after an 8.2 magnitude quake hit 95 km (59 miles) northwest of the same area, around Iquique.

After Tuesday’s quake, tsunami warnings spurred the evacuation of 900,000 people and 11 hospitals along the coastline, government officials said.

At least six people died following the quake, Chile’s Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said. Many of the victims died from heart attacks or falling debris.


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An 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northern Chile on Tuesday, generating a tsunami, authorities said.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake, which hit at at 6:46 p.m. local time, was centered some 60 miles northwest of Iquique at a depth of 12.5 miles.

It had previously put the magnitude at 8.0 and the depth at 6.2 miles.

Chile’s National Emergency Office tweeted Tuesday night that it was asking everyone to evacuate the South American nation’s coast.

CNN Chile broadcast video of people in Antofagasta, a port city, walking through the streets as traffic piled up in some places. They appeared to be calm.

A tsunami warning was in effect for Chile, Peru and Ecuador.

A tsunami watch was issued for Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

“Sea level readings indicate a tsunami was generated. It may have been destructive along coasts near the epicenter and could also be a threat to more distant coasts,” the center said in its evaluation.

Tsunami waves of more than 6 feet generated by the earthquake had already washed ashore on the coast of Pisagua, Chile, according to Victor Sardino with the center.

The center said nearly 7-foot waves were reported in Iquique, Chile.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, although an 8.2-magnitude earthquake is capable of causing tremendous damage.

Chile is on the so-called “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines circling the Pacific Basic that is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

About 500 people were killed when a 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile on February 27, 2010. That quake triggered a tsunami that toppled buildings, particularly in the Maule region along the coast.

According to researchers, the earthquake was violent enough to move the Chilean city of Concepcion at least 10 feet to the west and Santiago about 11 inches to the west-southwest.

The tsunami threat to Hawaii still was being evaluated Tuesday. The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center was working to determine the level of danger for Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California, as well as Canada’s British Columbia.


Flood warnings and advisories issued for Massachusetts

BOSTON — The National Weather Service issued a series of flood warnings and advisories Sunday morning as heavy rain pelted the area with additional downpours in the forecast.

In Waltham, a large sinkhole developed on Wyman Street washing out a portion of the road.  The left travel lanes on Route 128 in Westwood were closed for a time due to flooding Sunday morning, Massachusetts State Police said.

Hour-by-hour rain futurecast |  Latest Storm Team 5 forecast

Police also closed both directions of Route 6 in Westport due to flooding. In Chelmsford, Boston Road was closed near Brian Road because of flooding, according to police. The ramp from Route 18 southbound to Route 195 in Freetown was also closed for flooding, transportation officials said.

A flood warning was issued for the North Nashua River in Fitchburg where flooding of low-lying areas along the river trapped at least two cars near an underpass on Cleghorn Street. A tow truck pulled the cars out of the flood waters.

Photos:  Flooding washes out roads, traps cars

A flash flood warning was issued for parts of Bristol County and Plymouth County where several inches of rain had fallen in just a few hours.

Video:  Flood waters trap cars in Fitchburg

“Between 2 and 5 inches of rain have fallen in just a few hours,” Storm Team 5 meteorologist Danielle Vollmar said.

A flood advisory was issued for eastern Massachusetts where “heavy rainfall will cause ponding of water on highways, streets and underpasses,” the weather service said.

High winds and rain overnight collapsed radio towers in Western Mass., knocking out cell phone and internet service for much of North Adams. Residents were told via a reverse 911 system to make emergency calls with their landline if necessary.


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The Steamship Authority temporarily suspended ferry service for Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket due to high winds and rough seas. 

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MARSHFIELD, Mass. —The harbormaster’s department saved a boat from sinking in Green Harbor Wednesday morning in strong winds and choppy seas, Wicked Local reported.

A 33-foot lobster boat, the Tracy-Jeanne, was moored with its stern facing the elements and began taking on water, according to Harbormaster Michael DiMeo.

“The water was hitting the stern and splashing over onto the deck,” DiMeo said. “As a couple of hours went by it was noticeable.”

The boat’s owner, William Dixon, had checked his vessel before 8 a.m. The harbormaster’s office monitored the boat throughout the morning and, after a fisherman came in to report the boat, they called Dixon back down around 11 a.m.

DiMeo took Dixon out to his vessel on the new harbormaster’s boat, along with de-watering pumps. Dixon went onboard, turned his boat on, and began pumping the water out with his own equipment and the harbormaster’s pumps.

“It took about 50 minutes to an hour to pump the water out,” DiMeo said. “We were able to get out there and it was quite windy. We were able to assist him and luckily his vessel didn’t sink.”

Dixon was able to turn his boat so the bow was facing the wind and seas.

“He was very thankful and appreciative,” DiMeo said. “Unfortunately it probably would not have had to happen had he been facing his bow into the seas.”


Winds over 80 mph reported on Nantucket

BOSTON — A powerful blizzard is bringing damaging winds and power outages to Cape Cod and the Islands, however very little impact is being felt in most of the rest of Massachusetts.

Images:  Blizzard pounds coast

Hurricane-force wind gusts of 83 mph were reported Wednesday morning on Nantucket, where more than 1,200 National Grid customers lost power and the high school was opened as a shelter.

NSTAR reported almost 10,000 customers out on Cape Cod.

In Chatham, wild winds hammered the coast, as the National Weather Service warned mariners to stay off the water.  A 19th century house that was under renovation collapsed in Chatham at the former of Silver Leaf and Main Street.

The pressure dropped down to 960 millibars, and that is stronger than the October snowstorm we had a couple of years ago and the February blizzard in 2013, so this is a pretty massive storm, “Storm Team 5 Cindy Fitzgibbon said.

See a graphic illustration of how storm compares

The storm was officially classified as a blizzard for Cape Cod just before 10 a.m.

The Steamship Authority temporarily suspended ferry service for Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket due to high winds and rough seas.

Massachusetts trial courts were closed in Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties.

Real-time storm updates  | Latest forecast

“Hazards associated with this storm include significant amounts of snowfall across Cape Cod and the Islands and high winds,” the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said.

A blizzard warning is in effect until Wednesday afternoon for Cape Cod and the Islands for a storm some meteorologists have called a “monster.”

With wind gusts of 45 to 60 mph,”blowing and drifting of snow may be an issue as well,” the weather service said.

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Snow started falling early Wednesday morning, and the commute was difficult in parts of southeastern Massachusetts and nearly impossible on Cape Cod.

“All motorists are requested to not drive (during the storm) unless absolutely necessary,” Yarmouth police said.

A winter weather advisory was issued for southeastern Massachusetts.  For the rest of Massachusetts, little snow and only gusty winds were forecast.

Forecasters predicted 6 to 12 inches of snow on Cape Cod, 1 to 3 inches in southeastern Massachusetts and just a coating in the Boston area.

The National Weather Service issued a coastal flood warning for Wednesday morning for the north side and ocean side of Cape Cod and the northern and eastern shorelines of Nantucket.

Some coastal flooding was reported in Plymouth at the time of high tide Wednesday morning, the weather service said.

Photos: The April Fool’s Day Blizzard remembered

“It is not unusual to have storms this late in the year,” weather service spokesman Bill Simpson said, adding that April has seen quite a few big storms in the past. The Boston area got more than 2 inches of snow in an April storm last year and was blanketed with almost 2 feet the same month in 1997.


Birds drawn to frozen lake’s Vermont-New York ferry channels

CHARLOTTE, Vt. — Water birds that normally spread out across Lake Champlain are seeking refuge in the channels left by two ferry routes that carry passengers between Vermont and New York during this bitterly cold winter.

Photos: Most-common backyard bird sightings

Bird watchers have been drawn to the Essex, N.Y., landing of the ferry from Charlotte in hopes of catching a glimpse of some rare birds that are usually scattered across the length of the 120-mile lake. During a winter of below-zero temperatures, the birds have been forced to forage the open water of the channels for food.

Birders hope to spot species like the single tufted duck, which is ubiquitous in Europe and Asia but exceedingly rare in the eastern U.S. It’s spending the winter in the lake along with mallards, black ducks and common goldeneyes.

 


Children walk to police station looking for ride to school
FARMINGTON, N.H. — A Farmington woman was arrested Tuesday after police said her three children walked to the police station to try to get a ride to school.

Police said they got a call Tuesday morning about three young-looking children walking along Main Street in cold weather. As an officer was about to leave to investigate, the children arrived at the station.

Investigators said the children were ages 5, 4 and 1, and police learned they were trying to get a ride to school. Police said Katarina Short, 26, left the children alone while she ran an errand.

Farmington Ambulance was called and checked the children out while they were given a warm breakfast from Crowley’s Variety and Grill, police said. They also were given toys by the Farmington Recreation Department.

Police said that about an hour after the report came in, Short arrived at the station looking for her children.

“She told us a friend had picked her up, and she’d gone to run an errand,” said Lt. John Drury. “She had allegedly said that she had left the kids in the care of a babysitter. When she provided us that name, that didn’t pan out to be the truth.”

Short was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and unsworn falsification.

Police said the temperature was 2 degrees Tuesday morning. They said the oldest child dressed himself and his siblings in coats and boots.

Short was placed on $4,000 personal recognizance bail and ordered to have no contact with the children. She is scheduled to appear in court on March 18.

The children were placed in foster care, and authorities said Short will be allowed supervised visits.

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