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João 'Finding a new way to make you WTF today' Marum
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It is not raining now, however a state of calamity has hit this country as 32 dead as of now in Madeira island due to a storm that is heading exactly this way and expected to make landfall in a few hours.

Wish everyone here luck, it's going to hit us badly. If I don't come online for a while it may be due to infrastructure damage with power lines or phone lines.
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Crap. Good luck mate. I know the problem of huge storms as we are sufferig badly from it this summer.
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Stay safe, Joao! You'll be in my prayers!
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Stay safe, Joao! You'll be in my prayers!


+ 1.

All this on top of bronchitis. Yeesh.
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Hold on tight, man.



We are waiting you here.

(We realy need "crossed-fingers-for-luck" emoticon here.)
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Get the duck indoors! And stay safe yourself.
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Duck!




Luck!
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33 dead and 20+ missing. Landfall has occurred. Too much rain to be a regular storm, this is serious business territory.
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MGBM wrote:
33 dead and 20+ missing. Landfall has occurred. Too much rain to be a regular storm, this is serious business territory.


Be safe mate. Board your house and keep the ducks inside.
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MGBM wrote:
33 dead and 20+ missing. Landfall has occurred. Too much rain to be a regular storm, this is serious business territory.


Be safe mate. Board your house and keep the ducks inside.


This isn't a zombie apocalypse! Where's the shotgun! They're in the house!
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
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D*mn Joao!!!! Stay safe!!! Keep your doggies safe!!!!!

My prayers are with you and your country. Keep us posted!
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Country is in a state of shock. We haven't been hit by such a catastrophe for ages. Death toll now at 40+ with dozens missing and entire villages unreachable and unknown of their situation.

The storm lost most of its power when it reached here though it could still be felt. Otherwise everything here is ok. Madeira, however, is utterly destroyed and devastated.
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So sorry........stay strong.

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Crap, I need to talk to a friend of mine, he has parents in Madeira
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MGBM wrote:
Country is in a state of shock. We haven't been hit by such a catastrophe for ages. Death toll now at 40+ with dozens missing and entire villages unreachable and unknown of their situation.

The storm lost most of its power when it reached here though it could still be felt. Otherwise everything here is ok. Madeira, however, is utterly destroyed and devastated.


That's so tragic. soblue
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Situation in Madeira worsening by the hour. A mall has been found that most likely has dozens of corpses in the lower levels, people who didn't even had time to flee. More storms this week with the same intensity. Whole villages unreachable and without any means of communications.

The missing are rumored to be in the hundreds, including many people who were in their cars and were literally washed away into the sea. Portugal has not seen a tragedy of this magnitude in long, long while.
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Oh Crap
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Stay safe.
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Yeah, stay safe. I know you probably want to volunteer, but you need to stay on the mainland and wait until the weather settles down. There are lots of ways to help without actually going over there, although you probably wish you could.

Is the Red Cross or other organization collecting $$ that you know of?
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Yeah, stay safe. I know you probably want to volunteer, but you need to stay on the mainland and wait until the weather settles down. There are lots of ways to help without actually going over there, although you probably wish you could.

Is the Red Cross or other organization collecting $$ that you know of?


Yeah, I think some. The weather right now is settled but the forecast is uncertain.
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Here is some news coverage:

CNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/02/22/portugal.muds...

London Times/Sky News:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article70...

BBC (probably the best in English--many articles linked from this one):
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8527589.stm
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MGBM wrote:
Yeah, I think some. The weather right now is settled but the forecast is uncertain.


Just opened the newspaper, and it looks pretty grim. Glad to hear your safe, everyone at work would miss your WTF posts if you washed away.
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Wet weather my mother always called "loverly weather for ducks"*. I'm thinkin' that's not so much the case this time.

Keep yourself and your ducks to the high ground, João. I think of you every time I see the news.


*Failed to find a youtube clip of it, but the lyrics go:
When it’s pouring rain and people complain
And things aren’t worth the shucks
Don’t you yell, just say Well
Lovely weather for ducks
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To update the links I gave above:

CNN: Nothing.

London Times/Sky News: Check the European section. Some interesting stuff there (that will unlink as time passes):
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/

BBC: Related links are in the story above or in one of the new articles such as:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8527123.stm


João: I'm seeing a lot of João-s in the news. This is a popular name! =Jose (Spanish) or John (English)???


Ducks: On a much lighter note, even frivolous: Disneyland, near me, ran a promotion last year giving you free entry on your birthday, or a coupon for entry if you had an annual pass. But you must go on your birthday! Well, my birthday was quite wet, though not as rainy as Madeira, of course. So, I just went to see Disneyland in the rain, see some stuff my friends don't like, and get my coupon. It was a weekday, so I didn't inflict the bad weather on my friends; and since I refused to wear one of the abuse this person birthday badges, little got inflicted on me--though not for lack of trying on Disney's part. I think the best part of my visit was walking through Disneyland's central park and seeing an apparently mated pair of ducks wandering among the people, feeling safe, drinking out of the well for trolley tracks. "Nice weather for ducks."--an English saying meaning it's rainy.

If this is welcomely light-hearted, good; if not, sincere apologies.
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