Winter storms can bring snow, sleet, and freezing rain across the entire United States and its territories. Even Hawaii gets snow in its Big Island, and major cities as far south as Atlanta and Dallas have been paralyzed by snow, ice.
Blizzards occur when strong wind causes blowing snow and whiteout conditions, making roads impassable. Thousands of people are injured or killed every year in traffic accidents related to slippery roads from winter storms.
What Defines A Blizzard?
Officially, the National Weather Service defines a blizzard as a storm which contains large amounts of snow OR blowing snow, with winds in excess of 35 mph and visibility of less than 1/4 mile for an extended period of time (at least 3 hours).
Winter Storm Stella Outlook
Storm summary number 05 for upper Midwest to northeast winter storm NWS weather prediction center College Park, Maryland
1100 am EDT Tuesday, March 14 2017.
…strengthening winter storm bringing heavy snow, strong wind, and coastal flooding to portions of the northern mid-Atlantic and the northeast…
Blizzard warnings are in effect for areas of eastern Pennsylvania…northern New Jersey…eastern and northern New York…western Vermont…much of Connecticut and Massachusetts…northern Rhode Island …and along the immediate coastline in New Hampshire and southern Maine.
On the Asbury Park boardwalk located at 1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, New Jersey, visitors will find the SS Morro Castle Monument. The monument is located less than an hour from Cape Liberty Cruise Port at Bayonne, New Jersey cruise ship terminal and the Manhattan Cruise Ship Terminal across the Hudson, River in New York.
Anthem of the Seas calls Cape Liberty her home port. Christened on April 20, 2015, the massive cruise ship has a capacity of 4,905 passengers. Those passengers leaving and returning from a Caribbean cruise, sail right past the monument for the SS Morro Castle fire as they pass Asbury Park, New Jersey.
The SS Morro Castle Fire on September 8, 1934 resulted in the deaths of 135 Passengers and Crew. The cruise ship, huge for her time, had 480 passengers and 240 crew aboard, when the cruise ship caught fire.
At around 2:50 a.m. on September 8, while the SS Morro Castle was sailing around eight nautical miles off Long Beach Island, New York, a fire was detected in a storage locker within the First Class Writing Room on B Deck, which quickly spread within minutes.
Captain Warms attempted to beach the ship, but the growing need to launch lifeboats and abandon ship forced him to give up this strategy. Within 20 minutes of the fire’s discovery (at approximately 3:10), the fire burned through the ship’s main electrical cables, plunging the ship into darkness. As all power was lost, the radio stopped working as well. The crew only got off one SOS call before the radio was silent. Read more on Cruise Ship Fires
Tech entrepreneur Greg Gopman, of AngelHack, a company which organizes hackathons, complained on Facebook in 2013 (seen on his website titled, The Stupidest Thing I Ever Did) about the “homeless, drug dealers, dropouts, and trash, the degenerates gather like hyenas, spit, urinate, taunt you, there is nothing positive gained from having them so close to us.”, recently wanted to house the homeless on a cruise ship.
Gopman’s website welcomes visitor with this message, “Hi, I’m Greg Gopman, I’m most well known for my work building AngelHack, Hackathon.io and for my work solving homeless in San Francisco. I’m an avid traveler, lover of unconventional wisdom, and usually have 2- 3 wonky ideas I’m working on.”
On his blog, he had posted on May 8, 2015, ” A New Solution to Housing the Homeless, The way America deals with homelessness is broken. Every year, cities spend more to try and manage homelessness at a local level, and every year they come up short. In the past 8 years, US spending on homelessness has doubled, yet homelessness itself has only decreased by 10%.”
A New Solution to Housing the Homeless
So, Gopman brain-stormed a plan to house the homeless on a cruise ship in San Francisco. He lays out the reason the homeless should be housed on a cruise ship, “Now you might be wondering: would people really want to live somewhere else? Maybe… maybe not. But it’s an option we should be offering. Currently, the only option we offer people is to stay homeless. Or worse, we put people in jail for being homeless.”
Gopman had started a petition two years ago on Change.org. The petition states he was trying to get 100 signatures and received 32 before it was closed. It appeared to be primarily promoted via his blog. That was ultimately the publicity problem with the AngelHack founder’s petition.
Gopman challenges his readers, “That’s why it’s time to make a change! If you want to support a regional housing solution, sign our Change.org campaign below. If 30,000 people sign up, then A Better San Francisco will organize a Regional Housing Summit for California and assist the mayors of the thirty cities below to organize one as well.”
The long-winded blog post had two big orange buttons at the bottom of the blog post. For a man who considers himself a tech, tech enough to hold hackathons, it is sloppy at minimum, that the links on the buttons were improperly formatted and would not work. The button links were formatted to go to this web address, which of course is not a web address at all. http://greggopman.com/blog/www.bit.ly/regionalhousing
Bad html button link
This was indeed a trifecta effect cluster of his “wonky” ideas. First, was the Facebook post slamming the homeless, second to create this webpage petition promotion which was flawed tech code, but the big Kahuna was suggesting to house homeless on a cruise ship.
Wonky Defined: crooked; off-center; askew;(of a thing) unsteady; shaky; not functioning correctly; faulty.
Gopman’s website says he has a hackathon going on today: Sony Xperia Projector Hackathon, held March 3-4, 2017 at Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.
The idea of using a cruise ship to house the homeless is not new. Right before Thanksgiving on November 21, 2002 the Los Angeles Times published an article New York Floats a Plan to Place Homeless on Board Cruise Ship, which floated this same idea.
“City officials, faced with a rapidly expanding number of homeless and a court order that requires New York to provide temporary shelter for any person who needs it, have come up with the novel plan to use old cruise ships as just one of several solutions to a chronic housing shortage.”
Years later, there was a new twist to the cruise ship idea. On September 7, 2016 CBS San Francisco published an article which stated, “former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos pitched a solution to the city’s homeless crisis that would get people in need off the streets and onto a ship. Agnos wanted to turn an old aircraft carrier, the USS Peleliu, into temporary housing for the homeless.”
Filed under: wonky, wonkier, wonkiest ideas for housing the homeless.
Great Idea Helping Homeless
Now, a really great idea. On March 16, 2009, the Ship to Shelter Program Port of San Diego and Holland America Line was kicked off.
Martin Stephen Brutosky, 64, from New York was on a Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess cruise ship excursion with his newlywed wife Diane Montero in Antigua for their honeymoon on December 3, 2016. The couple had been married on November 12, 2016.
Jean Shaw says she went to take a nap in their cabin while the Cunard Line’s MS Sagafjord was docked in Juneau, Alaska on July 20, 1992. Her husband, Walter B. Shaw, 72, left their cabin, telling her he was going to go for a walk on deck. That was the last time she saw him.
When the ship was ready to depart for Ketchikan around 1600 hours, Jean Shaw looked for her husband and couldn’t find him. The ship’s crew paged him, couldn’t find him, then the ship left the port without him.
Police searched downtown, and say two witnesses indicated that they saw Shaw. The witnesses say Shaw told them that he came into town to mail letters and missed the departure of his ship.
The witnesses say he asked for directions to Ketchikan, Alaska 235 miles to the south. This doesn’t make any sense, because there is no way to get to Ketchikan by land. The only way there is by air or sea. This is a fact that surely the well-educated Shaw knew.
Alice Ann Jacob, 72, from Brewster, New York was on a “bucket list” Transatlantic cruise with her daughter Alethea aboard Princess Cruises’ Regal Princess on September 24, 2015. Jacob suddenly got ill while the cruise ship was off the coast of Ireland, requiring an Irish Coast Guard.medical evacuation from the cruise ship via helicopter.
Jacob was medevaced to Cork University Hospital in Ireland. Cork University Hospital is the largest university teaching hospital in Ireland and is the only Level 1 trauma center in the country due to the presence of over 40 different medical and surgical specialties on the campus.
On Friday, May 29, 2015, Elizabeth Fascia, 82, from Albany, New York embarked from Boston, Massachusetts on a 7-day cruise to Bermuda with her family aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s cruise ship Norwegian Dawn.
Only a few hours after setting sail, Elizabeth Fascia suffered an aneurysm that ruptured her esophagus. The captain turned Norwegian Dawn. back to Boston, where Elizabeth Fascia was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital.
Early the next morning, on Saturday May 30, Elizabeth Fascia died at Massachusetts General Hospital from what family members called “a broken heart”.
On May 17, 2015, Colleen Blair, from Brooklyn, New York, was sailing aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Gem on day two of a 7-day Bahamas cruise, with her three children. Two of her children were in the adult pool on deck 12 without her constant supervision. Both had to be rescued, one of the children died.
The cruise ship was off the coast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at the time.
Cruise Bruise Investigates has learned from an online obituary, the child is Katelyn A. Blair from Brooklyn, New York.
Musician Johnny Kemp, 55, from New York was booked aboard the Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Breeze as a performer for Reach Media’s Tom Joyner Morning Show, Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage in Montego Bay, Jamaica on Thursday, April 16, 2015, when he was found dead on a beach.
Police say Kemp was found dead from an apparent head injury as a result of slipping and falling from the rocks along the shore and hitting his head.
He had been seen walking on the rocks earlier in the morning. Kemp’s body was found face down at the beach around 9:50 am on. He apparently suffered head injuries and was fully clothed.
A teenage girl who says she is the older sister of the two boys who went under the water in the Norwegian Breakaway swimming pool this past week has identified her dead brother on her Facebook page as Dante Curtis.
The case has now been moved to the Cruise Ship Deaths website and can be found in the cruise ship drowning deaths cause of death category, as well as the cruise ship deaths by ship name, person’s name and age categories.