“Everything’s bigger in Texas” does not apply to the fire department.
The toll of the 2011 Texas wildfires has accounted for at least two dead and 1,000 homes destroyed, a magnitude of which Governor Rick Perry told the AP was “pretty stunning.”
Fearing another Katrina, the federal government was a bit more ready to lend a hand this time around to those hit hard by Hurricane Irene. All they had to do was stop helping out those already suffering.
The National Hurricane Center has downgraded Irene to the status of a tropical storm as it headed for New York. After battering the US mid-Atlantic coast with hurricane power, Irene's winds dropped to100 km per hour, says the center’s website.
New York’s mayor Michael Bloomberg has stated that the time for evacuation is now over, as Hurricane Irene approaches New York. Wreaking havoc as it swept along America’s east coast, Irene has resulted in at least ten casualties.
More than 8 million New Yorkers are preparing for what could be a historic storm, as Hurricane Irene is forecast to hit the city on Saturday evening. New York officials ordered the first mandatory evacuation in the city's history.
Starting this Saturday night, people around the globe are able to observe an unprecedented number of shooting stars – up to one hundred every hour. This year, the peak of the Perseid meteor shower is August 13.