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Ernesto became the first hurricane
of the 2006 season on Sunday and
is forecast to hit central
or northern Florida by Thursday
had top winds of 75 mph at 5 a.m.
ET, according to Lt. Jennifer Pralgo,
a meteorologist at the National
The latest advisory
from the hurricane center said conditions
in the Gulf were "highly conducive"
for the "rapid intensification
in the near term and for the potential
development of a major hurricane
in the longer term."
ready is Fernando Garcia. that has
lived in Miami for over 46 years
and is a practicing santeria voodooist
in the Miami, Dade area.
is now forecast to make landfall
as a major category 3 storm on the
coast of Florida, move
northeastward and still be a category
1 storm well inland.
A tropical storm
watch may be issued for the western
portion of the Florida Keys sometime
Sunday, according to the discussion
notes issued by the hurricane center.
powerful the hurricane becomes will
be "highly dependent on the
exact track that Ernesto takes due
to land interaction with Haiti and
Last year's hurricane
season was the most destructive
on record. Hurricane Katrina devastated
Louisiana and Mississippi and was
blamed for more than 1,570 deaths
among Louisiana residents alone.
It also was the
busiest in 154 years of storm tracking,
with a records 28 named storms and
a record 15 hurricanes. Meteorologists
used up their list of 21 proper
names _ beginning with Arlene and
ending with Wilma _ and had to use
the Greek alphabet to name storms
for the first time.
The first named
storm of 2005 was Tropical Storm
Arlene, which formed June 9 and
made landfall just west of Pensacola
in the Florida Panhandle.
years 4th Hurricane Protection Voodoo
Ceremony that will be performed
once again in this quiet Miami suburban
neighborhood of Bird Road this year.
This particular stylized Voodoo
ritual will be been done each time
a hurricane forms in the Atlantic
or Gulf of Mexico and is to summon
the protection of the spirit world
against each hurricane individually.
In New Orleans Mambo Sallie Ann
Glassman Performs only 1 New Orleans
Hurricane ritual publicly a year.
Voodoo has long been entrenched
in New Orleans, quietly practiced
in homes with altars, candles and
incense to solve problems. Before
the Hurricane Katrina tore through,
about 15 percent of the city's population
actively practiced, according to
Each time there is a hurricane in
the gulf we perform our hurricane
ritual at a moments notice. Each
year it is practiced with special
prayers and chants to their Vodoun,
the Loa Agwe. The personification
of the ocean, and the patron of
sailors and fishermen. "Only
members of our group are involved
and we do not seek media attention,"
says Fernando. What we do is secret
to our closed Miami societies circle
and not all details are given to
the outside world."
Rituals for Agwe, (Agoue) are held
near the Ocean, and offerings to
him are floated on hand made rafts
or small boats. Agwe is associated
with the catholic St. Ulrich. At
sunrise today as the first light
of dawn , Fernando and his group
of 10 dozen or more followers set
afloat 700 small boats and rafts
into the Atlantic ocean as they
have done before this year . "We
have got to call on the mighty voodoo
Lwa and our ancestors for help and
get real serious about it."
Says Fernando. " We put something
in each boat or raft, we feed her
and offer her spinach, which means,
'We are wishing Ernesto be decimated,'
and sweet beets, which means 'May
Ernesto be removed from the world.'
"We give Agwe sweet carrots
which asks, 'May our merits be increased
against hurricane Ernesto.'"
We have also included real New Orleans
Voodoo Zombie Bottles fir the first
time on a few of the small rafts
to help that it not hit or destroy
any more of New Orleans. "
have used Zombie spirit bottles
in my rituals before, but it seems
the most Powerful Zombies come from
New Orleans Voodooist" . Says
Fernando, " I have I think
depleted their supply and Paractioners
in New Orleans are working hard
gathering more Zombie Spirits to
send more to me for the future.
ORLEANS REAL ZOMBIE VOODOO DOLL
BOTTLE .... ACCEPT NO IMITATIONS
New Orleans Bianca The Voodoo Queens
magic hurricane protection starts
June first, in warding off the major
hurricanes with her own voodoo ceremonial
drumming and the burning of the
hurricane names for 2006, and lighting
of the sacred 100 year old voodoo
hurricane lamp (an eternal voodoo
vigilance flame to remain lit until
November 30th)." Says Fernando.
" Sallie ann Glassman this
past July 15th did her own New Orleans
voodoo hurricane ritual the powerful
intercession of Erzulie Dantor to
protect her city." I try to
import into my voodoo part of others
rituals as so to heighten their
power over the fiercest storms of
the Century." "The crowds
of 50 plus vodousi and residents
gathered this year at Achade Meadows
Peristyle, 3319 Rosalie Alley (off
of Rampart, between Piety and Desire
in New Orleans, Bywater)."
More Here < This Voudou
ritual is specifically designed
to summon the protection of the
spirit world against the devastating
hurricanes that often plough in
from the Gulf of Mexico. It is dedicated
to the Catholic Lady of Prompt Succor
and to Ezili Danto, the Vodoun Lwa
of Storms and Passion.
by an influx of Haitian slaves,
voodoo was a strong power in the
19th Century, and still has its
adherents in america's south today.
Being homeless and distracted is
no small spiritual matter in a period
during which Vodousi believe that
God decides "who shall live,
and who shall die . . . who by fire
and who by water." Says Fernando,
"You have to close the book
on the hurricane that is over. That's
something a lot of people in New
Orleans will have to do over and
over again." " In my secret
voodoo beliefs, yesterday is now
gone." "Today is now!"
"So now can I change tomorrow."
Warning Issued for Hurricane
August 28th 2006 At 5
a.m. EDT, Ernesto, the
fifth named storm of the
Atlantic hurricane season,
had maximum sustained
winds of 50 mph and was
600 miles southeast from
the Keys. Top sustained
winds were at 50 mph and
it was moving northwest
at 12 mph.
Jeb Bush issued a state
of emergency Sunday for
all of Florida. Immediate
concern centered on the
Keys, where visitors were
ordered out and plans
were enacted to evacuate
Keys, three shelters were
set to open Monday. All
travel trailers and recreational
vehicles were ordered
out of the Keys, and mobile
home residents were also
urged to evacuate.
residents of the low-lying
island chain flocked to
grocery stores and home-supply
warehouses to stock up
on canned goods, bottled
water and other storm
Westerners are used to
this," said Jim Bernard,
assistant manager at a
Home Depot in Key West.
made it 1 mph above the
74-mph threshold to be
a hurricane Sunday, but
weakened as it plodded
toward Cuba's southeastern
corner. Still, the hurricane
center cautioned that
Ernesto may strengthen
significantly as it moves
has a good chance to regain
said Max Mayfield, director
of the National Hurricane
state of emergency directs
counties to activate their
emergency management offices
and activates the National
Guard, among other things.
Bush canceled several
meetings scheduled in
New York Monday, and will
remain in Tallahassee
to monitor storm developments.
lashed Haiti and the Dominican
Republic on Sunday and
threatened to bring as
much as 20 inches of rain
to parts of Haiti, where
it claimed at least one
life. The storm was expected
to move over Cuba, then
bring rain and wind toward
Florida, forecasters said.
don't know where to go.
You don't know where it's
going to blow," said
tourist Jim Rogers of
Lodi, N.J., who spent
Sunday preparing to leave
the Keys. "You don't
want to be in Key West."
emergency management center
in Tallahassee was partially
activated Sunday, and
several counties around
the state were expected
to follow suit Monday.
Emergency officials encouraged
people across the state
to monitor the storm,
check emergency supplies
and disaster plans —
a familiar theme, considering
seven hurricanes have
hit Florida and one has
brushed by in the past
said Mike Stone, spokesman
for the Florida Division
of Emergency Management.
every year, there
is a pre-approved
list of names
for tropical storms
These lists have
by the National
since 1953. At
first, the lists
consisted of only
1979, the lists
male and female.
are named alphabetically
from the list
order. Thus the
storm or hurricane
of the year has
a name that begins
and the second
is given the name
that begins with
The lists contain
names that begin
from A to W, but
that begin with
are six lists
to rotate. The
lists only change
when there is
a hurricane that
is so devastating,
the name is retired
and another name
with winds of
74 miles per hour
or greater is
called a hurricane.
and Santeria are both African-based
religions adapted and,
to varying degrees, synchronized
with Catholicism. Both religions
images Catholic saints to represent
the African gods, loas, or santos.
more than just the images are used
and a true meld or
Vodun, like Christianity,
is a religion of many traditions.
follows a different spiritual path
and worships a slightly different
pantheon of spirits, called Loa.
The word means "mystery"
VODUN (and related
religions such as: Candomble, Lucumi,
Macumba, Voodoo, Vodoun, and Yoruba)
- Vodun (a.k.a. Vodoun, Voudou,
Sevi Lwa) is commonly called Voodoo
by the public. The name is
traceable to an African word for
"spirit". Vodun's roots
go back to
the West African Yoruba people who
lived in 18th and 19th century
Dahomey. That country occupied parts
of today's Togo, Benin and
Nigeria. Slaves brought their religion
with them when they were
forcibly shipped to Haiti and other
islands in the West Indies.
Today over 60
million people practice Vodun worldwide.
is not some kind of black magic
cult," said Wade Davis, a Washington-based
National Geographic explorer-in-residence
who has studied the religion extensively
in Haiti. "It's the distillation
of very profound religious ideas
that came over during the tragic
era of slavery."
Wade Davis is an anthropologist,
botanical explorer, and best-selling
author who received his Ph.D. in
ethnobotany from Harvard University.
He spent more than three years in
the Amazon and Andes as a plant
explorer, living among 15 indigenous
groups in eight Latin American nations
while making some 6,000 botanical
Davis's work later took him to Haiti
to investigate folk preparations
implicated in the creation of zombies,
an assignment that led to his writing
Passage of Darkness (1988) and The
Serpent and the Rainbow (1986),
an international best-seller that
appeared in ten languages and was
later adapted by Universal Studios
as a motion picture. He is author
of five other books, including One
River (1996), Shadows in the Sun
(1998) and Light at the Edge of
the World (2001).
Loa of the ocean, of ships
and boats, patron of seafarers.
husband of Maitresse Erzulie
in her aquatic aspects.
you know now is a Category 1, that
potential for large loss of life
is always with us," said Fernando,
had heard on the news that well
over 1,000 lives were lost in Hurricane
Katrina and Rita. And I never want
to see this happen here to us Miami,
Florida or anywhere in the world
"I call upon
all these spirits and Lwas in this
order when performing my unique
Santeria Voodoo Ritual, Says Fernando
." I ask each Lwa to intercede
and protect the whole of americas
Coast lines." "Yemaya
and the river goddesses always protect
us at the last possible minute."
" Just as New Orleans
The city of lost souls, Zombies,
ghosts and Voodoo ancestors is ultimately
protected by the magic chants, offerings
and incantations of the local voodoo
priestesses and practitioners and
residents." " So is Miami
and the whole United States by our
prayers." " I gear my
rituals not to cause inference to
others Voodoo or Hoodoo that might
be going on."
spirit of the sea
Aida Wedo: rainbow spirit
Baka: an evil spirit who takes the
form of an animal
Baron Samedi: guardian of the grave
Dambala (or Damballah-wedo): serpent
Erinle: spirit of the forests
Ezili (or Erzulie): female spirit
Mawu Lisa: spirit of creation
Ogou Balanjo: spirit of healing
Ogun (or Ogu Bodagris): spirit of
Osun: spirit of healing streams
Sango (or Shango): spirit of storms
Yemanja: female spirit of waters
Zaka (or Oko): spirit of agriculture
of the Santeria Voodoo faith believe
that nothing and no event has a
life of its own. Each thing affects
something else. Many spiritualists
and believers of the faith agree
that we are not separate; we all
serve as parts of one. We are the
mirrors and reflections of each
other’s souls. God manifests
through the spirits of ancestors
who can bring good or harm and must
be honored in ceremonies. There
is a sacred cycle between the living
and the dead. Believers ask for
their misery to end. Hurricane Rituals
include prayers, to Agwe.
Ogg-way • (noun)
Agoué, Agoue, Agouet
services like these are designed
to make people feel good, not scare
them. special prayers are offered
at each morning mass during the
five-month hurricane season. The
Loa form a pantheon of deities that
include Damballah, Ezili, Ogu, Agwe,
Legba and others. During Voodoo
ceremonies these Loa can possess
the bodies of the ceremony participants.
Loa appear by "possessing"
the faithful, who in turn become
the Loa, relaying advice, warnings
A crowd of devotees'
and neighbors each time gather in
a circle around the huge altar in
anticipation of the approaching
divine hurricane protection ritual.
Holy candles burn near large statues
of the saints, five men and 6 woman
sit together pounding their huge
conga drums, and a Man begins to
sing aloud in a cuban tongue, beckoning
their great voodoo god Agwe to come
to them and protect them from the
ravages of Hurricanes to come.
The solemn calm
drum beat intensifies, and suddenly,
one by one, women and men and children
leap up, dancing, shouting and spinning
wildly out of control. Collectively,
they are becoming possessed by the
spirit of Loa Agwe and, while in
this mystical trance they will embody
his great power, strength and courage
to ward off the impending devastation
of this powerful record breaking
With their eyes
fixed wide, and great beads of sweat
pouring off them, drenching their
white clothes in the hot afternoon
90 plus heat, they dance madly and
frenzied and shout, and each takes
his turn bowing down in front of
the altar to Agwe. Praying and chanting
for his protection and devine intervention.
are mounted by the gods, possessed
as the American says." Fernando
explains, "We are not any longer
ourselves, no longer one soul, no
longer human beings." "We
are the gods." "It's not
magical hallucinations, it's very
real." "It shows us the
power of Agwe and our Santeria Voodoo
beliefs at work!"
are the 10 deadliest hurricanes
in the United States, according
to records kept since 1900. Damages
are adjusted to 1990 dollars based
on U.S. Department of Commerce construction
The National Weather
Service began routinely using female
names for hurricanes in 1953. In
1979 men's name were added. Category
numbers are assigned according to
the Saffir/Simpson hurricane scale,
based on wind speeds within the
Year Category $ Damages
1. Andrew 1992 4 $25,000,000,000
2. Hugo 1989 4 $7,155,120,000
3. Betsy 1965 3 $6,461,303,000
4. Agnes 1972 1 $6,418,143,000
5. Camille 1969 5 $5,242,380,000
6. Diane 1955 1 $4,199,645,000
7. Hurricane in New England 1938
8. Frederic 1979 3 $3,502,942,000
9. Alicia 1983 3 $2,391,854,000
10. Carol 1954 3 $2,370,215,000
The 10 most intense
hurricanes in the united States
based on recorded pressure at time
of landfall, according to records
kept since 1900. The lower the pressure,
the more intense the hurricane.
Year • Category • Pressure
in inches/In millibars
1. Florida Keys 1935 5 26.35/892
2. Camille 1969 5 26.84/909
3. Andrew 1992 4 27.23/922
4. Florida Keys and S. Texas 1919
5. Lake Okeechobee, Fla. 1928 4
6. Donna 1960 4 27.46/930
7. Galveston, Texas 1990 4 27.49/931
7. Grand Isle, La. 1909 4 27.49/931
7. New Orleans, La., 1915 4 27.49/931
7. Carla 1961 4 27.49/931
8. Hugo 1989 4 27.58/934
9. Miami, Fla. 1926 4 27.61/935
10. Hazel 1954 4 27.70/938
These are the 10 deadliest hurricanes
in the United States listing the
numbers of deaths.
1. Galveston, Texas 1900 4 6,000
2. Lake Okeechobee, Fla. 1928 4
3. Florida Keys and S. Texas 1919
4. New England 1938 3 600
5. Florida Keys 1935 5 408
6. Audrey 1957 4 390
7. Northeast Coast 1944 3 390
8. Grande Isle, La. 1909 4 350
9. New Orleans, La. 1915 4 275
10. Galveston, Texas 1915 4 275
As hurricane forecasting has improved,
fewer human lives have been lost.
But property damages keep going
up as the economy levels and prices
Be Prepared For
2006 Hurricane Season
Release Date: March 13, 2006
Release Number: 1605-196
-- With the June 1st start of hurricane
season less than three months away,
and work still being done to recover
from the 2005 season, the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) and Alabama
Emergency Management Agency urges
Alabamians to prepare early for
the upcoming hurricane season.
While all Alabamians
should have a plan for when natural
disasters strike, those who live
in mobile homes and travel trailers
should be particularly alert to
approaching tropical storms, hurricanes,
and tornadoes. According to the
2000 census, over 300,000 families
live in Alabama mobile homes, making
the need for disaster preparedness
a priority. Currently, FEMA is temporarily
housing more than 6,400 people in
travel trailers throughout the state.
begins with each family and household
having a plan. FEMA recommends that
you have a ready-to-go emergency
kit that will allow you to survive
unaided for three days. A kit should
include the following:
First aid kit
(including prescription medicines)
Food and water for up to 72 hours
Extra clothing and blankets
Flashlights and extra batteries
The following supplies are recommended:
NOAA Weather Radio
and extra batteries
Whistle to signal for help
A camp stove with extra fuel
Foldable ladders for second-story
escape in a fire
Photocopies of credit and identification
Food and Water
In addition to
an emergency kit, families should
be prepared with up to three days
of food and water for each member.
Basic foods, like canned foods,
dry foods, and other non-perishable
items are best to have because if
electricity goes out, they will
still be edible. Here are some tips:
Keep foods on
hand that everyone in your family
will like to eat
Avoid foods that are high in fat
Don't stock salty foods, since they
will make you thirsty
The average person requires two
quarts of drinking water per day.
Some individuals, like children
or nursing mothers, may require
more. A gallon per day for each
person in your family is the recommended
amount, say American Red Cross officials.
If you are running low on water,
don't ration. To lessen the amount
you need, reduce your activity.
If water is unavailable
from household sources, water from
rain, streams or rivers, and natural
springs can be used. However, water
from any outdoor source must first
be purified before it can be used
for potable or hygienic purposes.
Boiling, disinfecting (by means
of adding 16 drops of bleach per
gallon of water) and distillation
are the three recommended methods
Ready to Evacuate
Mobile homes and
travel trailers are particularly
vulnerable to severe weather because
of their instability. Since hurricanes
can trigger quickly forming tornadoes,
residents should be prepared to
leave at a moments notice.
A mobile home
can overturn very easily even if
precautions have been taken to tie
down the unit. When a tornado warning
is issued, take shelter in a building
with a strong foundation. If shelter
is not available, lie in ditch or
low-lying area a safe distance away
from the unit. Never stay inside
a mobile home or travel trailer
if a tornado warning has been issued.
a real possibility that your family
might face if a natural disaster
threatens your home. Every family
should have an emergency plan that
outlines what to do, how to communicate
with family members when evacuating,
and how the family should re-connect
in case they get separated.
Know the location
and best route for evacuation out
of the area
Practice your emergency evacuation
plan with your family
Heed local and state-issued evacuation
ready to leave at a moment's notice
"Natural disasters are unpredictable,
but if you are prepared, you and
your family will know how to deal
with them when they happen,"
said Federal Coordinating Officer
To learn more
on how to prepare your family for
the upcoming hurricane season, visit
or call 800-BE-READY. Materials,
including supply kit suggested supplies
and family communication plan templates
are available on the website. The
website also provides information
on how to prepare for all disasters,
including man-made and other natural
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