Powerful rainfall continues to hammer parts of Mexico as Tropical Storm Arlene, the first tropical system of the 2011 hurricane season, made landfall with a vengeance in Mexico early Thursday morning.
The rain power and strong wind gusts have forced residents to stay inside ultimately stopping business as usual in the northeastern part of the country.
Nearly 8 inches of rainfall has poured down on Vera Cruz and 5.50 inches of rain has hit the west coast of Acapulco in the past 48 hours alone. more >>
Arlene, the first tropical storm of the 2011 season, is gathering strength as it makes its way West with now upgraded top wind speeds of 50 MPH. The storm is progressively gathering more energy and could reach hurricane 1 status when it hits land, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
The hurricane model shows Arlene making landfall in Tampico, Tamaulipas state on Thursday, threatening an oil refinery there that produces 190,000 barrels a day.
Mexico is a top oil exporter to the United States and almost all of its exports are shipped to all refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. more >>
Switchfoot is getting ready for their seventh annual Bro-Am surf contest and beach concert this weekend in their hometown – San Diego.
The Grammy Award-winning band is again hoping to raise awareness about homelessness among young people while raising support for StandUp For Kids, a national organization that is dedicated to at-risk and homeless kids.
“Last year we raised over $130,000. That was mind-blowing to us, and we hope to raise more,” Switchfoot’s bassist, Tim Foreman, told The Christian Post. “To say that if we didn't raise that amount it would be failure, that's something we are very reluctant to say because the awareness that it is generating triggers what these kids are going through.” more >>
While other tornado-ravaged cities are getting more attention, the residents of a small town in Mississippi are showing the world that after death and destruction, faith can move mountains.
Smithville, Miss., has a population of just under 1,000 but in this neck of the woods there is a strong sense of community and an unmovable trust in God.
Since the deadly EF5 tornado hit the small town on April 27, the uncanny weather plaguing cities across the globe seems to be intensifying, according to the National Weather Service. more >>