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Image: The Turquoise Place condominium buildings rise above Orange Beach, Alabama, before sunrise. John Brecher / NBC News

Why Taxpayers Will Bail Out the Rich When the Next Storm Hits

GULF SHORES, Ala. — As homeowners around the nation protest skyrocketing premiums for federal flood insurance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has quietly moved the lines on its flood maps to benefit hundreds of oceanfront condo buildings and million-dollar homes, according to an analysis of federal records by NBC News.

The changes shift the financial burden for the next destructive hurricane, tsunami or tropical storm onto the neighbors of these wealthy beach-dwellers — and ultimately onto all American taxpayers.

In more than 500 instances from the Gulf of Alaska to Bar Harbor, Maine, FEMA has remapped waterfront properties from the highest-risk flood zone, saving the owners as much as 97 percent on the premiums they pay into the financially strained National Flood Insurance Program.

NBC News also found that FEMA has redrawn maps even for properties that have repeatedly filed claims for flood losses from previous storms. At least some of the properties are on the secret “repetitive loss list” that FEMA sends to communities to alert them to problem properties. FEMA says that it does not factor in previous losses into its decisions on applications to redraw the flood zones.

And FEMA has given property owners a break even when the changes are opposed by the town hall official in charge of flood control. Although FEMA asks the local official to sign off on the map changes, it told NBC that its policy is to consider the applications even if the local expert opposes the change.

“If it’s been flooded, it’s susceptible to being flooded again. We all know that,” said Larry A. Larson, director emeritus of the 15,000-member national Association of State Floodplain Managers. “FEMA is ignoring data that’s readily available. That’s not smart. And it puts taxpayer money at risk.”

Image: A map shows 530 waterfront properties that have been moved out of the highest-risk flood zones. NBC News

See a map from NBC News linking to public records for the 533 rezoned properties along the U.S. coast.

The Gulf Coast experience

The neighboring resorts of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach on the South Alabama coast include a stretch of beach that was flooded by Hurricanes Erin and Opal in 1995, Danny in 1997, Georges in 1998, Ivan in 2004, and Katrina in 2005. The map changes here offer a vivid example of the risks that come with such reclassifications.

The direct hit by Ivan was the worst, bringing not gently rising floodwaters but a 14-foot wall of water that leveled buildings and flooded more than a mile inland. That’s why flood maps show most of this beach as a “coastal velocity wave zone,” the area with the highest risk of damage from storm surge.

But nearly all of the condominium towers are no longer in that high-risk zone, including a 17-story condominium built where the old Holiday Inn was wiped away by Ivan’s winds and waves, and another where the McDonald’s was a total loss. From 2011 through 2013, FEMA granted applications remapping 66 out of 72 waterfront condo towers in Gulf Shores to lower-risk flood zones or off the flood maps entirely. Four others have applications pending. Just two applications have been denied. And next door in Orange Beach, the map lines have been redrawn around four high-rise condo buildings.

On a single day, Oct. 25, 2012 — a day when FEMA was closely monitoring Hurricane Sandy as it barreled toward the Atlantic Coast — a FEMA manager issued a document reclassifying a full mile of the coastal property in Gulf Shores. That document, just one of the 533 cases found nationwide by NBC News, redrew the lines to exclude 25 condo buildings from the highest-risk flood zone.

This beachfront condo, the Island Tower, collected $11,562 for its damage from Katrina, and more than $250,000 from Ivan.

Image: the Phoenix All Suites Hotel, left, and the Island Tower condominium building in Gulf Shores, Ala. John Brecher / NBC News
The Island Tower condominium building, right, and the Phoenix All Suites Hotel, left, rise above the beach in Gulf Shores. FEMA remapped both into lower-risk flood zones.

The Island Tower’s condo association was paying $143,190 a year into the National Flood Insurance Program. Now that it’s been reclassified into a lower-risk flood zone, its premium is $8,457 a year, a saving of 94 percent, according to records examined by NBC News.

Just down the beach is the Royal Palms. It collected $58,230 for damages during Katrina, and $889,730 from Ivan. The Royal Palms was paying $218,484 a year, but after being changed to a lower-risk flood zone, now pays only $6,845, saving 97 percent.

The map changes in just these two towns resulted in at least $5 million a year in lost revenue to the flood insurance program, according to records examined by NBC News. All of these changes were approved by FEMA despite opposition from the city officials in charge of floodplain management.

Image: A map shows condominium projects on the Gulf Coast. NBC News

See a map from NBC News with details of the condominium projects in Gulf Shores and Ocean Beach. Some of the condo projects have multiple buildings, making more than 60 buildings in all.

Elsewhere in Gulf Shores, homeowners are paying as much as $12,000 a year in flood insurance premiums for their single-family homes, according to insurance records. These homeowners are paying as much as several large condo buildings combined.

Properties from Alaska to Maine

Because waterfront properties are expensive, and it costs thousands of dollars to hire an engineer to press a case with FEMA, the remapped properties tend to be luxurious, either the first or second homes of industrialists, real estate developers and orthopedic surgeons.

The 533 properties include a $4 million home in the Hamptons resort on Long Island, N.Y., owned by a married couple who direct Wall Street investment firms.

In Miami, the beneficiaries include the twin 37-story condos at ritzy Turnberry Isle in Sunny Isles Beach, and also the Regalia, “the most luxurious building in South Florida.”

Image: The $19 million house shown at left in Naples, Florida, has been moved out of the highest-risk flood zone by FEMA Courtesy of Pictometry International Corp.
The Naples, Fla., home of Robert A. Watson, at left, was moved in 2013 out of the highest-risk flood zone, while its neighbors continue to pay higher rates for flood insurance.

In Naples, Fla., a $19 million home was remapped last year out of the high-risk zone. The owner, Robert A. Watson, former president and CEO of units of Westinghouse Electric and Transamerica, said his property is protected by a floodwall, and he sought the map change last year not to save money but because FEMA has changed the map elevations in that area so many times. He said he wanted to know for sure that a guesthouse would be permitted. (He called mandatory flood insurance “a massive scam on the American people.”)

In New York, FEMA granted the Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club’s request to be remapped from the high-risk flood zone in August 2012 — just two months before the club was damaged and its outbuildings destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, which stacked up yachts at its docks like pick-up sticks. The club told NBC that its engineering study showed that FEMA’s map was wrong.

“Sandy was a once in a millennium event, and therefore cannot be the sole determination for planning,” said Eric L. Gordon, attorney for the yacht club.

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Mac Slavo
June 29th, 2013
SHTFplan.com

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Putin

Rumors have circulated for years about the possibility of foreign troops being deployed on U.S. soil in the event of a widespread declaration of a national emergency. For quite some time there have been anecdotal reports to support the claim that the  U.N., Russia and other nations would be used in a policing capacity should some critical event befall our nation.

The fear should such a scenario take place has been that these soldiers would act under the banner of their own flags, ignoring the fundamental protections afforded to our citizens, leaving Americans under the jurisdiction of people who don’t speak our language or respect our fundamental rights to self defense, to be secure in our homes, and to be presumed innocent in the eyes of the law.

Up until this point, nothing has ever been confirmed in writing, so officially no such foreign assistance has ever been agreed to. Thus, Americans had nothing to worry about.

All of this changed last week when representatives of Presidents Barrack Obama and Vladimir Putin met in Washington D.C., and not a single US-based news source reported it.

press release posted on The Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense and Emergencies reports that the United States and Russia will now cooperate in disaster response operations that will include the exchange of “experts” during “joint rescue operations,” a term that has been broadly defined under the new agreement.

This includes rescuers, trainers and even military “security” teams:

Several documents signed during joint work of Russian Emergency Ministry and FEMA

The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and the USA Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are going to exchange experts during joint rescue operations in major disasters. This is provided by a protocol of the fourth meeting of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Working Group on Emergency Situations and seventeenth meeting of Joint U.S.-Russia Cooperation Committee on Emergency Situations, which took place in Washington on 25 June.

The document provides for expert cooperation in disaster response operations and to study the latest practices.

In addition, the parties approved of U.S.-Russian cooperation in this field in 2013-2014, which envisages exchange of experience including in monitoring and forecasting emergency situations, training of rescuers, development of mine-rescuing and provision of security at mass events.

At the end of the meeting the parties expressed their satisfaction with the level of cooperation between the Russian Federation and the United States in the area of emergency prevention and response and agreed to develop it in order to respond efficiently to all kinds of disasters.

Source: Emergency Command of Russia via Prepper Website

The President of the Unites States has just authorized the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to deploy foreign troops on U.S. soil during a mass event that encompasses an any number of disaster scenarios, including but not limited to declarations of martial law.

Should our country come under threat, something the Pentagon and US military have been simulating for years, we can now fully expect soldiers speaking broken English forcing their way through our front doors in similar fashion to what we saw in the wake of the Boston bombings.

 

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Author: Mac Slavo
Date: June 29th, 2013
Website: www.SHTFplan.com

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Earth Watch Report  –  Storms

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 Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Andrea (AL01) Carib Sea 05.06.2013 06.06.2013 Tropical Depression 35 ° 93 km/h 111 km/h 3.05 m NOAA NHC Details

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Tropical Depression Andrea -AL01-Carib Sea June 6th 2013

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Tropical Storm data

Storm name: Andrea (AL01)
Area: Carib Sea
Start up location: N 25° 18.000, W 86° 30.000
Start up: 06th June 2013
Status: Active
Track long: 426.52 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Speed
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06th Jun 2013 03:56:52 N 25° 18.000, W 86° 30.000 6 65 83 Tropical Storm 360 6 1002 MB NOAA NHC
06th Jun 2013 06:25:13 N 26° 0.000, W 86° 18.000 9 65 83 Tropical Storm 10 10 1002 MB NOAA NHC
Current position
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07th Jun 2013 08:10:53 N 30° 18.000, W 82° 24.000 24 74 93 Tropical Depression 45 ° 0 993 MB NOAA NHC
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08th Jun 2013 12:00:00 N 41° 0.000, W 70° 42.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC
08th Jun 2013 00:00:00 N 36° 48.000, W 76° 18.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC
09th Jun 2013 00:00:00 N 44° 42.000, W 63° 18.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 NOAA NHC
10th Jun 2013 00:00:00 N 45° 30.000, W 46° 0.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 NOAA NHC
11th Jun 2013 00:00:00 N 45° 30.000, W 24° 0.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 NOAA NHC

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Tropical Storm Andrea to make landfall within hours-forecaster

June 6 | Thu Jun 6, 2013 11:39pm IST

(Reuters) – The center of Tropical Storm Andrea will reach the northern part of Florida in the next few hours, then will move in a northeasterly direction near the east coast of the United States through Saturday, U.S. government forecasters said on Thursday.

Andrea, the first tropical storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, was swirling about 35 miles (55 km) west- southwest of Cedar Key, Florida, and packing maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kph), the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.

A tornado threat continued for much of the Florida peninsula, the NHC said.

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Tropical Storm Andrea Pounds Parts of Florida

The storm has brought rain, heavy winds and tornadoes

Updated Friday, June 7, 2013, 3:36 a.m.

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MIAMI (AP) – The first named storm of the Atlantic season hammered Florida with rain, heavy winds, and tornadoes Thursday as it moved toward the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas, promising sloppy commutes and waterlogged vacation getaways through the beginning of the weekend.

Tropical Storm Andrea was losing intensity late Thursday and not expected to strengthen into a hurricane but forecasters warned it could cause isolated flooding and storm surge over the next two days.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect late Thursday for the East Coast from Flagler Beach, Fla., to Cape Charles Light in Virginia, the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds and the lower Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere inside the warning area within a day and a half. A warning for Florida’s west coast was lifted late Thursday, but forecasters advised that heavy rains were continuing well away from the storm’s center.

As of 11 p.m. EDT Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Andrea was about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Jacksonville, having made landfall hours earlier in Florida’s Big Bend area. Andrea’smaximum sustained winds had fallen to 45 mph (72 kph) and it was moving northeast at 15 mph (24 kph).

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Hurricane AndrewRains and winds from the storm were forecast to sweep northward along the Southeastern U.S. coast Thursday night and Friday. The storm was expected to lose tropical characteristics Friday night as it moves through the eastern United States.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said earlier Thursday that one of the biggest risks associated with the storm for Florida was the chance of tornadoes, eight of which had been confirmed across the state. Scott urged residents to remain vigilant.

“This one fortunately is a fast-moving storm,” he said. Slower-moving storms can pose a greater flood risk because they have more time to linger and dump rain.

In The Acreage, a part of Palm Beach County, Fla., pre-kindergarten teacher Maria Cristina Arias choked back tears and clutched valuable personal papers as she surveyed the damage done by a tornado to her five-bedroom home when she was away. Windows were smashed and a neighbor’s shed had crashed into her bedroom.

“It’s all destroyed,” she told The Palm Beach Post. “This is unbelievable. I don’t know what we’re going to do.”

Her 19-year-old son, Christian, was sleeping when he heard a loud noise.

“It was really scary,” said the teen, who wasn’t hurt. “It sounded like something exploded. I didn’t know what was going on.”

Another threat to Florida’s coast was storm surge, said Eric Blake, a specialist at the Hurricane Center. The center said coastal areas from Tampa Bay north to the Aucilla River could see storm surge of 2 to 4 feet, if the peak surge coincides with high tide.

Gulf Islands National Seashore closed its campgrounds and the road that runs through the popular beach-front park Wednesday. The national seashore abuts Pensacola Beach and the park road frequently floods during heavy rains.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Storms

Tropical Storm ANDREA NHC 5-Day Cone Tropical Storm ANDREA (01L) FWC-N ATCF Track
Tropical Storm ANDREA
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 Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Andrea (AL01) Carib Sea 05.06.2013 06.06.2013 Tropical Depression 10 ° 65 km/h 83 km/h 3.05 m NOAA NHC Details

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Tropical Depression Andrea  June 6th  2013 photo TropicalDepressionAndreaJune6th2013_zps2e41a9eb.jpg

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Tropical Storm data

Storm name: Andrea (AL01)
Area: Carib Sea
Start up location: N 25° 18.000, W 86° 30.000
Start up: 06th June 2013
Status: Active
Track long: 0.00 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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Past track
Date Time Position Speed
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Date Time Position Speed
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06th Jun 2013 06:25:13 N 26° 0.000, W 86° 18.000 9 65 83 Tropical Depression 10 ° 10 1002 MB NOAA NHC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Source
07th Jun 2013 18:00:00 N 34° 30.000, W 78° 30.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC
07th Jun 2013 06:00:00 N 31° 0.000, W 82° 0.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC
08th Jun 2013 18:00:00 N 43° 0.000, W 67° 30.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC
09th Jun 2013 18:00:00 N 45° 0.000, W 48° 0.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC
10th Jun 2013 18:00:00 N 47° 0.000, W 25° 0.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC

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Earth Watch Report  –  Storms

Tropical Storm ALVIN NHC 5-Day Cone Tropical Storm 01E (ALVIN) JTWC ATCF Track
Tropical Storm
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01E (ALVIN)
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Active tropical storm system(s)
Alvin (01E) Pacific Ocean – East 14.05.2013 16.05.2013 Tropical Depression 290 ° 74 km/h 93 km/h 3.05 m NOAA NHC Details
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details

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Tropical Storm data

Storm name: Alvin (01E)
Area: Pacific Ocean – East
Start up location: N 8° 12.000, W 103° 36.000
Start up: 15th May 2013
Status: Active
Track long: 166.53 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Speed
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16th May 2013 04:45:41 N 9° 0.000, W 105° 54.000 19 74 93 Tropical Depression 290 ° 10 1004 MB NOAA NHC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
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Gust
km/h
Source
17th May 2013 00:00:00 N 9° 30.000, W 108° 54.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
17th May 2013 12:00:00 N 10° 0.000, W 110° 24.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC
18th May 2013 12:00:00 N 11° 30.000, W 113° 0.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NOAA NHC
19th May 2013 12:00:00 N 13° 0.000, W 115° 30.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC
20th May 2013 12:00:00 N 15° 30.000, W 117° 0.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC

 

Tropical Storm Alvin strengthens in eastern Pacific

By Ed Payne and Greg Botelho, CNN
updated 12:46 AM EDT, Thu May 16, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tropical Storm Alvin is centered about 700 miles south of Manzanillo, Mexico
  • It’s the first named storm of Eastern Pacific season, which opened Wednesday
  • It had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph
  • Alvin should strengthen and “is expected become a hurricane,” the hurricane center reports

(CNN) — The hurricane season opened Wednesday with a flourish, and more specifically, with the debut of its first named storm, Tropical Storm Alvin.

Tropical Depression 1-E was upgraded and named a tropical storm Wednesday, which happens to be the first day of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June 1, and both seasons end November 30.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Storms

 

Tropical Cyclone 01B (ONE) JTWC ATCF Track

Tropical Cyclone
01B (MAHASEN)
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 Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Mahasen (01B) Indian Ocean 09.05.2013 13.05.2013 Tropical Depression 310 ° 93 km/h 120 km/h 6.40 m JTWC Details

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Tropical Storm data

Storm name: Mahasen (01B)
Area: Indian Ocean
Start up location: N 4° 48.000, E 93° 36.000
Start up: 10th May 2013
Status: Active
Track long: 660.36 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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Past track
Date Time Position Speed
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Category Course Wave Pressure Source
11th May 2013 05:24:03 N 7° 0.000, E 91° 0.000 24 74 93 Tropical Storm 315 12 JTWC
13th May 2013 05:22:18 N 11° 30.000, E 86° 42.000 15 93 120 Tropical Storm 355 18 JTWC
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
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13th May 2013 16:11:52 N 12° 24.000, E 85° 42.000 17 93 120 Cyclone I 310 ° 21 JTWC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
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15th May 2013 12:00:00 N 17° 24.000, E 87° 54.000 Cyclone I 120 148 JTWC
15th May 2013 00:00:00 N 16° 6.000, E 86° 54.000 Cyclone I 111 139 JTWC
16th May 2013 12:00:00 N 20° 0.000, E 90° 0.000 Cyclone II 130 157 JTWC
17th May 2013 12:00:00 N 23° 0.000, E 92° 54.000 Cyclone I 93 120 JTWC
18th May 2013 12:00:00 N 26° 0.000, E 99° 54.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 JTWC

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Storm Mahasen targets Bangladesh, Myanmar

Agence France-Presse
Posted on 05/14/2013 7:35 AM  | Updated 05/14/2013 7:35 AM

GIANT STORM. NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this visible image of a well-rounded Tropical Cyclone Mahasen in the Northern Indian Ocean on May 15 at 07:55 UTC (3:55 a.m. EDT). Mahasen is northeast of Sri Lanka and moving northward. NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response TeamGIANT STORM. NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this visible image of a well-rounded Tropical Cyclone Mahasen in the Northern Indian Ocean on May 15 at 07:55 UTC (3:55 a.m. EDT). Mahasen is northeast of Sri Lanka and moving northward. NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response TeamCHITTAGONG, Bangladesh – Bangladesh warned millions of people Monday, May 13, that a cyclone could barrel into their coastal homes later this week as authorities in Myanmar began moving potential victims to higher ground.

The Bangladesh Meteorological Department said that while it was too soon to predict where cyclonic storm Mahasen would hit, it raised its alert to four, meaning “there are increased chances that the cyclone will hit the coast”.

The department’s deputy head Shamsuddin Ahmed said Mahasen was currently in the Bay of Bengal, 1,355 kilometers (840 miles) south west of Chittagong, and could make landfall in the southeast of the country on Thursday.

“Mahasen is still a cyclonic storm. It has not gathered enough strength to become a severe cyclone. But it is likely to intensify further,” he told AFP.

The government has made preparations for the cyclone, but will wait until it has firmer information as to where it would make landfall before issuing any evacuation order, Chittagong provincial administrator Muhammad Abdullah said.

“We’ve alerted the people living in coastal areas, but have not evacuated any of them because we still don’t know where the cyclone will hit. But we’re fully prepared to face any situation,” he told AFP.

He said authorities have set up logistics support and kept cyclone preparedness volunteers, doctors and officials ready for the cyclone.

Around 30 million of Bangladesh’s population of 153 million live along the coast, and Chittagong is the country’s second largest city.

Monday’s warning from Bangladesh echoed a similar alert from Myanmar’s Department of Meteorology and Hydrology at the weekend.

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Tropical Cyclone Mahasen (Northern Indian Ocean)
05.13.13

MODIS image of Tropical Cyclone Mahasen

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NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this visible image of a well-rounded Tropical Cyclone Mahasen in the Northern Indian Ocean on May 15 at 07:55 UTC (3:55 a.m. EDT). Mahasen is northeast of Sri Lanka and moving northward. Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team
NASA Sees a Strengthening Tropical Cyclone Mahasen

The first tropical cyclone in the Northern Indian Ocean this season has been getting better organized as seen in NASA satellite imagery. Tropical Cyclone Mahasen is projected to track north through the Bay of Bengal and make landfall later this week.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Cyclone Mahasen in the Northern Indian Ocean on May 15 at 07:55 UTC (3:55 a.m. EDT). The image was created by NASA’s MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland and showed Mahasen had consolidated over the last two days. Mahasen appeared rounded and its strongest thunderstorms appeared to be surrounding the center of circulation. The center also appears to be topped with a large dense overcast. The image showed Mahasen’s center was northeast of Sri Lanka, although a band of strong thunderstorms south of the storm’s center were affecting the island nation at the time of the image.

 

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DHS Training Video Targets “Militias”

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Published on May 1, 2013

A training-style video available on a media page of the FEMA HSEEP (Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program) website, and linked to the Department Of Homeland Security features a fake news report depicting “gunowners” and “militias” as terrorists planning bombing attacks on public centers. While confirming that a similar video’s source was indeed a FEMA/DHS webpage (it was), I discovered another video which pushes the boundaries even further; depicting a raid on a militia headquarters which turns up “evidence” of a chemical weapons factory, as well as schematics of various civilian targets.

As of the date this video was posted, it was available for download on the the FEMA HSEEP website, linked to a DHS.gov subsection. The exact date when this video was produced is not clear. Here are the original links (Video is listed as “Video News Raid”):

https://hseep.dhs.gov/pages/1001_HSEE…

https://hseep.dhs.gov/hseep_Vols/righ…

https://hseep.dhs.gov/hseep_Vols/defa…

Brandon Smith
Oath Keepers Associate Editor

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Friday, May 3, 2013

DHS Training Video Depicts ‘Militias’ As Chemical Weapon Wielding Terrorists

Brandon Smith
Activist Post

A training-style video available on a media page of the FEMA HSEEP (Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program) website, and linked to the Department Of Homeland Security, features a fake news report depicting “gunowners” and “militias” as terrorists planning bombing attacks on public centers. While confirming that the video’s source was indeed a FEMA/DHS webpage (it was), I discovered another similar video which pushes the boundaries even further; depicting a raid on a militia headquarters which turns up “evidence” of a chemical weapons factory, as well as schematics of various civilian targets. Both videos can be viewed below:

I can’t see any actual “training” utility to these videos, except that they condition DHS agents (and perhaps other law enforcement officials) to immediately associate the “militia” and the gun rights community at large with vicious terrorism.

Take special note that “gun possession” is mentioned in both videos as if it is a crime, while showing weapons and items that are perfectly legal to own today, including semi-automatic rifles, sniper scopes, night vision, flack jackets, and armor piercing rounds (rounds manufactured before the ATF cut-off date are still legal for anyone to own). All of these items are described in the video as seized “contraband”. Also take note of the absurd scene in which confiscated shooting dummies of various skin tones are displayed while an officer states “ethnicity was open, they hated just about everybody… “.

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New Documents Reveal Homeland Security Deeply Involved in Boston Bombing

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April, 2013 DHS documents provide evidence of foreknowledge and complicity in the deaths and injuries sustained in the 4/15/2013 Boston Bombing

DHS Document operation SHEEP Crisis Actors

DHS Doctrine published 2 days before Boston bombing

Citizen investigators are doing a fine job at exposing the inconsistencies in the story the Feds and corpse media would like us to believe.   Regardless how we attempt to identify the suspects, one perpetrator has essentially confessed to their part in the crime – The Department of Homeland Security.

New DHS  documents published in April 2013 expose the involvement of  Homeland Security as complicit in the reported deaths of  Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi and the related murder of MIT officer, Sean Collier.  This assertion of complicity extends to the 260 reported injuries due to the organized, staged events by crisis actors who were contracted to carry out unannounced,  misleading, confusing and dangerous activities in the vicinity of the Boston marathon finish line on April 15, 2013.  HSEEP Doc PDF

Failure to notify the pubic of the planned exercise per DHS own requirements contributed to the uncertainties, confusion, deaths and injuries.  With full expectation that the simulated bombing would be executed in public, DHS failed to inform local spectators and millions of television viewers of a planned, simulated catastrophe that somehow went “live”.    Below is an except from DHS “Notification” form:  HSEEP-DD10  Rev. April 2013

Note: “The Public Announcement letter can be distributed to residents surrounding the exercise site to inform them of an upcoming exercise. For large-scale exercises, the announcement can be published in the local newspaper prior to the exercise. A sample announcement is provided.”   (document PDF)

Furthermore, the deliberate confusion created at the finish line increased opportunity for terrorist activity – whether real or as a False Flag pretext for a political agenda.

To date DHS director, Janet Napolitano has failed to explain why DHS should not be held accountable for the death, injury and destruction of property resulting from the deliberate and criminal deception of the American people.

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Jersey City police brass identify a pro-militia clique in the department and say they’ve been stopped

By Michaelangelo Conte/The Jersey Journal
on April 29, 2013 at 8:00 AM, updated April 29, 2013 at 1:56 PM

jersey-city-police-patch.JPGSeveral members of Jersey City Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit have been seen wearing patches showing allegiance to the anti-government extremist “three-percenter” movement.

UPDATE: ‘Three Percenters’ founder says cops did nothing wrong

A clique of officers who calls themselves “Three-Percenters” in the Jersey City Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit sprouted about two years ago, officials have told The Jersey Journal.

“They were separating themselves from the others in the unit and we put a stop to it immediately,” Jersey City Police Deputy Chief Peter Nalbach said.

The deputy chief said there were officers who were disciplined over the matter.

Three-percenters are an “anti-government extremist” movement that has grown since President Barack Obama took office, according to the Anti Defamation League, a nonprofit that combats what it believes to be anti-Semitism and bigotry.

The three-percent movement promotes the idea that the federal government is plotting to take away the rights of American citizens and must be resisted, the ADL says on its website.

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Earth  Watch Report – Storms

Tropical Cyclone 23P (ZANE) ATCF Track

Tropical Cyclone
23P (ZANE)
JTWC ATCF Track

 Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Zane (23P) Pacific Ocean – South 29.04.2013 02.05.2013 Tropical Depression 310 ° 65 km/h 83 km/h 5.49 m JTWC Details

  Tropical Storm data

Storm name: Zane (23P)
Area: Pacific Ocean – South
Start up location: S 13° 54.000, E 150° 12.000
Start up: 30th April 2013
Status: 02nd May 2013
Track long: 395.34 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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Past track
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave Pressure Source
30th Apr 2013 04:44:37 S 13° 54.000, E 150° 12.000 22 65 83 Tropical Storm 250 12 JTWC
30th Apr 2013 11:13:56 S 14° 6.000, E 149° 30.000 13 111 139 Tropical Storm 255 14 JTWC
01st May 2013 05:30:57 S 14° 12.000, E 148° 18.000 9 111 139 Tropical Storm 260 35 JTWC
01st May 2013 13:03:18 S 13° 48.000, E 146° 48.000 13 102 130 Tropical Storm 280 23 JTWC
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave
feet
Pressure Source
02nd May 2013 05:42:19 S 12° 30.000, E 144° 30.000 19 65 83 Tropical Depression 310 ° 18 JTWC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Source
03rd May 2013 06:00:00 S 10° 48.000, E 136° 24.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 JTWC

 

Earth Watch Report  –  Storms

Severe Tropical Storm IMELDA (10R) (21S) Satellite Image Tropical Cyclone 21S (IMELDA) ATCF Track
Severe Tropical
Storm IMELDA
(10R) (21S)
Satellite Image
Tropical Cyclone
21S (IMELDA)
JTWC ATCF Track

 Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Imelda (21S) Indian Ocean 06.04.2013 14.04.2013 Tropical Depression 125 ° 111 km/h 139 km/h 8.53 m JTWC Details


Tropical Depression Imelda  April 14th, 2013 photo TropicalDepressionImeldaApril14th2013_zps33f662e7.jpg

Tropical Storm data
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Storm name: Imelda (21S)
Area: Indian Ocean
Start up location: S 10° 36.000, E 70° 30.000
Start up: 07th April 2013
Status: Active
Track long: 871.76 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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Past track
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave Pressure Source
08th Apr 2013 06:22:33 S 11° 12.000, E 68° 12.000 20 74 93 Tropical Storm 255 15 JTWC
09th Apr 2013 07:04:13 S 11° 0.000, E 63° 24.000 17 83 102 Tropical Storm 265 19 JTWC
10th Apr 2013 05:20:38 S 11° 36.000, E 59° 30.000 13 111 139 Tropical Storm 260 21 JTWC
11th Apr 2013 04:55:38 S 12° 18.000, E 57° 48.000 4 157 194 Cyclone II. 245 28 JTWC
12th Apr 2013 05:35:31 S 13° 18.000, E 58° 36.000 7 102 130 Tropical Storm 115 28 JTWC
13th Apr 2013 06:09:52 S 15° 18.000, E 59° 24.000 15 65 83 Tropical Storm 160 1 JTWC
14th Apr 2013 07:26:39 S 16° 42.000, E 58° 42.000 6 93 120 Tropical Storm 250 28 JTWC
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave
feet
Pressure Source
14th Apr 2013 17:22:10 S 17° 12.000, E 59° 24.000 6 111 139 Cyclone I 125 ° 28 JTWC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Source
16th Apr 2013 06:00:00 S 20° 0.000, E 61° 36.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 JTWC
17th Apr 2013 06:00:00 S 21° 0.000, E 60° 24.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 JTWC

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Earth Watch Report  –  Storms

Tropical Cyclone 21S (IMELDA) ATCF Track

Tropical Cyclone
21S (IMELDA)
JTWC ATCF Track

  Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Imelda (21S) Indian Ocean 06.04.2013 11.04.2013 Cyclone II 245 ° 157 km/h 194 km/h 8.53 m JTWC Details


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  Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: Imelda (21S)
Area: Indian Ocean
Start up location: S 10° 36.000, E 70° 30.000
Start up: 07th April 2013
Status: Active
Track long: 867.74 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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Past track
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave Pressure Source
08th Apr 2013 06:22:33 S 11° 12.000, E 68° 12.000 20 74 93 Tropical Storm 255 15 JTWC
09th Apr 2013 07:04:13 S 11° 0.000, E 63° 24.000 17 83 102 Tropical Storm 265 19 JTWC
09th Apr 2013 09:47:50 S 11° 36.000, E 61° 12.000 24 93 120 Tropical Storm 255 21 JTWC
10th Apr 2013 05:20:38 S 11° 36.000, E 59° 30.000 13 111 139 Tropical Storm 260 21 JTWC
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave
feet
Pressure Source
11th Apr 2013 04:55:38 S 12° 18.000, E 57° 48.000 4 157 194 Cyclone III 245 ° 28 JTWC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Source
12th Apr 2013 18:00:00 S 15° 18.000, E 57° 12.000 Cyclone IV 185 232 JTWC
12th Apr 2013 06:00:00 S 14° 30.000, E 57° 12.000 Cyclone IV 185 232 JTWC
13th Apr 2013 18:00:00 S 16° 54.000, E 57° 42.000 Cyclone III 167 204 JTWC
14th Apr 2013 18:00:00 S 18° 18.000, E 58° 48.000 Cyclone III 148 185 JTWC
15th Apr 2013 18:00:00 S 20° 30.000, E 61° 0.000 Cyclone II 130 157 JTWC

Tropical Cyclone 22S (VICTORIA) ATCF Track

Tropical Cyclone
22S (VICTORIA)
JTWC ATCF Track

Victoria (22S) Indian Ocean 08.04.2013 11.04.2013 Tropical Depression 170 ° 111 km/h 139 km/h 8.53 m JTWC Details


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Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: Victoria (22S)
Area: Indian Ocean
Start up location: S 11° 36.000, E 102° 18.000
Start up: 09th April 2013
Status: Active
Track long: 431.54 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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Past track
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave Pressure Source
09th Apr 2013 07:02:20 S 11° 36.000, E 102° 18.000 17 65 83 Tropical Storm 175 12 JTWC
10th Apr 2013 05:21:13 S 14° 48.000, E 103° 42.000 15 111 139 Tropical Storm 155 21 JTWC
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave
feet
Pressure Source
11th Apr 2013 04:58:21 S 17° 36.000, E 104° 6.000 11 111 139 Cyclone I 170 ° 28 JTWC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Source
12th Apr 2013 12:00:00 S 25° 0.000, E 105° 42.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 JTWC
12th Apr 2013 00:00:00 S 22° 6.000, E 105° 0.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 JTWC
13th Apr 2013 00:00:00 S 29° 6.000, E 106° 30.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 JTWC