By Adam Douty – AccuWeather
Typhoon Maysak will continue to strengthen, becoming a strong typhoon before bringing life-threatening conditions to Yap Tuesday night.
Maysak first developed into a tropical storm on Friday while located across Micronesia, southeast of Guam. The storm has continued strengthening since and will remain a large and dangerous typhoon as it tracks westward toward the Philippines this week.
Maysak slammed the island of Chuuk over the weekend with damaging winds and torrential rainfall as the core of the storm moved directly over the island. More than 250 mm (10 inches) of rain was reported, most of which fell in under 6 hours.
Andrew Yatilman, director of the National Emergency Management Office of the Federated States of Micronesia, reported to Radio New Zealand that there was severe damage across Chuuk with roofs completely torn off homes and possible casualties.
Yap will be the next significantly populated island…
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John Hargrove can clearly recall the moment in 1980 when, as a wide-eyed six-year-old sitting with his family in the audience at a SeaWorld show in Orlando, he fell in love with killer whales. Harder to pinpoint is when his relationship with his dream job, training orcas for the theme park giant, finally turned sour.
It began with little things he says he started to notice about how SeaWorld treated its captive sea lions, dolphins and whales, and the trainers who would showcase them to the public. He says he saw cramped holding pools he believes were filled with too much chlorine; animals going blind or developing arthritis prematurely; and senior trainers banished from working with their beloved whales because they dared to speak out.
Later in his 14-year career, which is chronicled in his new book, Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish, he says he witnessed incidents that broke his heart: whales becoming aggressive towards trainers because of frustration at being confined in tiny pens for hours on end, or the anguished cries of whale calves forcibly separated from distressed mothers, against SeaWorld’s stated policy. …. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/28/seaworld-trainer-john-hargrove-killer-whale-treatment?CMP=fb_gu