The Daily Moth 9-12-17

September 13, 2017



Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida and Deaths in Georgia and South Carolina, Apple Announces iPhone X, iPhone 8, and Apple Watch 3, Sen. Ted Cruz Twitter Account “Likes” Tweet with Pornographic Content, Gunman Kills 8 in Plano, TX, Update #2 With Deaf People in Florida Impacted by Hurricane Irma, and Nyle DiMarco To Visit Houston Survivors of Harvey with FEMA 




Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Tuesday, September 12. Ready for news? 




Now that Hurricane Irma has dissipated, people and media were able to get a better look at various parts of Florida and there are many serious images and video of storm damage.  


The hardest-hit area is the Florida Keys, with the FEMA saying  25% of homes there completely destroyed and 65% having major damage. Every home there was impacted in some way. There were many boats that were tossed inland, damaging homes. Trailers and mobile homes were flipped over. 


The bridges between the islands are shut down as they go through inspection. Roads are still littered with debris and downed power lines. The Keys are without water, cell phone service, or electricity and is completely shut down. The U.S. military and national guard are now invovled to help people in the Keys. 


Naples had around $100 million in damage and has no power and it could be more than a week before electricity is back on.


In Jacksonville, over 350 people were rescued from flooding from the swollen St. Johns River and the storm surge. The flooding will still be there for a few more days. 


In Ponte Vedra Beach, between Jacksonville and St. Augustine, there were many beachfront homes that were completely destroyed from erosion after the waves battered the sand dunes they were standing on. 


Irma caused three deaths in Georgia — a man (62) died yesterday morning when he got on his roof during while winds were over 55 mph. He was trying to remove debris but fell and died. 


One man (55) died when a tree fell into his home when he was sleeping in his bed. 


One woman died when a tree fell on her car while she was parked in the driveway of a relative she was checking on. 


In South Carolina, three people died. 


One man (57) died when he was hit by a tree limb when he was cleaning debris from his home during wind speeds of 40 mph. 


One man (21) died from an auto accident during bad weather. 


One man (54) died from carbon monoxide poisoning — he was running a generator in his mobile home for several hours with only one window open. 


There are millions of people who are still without electricity, had their homes impacted by flooding, and it will be many weeks, months, or years before everything can be rebuilt. 


President Trump plans to fly to Florida on Thursday to survey the damage, but did not specify which city.




Apple announced their next iPhone model — the iPhone X. It is a little taller than the iPhone 7, but with a wider screen, almost side-to-side. Both the front and back has glass. It has “Face ID” — which will identify your face and unlock it. No more thumb sensor. Apple said it can still recognize you if you change your hairstyle or wear glasses, and it works either when it’s dark or bright in the room. They say they’ve made it safe from hacking — people can’t use photographs or masks to copy another’s face, and that it’s safer than fingerprint sensor. It costs $999. Preorders start October 27 and they will start shipping November 3. 


They also announced two new iPhone models — the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which are upgrades from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with glass in the front and back and better cameras and a faster processor. They cost $699 and $799. Preorders start this Friday and they will be available September 22. 


The phones will have advanced technology where you can use your face to create augmented reality — to turn your face into emojis or animals. 


All three phone models have wireless charging, it works by placing the phone on a flat device that is plugged in. 


They also announced an updated Apple Watch (3) — it looks the same, but it can connect to cellular networks and does not require an iPhone or WiFi to function. It costs $399 with cellular capacity or $329 without. 




Last night people on Twitter noticed that Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R)’s twitter account “liked” a post that had a pornographic video. 


On Twitter, you can look at what people “liked.” After the social media frenzy and countless people made fun of him, the twitter account “unliked” it — it’s not there anymore. 


His communications adviser tweeted this morning at 2 a.m. that the tweet was removed (unliked) and reported to twitter. 


Today Ted said he has several aides that have access to his twitter account and that one of them accidentally liked it — that it was a mistake. Ted joked that if he knew this kind of thing would go viral, he should have done this back then during the presidential campaign. 




In Plano, Texas (north of Dallas) — there was a mass shooting on Sunday night, 8 people were shot and killed. What happened: a woman, Meredith Lane (27) hosted a viewing party/cookout to watch NFL football games and invited friends and co-workers. 


While the party was going on, Meredith’s estranged husband, Spencer Hight, went to the home, got into an argument with her, and started shooting at people. It seems like Spencer was angry with Meredith for hosting the party. 


A police officer arrived, heard gunshots, saw bodies in the backyard, and found Spencer in the house — shooting and killing him. Police found several guns in the home. Two people were wounded and transported to the hospital, but they died. So there was a total of 9 dead including the gunman. 


Witnesses said they heard over 30 gunshots. All of the deceased were between 20 to 30 years of age. This is still under investigation and not all of the victims have been identified. 


Police said they’ve never seen anything like the in Plano. Terrible. 




Here’s a second update on Hurricane Irma’s impact on Deaf people. Here are various interviews and videos. 


Heidi Branch: Hello, Alex, thank you for the opportunity to tell you about how me and my family are doing after Irma. The most important thing is that we are okay. Our home is okay except for a fence that has blown over, which was expected. There are debris everywhere and felled trees everywhere. There were some homes that were damaged, but nothing too serious.


We did have a warning to not go out of the house when the hurricane was swirling around Miami. We checked the outside area and it was not that bad, so we emerged out and went to the Gulf of Mexico, which was 2 miles away. We had heard that the waters there receded — so we went to see it, and sure enough the waters were receded. It stank, smelled like sewer. When we saw this, it hit us hard that there might be a storm surge coming, but the water ended up coming back to normal without any surge. What a relief. 


Two nights ago the electricity went out while the storm was outside. We went into my son’s room and we weren’t too worried because it was only a Category 2 storm. If it was a 4 or 5, we’d be more worried. So we went to my son’s room with the family and my husband and I took turns watching. I did sleep a little, my husband stayed awake throughout. We did feel violent winds whipping against the house, it was intense. Around 1:45 in the morning my husband and I decided to go outside through the garage door. I’ll never forget what I saw. My gate was just being pushed back and forth by the winds. Tree branches and leaves were swirling everywhere in the air. I understood why people should stay inside, because you can easily get injured from those flying debris. It hit me hard. We shut the door and went back to the room, and the house continued to be whipped by wind until around 7 a.m. We were not supposed to get out until 8 a.m., but it was not bad. When we got out, there was still some winds. My neighbors got together and talked about what to do, how we were doing. I was touched by how people came together to work together to think of strategies to clean up. That teamwork was beautiful. 


The electricity is still out, since Sunday night. I now have all the respect in the world for Amish people or anybody who lives without electricity, because electricity is key. How do you do things without it? Cook, have a hot shower, internet — we are so dependent on technology. We had to use candles or flashlights and took turns charging our phones with backup batteries. We didn’t use a generator because we wouldn’t need it too much in the future. We sat outside because it was hot inside without the A/C. We opened up the windows so there wouldn’t be mold inside. 


We depended on dry food. Yesterday the frozen meat started to thaw so we cooked it on the grill in the backyard. I realized that I made a mistake in not storing food into an ice cooler. I was so concerned about the surge that we didn’t do this. So when the power went out, all the food in the refrigerator went bad. So my advice to you would be to put food in the ice chest whenever you are expecting a big storm. Everything else we did was right except for this, but it’s fine.


A lot of people here were screaming to go to a restaurant. We had to text each other to see which areas were open. Some of them depended on a generator. There were some stores that was open. Yesterday most of them were closed, but today various places are opening up because electricity is being restored. But in Pineallas County it’s still out, they need to upgrade it. We had to drive 45 minutes to come here to eat. 


My heart goes out for those who are going through hard times — in the Keys, in Southern Florida, and in Jacksonville. What I’ve learned is that it can be very unpredictable — the hurricane didn’t go as forecast. It’s so important to just be prepared and stay calm and collected. Just be ready. Suppose an earthquake happened, what would you do? You have to be mentally prepared. Just stay calm because it works. 


I am still mentally strong, but I’m exhausted. If I break down, it’ll affect others. So I’m staying strong. I was scared, yes, but I stayed strong to support others as to not cause panic. When everything was finished, I felt exhausted, but I’m still going on to support others. I’ll have time later to recover. 

Before I close I want to thank many wonderful people for your support. I love you all. It means a lot to us. Thanks Alex.


Charlton and Dulce: I live in northern Fort Pierce. As the hurricane came close, we discussed on what to do. We decided to shelter the house with plywood. We did think of evacuating, but my mother said we should stay so we did. We wanted to buy a generator, but we saw price gouging — it was $1,000. I ended up buying one through Craigslist/Facebook. 


When it was around 3 in the afternoon, the hurricane forces started impacting our area. There was flooding and we were worried about it. We thought of inflating our raft, but the flooding didn’t get too high. I then drove around and saw others who had their cars stranded. I helped some of them by removing their housing (air filter) — their cars were able to run again. 


I then drove to the southern part of Ft. Pierce to visit other Deaf people. I saw that two of their cars were fine but 7 of them lost their cars. I made arrangements with them that I would help them with bringing their cars to a shop where I work as a mechanic to fix their cars, with no charge. 


I’ve went through various hurricanes — Katrina, Jennie, and there was minimal flooding. This one, Irma, is much bigger and it is like four times the rain amount. 


Dulce: My name is Dulce. My husband is Charlton. This was my first time going through a hurricane. We thought of leaving but my mother told us we had to stay. We were worried if it would be a Cat. 4 hurricane. We packed everything — all of our important identification information and credit cards, other things to be prepared in case disaster struck. I helped my husband and mother board up the house. Then when the rains came, I was amazed by the storm. I’ve seen some storms in Mexico, but never like this. It was amazing. 


Javier: The winds here were over 50 mph. See the tree behind me? It was only 50 mph, but that tree fell. 


Come here you’ll see that the fence is damaged. I put a bolt in, but it still broke apart with 50 mph winds. Imagine if it was 150 mph, it’d be much worse. See those pieces of shingles? There are around 30 to 50 of them that fell off. 


When the hurricane came, it was a Cat. 2 or 3. The eye went by the city of Cape Coral. If it was 150 mph, the damage everywhere would have been much worse. 


Richard Schuyler: See the winds? I’m luck that the house is blocking the winds. But later when the eye passes, the winds will blow the opposite direction. See the rains and the flooding on the streets? 


Everything is okay now. There are debris everywhere. The streets are wet with a little flooding. My home is over there. I’ve checked the area and everything is okay here. 









Nyle DiMarco will be going to Houston tomorrow to work with the FEMA to encourage survivors of Hurricane Harvey to register for FEMA assistance. It will be at Woodhaven Baptist Deaf Church from 9:45 am to 12:00 pm and there will be interpreters present. 


FEMA will be answering questions and Nyle will represent his foundation to support Harvey survivors. 


He is in the area today give a presentation at Lamar University in nearby Beaumont, but that event is separate.


If you are not sure of where the church is, the address of the church is: 9920 Long Point Rd, Houston, TX.




That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light! 

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