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'Please listen to us down here! We are gonna die'

'Please listen to us down here! We are gonna die'

The post-Sandy shock is turning to desperation for some people.  

Donna Solli says she rode out the storm on Staten Island to stay with her dog.  She is hungry, cold and worried -- like millions of others who are still in the dark. 

Hurricane Sandy 'scary stuff' for East Coast

Hurricane Sandy 'scary stuff' for East Coast

A Category 1 hurricane off the East Coast doesn’t sound like a huge threat, but I do anticipate a big change for the worse over the weekend.

Here's where we stand: Hurricane Sandy has weakened a bit since yesterday and stands at a Category 1, with 80 mph sustained winds. It is edging out of the Bahamas and should parallel the U.S. East Coast for the next few days. 

Deadly storm heading to East Coast

Deadly storm heading to East Coast

Hurricane Sandy made landfall in Jamaica yesterday afternoon with around 80 mph winds, a Category 1. It hopped over the island nation and made a second landfall in Cuba with even stronger 110 mph winds, a Category 2.

The storm is roughing up the Bahamas now, but what happens this weekend?

Michael is 1st major hurricane of the season

Michael is 1st major hurricane of the season

September 10th is the peak of hurricane season, and right on schedule.  I’m tracking two hurricanes and one spot in the Gulf of Mexico that could develop into a tropical system. 

Hurricane Michael grew into a major Category 3 hurricane overnight Wednesday into Thursday as winds reached 115 mph.  It's the season's first major storm ("major" is qualified as a category 3 or more).  I’m not worried about Michael doing anything but disturb the fish as it gradually swings north through the Atlantic and ultimately falls apart.

Rescuers crash through attic to save family

Rescuers crash through attic to save family

Neighbors used a chainsaw to get into an attic to save a family in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.  Dad, Rafael Delgadillo used his cell phone to record his 8-year-old daughter being pulled out of the roof to safety. 

The family is now staying in a shelter.

More than 1,000 rescued in Isaac's wake

More than 1,000 rescued in Isaac's wake

Right now, search and rescue teams are preparing to go out again looking for people stranded by floodwaters brought on by Hurricane Isaac.

They rescued more than 1,000 people and pets yesterday from flooded homes in Louisiana. Many of those people never expected to need to be rescued. Some stayed put because their homes had never flooded before -- not even during Hurricane Katrina.

Right 'in the heart' of the hurricane

Right 'in the heart' of the hurricane

HLN meteorologist Bob Van Dillen reporting live from New Orleans as slow-moving storm pushes into the city.

More: Water tops levee in Plaquemines Parish

NOLA mayor: We're hunkering down

NOLA mayor: We're hunkering down

Officials are reporting "overtopping of a levee on the east bank" from Braithwaite to White Ditch, which will "result in significant deep flooding in the area," the National Weather Service said early Wednesday. Plaquemines Parish president Bill Nungesser tells CNN, "...not only did we see the worst case scenario, it got worse than that with the storm stalling. The levees can only take so much."

The levee in question is operated by the parish and not the federal government.

Katrina & Isaac: Different storms, yet eerily similar

Katrina & Isaac: Different storms, yet eerily similar

Isaac and Katrina are two different storms, but they share some unsettling similarities: 

  • The path of Isaac just came away from the western Florida coastline Monday morning and is churning up the Gulf of Mexico. Katrina did the same thing.
     
  • Isaac is moving to the west-northwest and should eventually steer to the northwest and head for the Louisiana/Mississippi coastline Tuesday night. Look at Katrina’s ultimate path: it did the same thing.
     
  • It appears that Isaac will make landfall late Tuesday night or early Wednesday, August 29. Katrina made landfall near Buras, Louisiana on … August 29, seven years ago.
     
READ MORE: Isaac makes way toward Gulf Coast

Hurricane season 2012: How bad will it be?

Hurricane season 2012: How bad will it be?

The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts today, even though we already had two named storms in May. The last time there were two out-of-season tropical storms was in 1908! It's a quick start, to be sure, but what does it mean for the rest of the season?

In a two words: Jack squat.

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