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Pirating from home is also a lot safer.
 

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The Gulf Coast is down for the count again after hurricane Zeta snapped every other tree and power pole from NOLA to eastern Tennessee. My sister lives in a Birmingham neighborhood with underground power but their supply pole is destroyed and will be replaced sometime next week. We only lost some tin on the roof but can have it replaced during the next several days of dry sunshine.
 

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The Gulf Coast is down for the count again after hurricane Zeta snapped every other tree and power pole from NOLA to eastern Tennessee. My sister lives in a Birmingham neighborhood with underground power but their supply pole is destroyed and will be replaced sometime next week. We only lost some tin on the roof but can have it replaced during the next several days of dry sunshine.
No, a part of the Gulf Coast is down, and it is horrible - but there is a much larger area that's not been affected by -this particular storm... like one side of the Florida Peninsula, Most all of the panhandle, and pretty much all of Texas...

Sorry, don't want people worrying about those of us that didn't get hit.

Also, sympathies for you and your sister, hopefully they can fix her power soonest.
 

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The Gulf Coast is down for the count again after hurricane Zeta snapped every other tree and power pole from NOLA to eastern Tennessee. My sister lives in a Birmingham neighborhood with underground power but their supply pole is destroyed and will be replaced sometime next week. We only lost some tin on the roof but can have it replaced during the next several days of dry sunshine.
Georgia had a million customers lose power (that's electric meters, not population, which is a lot larger). I was one of them, I had no power all day, and only got it back a couple of hours ago. By the time the storm got here most of the damage was fallen trees and a little flooding, and a few deaths.

Something many utilities do is share repair crews when a disaster hits. So hopefully it won't take too long to get places up and running again, and hopefully this is the last storm of the season.
 

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Officials said twelve people were killed in coastal areas in Turkey's west, while two teenagers died on the Greek island of Samos after a wall collapsed on them.
In Turkey, at least 20 buildings in the city of Izmir alone were destroyed, Mayor Tunc Soyer told CNN Turk. Images showed vehicles crushed under the buildings and people digging through the rubble in search of survivors.

More than 419 people have been injured in Turkey, the country's disaster agency said, dozens of them saved by rescue teams using diggers and helicopters to search for survivors. Search and rescue operations continue in 17 buildings, the agency added.

TV footage showed water flooding through the streets of Cesme and Seferihisarin in parts of Turkey's wider Izmir province, as well as on the Greek island of Samos, in what officials described as a "mini tsunami." No tsunami warnings were issued.

Idil Gungor, who works as a journalist and runs a guesthouse in the Turkish town of Siğacik in Izmir province, said that the area was damaged more by the force of the water than the quake itself.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the tremor's magnitude at 7.0, while Turkish authorities said it was 6.6. The quake struck 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) northeast of the town of Néon Karlovásion on Samos, the USGS reported, at 1:51 pm Greek time (7:51a.m. ET).

But it hit at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers, the USGS reported, making its impact powerfully felt at ground level around the epicenter.

Authorities in both countries have reported dozens of aftershocks. Izmir Governor Yavuz Selim Köşger called on residents to stay off the roads and refrain from using mobile phones unnecessarily so that emergency vehicles could reach affected areas and response teams could communicate effectively.

In Greece, Samos Deputy Mayor Giorgos Dionisiou told Greek media that some old buildings had collapsed on the island.

People have been told by Greek authorities to stay away from the shore and buildings, and to be on alert for high waves as aftershocks continue.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Twitter he had spoken to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Tensions between the two nations have flared recently over energy claims in the eastern Mediterranean.

"I just called President @RTErdogan to offer my condolences for the tragic loss of life from the earthquake that struck both our countries. Whatever our differences, these are times when our people need to stand together," Mitsotakis wrote.
 

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The Asian giant hornet is just the latest invasive species to make its mark on North America. Burmese pythons are now legion in southern Florida, while Asian carp are common in the Mississippi river system. In the insect world, the spotted lanternfly is a growing agricultural pest and emerald ash borers have arrived to lay waste to stands of trees.

These arrivals are symptoms of the growth in international trade and tourism, while climate change is making many parts of the US more hospitable for certain invasive species. The Asian giant hornet, for example, is thought to favor the sort of elevated temperatures that the US is experiencing as the planet heats up. This could help it spread at the rate of its cousin species in France, which has been able to advance up to 78km a year. If it is not controlled, the murder hornet could fundamentally change ecosystems across the US.
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Still, even in a fraught year racked by a pandemic, social unrest and economic disaster, Looney said any fears of being assailed by a murder hornet should be “low on the anxiety meter”.

He added: “We should be concerned about it but we will do our best until the money runs out or the battle is won or lost. If we fail, it will be unpleasant. But there are other things to be much more worried about right now.”
 

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Shout out to all the Philipinos fleeing that typhoon.
 
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So there was a giant fucking quake in the Aegean Sea, and people died in Turkey and Greece. So yeah, 2020 is the gift that keeps on giving.

That is hardly uncommon though, 2020 or not.



 

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Hey!!! Only two months left!
If that isn't a sign of the almighty.
 

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Still, even in a fraught year racked by a pandemic, social unrest and economic disaster, Looney said any fears of being assailed by a murder hornet should be “low on the anxiety meter”.
How fucked up of a year is it when the invasion of swarms of murder hornets should be "low on the anxiety meter" in comparison???