Jeff McMasters Weather Underground
A strengthening Hurricane Felix powered ashore as a Category 5 hurricane near the Nicaragua/Honduras border at 8am EDT this morning, bringing 160 mph winds and an 18-foot storm surge to this sparsely populated region. Felix weakened for a period yesterday as it became too tightly would to maintain its eyewall, but a new eyewall formed last night in time for Felix to regain Category 5 strength before landfall. This year marks the first time in recorded history that two Category 5 storms (Felix and Dean) have made landfall in the Atlantic basin in the same year. Since reliable record keeping began in 1944, there have been 27 Category 5 hurricanes in the Atlantic. Eight of these have occurred in the past five years.
Question: How's it going?
Answer: In a big circle.
A friend sent me to a link
on the MSNBC site where you could
vote on whether or not you
think the US Government was
involved in the events
I rarely spend time
thinking about conspiracy theories —
but, along with 66% or respondents,
I voted "yes" after which
my eye fell on news of Felix,
and I thought
that's just weather,
no conspiracy there.
Unless, of course —
©Susan Bright, 2007
Susan Bright is the author of nineteen books of poetry. She is the editor of Plain View Press which since 1975 has published one-hundred-and-ninety books. Her work as a poet, publisher, activist and educator has taken her all over the United States and abroad. Her most recent book, The Layers of Our Seeing, is a collection of poetry, photographs and essays about peace done in collaboration with photographer Alan Pogue and Middle Eastern journalist, Muna Hamzeh.
Note: The Miskito people live in the swampland where Felix came ashore, in a place which came to be known as the Mosquito Coast. They are poor and basically stranded in the marshlands along the Coco River, are known as "people of the river" and live already with help from the World Food Program. 30,000 were stranded there with only canoes to make their way to safety. World news reports this as good news -- because Felix didn't make a direct hit on an urban area.