Typhoon Haiyan Aftermath Photos from Around the Web

A view to the sea over flattened homes in Tacloban, Philippines, following the devastating typhoon: pic.twitter.com/NzS6wTMPZI AFP Photo Department ‏@AFPphoto

The people of the Philippines desperately need our prayers and support.  The devastation and death toll is massive.  People are now left without shelter, food and water.  Thousands of people are suffering from the loss of loved ones.  Let us pray for their peace, comfort, safety, needs and salvation. 

This is a wake up call for all of us.  Time is short, we are seeing natural disasters on a much grander scale then ever before in modern recorded history.  This could happen to any of us.     – Gordon

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Sometimes We Just Need A Break!

Smiling animals: The happiest creatures in the Animal Kingdom

A smiling seal.

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They say a smile is contagious! Turn an ordinary, just okay day into a great day by checking out the happiest creatures in the Animal Kingdom … There’s a lot to love about an adorable harbor seal chuckling merrily to himself while perched on a rock. This little guy appeared absolutely tickled as he lounged around Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, Calif., having a hearty laugh all to himself as he soaked up some California sun.     Veronica Craft/Caters

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Amazing Photos of Friday Night’s (September 28, 2013) Ohio Meteor


SOURCE – Here are two astonishings photos of the Ohio Meteor (AMS Event #2132) this past Friday night. This event logged over 1000 witness reports and goes down as the 2nd most reported event in AMS history.

Ohio Fireball AMS Event 2132 – Photo CreditAngela McClain

Ohio Fireball AMS Event 2132 – Photo Credit Angela McClain

Here is another amazing photo by Alex Parlini of the same meteor.

Ohio Fireball AMS Event 2132 - Photo Credit Alex Parlini

Ohio Fireball AMS Event 2132 – Photo Credit Alex Parlini

Massive sinkhole swallows pasture in Kansas


KUSA – A small community in Kansas has been left with a big mark. A sinkhole in Wallace County is something that residents have told local media outlet needs to be seen to understand its awe-inspiring scope.


A KWCH report says the sinkhole occurred a few days ago and is 200 feet across and 90 feet deep. The local sheriff notes the hole appears to be getting bigger and doesn’t know what it takes to make it stop.

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China Hit By Largest Ever Algae Bloom

The seas off China have been hit by their largest ever growth of algae, ocean officials said, with vast waves of green growth washing onto the shores of the Yellow Sea

The seas off China have been hit by their largest ever growth of algae, ocean officials said, with vast waves of green growth washing onto the shores of the Yellow SeaPicture: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

However, it didn't put beachgoers off from swimming and playing in the green tide in the eastern city of Qingdao

However, it didn’t stop beachgoers from swimming and playing in the green tide in the eastern city of QingdaoPicture: REX FEATURES

A young boy lies on the algae covered beach

A young boy lies on the algae covered beach     Picture: REX FEATURES

Qingdao officials said they had removed around 7,335 tonnes of algae

People have fun on the beach despite it being covered by algae     Picture: REX FEATURES

Bulldozers have been begun to try and shovel up tonnes of algae from the sandPicture: REX FEATURES

Wildfire Nearly Triples Overnight


  This satellite photo released by NOAA shows a stream of smoke clearly visible moving west over the ocean, as are the heat signatures from the active fires areas. (AP Photo/NOAA via NASA)
Cal Fire firefighters battle high winds and rough terrains in the Panther Fire that started just over 10 miles north of Butte Meadows Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in Butte Meadows, Calif. (AP Photo/Jason Halley, Chico Enterprise-Record)

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CAMARILLO, Calif. — A wildfire tearing through a coastal region in Southern California nearly tripled in size as high temperatures fueled the flames, but a fire official said early Saturday that a favorable shift in the weather will likely help crews make progress against the flames.

The fire 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles mushroomed to 43 square miles Friday as 900 firefighters used engines, aircraft, bulldozers and other equipment to battle the flames.

Forecasters said a weekend of increased humidity should help teams fighting the early-season blaze.

“It’s a total turnaround from what we had,” said Kurt Kaplan, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “It should be a much better day for firefighters tomorrow.”

Capt. Mike Lindbery of the Ventura County Fire Department said early Saturday that crews intended to take advantage of lower temps and higher humidity.

“That will give us a chance because it’s going to really bring that fire activity down quite a bit. I think we will make some significant progress,” Lindbery said.

Despite its size and speed of growth, the fire that broke out Thursday and quickly moved through the Camarillo Springs area has caused damage to just 15 structures, though it’s threatening thousands.

Residents were grateful so many homes were spared.

“It came pretty close. All of these houses – these firemen did a tremendous job. Very, very thankful for them,” Shayne Poindexter said. Flames came within 30 feet of the house he was building.

Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Bill Nash said parts of the Newbury Park community of Thousand Oaks were under mandatory and voluntary evacuations. Overnight, he said firefighters planned to stockpile resources along a road that lies between the fire and Malibu, protecting homes on the fire’s eastern front. Its cause of the fire is under investigation.

The good fortune of the Camarillo Springs area wasn’t the result of luck or clairvoyance by firefighters. It came after years of planning and knowing that sooner or later just such a conflagration was going to strike.

Camarillo Springs, which was nothing more than rugged backcountry when homes began to go up there 30 years ago, was well prepared.

Its homes were built with sprinkler systems and fireproof exteriors from the roofs to the foundations. Residents are required to clear brush and other combustible materials to within 100 feet of the dwellings, and developers had to make sure the cul-de-sacs that fill the area’s canyons were built wide enough to accommodate the emergency vehicles seen on TV racing in to battle the flames.

Residents in the area are also particularly vigilant about clearing brush from the hillsides next to their yards, Kruschke said. Normally, firefighters remind people in such areas to do that every June, but in Camarillo Springs people do it every few months. The work paid off this week.

The type of blaze that hit the area usually doesn’t strike Southern California wild-land until September or October, after the summer has dried out hillside vegetation. But the state has seen a severe drought during the past year, with the water content of California’s snowpack only 17 percent of normal.

That created late-summer conditions by May, and when hot Santa Ana winds and high temperatures arrived this week, the spring flames that firefighters routinely knock down once or twice a year quickly roared up a hillside – out of control.

On Friday, the wildfire stormed back through canyons toward inland neighborhoods when winds reversed direction.

After jumping Pacific Coast Highway 20 miles north of Malibu, the fire burned for a time on a beach shooting range at the Point Mugu Naval Air Station.

The blaze is one of more than 680 wildfires in the state so far this year – about 200 more than average.

 Residents look on as a back fire set by firefighters consumes the hillside behind their homes as a wildfire burns on May 2, 2013 in Newbury Park, Calif. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)


  Smoke billows over U.S. 101 near Thousand Oaks, Calif. Authorities have ordered evacuations of a neighborhood and a university about 50 miles west of L.A. (Image: AP Photo/Nick Ut)

 A brush fire burns a sign at a shooting range on the beach at Navel Base Ventura County on Friday, May 3, 2013.
(AP Photo/Nick Ut)


A firefighter battles the wildfire near the farmland along a hillside in Point Mugu , Calif. (Image; AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)


 Residents watch the flames of wildfire move closer to their homes in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Image: AP Photo/Los Angeles Daily News, Hans Gutknecht) 

 A firefighter watches a wildfire along a hillside in Point Mugu , Calif. Friday, May 3, 2013. (Image: AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)


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God Thought About Everything! He Loves Us All!

Commentary By Gordon King

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God loves everyone and he wanted us to know it! 

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Shangrala's God's Most Beautiful!

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God is keeping his eye on us!

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His Love For Us Is In Plain Site!

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Praise and Glory to God!  Hallelujah!  Thank you Jesus!  Amen   😉

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Hail, Tornadoes, Damaging Winds Hammer the Southeast; Video, Photos

Published: Mar 19, 2013, 9:01 AM EDT weather.com


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Winter Storm Ukko‘s severe side brought severe weather into the southern states, including intense thunderstorms that produced huge hailstones throughout the southern United States.  The interactive map above shows tornado reports (in red) and high wind/wind damage reports (blue arrows).  Click on each icon to see each report.  

Two tornadoes have been confirmed so far:

  • Near McEwen, Tenn.:  “High-end” EF1 with maximum winds estimated at 105 mph was on the ground for 10.6 miles starting at 7:40 a.m. CDT.  Outbuildings and one home were damaged.  One mobile home was destroyed.
  • Southeast of Murfreesboro, Tenn.:  EF0 with maximum estimated winds of 85 mph was on the ground for 3.8 miles crossing Interstate 24.  Outbuildings were damaged. 

In all, there were 264 reports of severe weather Monday and Monday night across seven states from southeast Arkansas and northeast Louisiana to South Carolina.  For the entire month of March prior to Monday, there had been a total of 165 severe reports, including just a single tornado. 

Hail storm caused damage across Metro

Large Baseball Sized Hail Storm, USA – March 19, 2013

iWitness: Large Hail In Mississippi

In Mississippi, authorities reported two people were hit on the head by large hail as the enormous storm front crossed the region Monday. Fire official Tim Shanks said baseball-sized hail smashed windows in several vehicles in Clinton, where the two people were hit. He had no immediate word on their condition.

Hail to the size of softballs was reported around Jackson, Mississippi, and emergency officials in the state say there were reports of homes damaged in at least five Mississippi counties.  Cars could be seen driving along the interstate with broken windows and cracked windshields.

In Georgia, Hartsfield-Jackson airport officials issued a groundstop as severe storms barreled into the nation’s busiest international airline hub. Fulton County Emergency officials cited several reports of golf ball sized hail at the airport. Delta Flight 2133 was rerouted back to Charlotte, N.C., due to unsafe weather conditions in Atlanta.

Georgia Power officials said 73,000 customers were without power Monday night, and of that number, 31,000 were in northwest Georgia.

In Alabama, winds were clocked at 80 mph in some areas.  Eight people in the Gadsden area and five others in the county were hospitalized Monday night.  A roof was ripped from a school in Collinsville, about 15 miles southwest of Fort Payne.  More than 200,000 customers in Alabama were without power due to the storms.  

Etowah County, Ala. officials said a person had to be removed from a house in Rainbow City after a tree fell onto it.  Nearly two dozen trees had toppled onto Alabama Highway 77.

In Tennessee, heavy rain helped firefighters contain a wildfire that burned nearly 60 rental cabins in a resort area outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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  Vehicles parked in the Pearl, Miss., parking lot of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency are covered in tarp, Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Silver Creek, Ga.

Silver Creek, Ga.

 Damage to the Silver Creek Mini Mart shows the effects of a storm in Silver Creek, Ga., Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Rome News-Tribune, Brittany Hannah)


Sheffield, Ala.

Silver Creek, Ga.

 A front-end loader pushes the branches of a large oak tree that was blown down, blocking Montgomery Ave. across from city hall in downtown Sheffield, Alabama, Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Times Daily, Matt McKean)

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 Andrew Stamps and his wife Valorie prepare to cover their shattered rear window of her 2009 Toyota Avalon on Monday, March 18, 2013, following a hailstorm that hit communities throughout central Mississippi. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
 Center Point, Ala.
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A house is damaged after a large tree fell across it during a brief, severe thunderstorm in Center Point, Ala., Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mark Almond)


Montgomery, Ala.

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 Lightning steaks across the sky behind the Young Meadows Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, Ala., Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Clay, Ala.

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A car drives around downed trees in Clay, Ala., Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP Photo/AL.com, Joe Songer)


Jacksonville, Ala.

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 Jacksonville State University workers and volunteers help clean up debris from the parking lot of Campus Inn Apartments on the JSU campus in Jacksonville, Alabama Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Trent Penny-The Anniston Star)


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