28 June 2012

Water, water everywhere

8 Tamuz 5772

Pictured is Tropical Storm Debby over Florida. Speaking as someone who grew up on the Gulf Coast, a tropical storm can often cause more damage than a hurricane as it lingers longer over land and makes up in water volume dropped what it lacks in wind power.

In the previous post, we looked at the origin and meaning of the word Colorado and found, thanks to commenter Moriah, that it is Spanish meaning "colored red," as in Edom, the color of Eisav.

While they've got fires out west, there are major floods (3 feet of rain!) in the south, so out of curiosity, I looked up the origin and meaning of the word Florida. It's also Spanish:

Florida was named Pascua Florida by explorer Ponce de Leon on Easter in 1513. Translation: means "Flowery Easter" or "Flowering Easter" (after Spain's "Feast of the Flowers" Easter celebration).
So, it's another link to Edom/Eisav through the religion of Eisav - Christianity. And with their paramount holiday, no less.

Debby floods northern Florida homes
Debby destroyed homes and businesses, washed away roads and flooded neighborhoods in Florida before the once-large tropical storm drifted out to sea Wednesday, leaving behind a sopping mess.

At least three people were killed in the storm.

More than 100 homes and businesses were flooded and officials warned the waters may not recede until next week in some places. The storm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers, though most had electricity restored by the time Debby left the state.

The tropical storm formed in the Gulf on Saturday and gradually made its way across the Florida, drenching the state for several days before it weakened to a depression.
The windy, rainy weather ruined vacations for some.

In Live Oak, a small city in northern Florida, water was up to the roofs of some homes and cars were submerged.

In other places, residents stood in several feet of water as they checked out the damage to their homes.

"The water came in so fast last night," said resident Johnny Torres.

Even though Debby lost its strength, emergency management officials said they expect the aftermath to continue causing problems with swollen lakes and rivers, along with record rainfall.

"It's not over. We've got a long way to go," said Brian Koon, the director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. "We'll be dealing with flooding for the next week."

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