Natural Disaster

The last shall be first

Katrina | Disaster relief in Orange County, Calif., has an unusual twist: A faith-based organization is in charge
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 10/15/05, 12:00 am

Watching Hurricane Katrina's building fury, Rachel Coleman, 19, evacuated from New Orleans to Texas on Aug. 27, two days before the storm stomped ashore. Her experience with other hurricanes told her she'd be back at her job as a placement-service secretary in two, three days max. But after flood waters swept through the Crescent City, there was little left to go back to. Her single mom had died the previous year of breast cancer, her extended family had fled across four states, and her job was under water.

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Long, long way from 'normal'

Hurricane Ivan | Storm-weary U.S.
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 9/25/04, 12:00 am

By the time Hurricane Ivan made U.S. landfall along the Gulf coast, its victims in Grenada already had spent days drinking dirty water and sleeping anywhere they could-under decks, concrete bridges, and in crawl spaces of the few cinderblock homes left standing.

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More like a bombing than like a hurricane

Hurricane Charley | Digging out of the wreckage of the storm, victims face fear, suffering-and silver linings
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 8/28/04, 12:00 am

As members of the Gross family huddled amid mattresses in a narrow hallway, Hurricane Charley ripped their home from around them. The family listened and prayed as Charley screamed around the house like a buzz-saw unleashed, chewing up the pool cage, lanai, and carport, then shearing off steel-bolted porch pillars, walls, and most of the roof, opening the interior to torrential rains.

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