NCO Club: Off Topic Discussions => The Aisles: Non-military News and Snippets => Topic started by: Rattler on 26 January 2009, 11:39:27



Title: Results From the Storm
Post by: Rattler on 26 January 2009, 11:39:27
DonĀ“t know whether this has made intl news, but for the last three days we were hit by a devastating storm here in Spain, mainly affecting the North and the Mediterranean coast and islands.

The worst hit early Saturday morning, with wind speeds above 200 km/h in the North (and in France) and 150 km/h still here in Mallorca.

In total 12 deaths throughut the country (fallentrees, walls, etc), the worst case having happened in Barcelona where some kids took refuge of the wind in a sports facitliy that then collapsed, 4 kids between 9 and 12 yrs killed.

A bif fire in the Valencia region (15.000 evacuated from their houses) due to a fallen High Tension Mast.

Some Clips:

Barcelona Disaster:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pQg1wYwf-A#normal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pQg1wYwf-A#normal)

In my neighbour village the 100 yrs old outer dyke of the port got destroyed by two 15 mtr waves:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Oi7jgbqriQ#normal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Oi7jgbqriQ#normal)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCUDqFftxrc#normal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCUDqFftxrc#normal)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PDL87_TFMk#normal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PDL87_TFMk#normal)

My house lost part of its roof, satellite dish, weather station and a pergola in front (though it was not hit as heavy as bythe one in October (http://ohlmer.es/blog/140 (http://ohlmer.es/blog/140) & http://ohlmer.es/blog/173 (http://ohlmer.es/blog/173)). My boat survived.

Rattler



Title: Re: Results From the Storm
Post by: stoffel on 26 January 2009, 12:33:39
yes it was on the news, I have seen the images.
Natures hits us hard sometimes.
If I judge the videos than I see there are still fools who go near the water when its very dangerous :(
I hate these guys, they risk their lives, and even worse rescueworkers  has to risk theirs too because idiots like that expects to be saved.

Sorry to hear about the damage to your house, but the most important part is you survived.


Title: Re: Results From the Storm
Post by: Rattler on 26 January 2009, 13:36:32
If I judge the videos than I see there are still fools who go near the water when its very dangerous :(
I hate these guys, they risk their lives, and even worse rescueworkers  has to risk theirs too because idiots like that expects to be saved.

Indeed.

On saturday I saw a 7-9 yr old child playing on the beach, when every 50th wave (we had 4 mtrs waves at that time rolling onto the beach) completely covered it and the sea already had carried various big stones of 20-50 kg on the beach. You get into one of those waves and even an adult will have problems getting out again, you get hit by a stone that size and thats it...

I saw the parents (turned out they were German tourists) sitting in a bar nearby and went to them to inform them of the danger.

Not only did they not call their kid off the beach but they even laughed at me and, when I insisted, became insultive. Only when I told them that I thought they needed some institutional help in their decision making process so I would call the police and took out my mobile did they react, called their child and left the village, still insulting me on the way to their car.

Unbelievable.

Rattler


Title: Re: Results From the Storm
Post by: stoffel on 26 January 2009, 16:02:48
I know, I had an old man last year.
Storm blew of 2 x 2 meter steel plates from a flat near my home.
So I put on my uniform and assisted local police to hold back people and what we call disastertourists..
And like you say a lot people do become violent if they cannot go where they want to go.
This man to and after I warned him 3 times he got arrested for calling me names......

its so stupid.


Title: Re: Results From the Storm
Post by: Mad Russian on 31 January 2009, 02:39:59
Millions are without power here in the United States as our latest winter storm went across the country. Ice dropped power lines and 100,000's may be without power for as along as another month. All within the past 2 days.

Good Hunting.

MR


Title: Re: Results From the Storm
Post by: Rattler on 1 February 2009, 19:28:58
we had 1.5 millions w/o power til wednesday, now only 7000 left, but for those it might also take a few month,

Rattler


Title: Re: Results From the Storm
Post by: stoffel on 1 February 2009, 21:20:53
Dont get me wrong but I think its strange, here we have all major cables underground.
It will not get destoyed during heavy winds, icerain and other troubles.

Why does the US stick to the old style poles above the ground?


Title: Re: Results From the Storm
Post by: Mad Russian on 1 February 2009, 23:49:31
Money. You have any idea how much it would cost to replace the miles and miles of above ground cables with underground?

That's why they haven't done it yet. When the cost to repair it becomes more than the cost to fix it then the cables will go underground. All new construction has underground cables. All old construction has above ground wires.

Good Hunting.

MR


Title: Re: Results From the Storm
Post by: stoffel on 2 February 2009, 10:05:09
Thats what i thought, money.....
But some states which have frequent visits from tornadoes have them above the ground.
You would think that burying them is cheaper than fixing them several times a year.


Title: Re: Results From the Storm
Post by: Mad Russian on 2 February 2009, 14:19:28
Still cheaper to replace a 1 mile stretch of above ground wire than to lay 40 miles underground to get that section below ground.

Good Hunting.

MR