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Monday, October 29, 2012

The perfect storm?

Returning from an afternoon spent in Knokke, I just heard the news. The most important item being hurricane Sandy, which is threatening the east coast of the USA. Our weather man David DeHenauw made the comparison with the film The Perfect Storm.

I just hope and pray that Sandy will not cause the damage done in this film! We live in a region where such storms and tornado's never occur. I don't know what it is to be in a hurricane or tornado - we only know gales up to 100 km/hour and sometimes rather violent thunderstorms.

The worst ever happening in our town was the big flood in 1952. Then my grandparants had up to 1,50 meter water in their house. But that's something that passes. Once the water was gone, they could clean up and that was it.

I can't imagine what it is like to see your house go up by the wind, or destroyed by floodings and torrents - which is what people living on America's east coast will be facing in the coming hours.

Let's hope the local governments are prepared for this hurricane and will move people out of those regions that are threatened. Losing your house is bad, but losing a life is worse.

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