You’ve seen the ads. Pristine beach… not a speck of sand out of place… a cold beer sitting just out of reach… clean water as far as you can see… a palm tree drifting into the top third of the photo.
At least the word “dream” is accurate.
We don’t think a beach exists on the planet without bits of plastic on it.
We’ve taken our fantasy of a pristine beach and trashed it.
Our pals over at Heal the Bay just posted some photos of Santa Monica after the “first flush” (the term Southern Californians use to describe what happens during the first heavy rain of the winter). The photo is a “first flush” photo. If you think this pic is nasty, check out the others here.
We, surfers and beach lovers, are sick of this trash.
This is why we do what we do.
he pre-Halloween hybrid weather monster that federal forecasters call “Frankenstorm” is looking more ominous by the hour for the East Coast, and utilities and local governments are getting ready.
Hurricane Sandy, having blown through Haiti and Cuba and leaving at least 40 dead, continues to barrel north as the lowest category hurricane, just as a wintry storm is moving across the U.S. from the west, and frigid air streams south from Canada.
And if they meet Tuesday morning around New York or New Jersey, as forecasters predict, they could create a big, wet mess that settles over the nation’s most heavily populated corridor and reaches as far west as Ohio.
Meteorologists expect a natural horror show of high wind, heavy rain, extreme tides and maybe snow to the west beginning early Sunday, peaking with the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday and lingering past Halloween on Wednesday.
“It’s looking like a very serious storm that could be historic,” said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the forecasting service Weather Underground.
With a rare mix of three big merging weather systems over a densely populated region, experts predict at least $1 billion in damage.
ABOUT 400,000 people were ordered or advised to leave their homes in southwest Japan yesterday as heavy rain pounded the area for a third day leaving 29 dead or missing, officials and media said.
The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of more landslides and floods on the main southern island of Kyushu as rainfall of up to 11 centimetres (4.3 inches) per hour was recorded yesterday.
Evacuation orders were issued to about 260,000 people in the north of the island where more rivers burst their banks, Kyushu’s local media reported.
They were told to go to designated shelters such as schools and other public facilities.
Nearly 140,000 other people were advised to leave their homes to avoid possible disaster, according to officials contacted by AFP in the four affected prefectures in Kyushu.
Television footage showed torrents of muddy, debris-strewn water and flooded houses following what officials described as “unprecedented” downpours from a seasonal rain front.
Along the Yamakuni river in Oita prefecture, water levels were seen reaching the roof of a riverside drive-in restaurant before subsiding later.
At least 13 people were killed and 20 others were injured when a severe storm tore through the Buenos Aires area, state media reported Thursday.
Residents of the city awakened to crumbling walls, crushed cars, fallen trees and scattered branches after heavy rain, wind and hail hit Wednesday night, the state-run Telam agency said.
“The level of virulence of this storm is not normal,” said Diego Santilli, the city’s environment minister, according to Telam. “The winds were similar to those of a tornado.”
One resident told the news agency that the Parque Avellaneda neighborhood “looks like they threw a bomb.” Fallen trees blocked streets. A wall in at least one historic building collapsed, Telam said.