April 6, 2015 |
We're coming up on the first-year anniversary of Mother Mary's passing. But this isn't going to be a sad column. Nobody hated sob stories more than Mother Mary. You know her well enough to agree, if you've read the stories that Francesca and I have been writing about her for the last six years, in the newspaper and our books. You may even have met her, if you came to one of our signings, where she was happy to monopolize the microphone. I was delighted to have her at signings, because she did a hell of a job. Also, the price was right.
August 24, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. - Plan B is out of the drawer and on the table. Goody bags at receptions around town will be stuffed with umbrellas. And Republican officials are crossing fingers that the "Mitt Romney for President" placards will not be used, in a pinch, as hurricane shutters. The Republican National Convention is only three days away, and Tropical Storm Isaac is threatening to crash the party. The big question is will it just filch a few hors d'oeuvres and clear out, or wreck the entire affair?
August 23, 2012 |
Politics ain't pretty, and the latest proof is news there's an outside chance that a hurricane might disrupt next week's GOP convention. Nothing like a tempest at a Tea Party, apparently, to inspire partisan zingers across the Twitterverse. "The upside to a hurricane during the GOP convention - #Occupy protesters finally get a shower," tweets Rick Moore (@RickMoore). "What are all those televangelists who said New Orleans' hedonism and immorality caused Katrina going to say if Hurricane Ivan slams the RNC?"
November 8, 2011 |
Tammy, Vince and Whitney are the only names left. Subtropical Storm Sean formed overnight between the Bahamas and Bermuda, moving the 2011 hurricane season into a tie with 1969 as the sixth most active on record, with 18 named storms. And the season officially continues through the end of November. By early afternoon, Sean had transformed into a volatile tropical storm, but still was considered unlikely to add the year's total of six hurricanes, three of which were major.
October 24, 2011 |
The season's 17th tropical storm, Rina, formed off Honduras on Sunday, and today quickly became a hurricane, with sustained winds of 75 m.p.h. Rina is expected intensify by Wednesday into a major hurricane with winds of at least 111 m.p.h. but diminish in force somewhat as it nears Cancun, Mexico, by Friday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. The resort city is at the northeastern tip of southern Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, which juts into the Gulf of Mexico. The last tropical storm, Philippe, developed Sept.
October 17, 2011 |
The last tropical storm to form in the Atlantic was Philippe on Sept. 24 - more than three weeks ago. But it's too soon to say no more threat till next year, according to the National Hurricane Center. "It is way to early to declare the hurricane season as being over," said meteorologist and spokesman Dennis Feltgen. "We still have about six weeks left, as the season ends on Nov. 30. " The next tropical storm could already be forming in the south-central Gulf of Mexico, between the Yucatan Peninsula and Florida.
August 31, 2011 |
The Atlantic is brewing up another major hurricane likely take a northward track. Tropical Storm Katia could turn into a hurricane today, and a major hurricane - a Category 3 with winds of more than 110 miles per hour - by Sunday morning. But relax. At least through Labor Day. So far, there's little reason to fear that Katia could be another Hurricane Irene, which killed more than 40 people, knocked out power to more than 2 million, and dumped record-busting rains that has caused widespread flooding for days throughout the Northeast.
August 30, 2011 |
Jose fizzled out Monday after becoming a tropical storm. Now comes Katia, heading toward the Caribbean from halfway between Africa and South America. It's estimated to become a hurricane by late Wednesday or early Thursday and a major Category 3 storm by Sunday morning, when it's projected to be east-northeast of Puerto Rico, according to the National Hurricane Center. Computer models suggest it could continue on a northerly path toward the East Coast, but stop predicting a thousand miles from the Carolinas.
August 29, 2011 |
BY YESTERDAY morning, a new kind of tropical depression moved over Lower Manhattan - reporters who'd promised viewers that Irene would be the storm of the century, but found themselves standing in what looked and felt like a middling rainstorm. "Wow, because this isn't so bad," CNN's Anderson Cooper was quoted telling a weather expert after learning that the peak of Irene's mild fury had passed Manhattan. "It's an annoying rain but it isn't even a sideways rain. " If Cooper - as quoted by Toby Harnden, of Britain's Daily Telegraph in a piece calling Irene "the perfect storm of hype" - seemed surprised at the lack of devastation at Battery Park, that was probably because he'd been watching too much CNN. As the cleanup from Irene's whirlwind weekend visit continues today in Philadelphia and elsewhere on the Eastern Seaboard, the cyclone leaves behind a Category 5 controversy.
August 26, 2011 |
BUXTON, N.C. - As a monstrous Hurricane Irene tightened its aim on the Eastern Seaboard on Thursday, tens of thousands fled North Carolina beach towns, farmers pulled up their crops, and the Navy ordered ships to sea so they could endure the punishing wind and waves in open water. The storm was threatening 65 million people along a shore-hugging path from North Carolina to New England. One of the nation's top experts called it his "nightmare" scenario. The Category 3 storm was packing winds of 115 m.p.h.