Celebrities Tweet Their Thoughts On Hurricane Irene!

Sun, August 28, 2011 4:00pm EST by 1 Comment

While some of our favorite stars are preparing to shake up the stage at the MTV VMA’s tonight, August 28th —  celebs are tweeting about the hurricane that swept across the East Coast last night.

Hurricane Irene hit major East Coast cities last night that are homes to many celebs. From the housewives to Lady Gaga — the Twitterverse was exploding with celeb tweets about the natural disaster.

Rihanna responded to a follower who asked her to pray for the East Coast, “I am baby! Just talked to my grandma.”

And Lady Gaga made a sentimental and powerful statement via Twitter, “Thinking of NY during this hurricane, You and I are forever. Strongest place I know. Home.” How sweet!

Demi Lovato tweeted her prayers, “Praying for the East Coast,” and Real Housewives of New York City star Jill Zarin tweeted her whereabouts, “We lost power already. Cell seems ok for now. Thank God @kellybensimon is right next door to me so we can help her, now I’m a little scared. Send me photo on NYC please?”

Scary — we sure hope Jill and everyone else on the East Coast is okay!

How are you coping with the hurricane aftermath, Hollywoodlifers? What’s been your favorite celeb hurricane tweet so far?

— Nicole Karlis

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Paul Harris

Posted at 4:22 PM on August 28, 2011  

Since tomorrow is the 6th Anniversary of Katrina it’s important that some myths be laid to rest. Here are some facts:

While Hurricane Katrina was a natural disaster for the Mississippi Gulf Coast, it was not a natural disaster for the city of New Orleans. The Army Corps of Engineers’ shoddy levees failed to hold up to a Category 3 storm. Most of the death and destruction in New Orleans was caused by the levee failures as well as the slow response by the Federal Government.

While we in the Superdome believed the rumors of murders and rapes, in reality these could not be verified. There was a suicide, a couple of drug overdoses and about 5 deaths of medical patients.

The Airport, Amtrak, and Greyhound shut down PRIOR to the evacuation of New Orleans. Many of us could not get out of town and ended up at the Superdome or Convention Center.

The approximate 85% of residents who did evacuate is a higher level than most evacuations of its kind in the U.S.

Those infamous flooded busses would have only evacuated about 5000 people as only half were operable and who was going to drive them as most of the locals had been forced to evacuate.

Days after Katrina, Bush said “no one could have foreseen the breach of the levees”. 6 months later a video and transcripts surfaced showing Bush being forewarned by the Head of the Nat. Hurricane Center, Gov. Blanco, “Brownie” and Nagin that this was going to be a devastating storm and quite likely the levees would be breached. Bush said “everything would be taken care of”. Thus he was caught in two lies.

Paul Harris
Author, “Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina”

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