Florida is ready, but where is the hurricane?
By Leila MACOR
Port Saint Lucie, United States (AFP) Sept 3, 2019
Houses and businesses are boarded up, bridges to barrier islands are blocked and many residents of Florida’s beachside communities are long gone.
But the wait is starting to get to those who have stayed behind, waiting for Hurricane Dorian, the slow-moving behemoth that walloped the Bahamas and now lingers off shore.
“The uncertainty is a little nerve wracking,” says Drew Gabrielson, clutching his trembling Chihuahua Rodney as he looks across a beach at the roughening surf.
The 47-year-old has been through hurricanes before, but this one, he says, is so slow.
“I’m ready for it to be over,” he said.
On Tuesday, Dorian began moving at five miles per hour (eight kilometers per hour), a positively jaunty pace after being stuck at a near standstill for the better part of two days as it battered the helpless Bahamas.
That has given Florida precious time to assemble an army of utility trucks, bulldozers and road-clearing equipment.
But the sense of impatience is growing as the wait stretches out.
One tongue-in-cheek hurricane graphic on social media shows Dorian’s arrival times on the US east coast as anywhere between Halloween and Christmas.
Still, there are chilling reminders that the big storm is still out there.
The hurricane’s outer bands lash the shore from time to time, with 50 miles per hour gusts, intermittent rains and high seas.
– ‘Already working overtime!’ –
On Tuesday morning, Dorian had weakened to a Category 2 storm after leaving at least five dead in the Bahamas, where it landed Sunday as a maximum strength Category 5.
It was expected to continue picking up speed and turn north Wednesday night, which would mark a breakthrough after days in place.
“I think I can walk faster than this storm,” said Erick Gill, communications director for Florida’s St Lucie county.
“Looks like we are out of harm’s way, but we still want to remain vigilant. Until it passes north of us, there’s still a chance that we could be impacted,” he said.
The biggest threat is from storm surges kicked up by Dorian, as well as potential hurricane-force winds.
Early Tuesday, dozens of electric power company workers arrived by bus from Orlando in St Lucie county.
The area is peppered with vulnerable mobile home parks and flood-prone areas, but the extra workers are on hand to repair power lines and clear downed trees once the storm moves through.
“Let the storm take its time, I’m already working overtime!” said one worker, who wouldn’t give his name.
Florida has 118 shelters open across the state, where 10,300 people have taken refuge from the storm.
Mona Buchanan, the principal of a high school being used as a shelter in Fort Pierce, Florida said: “People are tense because we don’t know where the storm is going to go.”
Battered child syndrome is most often diagnosed by an emergency room physician or pediatrician, or by teachers or social workers.
Physical examination will detect injuries such as bruises, burns, swelling, retinal hemorrhages (bleeding in the back of the eye), internal damage such as bleeding or rupture of an organ, fractures of long bones ore spiral-type fractures that result from twisting, and fractured ribs or skull. X rays , and other imaging techniques, such as MRI or scans, may confirm or reveal other internal injuries.
The presence of injuries at different stages of healing (i.e., having occurred at different times) is nearly always indicative of BCS.
Establishing the diagnosis is often hindered by the excessive cautiousness of caregivers or by actual concealment of the true origin of the child’s injuries, as a result of fear, shame and avoidance or denial mechanisms
SIMILAR SYMPTOMES FOR A BATTERED DOG
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This information gathered from The Advocates for Human Rights
Officer-Involved Domestic Violence
Individuals who are the victims of domestic violence at the hands of police officer-batterers are often in a unique and particularly vulnerable situation. Unlike most victims of domestic violence, where the success of protective efforts depends on the cooperation of law enforcement, those subject to abuse from a member of the law enforcement community may, for a variety of reasons, be unable to secure the assistance they seek. And, studies indicate that police families are 2-4 times more likely than the general population to experience domestic violence, making the potential for disparities in protective success particularly troubling. FromPolice Family Violence Fact Sheet, National Center for Women & Policing.
The strong bonds of loyalty within most law enforcement communities, coupled with the discretion granted to officers in determining how to respond to allegations of abuse…
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Information copied from the American Humane Society:
Facts About Animal Abuse & Domestic Violence
In association with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Why it Matters
- 71% of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims; 32% reported their children had hurt or killed animals.
- 68% of battered women reported violence towards their animals. 87% of these incidents occurred in the presence of the women, and 75% in the presence of the children, to psychologically control and coerce them.
- 13% of intentional animal abuse cases involve domestic violence.
- Between 25% and 40% of battered women are unable to escape abusive situations because they worry about what will happen to their pets or livestock should they leave.
- Pets may suffer unexplained injuries, health problems, permanent disabilities at the hands of abusers, or disappear from home.
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