The 2011 hurricane season ends Wednesday leaving 120 people dead and causing over $11 billion in damage, according to estimates.
The season produced 19 named tropical storms – well above the average of 11 in a given season and representing the third-highest total since records began in 1851, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Seven of the tropical storms grew into hurricanes, including three major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher with top winds of 111 mph and greater). A tropical storm is named if and when wind speeds reach 39 mph, and a storm is called a hurricane if and when winds reach 74 mph. more >>
A string of small earthquakes have been rattling Oklahoma over the past month and residents are wondering if the natural disasters are to blame for an emerging sinkhole.
The sinkhole opened up near Sayre, Okla., a few days after an earthquake struck the state around two weeks ago. Residents of Beckham County say that the sinkhole is so large that a small house can fit inside of it.
The massive hole forming in the ground is about 40-feet wide and 40-feet deep, according to NBC station KFOR-TV. The hole is likely to continue to expand in the coming days. more >>
Imagine looking up into the sky on Christmas Eve and seeing huge balloons floating down carrying hundreds of packages of Peeps. The people of North Korea will experience just that this Christmas due to a new initiative from Seoul USA.
The Colorado Springs-based organization has offices in South Korea where it plans balloon launches to its northern neighbor throughout the year. The 40-foot weather balloons usually carry goods like religious materials, Bibles, practical necessities and news from the outside world.
But this Christmas Eve, the organization decided to launch a very different payload into the world's most closed country. The popular marshmallow stars, Christmas trees, and reindeer will infiltrate North Korea through balloons launched from secret locations on the South Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone. more >>
NFL legend John Elway remains skeptical of Tim Tebow's recent success quarterbacking for the Denver Broncos and what it’s meaning for the football franchise's future.
Elway, both the Broncos' executive vice president of football operations and its most successful quarterback ever, raised remaining doubts about Tebow's playing ability during his weekly radio broadcast Monday. Speaking to host Gary Miller, the revered Rockies athlete admitted he hasn't tagged Tebow as Denver's long-term quarterback just yet.
"Any closer to feeling like you have a quarterback on this team?" Miller asked Elway during Monday's broadcast. more >>
Onlookers and followers of the 2011 Thanksgiving Day Parade will be able to track its route with the "MyCityWay" mobile application.
MyCityWay’s official website offers a description of the application.
"MyCityWay is a real time app designed to transform your hand held device into a mega-utility tool for navigating the urban scene. By combining urban reference apps and app platforms with vital urban information, MyCityWay helps you pilot and explore the world's cities like never before. Use MyCityWay to find a Chinese restaurant in your neighborhood, locate the nearest wireless hotspot, or buy tickets for the next showing of a blockbuster movie. Connect with other users to find the perfect lunch spot, keep tabs on apartments for rent, or check live traffic feeds before leaving your home or office,” said the website. more >>
As the holiday season begins, New York-based Coalition for the Homeless, the nation's oldest advocacy group, and other charity-in-action institutions are in great need as the number of homeless grows in the nation's most populous city, including more and more families with children.
Every second Monday, Carl Mercurio, 51, a healthcare analyst from Manhattan who is also a volunteer for the coalition, drives a van to the Bronx with three to four other volunteers and hands out bags of food to the homeless and hungry. He has been doing that for the past three years.
The bags usually contain the same items – soup, a bagel, an orange, and a carton of milk. The people are mostly the same too, Mercurio told The Christian Post. They know where the van will stop and at what time. They form lines in the cold November weather and wait for the food rations. more >>