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Saturday, September 3, 2011

2011: Costliest year for 'natural' disasters in history - what will 2012 bring?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nature is pummeling the United States this year with extremes.
Unprecedented triple-digit heat and devastating drought. Deadly tornadoes leveling towns. Massive rivers overflowing. A billion-dollar blizzard. And now, unusual hurricane-caused flooding in Vermont.
If what's falling from the sky isn't enough, the ground shook in places that normally seem stable: Colorado and the entire East Coast. On Friday, a strong quake triggered brief tsunami warnings in Alaska. Arizona and New Mexico have broken records for wildfires.

Total weather losses top $35 billion, and that's not counting Hurricane Irene, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. There have been more than 700 U.S. disaster and weather deaths, most from the tornado outbreaks this spring.

Last year, the world seemed to go wild with natural disasters in the deadliest year in a generation. But 2010 was bad globally, and the United States mostly was spared.

This year, while there have been devastating events elsewhere, such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Australia's flooding and a drought in Africa, it's our turn to get smacked. Repeatedly.
"I'm hoping for a break. I'm tired of working this hard. This is ridiculous," said Jeff Masters, a meteorologist who runs Weather Underground, a meteorology service that tracks strange and extreme weather. "I'm not used to seeing all these extremes all at once in one year." Read Article
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) 

I would replace Nature with God as the cause of these 'Unnatural' disasters that are hitting the world and the US in particular. The sins of Babylon USA are reaching up to the heavens and the hammer of judgment is beginning to fall; sadly it has only just begun to fall. The rest of 2011 and into 2012 and beyond, such disasters will multiply, both in number and magnitude. We have been warned, is anyone listening?


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