For a climber, being "snow blind" on a mountain top is never a good thing, and being snow blind atop Mt. Everest, the tallest peak in the world, is as bad as it gets. But that's exactly what happened to Christian mountain climber Brian Dickinson who survived what is considered "the death zone" against all odds.
"[In] My struggle on Everest where I was blind and alone, I could have given up and became a permanent fixture on the mountain," Dickinson said in an interview with The Christian Post.
Snow blindness is a condition in which the surface of the eye, or cornea, is burned, which usually happens at high altitudes on highly reflective snow fields. After Dickinson's snow goggles cracked during a fall, his eyes were exposed, ultimately leading to his snow blindness. more >>
Tropical Storm Julia, bringing the threat of flash flooding and anywhere between three to six inches of rain to the northeast coast of Florida and southeast Georgia, became the first tropical storm to form over land in Florida since records have been kept, reports on Wednesday said.
CBS Miami reported that the National Weather Service has no previous records of such an occurrence over land in Florida, while the National Hurricane Center warned that an isolate tornado could hit coastal Georgia and southern South Carolina.
Hurricane Newton has been downgraded into a tropical storm as it made its second landfall in Mexico Wednesday. After wreaking havoc on scenic Los Cabos on Tuesday with heavy rains and strong currents, it faded into a tropical storm as it headed to Arizona at the end of the day.
Warnings and coastal watches discontinued
To prepare for the strength of Newton, the Mexican government had to set up coastal watches and severe weather warnings in the region. However, officials discontinued these as the strong winds of Newton faded. more >>
Tropical Storm Hermine brought stiff winds and terrible rip currents in the area of eastern Massachusetts on Monday. There were reports that a cruise ship was spotted boldly facing the storm in the sea. Hermine downgraded from a hurricane to a storm, but still was as devastating as ever and affecting Labor Day celebrations in New York, Long Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, as well as Cape Cod and nearby islands.
Path of Storm Hermine
A National Hurricane Center update said that Hermine was expected to weaken on Monday night. The storm moved west-northwest with speeds of 7 mph. On Monday afternoon, its center was spotted around 200 miles southeast from the east of Long Island. It is expected to move northward towards the Atlantic by Tuesday and New England by Wednesday. more >>
Having passed over North Carolina's Outer Banks, the powerful and dangerous Hermine storm, which has claimed at least two lives in Florida and North Carolina, shook the U.S. Middle Atlantic Coast early Sunday, leading to high winds, heavy rains and surging seas and drawing nearer to New York and New Jersey.
A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Southern Fairfield, Southern New Haven, Southern Middlesex, Southern New London, Hudson, Eastern Essex, Eastern Union, Southern Westchester, New York (Manhattan), Bronx, Richmond (Staten Island), Kings (Brooklyn), Northwestern Suffolk, Northeastern Suffolk, Southwestern Suffolk, Southeastern Suffolk, northern Queens, northern Nassau, southern Queens and Southern Nassau.
"Duck Dynasty" star Sadie Robertson is helping her fellow Louisianans whose homes were destroyed during last months flooding by teaming up with the Roma Boot company to benefit relief efforts.
Last month, a state of emergency was declared in Louisiana after excessive rainfall resulted in the flooding of over 40,000 homes, affecting over 80,000 people in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. The disaster is considered the worst in the United States since Hurricane Sandy.
Robertson, a native of Monroe, Louisiana, has once again teamed up with rain boot company Roma Boots with her fall collection to raise money to charity — this time to benefit flood victims in her home state. more >>