Typhoon Hagupit is making its way across the Philippines and after hitting the outer provinces, it is set to hit the country's capital of Manila come Monday evening.
Typhoon Hagupit, or locally known as Typhoon Ruby, first landed at Eastern Samar on Saturday and moved slowly across the country, bringing heavy rains and strong wings. Through its route, the typhoon already claimed three lives, two people in central Iloilo who died of hypothermia, including a baby girl, as well as a person hit by tree in eastern Dolores.
Several areas and provinces are still unable to communicate with officials to report damages, injuries or loss of lives, so the numbers may still increase. more >>
At least four people have died, while over a million people were forced to evacuate their homes after Typhoon Hagupit hit the Philippines over the weekend. But many people are thankful that the damage wasn't worse, given that last year's "super typhoon" Haiyan killed thousands.
"We're happy that we've learned our lessons from our past experiences. This is a good sign," said Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross.
"We saw that with preparation and being alert we prevented tragedy and harm, we took our countrymen away from harm," added Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas. "It is sad to hear news of deaths, but this is very low, way below what the potential was." more >>
In order to keep Jim alive, he requires daily dialysis. If he misses this treatment for a few days, there is no telling what can happen. In this case, a blizzard prevented him from leaving the house and going to the hospital.
Four days had gone by and the people in the neighborhood knew that something had been wrong. They had not seen Jim since the storm started and his house was buried under the snow. But, these good Samaritans knew they had to do something to get him out. In a life-threatening situation, these heroic neighbors began to dig away!
Thank God they started to help when they did because Jim was starting to fade. God bless this man's family and all those in his neighborhood. more >>
Nearly half of Americans now believe that the recent surge in natural disasters is the result of biblical "End Times" than climate change, and more than two-thirds of white evangelical Protestants hold this belief, according to a new study.
While only 44 percent of Americans agreed in 2011 that natural disasters are evidence of the apocalypse, their number has now increased to 49 percent, the Public Religion Research Institute reported, quoting results of a new poll.
Especially white evangelical Protestants are more likely — 77 percent — to attribute the severity of recent natural disasters to the End Times than to climate change, added the poll on religion and the environment. more >>
Parents of a new baby girl in Buffalo, New York are thanking God for sending "two angels" after they became stranded in a snowstorm on Tuesday.
In the midst of a lake-effect snowstorm that buried western New York earlier this week, Bethany Hojnacki of south Buffalo went into labor in the early morning hours on Tuesday. Making matters worse, the new mother could not get to the hospital due to the severe weather, and she and her husband became stranded roadside. Speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper, Bethany's husband Jared Hojnacki revealed that they miraculously received help with their daughter's arrival along the way.
"It was kind of incredible," Hojnacki said on Wednesday. "God really put the people who needed to be in the right spot for us at the right time." more >>
A massive snowstorm has killed at least seven people and left many more stranded in their vehicles in Buffalo, New York, and affected several other Great Lake states, including northern Wisconsin and Michigan. Further snow is expected to hit Buffalo on Thursday, which was buried under six feet of snow and declared a state of emergency.
"This storm is an extraordinarily difficult situation, with snowfall that may break records. We are prepared, but we need residents to stay off the roads so that first responders can do their work and keep people safe," New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said.
"Although the sun may be shining, we are using this opening to clear roads before the snow begins falling again. This is an opportunity to be a good neighbor and check on your fellow New Yorkers to see if they need assistance, but I urge everyone to stay off the road." more >>