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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Fay - the thunderstorm

Definition of Natural Disaster (Natural Calamities):
It is the consequence of a natural hazard (e.g. Volcanic Eruption, Earthquake, Landslide or Hurricane), which affects human activities.

Living in Florida, I experienced several Hurricanes such as Charlie, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne. Charlie was a scale 4 hurricane at Saffir-Simpson U.S Category and was a very vicious one. Current one - Fay - is revolving around Florida and dumping heavy rain (feels like monsoon season) except for severe squalls. I was driving from work today and felt the heavy winds caused by FAY and was under swaying palm trees (they look beautiful only when sun shines). All of a sudden a big piece from palm tree fell in my hood with thunderous sound. Thank God it did not hit my windshield. However, I felt these wind power at once.

All we can do is to Pray to God to ease these ferocious Hurricanes.

Hurricanes, Typhoons or Cyclones (all are almost same in causing havoc) and causing human casualties, especially when they pause through poor nations.

Atlantic Hurricane Season - 1st June to 30th November. This year 9 Hurricanes are predicted.

Good News:
Scientists are banking on the convergence of several technology projects, such as an international "light pipe" (Lightpipe can carry eight channels of uncompressed unbalanced digital audio at 24 bit resolution at 48,000 samples per second, which results in the perfect transfer of information. Also devices do not need to be turned off when plugging in or unplugging) for high-speed data exchange and even Google Earth, to eventually help predict and mitigate natural disasters such as Hurricanes.


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