Gas leak in Cape Town continues

Emergency services are reporting that there was another call out to Epping industria this morning where more than 150 people were injured because of a unknown gas leak. This call out was the same address as yesterday and for the same reason, the same gas leak.

According to ER24 people started to show symptoms of eye irritation, headaches, nausea and vomiting after noticing a small of an unknown gas in the building. After panic erupted emergency services were called out. The local fire department got there first and expected to see the same scenario as yesterday but when ER24 got there they saw it was an isolated case. Six workers were treated this time for gas inhalation.

 

Gas leak in Johannesburg closes airspace

Johannesburg’s Golden Highway as well as some of the airspace was restricted this morning because of a massive gas leak at an ABI deopt.

The incident happened when a digger loader punctured a gas pipe according to emergency services in Johannesburg.

The gas is still leaking at the moment and firefighters are trying to maintain the leak. 

There were no serious injuries like yesterday’s gas leak in Epping, Cape Town, where 150 people were injured. 

Girl throws puppies in river – one by one

Normal behaviour is to have the dog fixed when someone does not want their dog or cat to breed. And if the dog, per chance, had puppies before it’s fixed what would you do?

The last thing most people would do is fling them one by one into a strong river and, from the look on this girls face, enjoy it. What makes someone enjoy flinging live defenseless puppies into a river? There are so many more humane ways to get rid of the puppies but this is just inhuman.

Animal control is really important, pet numbers can get out of control really quickly, especially in rural areas, but this has to one of the most cold hearted ways of treating unwanted animals.This person is finding enjoyment out of the little pups yelps and how far she can throw them. The fact that someone thought it’s okay to the point of recording and posting it online shows the state of mind of this girl and her accomplice are in. Cruelty is not funny.

WARNING: This video contains scenes of repeated animal cruelty

Twisted Girl Throws Puppies in River

Hurricane Earl captured on amazing satellite image

This photo was taken on August 29 at exactly 14:20, the satellite image was taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (Modis) on NASA’s Terra satellite.

Hurricane Earl is now a category 4 hurricane and fears are that it will make landfall in the US sometime after Thursday, according to some experts the hurricane will by then be much weaker, that remains to be seen.

What would happen if the hurricane makes New York could be catastrophic.

This is the first great satellite image of Hurricane Earl since it went category 4 and obviously became a major hurricane.

 Image credit: NASA

What will happen if Hurricane Earl hits New York?

Earl is on route to Long Island, what would it mean if it makes landfall at full strength?

So far history has shown us that when Long Island gets hit by a Hurricane it’s normally very costly, both in lives and dollars. The most memorable hurricane has to be the New England Hurricane of 1938. One of the reasons the damage was so bad was there was a transformation of that whole area since 1893, when the last hurricane hit, the people who settled there was unaware that hurricanes came that far up. The hurricane started near the coast of Africa moving towards America over the Atlantic where it became a category 5 hurricane but tapered down, by the time it made landfall it was a category 3 hurricane. Even so the damage was severe, there was about 700 lives lost and 57 000 homes destroyed, commercial damage at that time was $306 million.

Since then there has been no major hurricanes that made landfall in Long Island. There was a couple of close calls but most was downgraded to category 1 storms before it made landfall. Even so those few caused a lot of damage and roadways was jammed for hours as nearly two million people along the gulf was trying to leave. Since then the local counties has outlined extensive hurricane readiness plans and evacuation routes. The Red Cross is very prepared this year for when a storm hits and says it can house up to 70 000 people if necessary. Here are their guidelines for what people need to have and do in preparation for a hurricane:

  • Water – at least one gallon per person per day
  • Food – Non-perishable items you’d want to eat – such as canned food (and a manual can opener), energy bars peanut butter and other nutritious foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water.
  • First Aid Kit – Pack a “how to” guide as well.
  • Medications – Essential prescription and non-prescription items and medical information.
  • Crank radio and flashlight or battery-powered radio and flashlight (with extra batteries), and a 12-hour glow stick.
  • Clothing – A change of clothes, rainwear, sturdy shoes and protective gloves for everyone.
  • Personal items – Remember specific items such as eye glasses or contact lenses and solution, personal care and hygiene items, extra (charged) cell phone batteries and comfort items such as toys or books.
  • Money – Have cash. ATMs and credit cards won’t work if the power is out.
  • Important family documents in a waterproof, portable container – Copies of drivers’ licenses, wills, birth and marriage certificates, insurance policies, proof of residence (deed or lease), recent tax returns, credit card and bank account numbers, social security cards, passport numbers, home inventory list.
  • Special items for infants, elderly, pets or loved ones with special needs.
  • Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember you’ll need a professional to turn them back on.)

Hurricane Hits New York City – Bill Evans

Long Island is long overdue being hit by a hurricane as it usually occurs every 17 years and the last hurricane to make landfall was hurricane Gloria in 1985. Most experts agree that people living in that area should be prepared for the inevitable, they must keep their ears and eyes open and be prepared because it is going to happen again it’s just a matter of time.

 

Stunning satellite image of Sinabung Volcano in Indonesia before it erupted

Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung was dormant since the time the 1611 King James Bible was written, the last known eruption was in 1600. Now on August 29th Mount Sinabung erupted once again, this time spewing ash almost 2km into the air above the 2,460 Meter high summit.

Then on August 30th Mount Sinabung volcano erupted again this time causing many people to get sick because of the volcanic ash and the volcano now remains active.

This natural color satellite image from NASA shows Sinabung from 7 years ago. The image was taken with the Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus aboard the Landsat-7 satellite.

Image credit: NASA

WE LOVE REAL BEER festival coming to Cape Town

Brewers and Union along with Jack Black Beer teamed up to create a event in Woodstock for South Africa’s first Craft Beer Festival. The event hopes to draw on small, independently owned breweries to unite under the banner of “Real Beer”.
On Thursday 23 September the day before Heritage Day a celebration of beer will happen when Real Beer producers, food enthusiasts as well as beer lovers and those that appreciate Arts and Crafts will gather for a big beer event.
WE LOVE REAL BEER Craft Beer Festival
Thursday 23rd September
4PM – 12AM
The Neighbourgoods Market
Woodstock

Hurricane Earl becomes major hurricane

Hurricane Earl is now a major hurricane according to the National Hurricane Center in the the US. There are also now changes in the warning that was previously issued out for Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican Islands of Culebra and Vieques.

A Hurricane warning is now in effect (and still for some places) Anguilla, Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy as well as St Maarten, Saba and St Eustatius as well as the British virgin islands and the US virgin islands.

Hurricane conditions are expected within these areas where the hurricane warning was issued. The National Hurricane Center also advised people to prepare within the next 12 hours for the hurricane

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AT 1100 AM AST…1500 UTC…THE CENTER OF HURRICANE EARL WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 18.7 NORTH…LONGITUDE 63.6 WEST. EARL IS MOVING
TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 15 MPH…24 KM/HR. THIS GENERAL
MOTION IS EXPECTED TODAY AND TONIGHT…FOLLOWED BY A TURN
TOWARD THE NORTHWEST ON TUESDAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK…THE CENTER
OF EARL WILL PASS NEAR OR OVER THE NORTHERNMOST VIRGIN ISLANDS THIS
AFTERNOON AND THIS EVENING.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 120 MPH…195
KM/HR…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. EARL IS A CATEGORY THREE HURRICANE ON
THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE. ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING
IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 60 MILES…95 KM…FROM
THE CENTER…AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 185
MILES…295 KM. ST. MAARTEN REPORTED A WIND GUST TO 68 MPH…109
KM/HR WITHIN THE PAST FEW HOURS.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 960 MB…28.35 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
———————-
WIND…HURRICANE CONDITIONS WILL BE SPREADING ACROSS THE NORTHERN
VIRGIN ISLANDS DURING THE NEXT FEW HOURS. TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS
WILL SPREAD OVER PORTIONS OF PUERTO RICO THIS AFTERNOON…WITH
HURRICANE CONDITIONS POSSIBLE THIS EVENING AND TONIGHT. STRONGER
WINDS…ESPECIALLY IN GUSTS…ARE LIKELY OVER ELEVATED TERRAIN IN
PUERTO RICO.

STORM SURGE…STORM SURGE WILL RAISE WATER LEVELS BY AS MUCH AS 3 TO
5 FEET ABOVE GROUND LEVEL PRIMARILY NEAR THE COAST IN AREAS OF
ONSHORE WIND WITHIN THE HURRICANE WARNING AREA…AND 1 TO 3 FEET IN
THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING AREA. THE SURGE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY
LARGE AND DANGEROUS BATTERING WAVES.

RAINFALL…EARL IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS
OF 4 TO 8 INCHES OVER THE LEEWARD ISLANDS…THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND
PUERTO RICO…WITH POSSIBLE ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 12 INCHES…
ESPECIALLY OVER HIGHER ELEVATIONS. THESE RAINS COULD CAUSE
LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODS AND MUDSLIDES.

Gas leak in Epping, Cape Town – injures 150 people

At around 12:34 today ER24 offices in Johannesburg got a call that a massive gas leak occurred in a factory in Epping Industria. Whey they got to the incident scene people were flooding out of surrounding buildings.

It turns out there was a big gas leak in one of the factories and about 150 people had to be taken to hospital. Five ambulances were called out to assist as well as other emergency crews.

The medics had to make haste in getting everyone out of the gas cloud and some of the injured were taken to Epping fire station where after they were taken to hospital.

According to ER24 most of the patients had minor gas inhalation symptoms as well as coughing, some patients lost consciousness and needed special medical treatment.

 

 

 

Hurricane Earl 2010

Hurricane Earl formed earlier last week on 22 August but was only upgraded to a Category 2 early on Monday morning. Hurricane Earl is expected to go right into Canada according to the Canadian Meteorological Centre the hurricane might hit Halifax in Canada as welll as St John but for now the hurricane is over the Northern Carribean and the National Hurricane Center put a hurricane warning out for Antiqua, Barbuda, Monteserrat, St Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla. There is also a hurricane warning out for Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy, St Maarten, Saba and St Eustatius.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Puerto Rico and the Islands of Culebra and Vieques.

According to the Global Forecast system the hurricane will just miss New York by 194 Miles but that might change as the hurricane comes closer, that however is the prediction from the GFS in 105 hours from now, later this week.

Using the XTRP 12 hour model the path of the hurricane is Brownsville.

This page will be upated as the hurricane grows.

Hurricane Earl is the fifth tropical storm of the season.

Update1

The latest hurricane statement from the National Hurricane Center is that the hurricane force winds extend outward up to 85 140km from the center. Tropical Storm winds extend up to 500km. 

Update 2

Many predictions are out that Hurricane Earl might make landfall but this is to early to tell. The hurricane is also reported to be growing stronger.

Update 3

The history channel did a great job of saying how it would be if some major hurricane would hit New York.

 

Update 4

The eye of Hurricane Earl is now only 211 miles from St Martin. Although they do remain outside of the eye as we can tell. According to the XTRP 12 hour model the hurricane is heading directly towards the Dominican Republic but as usaul that should change.

Update 5

Hurricane Earl became a major hurricane earlier today as we reported

The Hurricane weather and research forecast model now predicts that the eye of hurricane Earl might come as close as 199 miles from the New York coastline. The same model also predicts that Boston and Portland might come in the way of the hurricane IF it does not fade out by the time it hits those areas.

Update 6

Hurricane Earl is now a category four hurricane and it is moving away from the Virgin Islands. There is now a tropical storm watch for the Caicos Islands, the Southern Bahamas and the Government of Antique replaced their previous hurricane warning with a storm warning. The tropical storm warning was also discontinued for Anguilla.

There is no more a hurricane watch for Puerto Rico as well, the hurricane watch in the US virgin islands, Culebra and Vieques was changed to a tropical storm warning.

Update 7

Hurricane Earl now passed through the Virgin Islands and caused devastation killing one person and destroying several buildings.. People are advised to stay as far as possible away from the sea and not try to swim in the hurricane weather.

Hurricane Earl will now pass by Puerto Rico and people are preparing for strong storm winds, high and big waves.

Update 8

Hurricane Earl is now moving away from Puerto Rico and conditions are expected to improve for them as well as the Virgin Islands today.

There are still watches and warning in effect for Puerto Rico, the islands of Culebra and Vieques, US virgin islands, British Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The National Hurricane center has warned people from the Carolinas Northward to New England to monitor the hurricane.

Update 9

The latest note from the Hurricane center is that hurricane Earl is now a category three hurricane down from a category 4 hurricane. There is still a hurricane watch for Virginia coast.

The government of Bahamas has issued a tropical storm warning for San Salvador Island in the central Bahamas.