Severe storms hit the US Tornadoes rip through the Midwest forcing residents to flee their homes Everton Fox Last updated: 24 Jun 2014 13:44
Tornadoes sweep across the Midwest leading to violent storms through parts of Ohio and Indiana [Tyler Kuester]
|June is usually one of the more active months for severe thunderstorms across the US. This year has been no exception with what seems to be a continuous round of storms with large hail, flooding rains, and damaging tornadoes.The latest round of tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Monday as the violent storms ran across parts of Ohio and Indiana states.The National Weather Service was able to confirm that a tornado did touch down in the northeast of Ohio. At least 10 homes were damaged in Brunswick, which is around 50km to the southwest of Cleveland.Several homes suffered significant damage and many families had to seek shelter elsewhere. Meanwhile, thunderstorms also battered parts of Indiana, leaving around 25,000 customers without electricity at some point.|
Hiker died of hypothermia on Mount Rainier
She did not have other injuries and her death was an accident, the Pierce County medical examiner’s office said Monday. Karen Sykes had heart disease, according to an autopsy, but her daughter and others said she was healthy and fit and often hiked twice a week.While not certain about the circumstances around her death, those who knew Sykes said earlier that they believed her death was something that could happen to anyone no matter how experienced.”The mountains are big. There’s a lot going on. She was extremely experienced but experience has nothing to do with any of it,” said Kim Brown, who has hiked with Sykes.”She was very careful, very cautious,” Brown said of Sykes, who was prominent in the Northwest hiking community for her trail reviews and photographs and her book on hiking western Washington. „It’s just something that happens out in the mountains. Everybody who goes in the mountains knows this can happen. It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go out, you need to be aware of it.”Sykes was reported missing late Wednesday when she failed to meet up with her boyfriend as planned during a day hike on the east side of the mountain.View galleryThis undated photo provided by Lola Kemp shows Karen Sykes. Crews searched Mount Rainier National Pa …Park officials suspended three-day search efforts on Saturday when they discovered Sykes.Kindra Ramos, with the nonprofit Washington Trails Association, said she won’t guess what happened to Sykes but said hiking comes with inherent risks.”As they go outdoors, the best thing you could do is to have your 10 essentials, be comfortable with your surroundings, and go as far as you’re comfortable,” Ramos said.She recommended proper trip planning and preparation, including reading trip reports and knowing weather conditions.”Karen knew these things and I’m sure did them. She really had her bases covered, and unfortunately accidents happen sometimes,” Ramos said. She added that Sykes would want people to know that there are some risks but „she wouldn’t want to scare people from hiking.”View galleryA view of Mount Rainier in Washington state January 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Robert Sorbo)Mary Kay Nelson, executive director of Visit Rainier, an organization that promotes tourism at the mountain, said Sykes was researching a story that she likely would have submitted to the website.She said Sykes had written about more than 100 hikes in the Rainier area, and „was always eager to find new places to go, hidden hikes that weren’t well-traveled.”Nelson said Sykes’ disappearance was particularly shocking because she was so experienced.”It tells us that no matter how prepared we are, accidents happens and things can happen. We need to take outdoor recreation seriously. There’s a certain amount of risk every day we get up, whatever we do,” she said.Since 2000, 18 hikers have died in Mount Rainier National Park, including from falls, drowning and heart attacks, according to park statistics.Annette Shirey, 52, who lives in Tucson, Arizona, said her mother had a personal connection to the mountain and wanted to share that love with others.”The mountains were always a place that gave her strength and (were) always uplifting for her,” she said. „It helped restore her spirit and her strength.”
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„Unfortunately, it’s probably still a needle-in-a-haystack because we don’t know how many needles are out there,” said Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute in California.
„What we do know that we didn’t know, even a year ago, is what fraction of stars have planets that might be habitable,” Shostak told The Huffington Post. „And these days, the answer is maybe one in five. That’s a preliminary analysis of Kepler data. We now know that there are going to be lots of worlds out there where you could have life.
„The number of habitable worlds in our galaxy is certainly in the tens of billions, minimum, and we haven’t even talked about the moons. You know, moons can be habitable, too. And the number of galaxies we can see, other than our own, is about 100 billion. So 100 billion times 10 billion is a thousand billion billion [habitable planets] in the visible universe,” he said.Shostak is featured in Tuesday night’s episode of Science Channel’s „Alien Encounters” series, which explores the idea that an alien presence on Earth has spawned a generation of human-alien hybrids who eventually connect with a powerful quantum super computer. So far, he noted, the concept of one species breeding with another is just the stuff of sci-fi.”It’s science fiction, of course, that they’re coming here to breed with us, to make hybrids. We don’t do that with other species of our own planet very often. We might crossbreed a couple species, but nobody here has got experiments to crossbreed humans with mayflies or something like that,” Shostak said.”Maybe with parrots — that would be good because then maybe we would live longer, and we’d still be able to talk. We don’t do that kind of thing because it doesn’t make any sense biologically.”Given the staggering number of potentially habitable planets now thought to exist by astronomers, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology was interested enough to invite Shostak and Dan Werthimer, director of SETI’s research center at the University of California, Berkeley, to testify before the committee last month. Shostak and Werthimer told lawmakers that more funding would increase SETI’s chances of finding that elusive proof of ET’s existence.”I told them it would be a couple of decades,” Shostak said, „and explained to the committee why I thought that was the right time scale to find some sort of life. You might find it in the solar system. You might finally build a telescope that could find oxygen and methane in the atmosphere of nearby planets around other stars — we could build that today except for the fact that there’s no budget, but there may be budget within 20 years to do that. And the third approach, of course, is SETI.””Each of these has a decent chance of succeeding,” he added, „and I also think that one of them will.”Watch the full congressional hearing here.
„Alien Encounters” airs Tuesdays on Science Channel at 10 p.m. Check your local listings for more information.