Showing posts with label Hurricane Sandy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hurricane Sandy. Show all posts

Monday, October 29, 2012

Today’s Video: Cleaning Up

Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on The Latin Americanist headquarters in New York City with the worst conditions expected to hit later today.  Due to the strong possibility of power outages we may be unfortunately offline for several days.  If that does happen then we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. 

Sandy’s heavy winds and rains caused immense material and human damage for several parts of the Caribbean last week.  At least sixty-nine deaths have been attributed to the storm including fifty-two in Haiti and eleven in Cuba.  The death toll could increase after a group of six or seven French citizens have gone missing somewhere near the islands of Martinique and Dominica.

"This is a disaster of major proportions," Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe told the Associated Press. His statement certainly seemed very accurate especially after watching the following video via ITN News of post-Sandy destruction in Cuba:

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Today’s Video: Windy

Hurricane Sandy has thus far left plenty of death and destruction in its path through the Caribbean.  At least eleven people died in Cuba according to state media reports despite over the evacuation of over 15,000 individuals.  Nine deaths were reported in Haiti while the storm knocked out approximately 70% of electricity in Jamaica.

Wild weather has also hit parts of the Southern Cone such as Uruguay where a red alert was raised after hurricane-force winds whipped through the country on Tuesday:

At least one fatality was caused by the ciclón that also led to disruptions in the Port of Montevideo and material damages in other parts of Uruguay.

In neighboring Argentina, meanwhile, heavy seasonal rains in the Pampas region have led to the delayed planning of soy and corn.  These problems in Argentina, the world’s third-largest soybean exporter, could impact global food prices.  According to Reuters food prices worldwide have “surged this year due to the worst U.S. drought in decades combined with dry crop weather in Russia and Australia.”

Video Source – YouTube via teleSUR

Online Sources – CBC News, Washington Post, Reuters, El Universal