Today is my brother's birthday and also the 50th anniversary of Hurricane Janet - the most devastating hurricane to hit Barbados in the 20th century. Thirty-five people died, 20,000 were homeless and 8,100 homes were destroyed.
In North America today folks are awaiting the passage of Hurricane Rita - a category 5 storm.
CNN announced today that you can follow the storm live by visiting hurricanelivenet.com.
Above: A building in Galveston, Texas, is readied for the approach of Hurricane Rita. Rita, one of the deadliest storms ever recorded, sent millions fleeing, threatened vital oil production and cast fear far and wide as it ripped across the Gulf of Mexico, whipping up winds of 170 miles an hour (275 kilometres).(AFP/James Nielsen) .