Journal Entry – Stormy Weather, Past and Present
For whatever reason, I haven’t gone on my usual bird walk for a while. I actually went on a short walk last week but didn’t have a camera at hand. I was introducing my sister, RaNia, to one of the local wetlands that I visit frequently. The weather has also been a bit tempestuous, with steady winds and frequent showers. One would think it was still hurricane season…
Well, it is still hurricane season and nearly a year ago Hurricane Matthew made its slow way up the east coast of the Florida peninsula. I lived through it. Although not as stressful as the lead up to the much bigger Irma, it was still an anxiety-producing event as Matthew was still a Category 4 storm when it went churning by hapless Haiti and the eastern tip of Cuba. Fortunately for our area and Florida in general, Matthew followed a track parallel to the coastline before making its official landfall in the Carolinas. That time I had to decide on whether to stay or evacuate. I was taking care of my landlady’s dog while she and her children were out on a cruise. Matthew was my first hurricane, so I decided to take a chance and shelter in place. My decision was a good one, although a large oak tree fell in the backyard, barely grazing the rear of the house, but damaging the roof with its heavy outer branches. Fortunately for me and the house, there were no discernible leaks or broken windows. Our power went out early in the onslaught of the heavier winds. By this time, Matthew had been downgraded to a Category 1, but even a Cat 1 is capable of doing significant damage as I found out.
Northern Florida has far more lands under reserve status, as wildlife preserves, county or state parks. Still, the area took a beating from the heavy winds and strong storm surge coming from the NE winds coming from the west side (the weaker) of the storm. In the days and weeks that followed, I watched first-hand just how long it took to clear the streets, yards, parks, and forests of the fallen trees and debris left in the wake of the now departed storm. In our neighborhood alone, some homes were without power for over a week, due to a tree or two over the lines, which had to then be replaced after the trees had been cut out. It took three weeks or more for the FEMA debris contractors to come around and remove the fallen debris. Our own tree had to be cut down, sawn up and dragged out to the swale, piled up. When the “claw” truck came, it only took the large pieces, meaning all the leaves and smaller branches still had to be bagged and put out for the local garbage / recycle trucks. It took a while and we weren’t on an island like Puerto Rico.
This year, I’m living in South Florida. Of course, we were hit with the outer eastern-most bands of Hurricane Irma, which meant that even though we were not near the eyewall, the winds still had a significant impact on the surrounding area. As I was driving along A1A the other day, there was still debris pick-up taking place, some three weeks after the hurricane. And this area of Florida is wealthier and densely packed with middle class to million-dollar, sturdier homes than you would typically find in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic or the Virgin Islands. As of last week, there were even still isolated pockets of residential areas with no available power. The electrical grid in South Florida is in much better condition than that which would be found on the islands.
I guess what I’m driving at, is that Puerto Rico and the other island communities are going to have to be ready for a long-haul. Their infrastructure before the hurricanes was tenuous at best; now it’s almost completely annihilated. Re-building infrastructure doesn’t happen overnight. It also takes a determined community effort, meaning all political agendas need to be put aside for the good of the whole. Making sure that all persons are receiving basic needs, water, food, sanitation, and power are priorities. The niceties of life including internet, etc. come later. Communication through cell-phones has to be a priority, as well. Clearing roads have to be one of the first priorities, checking for downed electrical lines, providing power to vital services, such as hospitals, airports come next. The outlying neighbors or villages can expect that it might take power several weeks to get to isolated communities, places that also require rebuilding. It is necessary to triage available manpower, especially when many of the available crews are from the outside. The simple logistics of setting up command and rescue is overwhelming.
It has been said it is good to be prepared in case of an emergency. I realize that many of the residents of places like Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Cuba are extremely poor and have little resources of their own. They are dependent entirely on the goodwill of other people so are particularly vulnerable to the outrageous antics of politically motivated local leaders and so-called charities who take advantage of the situation. I would appeal to some wealthy open-hearted individuals to lend their assistance in seeing that these island nations and territories regain their collective feet once again and go into the future with dignity. Basic infrastructure should be rebuilt to higher standards, electrical wires buried underground, highways, roads, and streets repaved, dams strengthened, and community stores of emergency equipment, food, medicines maintained for future storms. Being islands in a sea that creates storms guarantees that a large hurricane or tropical storm will (not when) make landfall. And with the intensity of storms increasing, it behooves ALL communities along Hurricane Alley to prepare for such events in the future.
Another observation I have made as a result of the aftermath of these storms is the need for stricter coastal planning. There is a need for more buffer lands, natural preserves whether in the form of parks or conservation easements, to increase or at least preserve the area’s natural ability to deal with extra water from storm surges and coastal flooding. During just this past year, I’ve observed severe flooding to take place in Miami and Jacksonville, as well as other smaller municipalities and rural areas. I’ve seen a coastal highway cut in two by storm surge and beach erosion. Weeks after Irma, the beaches in South Florida are still being actively eroded away due to the off-shore antics of Harvey and Marie and other as yet unnamed tropical depressions.
This morning when I looked at the National Hurricane Center, I saw that there was now the strong possibility of Tropical Storm Nate forming up in the western Caribbean and then heading northward towards Alabama and Pensacola, Florida by this coming weekend. Folks located on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle should begin making their preparations now. The depression may or may not turn into a hurricane. It’s better to over-prepare now while you still can and keep an eye on the storm’s development and track.
I’ve been a weather buff for many years, starting in my days of leading hikes and backpacks in the Pacific Northwest. I learned early on that preparation can be a life-saver. The great hurricanes of the Atlantic are much different from the cold fronts that pass through the Cascades and Olympics, although they get some really strong windstorms from time to time. I lived through one of those, too, while living in Hoquiam, Washington, a small town located on Gray Harbor, near the Pacific Ocean. In that storm, which was not forecast by the weather mavens in Seattle, many roofs were blown off, fences were taken down, and power out. The roads in and out of town were blocked due to a combination of mudslides, downed electrical wires, and trees. Thousands of acres of forest lands were felled. The Bonneville Power lines were off-line for two days. Many outlying areas did not see their power restored for over 10 days. The community pulled together. Ex-lumbermen didn’t wait for the Dept. of Transportation to clear the roads of trees, but took matters into their own hands, by clearing the roads with chainsaws and using their own trucks to move the debris off the roads. A few local restaurants in isolated communities became hubs of comfort, serving free, hot meals to those who walked in. In the end, it is the heart that determines the will of a community to survive.
Much has been made of the phenomenon of climate change. May I remind you, dear reader, that our planet is a Living Being. She undergoes cycles like any other being. A look into geological history will show that Earth has undergone many cycles of warming and cooling. And what is claimed to be a rise in CO2 due to human activity is at the heart of a political agenda designed to bring the planet under the control of a fascist one world government. Yes, the climate is changing. Nothing is permanent and unchangeable that is alive. The entire Solar System is also undergoing a change, as well. The Universe is undergoing a transition into a higher frequency Universe or portion of “space”. There is much that is not known or disregarded by your controlled and backward science that is currently limited by politically motivated agendas. Look beyond. Look within. See the universe of stars that is your own DNA responding now to the influx of cosmic energies flowing forth through the portal that you call your Sun. You are growing, changing, expanding in response… or not. Your future will be determined by your ability to adapt and change, to respond to the changes that are presented to you in daily life.
You are in the midst of the times long prophesized across the planet, in the buildings and artifacts left by the ancients, in the myths and legends of indigenous peoples, in the hidden knowledge of the record keepers of our planet. Much has been hidden to protect the ancient wisdom from the destructive forces of a species that long ago invaded your planet and changed your genetics for self-serving reasons. This long period of darkness is ending, but a chaotic challenging period of cleansing must ensue before the new world is fully revealed. You are in the midst of this period NOW.
Know that people will lose their lives. Those who survive will be forever altered. You will have to adapt to a “new” normal, but nothing is going to be “normal” anymore. It will be new, outside the artificial limits that have boxed your minds in for so long. You will adapt. Human beings have proved that they have the necessary intelligence and will to change their lives if pushed beyond the known. Not all will make it, but do not judge. Choices were made before souls entered this present incarnation. Soul contracts will be fulfilled. They can be altered if choices are made, but not if the choices are made out of fear and a desire to live beyond what is your allotted time here. Death is not the end for those of humanity who have a soul. If you are a clone, your choices are limited. You will be removed along with your dark masters. The Light has won. The Dawn approaches.
“Sunny” VaCoupe, Line Commander, The White Winds, Pleiadian Flagship for the Pleiadian Fleet
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