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  • Price Gouging During a Natural Disaster

    10/24/2018 11:22:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | October 24, 2018 | Walter E. Williams
    Thirteen states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia -- have enacted laws to combat what is seen as price gouging in the wake of natural disasters. Price gouging is legally defined as charging 10 to 25 percent more for something than you charged for it during the month before an emergency. Sellers convicted of price gouging face prison terms and fines. Price gouging in the wake of natural disasters is often seen as evil exploitation by sellers to rip off desperate customers. Let's hold off on that...
  • Intensifying Hurricane Willa Headed Directly Toward 10,000 Migrant Caravan Path

    10/22/2018 11:47:16 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 71 replies
    News Intensifying Hurricane Willa Headed Directly Toward 10,000 Migrant Caravan Path Update 10/22: Hurricane Willa, as reported by the National Hurricane Center, is now a Category 5 hurricane.It appears that the migrant caravan, which has been reported to upward of 10,000 strong, might run into some extra trouble on their march to seek American asylum. A massive hurricane (named Willa) is set to cross the path that the migrants will eventually cross. There’s also a slightly smaller disturbance named Vincente to the south of Willa that meteorologists say will be consumed by the massively growing Willa, but will still...
  • 'Potentially catastrophic' Hurricane Willa takes aim at Mexico as a Category 5 storm

    10/22/2018 12:48:22 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 100 replies
    ABC News ^ | 22 Oct 18 | Max Golembo
    Hurricane Willa strengthened to a powerful Category 5 storm Monday morning, taking aim at the Mexican coast and threatening to deliver life-threatening storm surge, wind and rain. Now packing 160 mph winds, some strengthening was still possible for the storm Monday, making Willa "potentially catastrophic" for Mexico, the National Hurricane Center warned. It's expected to weaken when it makes landfall Tuesday but is forecast to bring large waves, dangerous storm surge, gusty winds and heavy rain. Mexico will begin to feel the impacts of Willa late Tuesday morning. The storm is forecast to make landfall south of Mazatlan Tuesday night...
  • Hurricane Willa Threatens Migrant Caravan: Storm Due to Hit Mexico, Experts Warn

    10/22/2018 5:18:58 AM PDT · by JonnyFive · 68 replies
    NN ^ | 10/22/18 | Jay Greenberg
    As the migrant caravan re-forms in Mexico, swelling to a massive 7,000 strong herd following a dramatic storm of the Guatemala-Mexican border over the weekend, the army of immigrants now faces a new threat from Hurricane Willa as it makes it's way to the United States Southern Border. Forecasters are now warning that the "extremely dangerous" category 4 storm will make landfall on Tuesday/Wednesday and is heading for the path that the migrant caravan will eventually cross as it pushes toward the US seeking American asylum.
  • Hurricane making its way toward Mexico gains strength

    10/21/2018 3:01:53 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 59 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/10/18
    Hurricane Willa, which is making its way toward Mexico’s Pacific coast, gained strength on Sunday and is now a Category 3 hurricane, the US National Hurricane Center said. The hurricane had maximum sustained winds of about 115 miles per hour and additional strengthening is expected over the next day, it added. Willa is expected to become a dangerous Category 4 hurricane by Sunday night or Monday...
  • FBI agents raid San Juan government offices as part of investigation into fraud, corruption

    10/18/2018 7:24:45 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 18, 2018 | Barnini Chakraborty
    FBI agents this week raided the municipal offices in San Juan, Puerto Rico – rooting through documents and seizing digital records as part of a widespread investigation into fraud and obstruction of justice charges tied to the city government. San Juan’s purchasing division was the target of the raid. And while FBI special agent Douglas Leff did not implicate Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz in the raid, he did tell local media that “we are going to follow the investigation where it leads us.”Cruz tweeted Tuesday that she has instructed city officials to cooperate with federal authorities and said, “If someone...
  • Good News: Waffle House Food Truck Feeds Hurricane Victims

    10/18/2018 7:43:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    The diner chain has its food truck in Panama City and they’re giving out free, tasty food to residents and relief workers. The beloved Southern eatery is known for staying open and cutting prices during hurricanes and they’ve been feeding hungry folks there for days from their truck. Waffle House has been tweeting photos of people lined up at the food truck, along with their location for the day and the hashtag, "#ScatteredSmotheredandRecover.
  • Election Changes Urged in Storm-Ravaged Areas

    10/17/2018 3:30:09 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 17 October 2018 | Jim Turner News Service of Florida
    Okaloosa County Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux, who serves as president of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections, wants the state to consider changes for the general election --- from emailed vote-by-mail ballots to combining precincts --- to help people directly affected by Hurricane Michael. Noting polling places may not be available and that some poll workers might not have returned to their homes, Lux in an email Sunday to Secretary of State Ken Detzner urged the creation of “mega-precincts” for election day. Detzner, the state’s chief elections official, advised Lux he wanted to hear firsthand...
  • Why the plane loss at Tindall AFB ? (Vanity)

    10/16/2018 3:16:15 PM PDT · by llevrok · 58 replies
    10/16/2018 | Me
    I am no military vet, so this is perhaps a naive question - A number of planes at Tindall were left on base and suffered partial or full damage. Some were F22's, no small loss. Why were not all planes flown out the day before when it was obvious this was going to be ground zero for Hurricane Michael or near it? Were they hanger queens and not flight ready? Or were there not the crews ready to fly them out? It seems strange to me so many flying assets were left back.
  • My Weekend Trip to Panama City, FL

    10/15/2018 8:33:46 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    On The Ground Report | 10/15/2018 | Red Badger
    Saturday morning my wife and I took off from Fort Walton Beach on our motorcycles to go to Panama City and check on my sister and her family and my wife's cousin and her family. We had not heard much info from either of them since Wednesday, when Hurricane Michael hit, just that they were 'safe' and everybody was alive, thanks be to God Almighty. On the way, down Highway 98, we saw convoys of people, possibly church groups, in pick-ups full of bottled water and other such necessities. We saw many, many work trucks for tree services from as...
  • Bible spared by Hurricane Michael

    10/15/2018 1:39:13 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies
    ABC 3 WearTV ^ | Oct 15, 2018 | Mike Magnoli
    MEXICO BEACH, Fla. One family returning to their home following Michael found whole walls missing and part of their roof blown off. Marla Wood is an accountant from Atlanta. Her vacation home, close to loved ones, is nestled just across from the ocean on Highway 98 in Mexico Beach. Her husband’s family owns the Driftwood Inn, which was wiped out, but Marla’s mother-in-law’s bible was unscathed! It was one of the few things Hurricane Michael didn’t destroy. Marla was on the internet back in Geogia before getting the car to drive to Florida. She had a five-hour drive to brace...
  • Looting leads to deadly shooting in Panama City

    10/14/2018 1:25:13 PM PDT · by kevcol · 46 replies
    WPMI ^ | October 14, 2018 | Rachael Wilkerson
    Looting lead to a deadly shooting overnight in Panama City. Witness Landon Swett said a man tried to steal a police car. "He yelled at me a little bit. He said, oh I’m looting and he opened the door to the police officer’s SUV with the lights going, got in it and shut the door,” said Swett. That's when Swett took his family to safety. Moments later, shots were fired.
  • Photos of the Devastation Left by Hurricane Michael (Incredible/HORRIBLE)

    10/13/2018 10:59:15 AM PDT · by RevelationDavid · 72 replies
    Great and yet horrible photos of Michael.....I fear that the death toll will be truly tragic.... Are there any Freepers that need help currently??
  • Five dead, one missing and half a million people are without power after Michael ravages Virginia

    10/12/2018 11:14:43 PM PDT · by Governor Dinwiddie · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 12, 2018 | Dana Hedgpeth , Justin Jouvenal and Lynh Bui
    The worst of Hurricane Michael’s remnants were supposed to track south of tiny Charlotte County in southern Virginia, but a desperate 911 call Thursday night told a different story: A car had been washed away in a torrential flash flood. When sheriff’s deputies raced to the scene on Mount Harmony Road after 11 p.m., county administrator Daniel Witt said they heard the screams of a 17-year-old boy clinging to a guardrail. The sheriff’s deputies and some bystanders linked arms and waded into the raging water, before tossing the teen a rope. He was pulled to safety, but his father and...
  • Hurricane Michael leaves Florida’s main psych hospital cut off, Helicopters drop aid[Chattahoochee]

    10/12/2018 7:33:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies ^ | October 11, 2018 02:09 PM Updated October 11, 2018 06:44 PM | By Samantha J. Gross And Elizabeth Koh
    TALLAHASSEE The oldest and largest psychiatric hospital in Florida was left inaccessible as Hurricane Michael carved its path across the Panhandle, knocking out power and ripping buildings to shreds. The storm’s eyewall passed right over the town of Chattahoochee, leaving it and the hospital “entirely cut off,” state emergency officials said Thursday. The hospital was not evacuated ahead of the storm. Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee, which had about 975 residents and about 325 staff staying inside, was left with only emergency radios as a means to communicate with first responders. The hospital had backup power and water systems that...
  • After Hurricane Michael, Florida skies turned purple. Here's Why

    10/11/2018 8:56:02 PM PDT · by blueplum · 22 replies
    C-Net ^ | 11 Oct 2018 | Gail Fashingbauer Cooper
    America the Beautiful sings of "purple mountain majesties," but after deadly Hurricane Michael passed through Florida's panhandle, it was the skies that turned an eerie purple.... Reporters and residents shared images of post-storm skies ranging from a light lavender to a deep violet, and it turns out there's a scientific explanation for the unusual hues.
  • Professor Says Hurricane Victims Are ‘Reaping’ Their Decision To Elect ‘Climate Deniers’

    10/11/2018 2:27:04 PM PDT · by kevcol · 95 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | October 11, 2018 | Michael Bastasch
    “Victims of Hurricane Michael voted for climate deniers,” reads the headline an article by Abraham, published in The Guardian Thursday. “Elections have consequences. Denying science has consequences. And we are reaping what we sow,” the subhead reads. . . . Despite the lack of science to support for his case, Abraham blames Michael’s intensity on man-made global warming, leading to his subsequent claim that southern voters brought this upon themselves by voting Republicans into office.
  • Tyndall AFB Hurricane Destruction Video

    10/11/2018 2:12:25 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    You Tube ^ | 10/11/2018 | Live Storms Media
    ***NOT FOR BROADCAST*** Contact Brett Adair with Live Storms Media to license. Extreme damage to Tyndall AFB after Hurricane Michael shot from Helicopter.
  • ‘Unimaginable destruction’: Hurricane smashes rows of houses

    10/11/2018 12:42:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 101 replies ^ | 10/11/2018 | By JAY REEVES and BRENDAN FARRINGTON
    PANAMA CITY, Fla. The devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael came into focus Thursday with rows upon rows of homes found smashed to pieces, and rescue crews began making their way into the stricken areas in hopes of accounting for hundreds of people who may have defied evacuation orders. At least two deaths were blamed on Michael, the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in over 50 years, and it wasn't done yet: Though reduced to a tropical storm, it brought flash flooding to North Carolina and Virginia, soaking areas still recovering from Hurricane Florence. Under a perfectly clear...
  • Florida sifts through the wreckage left by Hurricane Michael, one of the strongest [...]

    10/11/2018 6:04:20 AM PDT · by advance_copy · 11 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10/11/18 | Janny Jarve and Matt Pearce
    Residents of the Florida Panhandle began taking in scenes of destruction Wednesday night, hours after Hurricane Michael slammed into the coast with a fury that ranked it among the most powerful storms ever to hit the United States. “It’s all gone,” Deep Patel, 24, said as he stared at the remains of his duplex bedroom in Panama City, near where Michael made landfall as a Category 4 storm in the afternoon, packing winds of 155 mph. Most of the wooden rafters had been ripped off, exposing an upturned mattress. A bathtub landed a few houses away in a neighbor’s yard....