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Irene Response Update

By: Portlight , 1:10 AM GMT on August 24, 2011


"My grandfather died under there, from a black widow bite", she says, as we suit up in coveralls to pull insulation from under her house. "Under the house?" I ask incredulously. "Well, right here." She points to the space on the porch between us. .. Debbie Owens is a self-employed fisherwoman. She checks 250 crab pots a day on her own. This past week, diesel-tainted storm surge from Hurricane Irene flooded her Wanchese, North Carolina, house. On Wednesday, Debbie's doctor diagnosed her with breast cancer. "I'm usually not a girl for medicine, but I need to be here. My daughter's about to start the second grade; she's the love of my life." In the past year and a half, Debbie has lost three immediate family members. "I'm usually the strong one, but this is too much for me at once. I said, 'Doc, you better give me some medicine.'" .. To make a tax-deductible gift to her, donate to http://portlight.org/ , and tagline it "Debbie."

As always, we are dependent upon your generosity to make our work. possible. We are an entirely volunteer effort...and, as such, we are able to stretch your contribution amazingly far.

Please help as you can. And please remember in your thoughts and prayers those in the path of Irene.

You can use the PayPal button at our website (and above) www.portlight.org

or checks can be mailed to:

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25. IMA
9:16 PM GMT on September 06, 2011
Sent you an e-mail but wanted to leave this here, too :) I would love to physically help Portlight here in Texas! Let me know what I can do. I'm in San Antonio which is within 1.5 hours of the big one in Bastrop and about 1-2 hours from several others in Central TX.

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24. presslord
6:42 PM GMT on September 06, 2011
So are a lotta people (broke, that is)...prayers and good thoughts are just as important...and feel free to tell your friends about the work Portlight does...Thanks!!
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23. SPLbeater
4:36 PM GMT on September 06, 2011
would donate if i could...but im broke
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22. LakeWorthFinn
7:02 PM GMT on September 04, 2011
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18. whitewabit
8:27 PM GMT on September 02, 2011
I also featured Portlight in my header on my weather Blog Whitewabit ...

Excellent work needs to be put in the public's eye !!!

Wab ...
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17. CaicosRetiredSailor
5:59 PM GMT on September 02, 2011
http://www.aopa.org/aircraft/articles/2011/110831 bahamas-relief-flights.html?WT.mc_id=110902epilot& WT.mc_sect=tts

Looking out over the turquoise Caribbean Sea from Cat Island seems like paradise. But look left, right, or inland across the street and it looks as if something exploded. Trees are twisted and uprooted, asphalt washed off the street like tar paper, mattresses and furniture piled in heaps, sides of home collapsed or missing. Hurricane Irene pummeled parts of the Bahamas Islands, and general aviation pilots are working to provide food, water, and shelter to those in need.

Read "A Flight for Survival."
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16. LakeWorthFinn
4:31 PM GMT on September 02, 2011
And you my fiend have found a wonderful mission to dedicate your life to - that discovery is one of the most important and rewarding things in life. Thanks you for letting me be part of it :)

I am very proud of you and your team!
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15. Portlight
10:27 AM GMT on September 02, 2011
Thanks Jeff! will get you that name
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14. Dr. Jeff Masters , Director of Meteorology (Admin)
6:57 PM GMT on September 01, 2011
I'll be featuring Portlight's efforts again in tomorrow's blog post. Who is the driver of the mini-backhoe in the photo from Maryland? I want to give credit where credit is due! Great job responding to this disaster, everyone.

Jeff Masters
13. Patrap
11:17 PM GMT on August 30, 2011
Hurricane Irene: Jeff Masters' Must-Read Irene Blog

He may be nearly 1,000 miles from the storm's center, but few people in America have as good idea of what Hurricane Irene is doing -- and is about to do -- as Jeff Masters.

From his home in Ann Arbor, Mich., Masters has kept a calm and methodical account of the status of Irene on WunderBlog, a blog that's part of the Weather Underground network. As Irene bears down on the Atlantic Coast, his site has become a must-read source of information for weather junkies and nervous East Coast residents alike.

"I don't use the word dangerous often, and if I call something dangerous, you'd better pay attention," Masters said by phone Saturday afternoon. "I started doing that back when this first formed as a tropical storm. ... There's a lot of uncertainty in meteorology, but let me tell you, this storm scared the bejesus out of me."

On a normal day in the hurricane season, Masters says, his blog gets 80,000 page views. On Friday, with the storm bearing down on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, he got 630,000 views
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11. presslord
9:52 PM GMT on August 28, 2011
Sad...but not unexpected...inaccessible sheltersLink
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10. presslord
6:55 PM GMT on August 28, 2011
We have a crew right now in Hollywood, Maryland...said to be much structural damage and many trees down...no power, phone, etc...photos and update tonight...
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9. Noil
6:31 PM GMT on August 26, 2011
I am here up in the mountains of NC, about 12 hour drive from here to the coast.
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1:08 PM GMT on August 26, 2011
You guys just keep me updated. I can be on the road in short notice heading that way. Good Luck and Godspeed to all of those in Irenes path!
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7. presslord
12:27 AM GMT on August 26, 2011
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6. Patrap
6:27 PM GMT on August 25, 2011
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5. presslord
6:23 PM GMT on August 25, 2011
Thanks, everybody! Please be sure to spam a link to our blog anywhere you can think of...
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4. BrowardJeff
5:19 PM GMT on August 25, 2011
Now that I'm fairly certain I won't be blown off the map today in South Florida..donation is in.

Portlight, do your thing!
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3. TheMom
4:37 PM GMT on August 25, 2011
Should have a donation from PO, FL let me know if don't see as had hook up due to changing CC. Wish I could do more.
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2. splash3392
4:39 PM GMT on August 24, 2011
G'day Press.

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