Evacuations were ordered on the Big Island and Maui after strong winds from Hurricane Dora fanned the flames of the wildfires. Overnight, 911 services in Maui went down. Some 12,000 are without power and the hospitals in Maui are now entirely overwhelmed, the Lt. Governor said in the early hours of Wednesday morning. In Lahaina on Maui, desperate residents fled to the water and jumped in to escape the flames.
Josh Green, the governor of Hawaii, said on Thursday afternoon the death toll from the Maui wildfires will rise 'significantly' from its current total of 36. 'I'll tell you, by the time this disaster is all described, I'm sure there will be dozens of people that lost their lives and billions of dollars of property that was destroyed,' said Green. He told CNN 's Wolf Blitzer that 1,700 buildings were probably destroyed in the fire. He said most buildings in Lahaina, a historic town in Maui, are completely gone, some of them still smoldering. Only some stone buildings are still standing, he said. Officials will provide an update later on Thursday.
I've heard that racism towards the non-indigenous is pretty rife out there. I worked with a young kid who is Hawaiian and based on his mouth I'd believe it., but he's just one example. An acquaintance taught there for years and said it's really bad, worse than you might think.
We lost power this morning - thank God Almighty it was after I made coffee. I can't use the oven but can use one burner, it would hold up the big wall AC unit but that's about all it would do. I can sweat, it isn't that bad and I'd rather have the refrigerator and boiler in use.
We've had several days of freaking soaking rains and I imagine there are a lot of trees down. Ground gets that saturated the root base loses grip and they just flop over. Pine trees are notorious for that. The utility company outage map says it'll be a while yet, hopefully just a few hours.
The utility company is usually very responsive but their automated systems for bill pay and outage reporting/status is an infuriating p.o.s. They are a company I have applied to for jobs in the past and i realized they are a 'bad actor' as I put it because their IT positions are in a constant state or turnover, and this is no doubt a symptom of whatever their problem is.
Their interactive map works well enough. Estimate for restoration is 3pm and there are about 75 of us in the immediate vicinity affected, 2100 throughout the county. Gives me a chance to use up the fuel for the generator and get fresh. Already ran down and got ten gallons.
This is when human psychology enters the fray because my stuff's on and not too many others are and we get some odd curious looks. Once I had kids come up and bang on my door wanting to know why my TV works - you can see it through the bay window. That's because few of us more clever in the neighborhood have portable generators, some have permanent ones with automatic switchgear. If we had central air I'd probably have a Generac like that. Mine's just a portable 5kw Homelite and the 20 amps it makes are plenty for this house - I wired it for 30 amps to future proof and even went one gauge larger as it's about 120' run. I think real voltage drop would be at about 400' but I'm not one to just skate by and prefer to build in a little margin. With a newer 30 amp model I probably could run the air conditioning. I dug a trench and put the inlet down on my shed so the generator can sit down there out of the weather with the two half open shed doors acting as noise baffles. Somewhere stashed I have a L14-30 plug and 30 amp breaker in case I replace the generator; just swith that out and it's good to go.
In a pair of stories that may have one casting a worried eye overhead, both a residence in Massachusetts as well as a golf course in Australia were both recently struck by mysterious and rather sizeable chunks of ice that inexplicably plummeted from the sky. The first of the two incidents reportedly occurred this past Sunday evening at the home of Jeff Ilg and Amelia Rainville in Shirley, Massachusetts. After the couple had put their sons to bed, they were rattled by the sound of what seemed to be an explosion on their roof. Initially assuming that lightning was to blame, they were understandably bewildered when they went outside to investigate and discovered large pieces of ice all over their lawn.
Scratching their heads over what they were seeing, Ilg proceeded to shine a flashlight at the roof and spotted a huge hole. When he subsequently ventured up to the attic of the home, there were more pieces of ice scattered across the floor. Since the sky was clear that night and the possibility that the incident could have been a prank seems implausible, they have been left to conclude that the frozen object arrived by way of an airplane flying over their house, which is the scenario currently being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration. Looking back on the "wild" event, Ilg marveled, "the likelihood of this happening, we're better off playing the lottery."
Although he may believe that to be the case, Ilg might want to hold off on buying a bevy of scratch tickets as an eerily similar event unfolded just a few days later on the other side of the planet. This particularly incident came to light on Tuesday morning when employees at a golf course in the Australian town of Ravenswood reportedly discovered an enormous chunk of ice that had seemingly fallen from the sky and landed on the fifth green. As with the American case on Sunday, the source of the 'frosty bomb' is believed to have been an airplane. While one can probably assume that the two incidents happening just days apart is merely a matter of coincidence, it might be wise to be on guard for falling ice over the next few days, lest these things happen in threes.
Oh boy, here we go again. Surfin' Safari. We just found out about this at the train station, fortunately before we got on the train or we would've been stuck half way for a while. The Metro North Hudson Line runs parallel to and very close to the Hudson River. For most of it's length the railbed sits at the bottom of steep hills, the area is mountainous. More and more frequently due to flooding the stuff at the top has been visiting the stuff at the bottom. This is a major commute corridor and a major cluster****.
Metro-North, Amtrak service impacted by mudslide in Westchester County
A mudslide in Westchester County is impacting train service north out of New York City on Saturday.
Travel on Metro-North's Hudson Line is delayed with trains only running hourly between Grand Central and Tarrytown, according to the railroad's account on X, formerly Twitter. Service is suspended between Croton-Harmon and Tarrytown.
Metro-North is providing limited bus service between Croton-Harmon and Tarrytown, but the railroad recommends using Bee-line bus service connecting to the Harlem Line.
Metro-North described the mudslide as "significant" and attributed it to Saturday's rain.
The mudslide is also impacting Amtrak service heading north and west out of New York City. Amtrak service between New York City and Albany is suspended for the rest of Saturday, according to Amtrak. Travel on Amtrak to Boston and Connecticut is not affected.
Some of the trains impacted, include the following Empire Service trains: 233, 238, 241, 244, 253, 259, 260, 280, 281, 283, and 284. Amtrak also canceled Adirondack train 68, Maple Leaf train 64, Ethan Allen Express trains 290 and 291, and Lake Shore Limited trains 48 and 49.
Amtrak is encouraging customers who need to make changes or have questions about their reservations to call 1-800-USA-RAIL.
In a post on X, Gov. Kathy Hochul said no injuries were reported and no one was stranded as a result of the mudslide.
Hochul said the goal is restore service in time for the Monday morning commute.