Follow Up of the Day: Angel Babcock, the 14-month-old toddler who was found in a field near her New Pekin, Indiana home after Friday’s devastating tornado outbreak, passed away today from the injuries she sustained during the storm.
She was the sole surviving member of her immediate family: Her parents Joe and Moriah, and siblings Jaydon, 2, and Kendall, 2 months, were all killed after their mobile home took a direct hit.
A neighbor had attempted to help the family move to a safer location, but was unsuccessful. He too was injured, but is listed in stable condition.
The twister carried baby Angel to a nearby corn field, where she was found. According to her grandfather, Jack Brough, she sustained serious head injuries, and was in critical condition.
Doctors today took her off life support, and she passed away shortly thereafter.
Hurricane Irene News Update II:
Above: Hurricane Irene as captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite at 2:05 PM EDT today.
Predictions: Hurricane warnings issued for NYC, coastal Connecticut and Rhode Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket; Weather Underground: Further intensification of Irene unlikely; National Hurricane Center forecast confirms this assessment; storm surge simulation predicts severe flooding in parts of New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut; What to expect over the next few hours, days.
Responses: Red Cross mobilizing equipment and volunteers, opening shelters ahead of storm; state of emergency declared in DC; President Obama declares emergency for New York; Mandatory evacuations in effect for low-lying areas of NYC, public transportation shuts off noon tomorrow; Delta joins JetBlue in canceling hundreds of flights, JFK set to close tomorrow at noon; interactive map of evacuation zones with address locator; all Broadway performances cancelled for 8/27-28.
Reactions: Mayor’s Office: “We’ve never done a mandatory evacuation before…we wouldn’t be doing this now if we didn’t think this was serious”; New Jersey governor Chris Christie to residents: “Get the hell off the beach in Asbury Park…You maximized your tan”; President Obama cuts vacation short due to storm.
Tips: How to stay connected during Hurricane Irene; A no-nonsense hurricane guide for New Yorkers by an ex-Floridian; listen to first responders along the storm’s path (via); see previous round-up for more.
Below: From tropical wave to Cat 3 hurricane: Irene’s movement since August 19th as captured by the NOAA GOES-East satellite.