Thursday, December 11, 2008

Gone with the Wind

I've found that people on the West Coast are glad that they don't have to deal with hurricanes, never mind that we have days of warning about them. Earthquakes worry me because they give no warning at all.

So I figure this will give some folks out here a taste of what hurricane weather is like:

GREATER RENO-CARSON CITY-MINDEN AREA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...SPARKS...VERDI...GARDNERVILLE
1030 PM PST THU DEC 11 2008
A HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM FRIDAY TO 7 AM PST SATURDAY.

* WINDS WILL INCREASE FRIDAY EVENING IN THE FOOTHILL AREAS...AND BY LATE EVENING IN THE LOWER VALLEYS.

* STRONG...DAMAGING SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 45 MPH...WITH GUSTS TO 70 MPH ARE EXPECTED FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. LOCALLY STRONGER GUSTS TO 100 MPH (that's a Category 2 hurricane! I even heard one estimate of 140 mph on some peaks!) ARE LIKELY IN WIND PRONE AREAS SUCH AS WASHOE VALLEY AND THE HIGHER FOOTHILLS WEST OF RENO AND CARSON CITY.

* TRAVELERS WILL BE IMPACTED BY INTENSE CROSSWINDS FRIDAY NIGHT AND EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 80...HIGHWAY 50 AND HIGHWAY 395.
I was thinking of driving to Sacramento tomorrow night. Maybe I'd better not.

4 comments:

Marilena said...

we are not quite on the west coast of canada, but let me tell you, -40 and snow can be as deadly if not more so than hurricanes trust me. people die out in the cold because they are homeless, and the governments don't give a damn about this either. especially here in canada. the homeless situation is beyond sad. its a tragedy. it might turn out to be a tragedy of terrible proportions in this weather if they don't start giving a damn about our homeless.

Cygnus said...

Aren't there cold weather shelters? If the government doesn't run them, how about churches or charities?

Sadly, in the U.S., many (certainly not all) of the homeless are so by choice. Most have mental health problems, but back in the 1970s, the government decided they couldn't be institutionalized against their wills, so they're on the streets. I'm not saying they shouldn't be cared for, but the homelessness is a symptom, not the problem.

Marilena said...

it is a symptom. a bad one. over 60% of the homeless are drug addicts, the rest are families and mentally ill people living on the street. families living on the street because rent is too high here for them to afford on what little income they earn. with the global financial crisis, its even worse. housing is far too costly for people to be able to afford in our city. alberta is the only province in canada where its still booming economically, and people are flooding the province looking for work, and more often than not, most of them end up in housing, but sadly, others live on the street. the province refuses to set a rental cap, so that means that landlords can jack the rent up as much as they feel like. so hard working families can't afford the rent. thus, the streets. is terrible the way the government treats people here. so yes, its symptom alright. a symptom of greed and callous behavior on the part of governments and landlords. as for drug addicts, well that is a problem that is not going away. i think the government needs to do some serious thinking about how to deal with the drug addict homeless crisis. i can tell you, there will be deaths this weekend from the bitter cold as people can't find a warm place to stay. mind you, it is brutally cold right now, and its only going to get worse.

Cygnus said...

Rent control isn't the answer; it hasn't worked anywhere it's been tried. I suspect the landlords are charging what the market will bear.

Unlike you, I think government is the problem, not the solution. Whose money is it, anyway? And where are the churches and private charities?

(In case you haven't noticed, I'm not exactly a socialist.)