7th december 2015
Fortunately, the death count has now been confirmed as only 3 so that is better. However, there are many other problems. The power station in Lancaster had been flooded so there are over 3000 homes and buildings without power. The NHS have said that that they can only do some things in the hospital now because of the lack of power. The flood isn't as bad as it could have been because about £3 million was put into flood gates and flood protection. But there could have been more done. Too many houses were made out of wood and not cement or another material that would be more durable. Many houses are too low and were easy targets for flooding. It's going to take a long time to come back from this...
Hurricane camille - 1969
16th August 1969
You will never believe what happened today! Today we had Hurricane Camille! It was the second most powerful hurricane to hit the United States ever recorded! Our school had to be closed and lots of people had to be evacuated. Hurricane Camille was originally classed as a tropical storm. It then gathered moisture from the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.
I live in Alabama. We'd been having some awful weather recently but nothing serious. Hurricane Camille had already hit Cuba but we didn't think it would have chance to hit us. It was just a mostly normal day for everyone. We had been told that it was just a tropical cyclone and it would blow over. The rain began to get heavier and stronger. The winds began to get very strong, until it was hard to walk in a straight line without getting blown to one side or another! Not many people had been prepared for a hurricane this strong! Houses were smashed and cars were being rolled down streets. It was chaos! We hid in our basement because there wasn't really anywhere else to hide. Hardly anyone had heeded the warnings. When we emerged, we surveyed out street. There are cars and bits of wood littered everywhere. Most of the windows were missing and gardens had been torn up and tossed about.
We found out just how much this hurricane had affected us and other countries, shortly after it ended. It turns out that Cuba and most of South America and North America were also affected! There were also winds of up to 282 km an hour! The death count hasn't been confirmed yet but it seems to be be around 259 people. About $1.42 billion has thought to have been done in damages. There is still heavy rain but it shouldn't hit our city again as strongly because it has moved east now. As I am writing this, many rescue operations are happening. There are soldiers and volunteers saving trapped people and making our state safer. Aeroplanes and helicopters have been bringing in what supplies they can, while avoiding the hurricane. The authorities have decided to get a better evacuation system and more hurricane shelters due to the fact that there wasn't enough done to anticipate the hurricane.
The 'tri state tornado' - 1925
18th March 1925
Today a tornado happened! It completely wrecked our whole town! We had to hide in an underground bunker. We had to stay down there for two hours, to make sure it was safe to come out.
It all started with some very powerful winds that swept through our town. Then, someone spotted a looming dark column in the distance. Everyone rushed to the towns underground bunker. Our town was quite small so we all shared one. The winds got louder and became almost deafening. They roared above us. We waited in a heavy silence until we heard the winds fade away. It seemed safe to come out.
When we emerged, we noticed that many houses were missing. Whole streets had been taken out and destroyed. Bits and pieces of cars and buildings littered the ground. Many people started crying and everyone was distraught.
25th March 1925
We have now found out that 685 people died. It has now been confirmed to be the most deadly tornado in US history! It affected three states: Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. All of the states have been severely damaged. $1.4 billion in damage has been done. Our town is now receiving many supplies and recovery is underway. Luckily, we were somewhat prepared for a tornado, although not one this strong.