18.05.29 Quick Quotes

May 29, 2018

Natural Disaster Edition

“Ten minutes later we get the call and it was them.”

Tryon Fire Chief Geoffrey Tennant on the deaths of journalists Mike McCormick & Aaron Smeltzer in North Carolina. A tree fell on their vehicle shortly after they interviewed him as part of their Alberto storm coverage. A Gulf of Mexico storm in May is very rare; it's only happened 3 times on record.
“There are no words to describe the devastation.”

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman on the aftermath for a small Maryland community in Ellicott City where devastating flash flooding has struck again, just 2 years after raging floods decimated the town and killed 2 people. 8 inches of water pounded the community on Sunday. Meteorologists dismissed the 2016 disaster as a 1-in-1,000-year event.
“I think it’s safe to say authorities have been concerned about the flow of lava onto the plant property since the eruption started.”

David Mace, FEMA spokesman as lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano covered one of the wells at the island's geothermal power plant, prompting fears of a toxic gas leak. Authorities urge residents to evacuate the area due to fast-moving flows.

by Jenna Lee,