Extreme Weather and Disasters

Widespread Damage Caused by Hurricane Irene – Flood Warnings Issued

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(Best Syndication News) Although Hurricane Irene caused widespread damage all along the east coast, the harm was much less than expected. Forecasters had expected a more powerful storm.

There were 20 people killed and flood waters still threaten residents from Vermont to New York and into parts of the south. Although heavy flooding is expected in the north where the hurricane turned to a tropical storm before entering Canada, there are concerns as far south as North Carolina.

Oasis Fire Near Pinon Hills

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PINON HILLS Calif. – The smoke has dissipated from the Oasis Fire near Pinon Hills that consumed 345 acres on Saturday. Although winds can be a concern, the winds blowing in the easterly direction were light on Saturday, only three to six miles per hour.

The high heat combined with dry brush was a major problem. The fire is still under investigation, but a lightening strike could have been the culprit.

Firefighters from Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles were called out to help San Bernardino County firefighters.

Hurricane Irene causes East Coast to prepare – Arriving in North Carolina Saturday Morning

Hurricane Irene Map 3-Day Forecast - National Weather Service

(Best Syndication News) - The East Coast has been preparing for a potential disaster from Hurricane Irene. The National Weather Service forecast has Hurricane Irene traveling up the East Coast of the United States over the next three days. The size of the hurricane is large and will vary between a category 2 and 3 rating depending on the location. North Carolina will have the highest impact from the storm when it arrives on Saturday. However, other regions will face flooding and damage.

President Obama is asking East Coast residents to take the hurricane warnings seriously and prepare. He said that FEMA has been preparing for disaster relief, because it is looking like a historic hurricane.

New Emergency Operations Center Planned for Hesperia

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SAN BERNARDINO Calif. – The City of Hesperia will become the Public Safety Operations Center for the High Desert, San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt told Best Syndication.

Last year the county built a government center to house offices for public officials. Upon Mitzelfelt’s insistence, the building was designed as an “essential facility” to withstand a major disaster like an earthquake. This week he took the next step to designate the facility as a special operations center.

New Fire Tax Could Affect Thousands of San Bernardino Residents

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SAN BERNARDINO Calif. – Today the County Board of Supervisors made their position known on the fire tax by passing a unanimous resolution in opposition to it.

According to George Watson, Chief of Staff for Supervisor Neil Derry, the resolution calls for resending of the tax. “I am committed to waging an ongoing and sustained battle against this illegal tax,” Supervisor Derry said.

Initially the tax was to be $150 per household living in the wildland areas serviced by Cal Fire. First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt tells Best Syndication that the money goes to the state’s fire protection agency. “The irony is that Cal Fire does not provide structure protection, although the fee is assessed on structures”, Mitzelfelt said.

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