Hurricanes – Gosic Wed, 22 Jun 2022 09:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hurricanes – Gosic 32 32 Hurricanes ram Richland, 15-4 | Local Wed, 22 Jun 2022 09:00:00 +0000

RICHLAND — Bedford Post 113 was 4-2 behind Richland after two innings, but the Hurricanes stormed back Monday with 13 unanswered runs in a 15-4 win in 5 innings.

The Hurricanes had 14 hits with four walks, three batters and four Richland errors to help them along the way.

Matt Whysong and Garrett Emerick had three hits each, while Andrew Lazor, Calvin Iseminger and Jesse Chamberlain had two. Whysong, Shaw and Chamberlain each drove in two heats.

Lazor and Shaw each scored three goals, while Whysong, Emerick and Quincy Swaim each scored two goals.

Bedford was in Northern Cambria on Tuesday and will be hosting Richland on Wednesday.

BEDFORD 15, RICHLAND 4, 5 innings

Trenten Mellott, 3b 4 1 0 0

Andrew Lazor, ss-p 2 3 2 0

Calvin Iseminger, 1b 4 1 2 1

Garrett Emerick, 2b-ss 4 2 3 1

Jesse Chamberlain, rf-2b 3 1 2 2

Christian Hinson, c0 0 0 0

Trevor Weyandt, lf-c 3 0 1 1

Elijah Thomas, rf-p-rf 3 0 1 0

Cole Strick, p-rf-cf 3 1 1 0

Joseph McGowan, c1 0 0 0

Joseph Reynolds, 3b-ss 3 0 2 1

Nathan Conrad, ss-p 3 0 0 0

Carson Reckner, 1b 2 1 1 0

Jacob Polecek, lf 2 0 0 0

Barrett Gyure, 2b 2 1 1 1

E – Bedford 1, Richland 4. DP – Richland 1. LOB – Bedford, 8; Richland 5. 2B—Chamberlain, Emerick. 3B — Thomas. SB—Iseminger 2, Shaw, Whysong.


HBP — Lazor (by Strick); Weyandt (by Thomas); Chamberlain (by Thomas). WP — Richland 1.

Jones County officials meet to prepare for hurricane season Mon, 20 Jun 2022 21:34:46 +0000

TRENTON, NC (WNCT) – It’s hurricane season and counties in eastern North Carolina are continuing their efforts to prepare and protect their communities.

Over in Jones County, officials were meeting to discuss how they’re preparing and how the state is getting involved. For state and local leaders, making sure their residents are safe during severe weather is a top priority. Leaders from across Jones County met at the Jones County Civic Center to discuss their action plans.

“We’re as prepared as probably any county around us,” said emergency dispatcher Timmy Pike. “We’ve done a lot to improve our preparation and Florence taught us a lot of lessons.”

Pike said some of the discussions related to housing, which includes the county civic center.

“We need to make sure our shelters are adequately stocked,” Pike said. “We have food on hand for everything and everyone that we should accommodate.”

There have also been discussions about isolation between towns in the county due to flooding.

“We have enough staff to cover those areas and make sure everyone stays safe,” Pike said.

Officials with North Carolina’s Eastern Branch of Emergency Management said the county has come a long way to improve its resilience, but they will be there to help.

“If it looks like a storm might be heading our way, we will be in touch with all of our county emergency managers to see if they need resources, what they think, if there are any trouble spots and all the great lessons, that we learned from previous storms, Florence, Isaias, Dorian…” said Diane Curtis, NC Emergency Management Eastern Branch Manager.

Curtis added that during a storm, residents are still encouraged to be prepared and self-sufficient for 72 hours while emergency services take precautions.

Click here for more information on Jones County hurricane preparedness.

Events commemorate Hurricane Agnes | news Sun, 19 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0000

LEWISBURG — Two events held Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Hurricane Agnes brought back many memories for those affected by the valley’s subsequent flooding.

A special luncheon at the Bull Run Tap House was followed by the sold out screening of the first 30 minutes of WVIA’s new documentary about Agnes at the Campus Theatre. Survivors, relatives of some of the casualties, experts and interested parties found out more about the 1972 flood.

One of those families were the relatives of former Lewisburg Police Commissioner Gordon A. Hufnagle, who drowned while saving lives in 1972. Gordon’s daughters-in-law Agnes Hufnagle of Lewisburg and Linda Hager of Northumberland; Gordon’s grandson Brad Hufnagle and his wife Laurie from Selinsgrove; and Gordon’s great-grandson Tyler Hugnagle and his wife Allison of Mifflinburg were present at lunch.

“He started his boat from our home at 5 a.m. that day,” said Agnes Hufnagle, who was married to Gordon’s son Charles. “Our boys were 8 and 10 years old at the time. All four of us got up and spoke to him before he left.”

Hufnagle is a “wonderful man,” said Hager, who was married to Gordon’s son Robert. “He was so popular.”

The family said Gordon Hufnagle’s legacy and recognition of him was “amazing”.

“The program was very, very beautiful, very informative,” said Brad Hugnagle, who was four in 1972. “It’s so nice to be here.”

Buffalo Valley Regional Police Chief Paul Yost told the story of Hufnagle, who was serving as the Director of Public Safety on June 22, 1972. Hufnagle was attempting to rescue James and Agnes Murphey from their home on South Sixth Street when the boat capsized at Bull Run. killing both Hufnagle and Mrs. Murphy.

“The loss of life during a disaster is heartbreaking,” Yost said. “This kind of loss cannot be measured in numbers or expressed in words.”

The memory of Hufnagle lived on and Hufnagle Park was named in his honor. It is “the beating heart of our city” that “is a reminder of the importance of first responders to our collective safety,” Yost said.

The rest of the lunch included acknowledgments of rescue and relief, rehabilitation and sanitation after the storm, and restoration and risk reduction since then. Mayor Kendy Alvarez also delivered a proclamation declaring June 24 to be Agnes Day.

At the Campus Theater, Andrew Stuhl, associate professor of environmental studies and science at Bucknell University, asked the crowd to raise their hands as they lived through Agnes. Almost every hand in the room went up. Stuhl, who has questioned dozens of people about the flood, said the community came together after the tragedy.

“Agnes didn’t do that,” Stuhl said. “People did that. We did. You did that.”

After the first 30 minutes of the documentary “Agnes 50: Life After the Flood” screened, Stuhl was joined by several others for a panel discussion. The panel consisted of WVIA filmmaker Alexander Monelli; Teri Provost, director of the SEDA Governing Council Flood Response Program (SEDA-COG); Rob Nicholas, Director of the Penn State Center for Climate Risk Management and Associate Director/Associate Research Professor of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute; and Maggie Dunn, FEMA Mitigation Division Outreach Coordinator.

“We didn’t want to retell the stories just because we did,” said Monelli. “We wanted to start the conversation that 50 years later, flooding is still a thing. We can make our dams and walls as high as we want. It won’t stop it. We have to find the best way. Is there a best solution? Hopefully the film raises those questions and starts those conversations and keeps them going for years to come.

Monelli has been working on the documentary since September and just finished it days ago. It focuses on Sunbury, Bloomsburg, Danville, Milton, West Pittston and Selinsgrove, Berwick and Wilkes-Barre.

“You all have your Agnes story,” he said. “You all know the story of Agnes. We wanted to honor that and tell that story. We also wanted to take you to the future around today.”

Monelli said the plan was to “add this new crease to talk about these lasting scars and impact that this flood had.”

Participants Jody Zimmerman and Pamela Troutman, both from Lewisburg, said they were both 11 years old in 1972 and lived in Lewisburg. Zimmerman said she lived on South Sixth Street, where Bull Run flooded her home.

“It was three inches from the ceiling in my house,” Zimmerman said.

Both she and Troutman said they appreciated the documentary and the panel discussion and noted that they learned a lot. Troutman said she gained a lot of knowledge and is keen to learn and do more.

One thing the documentary didn’t capture was the smell of sewage and oil and everything that mixed with the floodwater, Zimmerman said.

“It’s a smell that never leaves you,” she said.

Zimmerman said she remembers losing so much in the flood. She recalls clearing mud of the house and personal belongings. She remembers the smell of the Lysol to keep the mold at bay. She remembers her parents buying a block of ice for an ice chest to keep the milk cold. She remembers having blankets on the floor and folding chairs for furniture.

WVIA will air Agnes programming all night long, beginning Thursday at 7:00 p.m. The premiere of the new documentary will be broadcast at 9 p.m

New lab to simulate 200 mph hurricanes to build storm resistant homes Fri, 17 Jun 2022 14:27:59 +0000

When Florida International University turns on the “Wall of Wind” in their aircraft hangar-turned-engineering lab, the 12 giant fans generate the force of a major hurricane. Within seconds, the walls and roof of their target, a scale-sized model house, can be ripped away and hurled into a web-covered field.

This test and others tell engineers at the university’s Institute for Extreme Events how to design and build structures that can withstand the 157-mph winds associated with a first-class Category 5 storm. But now, as climate change threatens to worsen storms, scientists plan to build a new hurricane lab to test what some are unofficially calling Cat 6.

“I want to see research and testing in the 170-190 mph range. Much of the research takes place at lower wind speeds, but I have to switch to extreme wind speeds because that’s where nature is going,” says Richard Olson, director of the institute. “Who wants to say 20 years from now, ‘Ya — I knew this was coming, but we didn’t do anything about it.'”

Two recent storms underscore this point: Hurricane Patricia hit Mexico in 2015 after reaching winds of 215 mph, and Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Bahamas in 2019 with winds of 185 mph.

With a $12.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the university plans to design a lab capable of testing 200-mph high winds and add equipment that will create life-size model homes with 20 -Foot storm surges can flood.

“We will have a facility that can simulate this area. It will bring new capabilities to the US and the world,” says Arindam Gan Chowdhury, civil engineer at FIU and lead researcher on the project.

Better testing could save more homes

This year, meteorologists are forecasting an above-average hurricane season for the third year in a row. Just a day after the season officially started on June 1, South Florida was inundated by over a foot of rain that would eventually intensify into Tropical Storm Alex. Last year’s hurricane season was the third busiest on record, the most active after 2020.

The science behind the effects of climate change on hurricanes is becoming clearer. A report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released in August found that warming temperatures will make hurricanes slower and rainier, and more likely to intensify rapidly if a storm increases wind speeds by 35 miles per hour in just 24 hours .

On the Saffir-Simpson scale, category 5, the highest, has no upper limit. Scientists disagree on creating a Category 6; Some think another classification might draw too much attention to the wind, given that 90 percent of hurricane deaths in the United States result from storm surges and flooding, which threatens about 24 million people.

The FIU’s Wall of Wind Laboratory, built in 2012, was in response to Hurricane Andrew, the catastrophic Category 5 that struck south Florida in 1992 and caused $25 billion in damage. The recovery was long and painful; Florida’s hurricane building codes, updated after Andrew, are the strictest in the country to date, according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.

Since then, the engineers of the FIU have continued to advance the science of protecting structures. You’ve learned how small upgrades can help secure homes against high winds. Serrated ring-shank nails, for example, hold up better than smooth nails; four-sided roofs are most likely to remain; and metal hurricane straps help attach roofs to walls.

The facility is the largest of its kind in the US capable of testing Category 5 winds. To generate such speeds requires fans two meters in diameter and weighing 15,000 pounds each, the weight of two trucks.

Even at only 100 km/h the roar of the fans is so loud that conversations have to be shouted. During a May test funded by the Florida Division of Emergency Management, engineers set up a two-foot-tall plastic mock-up of a mobile home in front of fans to study where winds put the most pressure on prefab homes. Wind blew across a floor covered in metal flaps and blocks that simulated buildings and trees, creating turbulence. As the model spun on a disc in the center of the room, a tangle of black wires inside measured how much pressure was being applied to the walls, roof, and corners.

Laboratory manager Walter Conklin carried out the experiment via live transmission from a mobile home right in front of the facility’s entrance. “Everything shakes at 250 km/h [in the trailer]. You feel it,” he said. To produce 200 mph at the new facility, they need twice as much electricity, he says.

For now, the new FIU facility is run by NICHE, mercifully short for National Full-Scale Testing Infrastructure for Community Hardening in Extreme Wind, Surge, and Wave Events. It will be 40 feet tall, Chowdhury says, twice the height of the Wall of Wind house to test two-story buildings.

“We will know what survives and what doesn’t,” says Chowdhury. “Imagine the year 2050 and testing at this facility has shown us that ‘at 200 mph these types of structures can withstand these winds but this one cannot’ and a storm forecast is even close to that wind force. then we know what works.”

Eight other universities and a private company are working together with the FIU on the prototype. NICHE will combine personal observations at disaster sites, computer simulations and experiments like those at FIU to improve understanding of building design.

“Having a facility like the FIU that can test an entire structure and how it will withstand water and wind — that can save lives,” said David Merrick, director of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

It will also likely redefine the standards for building storm-proof homes.

(Learn more about how scientists predict storm surges.)

Stronger houses for stronger storms

“Eventually there will be a greater need for innovation and radical changes in the way we build,” FIU civil engineer Ioannis Zisis says via email.

“Radical,” he concedes, sounds extreme, but it doesn’t mean everyone in South Florida needs to build a bunker. He describes concrete-reinforced walls, concrete roofs, and covers that protect windows from flying debris.

But turning that science into on-site DIY will be another challenge, says Tracy Kijewski-Correa, a civil engineer at Notre Dame University and co-lead researcher at NICHE.

Despite the threat of storms like Hurricanes Patricia and Dorian, hundreds of thousands of people have moved to the hurricane zones along the East and Gulf Coasts over the past decade. Florida, in particular, has seen a boom in population growth recently, according to US Census data.

In a study published in 2019, Kijewski-Correa found that even those coastal residents who see climate change as a growing threat are unlikely to believe that their homes will be destroyed by a storm.

Kijewski-Correa wants hurricane-prone communities to modernize their homes faster and adopt market-based measures like tax incentives to encourage residents to make life-saving improvements to their homes.

At best, she says, building codes help individuals survive storms, but homes still face costly structural damage. Implementing better upgrades can help save lives and livelihoods.

“If we don’t want these losses in a changing climate, we have to stop being satisfied with survival,” she says.

When is 2022 Texas hurricane season? Wed, 15 Jun 2022 13:01:41 +0000

As in many areas across the country, the coastal regions of Texas face a high risk of hurricanes each year. When these storms hit, they can cause major damage to homes, which in turn can cause major financial losses for homeowners and insurers alike. Of the $310 billion in weather catastrophes that occurred between 1980 and 2021, hurricanes caused the most damage nationwide, with total damage exceeding $1.1 trillion and an average damage per event of $20.5 billion .

Of course, not all of these weather disasters happened along the Texas coast. On average, hurricanes make landfall somewhere along Texas’ 50-mile stretch of coast about every six years. But it can still be helpful for residents of the Lone Star State to know when the 2022 hurricane season is so they can prepare for what may be to come. If you’ve been wondering when Texas hurricane season will begin this year or how to reduce the risk of hurricane damage to your home, here’s what you need to know.

When is hurricane season in Texas?

As in the rest of the United States, the official hurricane season in Texas runs from June 1st to November 30th. However, August through October are generally considered the peak months of hurricane season, and most storm activity has historically occurred during these months. According to NOAA, about 78% of tropical storm days, 87% of minor hurricane days, and 96% of major hurricane days fall in these months. Mid-September is generally more active in terms of tropical storms.

While hurricanes hit the Texas coast about every six years on average, the average annual rate of tropical storms or hurricanes in Texas is 0.8. This means that Texans can expect an average of about three hurricanes or tropical storms over a four-year period.

The Texas Hurricane History

Texas has a long history of hurricanes, with the earliest known hurricane making landfall in the state in 1875. This hurricane was not considered a significant storm and caused little damage. The next time a hurricane made landfall in Texas was in 1893, when the Galveston hurricane devastated the city. This storm would go down as the worst natural disaster in US history, claiming between 8,000 and 12,000 lives.

Since 1900, Texas has been more directly affected by hurricanes than any other state except Florida. In the past 20 years, Texas has experienced the most direct impacts from hurricanes, with Hurricane Harvey in 2015 being the deadliest and costliest. The worst hurricanes in Texas history include:

  • Hurricane Carla (1961) – Category 4 hurricane, $1.9 billion in damage, 125 fatalities
  • Hurricane Beulah (1967) – Category 5 hurricane, $1.6 billion in damage, 56 fatalities
  • Hurricane Alicia (1983) – Category 3 hurricane, $1.3 billion in damage, 18 fatalities
  • Hurricane Rita (2005) – Category 3 hurricane, $20.6 billion in damage, 11 fatalities
  • Hurricane Ike (2008) – Category 3 hurricane, $32.3 billion in damage, 23 fatalities
  • Hurricane Harvey (2015) – Category 4 hurricane, $125 billion in damage, 68 fatalities

Common types of hurricane damage

Wind and flood damage are the most common causes of hurricanes, both of which can result in extensive damage and expensive repairs to your home. When a hurricane makes landfall, average sustained wind speeds range from 100 to 150 miles per hour, and winds from stronger storms can exceed 200 miles per hour. If you find yourself in the path of the hurricane, chances are your home will be damaged by wind. Structural damage, such as damage to your roof or sidewalls, is common.

Hurricanes can also cause severe flooding due to storm surges or heavy rainfall. This, in turn, can lead to serious damage, both indoors and outdoors, or the total loss of your home.

Because of the extensive damage that flooding can cause, flooding events, such as those caused by hurricanes, have an average cost of about $4.7 billion per event, according to NOAA. In general, severe storms have an average cost of $2.3 billion per event and are the most common type of disaster.

How to prepare your home for hurricane season

The most important part of preparing your home for hurricane season is having a hurricane preparedness checklist. Even if you’ve never experienced a hurricane, it’s still a good idea to prepare your home in advance because you never know which way the storms will go.

1. Check your insurance policy.

It’s important that you take the time to review your home insurance ahead of hurricane season. This way you will understand what your policy does and does not cover before you have to make a claim. Many policies contain exclusions and it is not uncommon for supplements or separate policies to be required for certain types of coverage. It’s a good idea to call your agent or insurance company to review your policy ahead of hurricane season. This way you’ll know if you need additional coverage and have time to request quotes to get the coverage you need.

2. Check and maintain your roof ahead of hurricane season.

Roof damage is common during hurricanes, but you can take steps beforehand to try to minimize damage. Conduct a roof inspection before hurricane season to check for missing or damaged shingles and to ensure your roof is in good condition. If you haven’t already, it can help to check the pitch of your roof to make sure it’s steep enough to divert water away from your home.

3. Secure any loose items on the outside of your home.

Loose or hanging items on the outside of your home, such as Items such as patio furniture, wind chimes, and bird baths can cause damage to your home during a hurricane. If a hurricane threatens your area, it can help to secure any loose items you have on the outside of your home.

4. Remove trees and plants that are within 20 feet of your home.

Trees and plants are heavy and can do a lot of damage during hurricane season if they fall over during a storm. As such, you may benefit from removing any trees or plants that are less than 20 feet from your home. This can help reduce the damage plants and trees can do to your home during a hurricane.

5. Remove debris from your garden.

Garden debris can also damage your home when tossed around by high winds or flooding during a hurricane. Take the time to remove any debris from your yard and pay close attention to the area around your vents and air conditioners. Debris could easily be blown into these areas and cause damage.

6. Have a working generator.

It’s not uncommon for power to go out due to hurricanes, so it can also be useful to have a working generator on hand to power your fridge and other appliances. Generators should be in an open space away from your home, ideally in a garage or shed.

7. If you have an above ground pool, drain and store it.

Hurricanes can cause heavy rains and flooding that can easily flood and overflow your pool. Also, an above ground pool can become a hazard to your home during gale force winds and flooding.

8. Take care of basic lawn care.

Low areas in your lawn are more prone to flooding, so you may benefit from filling in and leveling any low areas in your yard ahead of hurricane season. It can also be helpful to remove overgrown branches and attend to other routine garden maintenance to reduce potential dangers to your home.

9. Have an emergency kit ready.

As you prepare for hurricane season, make sure you have emergency kit stocked and ready. You should also keep your important documents like your birth certificate, passports, bank statements and insurance information in a waterproof container that is easily accessible in case you need to leave your home.

Frequently asked questions about storm insurance

Aggies-Hurricanes is a must watch TV show in September Mon, 13 Jun 2022 21:23:50 +0000

The 2022 college football season is full of games not to be missed. When the programs begin their run to the College Football Playoffs, it all starts in September.

And while December and the CFP are still a long way off, September is much closer and the build-up is already beginning.

Sports Illustrated picked the September 10th college football games we can’t wait for, and the Week 3 clash between Texas A&M and the Miami Hurricanes made the list for a number of reasons.

Miami at Texas A&M

For different reasons, these two programs need instruction wins. For Miami: It’s a new era with a new coach (Mario Cristobal) and a promising quarterback (Tyler Van Dyke). For A&M, it will likely go into the season as a dark horse darling to reach the playoffs. Alabama, as usual, shows up later for the Aggies, but the win over Miami in Week 3 could set an early tone.