Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Hurricane Florence Evacuees. Norovirus or Radiation Sickness? Please Read to the End.

These videos were created by a respected anti-nuke activist calling himself Strontium Milks.  He notes that the catastrophic flooding created by Hurricane Florence last week, where water currently continues to rise a week later, has likely overcome the nuclear reactors at Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant causing releases of nuclear fuel into the environment.  Brunswick NPP declared a state of emergency last Saturday as flood waters rose, stranding plant workers on the property and preventing outsiders from accessing it.  Of course, no releases were admitted to and none probably ever will be, so it is up to us to make sense of what happened there and to decide for ourselves whether we have experienced yet another nuclear disaster and what to do about it, if anything, including how and whether to hold anyone accountable for lying to us.  Relevant to the discussion of how high the waters rose, where the water was coming from, and what kinds of releases occurred, we have been told that multiple dam failures in the area caused flooding of coal and natural gas power plants releasing massive toxic coal ash contamination into the Cape Fear River which will severely and permanently contaminate coastal communities and waterways and will soon make its way to the ocean.

That’s what we know about other power plants in the area and that is certainly bad enough.  But what else was likely released into the flood waters ahead of, during and following Hurricane Florence and how would we ever know?  Well, one piece of evidence would be symptoms of disease in the human and animal residents of the area and we do in fact have evidence of an outbreak of gastrointestinal symptoms in evacuees:

Officials say that norovirus outbreaks are caused by a group of related viruses that account for more than 90 percent of gastrointestinal illness outbreaks in the country. Noroviruses can be found in stool and vomit and are very contagious.

Symptoms of norovirus illness usually begin about 24 to 48 hours after close exposure and can appear as early as 12 hours after exposure and include:

Nausea
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Abdominal cramps
Low-grade fever or none at all

Norovirus, you say?  Of course, those storm victims immediately suspected of having contracted norovirus are the ones being formally surveilled by the state and are living in storm shelters, but how many others are suffering, what are they doing about it (or more likely, what are they not doing about it considering everything else they have to deal with in the midst of an ongoing disaster) and how would we ever know?  The reported outbreak at this shelter is interesting, to say the least, considering that the symptoms of norovirus are virtually the same as symptoms of acute radiation sickness which are as follows:

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1 Million Under Evacuation Orders Ahead of Hurricane Flo. How Many of Those are Chronically Ill?

Once again, I am really feeling for the people in harm’s way due to a natural disaster that’s sure to render thousands homeless.  Hurricane Florence could be a category 3 or 4 when it comes ashore on the central to southeast US coast in the next couple of days and a million people are under evacuation orders to avoid risking their lives in the storm which is expected to produce devastating winds, up to 13 feet or more of storm surge, and 25 inches of rain.  After losing my apartment in Hurricane Sandy and having to swim out of my apartment building in chest deep water at midnight, and having to live through the aftermath on a devastated and destroyed island, I can attest to the extreme damage and long-term effects produced by hurricanes, tropical storms and widespread coastal flooding.  And Hurricane Flo is shaping up to be, potentially, a hell of a storm with winds and rain far worse than what Sandy offered as a category 1 and then a “mere” tropical storm by the time it made landfall in the northeastern United States.  The devastation that can reasonably be expected from Flo is, in a word, extreme.

Much like chronic illness it seems, unless and until someone has experienced this for themselves people are simply unable to imagine or comprehend the full effects of this kind of storm damage, like gasoline rationing and shortages (and outages), being rendered homeless or otherwise without power, clean water, heat or access to shopping, bathing, cooking and laundry facilities for weeks if not months at a time, and extreme widespread pollution and environmental contamination from the displaced contents of storm-damaged sewers, septic tanks and water treatment plants; gas stations and petroleum storage facilities; commercial and industrial parks; commercial agriculture and factory farms; hospitals and research facilities; cemeteries and bio-hazardous waste facilities; landfills and garbage dumps; hazardous including nuclear waste storage and disposal sites; and power plants including nuclear power plants and more.  Literally everything you can imagine, and many things you can’t, will become airborne, will seep into the soil and groundwater, or will end up floating in/on the floodwaters, leaving a toxic slick covering the landscape for miles once the filthy water recedes.

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