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Major Disaster Declared for Montana

Posted by feww on April 18, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENT
ICE JAMS & FLOODING
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White House Declares Federal Disaster in Montana (DR-4172)

The 3-0 has declared a major disaster in the State of Montana in the areas affected by ice jams and flooding during the period of March 1-16, 2014.

Areas worst affected by the disasters are  the counties of Broadwater, Dawson, Golden Valley, Jefferson, Lake, Musselshell, Park, Pondera, Prairie, Ravalli, Richland, Rosebud, Sanders, Stillwater, and Wheatland.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments, said FEMA.

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Freezing Temperatures Impact U.S. Deep South to Mid-Atlantic

Posted by feww on April 16, 2014

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Temperatures fall as much as 20 degrees below normal over Northern Plains

A powerful cold front has brought freezing temperatures to the central and eastern U.S. —NWS

Freezing temperatures will dive into the Deep South and to the Mid-Atlantic through Wednesday morning. This will be damaging to sensitive vegetation. Numerous Frost Advisories and Freeze Warnings are in effect. —NOAA

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US Weather Hazards Map (Hazmap). UPDATE 

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Federal Disaster Declared for Tennessee (DR-4171)

Posted by feww on April 12, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENT
SEVERE WINTER STORM
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
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White House Declares Major Disaster in Tennessee 

The 3-0 has declared a major disaster in the State of Tennessee in the areas affected by a severe winter storm during the period of March 2-4, 2014.

Areas worst affected by the  severe winter storm were the counties of Carroll, Cheatham, Dickson, Haywood, Houston, Madison, Shelby, and Tipton.

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Major Disaster Declared for Maryland (DR-4170)

Posted by feww on April 12, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENT
MAJOR SNOWSTORM
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
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White House Declares Federal Disaster in Maryland

The 3-0 has declared a major disaster in the State of Maryland in the areas affected by a snowstorm during the period of February 12-13, 2014. 

Areas worst affected by the snowstorm were the counties of Baltimore, Carroll, and Howard.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments, said Fema.

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State of Emergency Declared in Mississippi

Posted by feww on April 10, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER AND CLIMATIC EVENTS
SEVERE STORMS
WIDESPREAD FLOODING
STATE OF EMERGENCY
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Multiple counties in Mississippi  impacted by severe storms

Gov. Bryant has declared a state of emergency in 12 Mississippi counties that have been impacted by flooding and severe storms that battered the state beginning April 3. 

The declaration is for Chickasaw, Covington, Hinds, Holmes, Jones, Kemper, Marion, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Simpson and Yazoo counties, said the governor in a statement. However, the declaration can be expanded to include additional counties if they are impacted.

“Multiple counties in Mississippi have been impacted by these storms. High water remains in many areas and could continue to rise if we see additional rainfall. Residents should avoid floodwaters and take all necessary safety precautions,” said Bryant. “MEMA and other state agencies are working to assist the counties and residents that have been impacted, and this state of emergency declaration will allow the use of additional tools and resources as we respond to this weather event.”

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast rivers would crest by Friday.

Missouri Declares a State of Emergency

On April 3, Gov. Nixon declared a statewide State of Emergency as a widespread severe weather system continued to batter the state of Missouri with at least three tornadoes, torrential rain, huge hail and high winds, causing flooding and flash flooding.

Tornadoes, high winds, torrential rain and softball-size hail  pounded U.S. South, Midwest.

 

 

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Thousands of Homes Destroyed or Damaged in S China Rainstorm

Posted by feww on April 1, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
MAJOR DISASTER
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Rainstorm Destroys or damages about 60,000 Homes in South China

More than two dozen people are dead or reported as missing, after extreme rain events battered south China, said the Ministry of Civil Affairs on Tuesday.

Extreme rain and flooding have affected more than 1.16 million people in seven Chinese provinces —Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Chongqing and Guizhou—forcing at least  17,000 to flee their homes, said the ministry.

“A total of 6,600 people are in need of emergency sustenance assistance, it said, while 1,600 houses have been toppled and 55,000 damaged,” said Xinhua.

Floodwaters have destroyed 47,600 hectares of crops causing  direct economic losses of more than $105 million U.S. dollars.

The fierce storm system has dumped about 300 mm of rain, the equivalent of about two months’ rainfall,  in some areas since March 27.

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Flooding Kills Scores of People in Burundi Capital

Posted by feww on February 10, 2014

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EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
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Deadly Flooding and Landslides Hit Burundi Capital

Flooding and landslides triggered by Extreme Rain Events in the Burundi capital of Bujumbura swept away hundreds of homes, cutting off roads, leaving many people dead or missing, and many more injured, according to officials.

“The rain that fell in torrents overnight on the capital caused a disaster,” Security Minister Nizigama told reporters.

“We have already found the bodies of 51 people killed when their houses collapsed or were swept away.”

An Extreme Rain Event , which lasted more than 10 hours overnight, caused widespread flooding, cut power to the entire city, washed away roads and destroyed crops.

“The road leading out of the capital to neighboring Rwanda was blocked because of a landslide while a bridge was washed away on the road to the Democratic Republic of Congo,” said a report.

Bujumbura (Population: ~ 900,000)is the capital, largest city, and main port of Burundi, located on the northeastern shore of Lake Tanganyika.

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Britain Moving Closer to Climate Checkmate

Posted by feww on February 10, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER AND CLIMATIC EVENTS
“NEVER-ENDING” STORMS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
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Extreme Rain Events and hurricane-force winds threaten most of the UK (again)

Sixteen Severe Flood Warnings ["danger to life"] and hundreds of Flood Warnings and Flood Alerts are in effect throughout the UK, as river levels continue to rise.

Britain is bracing for the tenth successive week of torrential rains and destructive high winds starting Monday night, forecasters said.

The country’s wettest winter on record is about to get worse as the “conveyor-belt” of Atlantic storms churns out more extreme events targeting the flood-ravaged southwest, and threatening to dump at least 15cm or rain through Friday.

The UK Met Office has issued the following Severe Weather Warnings:

  • Torrential rains through Thursday, February 13, 2014.
  • Ice throughout mainland UK today, with the mercury forecast to dip to -5ºC (23 degrees) in the North and 1ºC in the South.

To cap the misery, forecasters have warned of another “major storm,” a deep low-pressure system forming in the Atlantic, barreling toward the U.K. at the weekend.

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Sixteen Severe Flood Warnings ["danger to life"] and hundreds of Flood Warnings and Flood Alerts are in effect throughout the UK, as of posting. Official records released for last month show UK experienced its wettest January since 1766.

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Flooding Forces Thousands of Evacuations in Buenos Aires

Posted by feww on February 9, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER AND CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
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Extreme Rain Events dumped up to 157mm (6 inches) of rain on  parts of Buenos Aires province on Friday triggering widespread flooding in the Argentine capital, as well as the cities of San Nicolás, San Pedro, Arrecifes, Ramallo, La Plata, Ensenada and Berisso.

Provincial districts of La Matanza, Berisso, Lomas de Zamora, Moreno, Ituzaingó and Luján were also severely affected, said a senior  official.

The floods have left at least 1 person dead and thousands displaced, according to local reports.

Authorities in Buenos Aires have advised citizens to avoid touching electric cables or lamp posts, reported Buenos Aires Herald.

“Buenos Aires City also lived through a day of chaos with flooded streets and more than 100 stoplights out of service. Much of the subway stopped operating due to the floods and train services and flights were delayed.”

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White House Signs Pennsylvania Emergency Declaration

Posted by feww on February 7, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER AND CLIMATIC EVENTS
STATE OF EMERGENCY

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Severe Winter Storm in Pennsylvania Prompts Federal Emergency Declaration

The White House has declared an emergency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania due to the emergency conditions resulting from a severe winter storm beginning on February 4, 2014, and continuing.

Areas worst affected by the severe winter storm are the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, Philadelphia, and York.

The storm knocked power to nearly a million homes and businesses in Pennsylvania , according to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

“The storm that we had yesterday is pretty much done for Pennsylvania,” said a forecaster with the National Weather Service in State College, Pennsylvania.

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Superstorm to Hit UK

Posted by feww on February 5, 2014

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Massive Atlantic depression heading toward Britain this weekend: UK Met Office

Major hurricane force winds are forecast to “smash” into the UK, causing significant damage this weekend. The storm could prove to be more devastating than the October St Jude’s Day Storm.

“A very low depression is coming in from the Atlantic on Friday night which we are expecting to be significant. Heavy downpours will bring two inches of rain in some parts of the UK,” said the UK Met Office.

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Visible satellite image showing a major storm system that struck Ireland and Britain today. UK Met Office.

Today’s Powerful Storm

A powerful storm plowed into SW England and south Wales washing away parts of a railway line and leaving tens of thousands of homes and businesses without electricity.

The storm has reportedly caused significant damage to several coastal areas in the UK and much of Ireland.

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IR satellite image showing a major storm system that struck Ireland and Britain  today (see inset for frame time). UK Met Office. Image enhanced by FIRE-EARTH Blog.

The UK Environment Agency has issued hundreds of Flood Warnings and Flood Alerts, including 9 Severe Flood Warnings, meaning “danger to life,” across England and Wales, as of posting.

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Extreme Weather Battering Europe

Posted by feww on February 1, 2014

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EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
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Parts of the UK, France and Italy are inundated as extreme rain events wreak havoc across Europe

The Environment Agency in the UK has issued hundreds of flood warnings and flood alerts including 9 severe flood warnings (danger to life) along the coastal areas.

Severe flooding is expected in the lower reaches of the River Severn in Gloucestershire as a result of high tidal levels combined with high river levels. Conditions are expected to result in danger to life due to flood bank over-topping and fast flowing water, and severe disruption to transport with a risk of motorists becoming stranded. High tides, a positive surge, strong winds and large waves combine to bring a risk of significant flooding for coastal communities throughout Wales and in Dorset, Somerset, North Somerset, Gloucestershire and the north coasts of Devon and Cornwall Saturday.  —environment-agency.gov.uk

Italy

In Italy, at least 1,000 homes were evacuated in the city of Pisa as the Arno river threatened to burst its banks, and floodwaters submerged vast swathes of the countryside.

Floodwaters also inundated parts of Florence, and nearby towns, forcing the schools to remain closed on Friday.

Authorities in Venice are bracing for high tides, exacerbated by heavy rains, rising to more than 140cm above the average sea level.

France

“The French department of Finistere, in the west of the country, was placed on red alert as forecasters warned of huge waves and extensive flooding. Ten other French departments were also on alert for rising water levels,” reported Bbc.

The downpour has swollen rivers in Tuscany causing widespread flooding and leaving more than 1,000 homes inundated.

Blizzard

Meanwhile, snow storms, high winds and bitter cold continued to batter Eastern Europe prompting the local and national authorities to issue multiple states of emergency for the region.

In Romania, most parts of the country remained under states of emergency as temperatures plummeted to -22ºC and authorities ordered schools closed in the south, south-east and eastern regions.

The blizzard is said to be one of the worst in living memory with winds of about 70 km/hr reducing visibility to 20 meters.

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Executive Order to “Shore UP the Collapsing Riverbank”

Posted by feww on November 2, 2013

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What’s wrong with that!???

FACT SHEET: The White House, November 1, 2013

Executive Order on Climate Preparedness

President Obama Establishes a Task Force on Climate

“We’re going to need to get prepared.  And that’s why this plan will also protect critical sectors of our economy and prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change that we cannot avoid.  States and cities across the country are already taking it upon themselves to get ready… And we’ll partner with communities seeking help to prepare for droughts and floods, reduce the risk of wildfires, protect the dunes and wetlands that pull double duty as green space and as natural storm barriers.” – President Barack Obama, June 25, 2013

Really, what’s wrong with that???

Paying Lip Service to Environmental Preservation

On Friday, President Obama established a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change. The Task Force members include state, local and tribal leaders from across the country who will use their first-hand experiences in building climate preparedness and resilience in their communities to inform their recommendations to the Administration.

The President signed an Executive Order that directs Federal agencies to take a series of steps to make it easier for American communities to strengthen their resilience to extreme weather and prepare for other impacts of climate change.

Well, nothing is wrong with that, really, except that it’s a little too late, lacks concrete action, and relies on the very systems that have driven life on this planet to the precipice of collapse.

The window of opportunity closed a long while back, and all that anyone can do now is a meaningful prayer for the dead, in Latin.

President Obama has said that we have a moral obligation to our children and future generations to leave them a planet that is not polluted or damaged. 

A planet that is not polluted or damaged?

Is there a time-machine involved here? Because for a meaningful grasp of the above you need to travel back, way back, in time.

Building climate preparedness and resilience in our communities amid exponentially deteriorating climatic conditions and imminently collapsing  ecosystems is one thing (!), leaving behind “a planet that is not polluted or damaged” to our grown-up kids, let alone future generations, is an entirely different matter.

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New Zealand “lit up like a Christmas tree”

Posted by feww on October 14, 2013

5000 Lightning strikes in 2 hours, as powerful winds batter NZ capital, “worse is yet to come”

Hurricane-strength winds have downed trees, closed roads and cut power to thousands of New Zealand homes, forcing dozens of flight cancellation in the capital Wellington on Monday.

A local forecaster has warned “worse is yet to come” with ”the meat of the core of the strong winds” to hit Wellington between 2-8pm today.

Parts of the country were also being “lit up like a Christmas tree” by lightning strikes, said the forecaster, with 5000 strikes recorded between 10am and noon Monday.

“Most of those were west of the South Island’s main divide, although some were spilling over to the east,” said a report.

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Extreme Weather Paralyzes 71 Towns in Santa Catarina, Brazil

Posted by feww on September 24, 2013

State of Emergency Declared in Brazil’s Santa Catarina State

A major storm system has triggered severe flooding, displacing more than 20,000 people in southern Brazil’s Santa Catarina state.

The flooding, hail and landslides have affected 71 counties, destroying or damaging scores of roads, bridges, and much of the state’s infrastructure, as well as thousands of homes.

The governor of Santa Catarina, Raimundo Colombo, has declared  states of emergency in 50 of the state’s municipalities amid a major rainstorm that has been pounding the state since end of last week, said Com informações da Agência Brasil.

The emergency decree shall be in effect for 180 days, the governor’s office said.Marcelo Bittencourt-Futura Press
Extreme Rain Events triggered widespread flooding in the city of São José (
Santa Catarina), Sunday, September 22, 2013. Photo credit: Marcelo Bittencourt / Futura Press.

Suspected Tornado Kills 2, Injures 64 in Taquarituba city,  São Paulo, Brazil

A suspected tornado hit the city of Taquarituba, in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, about 320 km from the state capital, “partially destroying the municipality,” said a report.

The city  (population: ~ 24,000) remains without power, the report said.

“Firefighters reported hat the “weather phenomenon” had destroyed more than 100 homes, as well as the industrial hub of the city and the highway.”

Tornado hits TaquaritubaWreckage of Taquarituba houses destroyed by a suspected tornado that swept through Brazilian state of São Paulo. Photo credit: Oslaim Brito/ Futura Press. More images…

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Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events – August 13, 2013

Posted by feww on August 13, 2013

Extreme heat kills at least 40 people in south China

A heatwave that has been hovering over a large region encompassing eight provinces and municipalities in central, eastern and southern China has already been the longest lasting since 1961 (presumably when record-keeping began), with the temperatures reaching or exceeding 35ºC for an average of 25.3 day since July 1, said the National Meteorological Center (NMC). 

[Note: the actual number of people killed as a result of the heatwave may be much higher.]

“Authorities have for the first time declared the heat to be a second-level weather emergency, a label normally used for typhoons and floods. The NMC issued a second-level heat alert on Tuesday for the next 20 days.”

Worsening drought an the long-lasting heatwave have “taken a heavy toll on agriculture and made drinking water increasingly difficult to obtain,” said the report.

At least 130 million people in China have been affected by the drought and extreme heat. More than 10 million people, and as many livestock,  are short of drinking water, FIRE-EARTH estimates. See earlier posts on China drought.

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Original caption: Withered tea plants are seen at a Longjing tea protection area in Hangzhou City, capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province, Aug. 12, 2013. More than 40 percent tea plants in the Longjing tea protection areas in Hangzhou died of the continuous scorching weather in recent days. (Xinhua/Long Wei). More images…

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Iraq Death Toll

Since August 1, at least 400 people have been killed and more than 2,500 others wounded amid growing violence in Iraq.

  • In July, at least 1,057 people were killed and thousands more injured.
  • Since the beginning of this year, at least 4,500 people have lost their lives to the violence.

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Vietnam’s coffee crop forecast down in 2013-2014

Vietnam’s coffee production for 2013-2014 is estimated at about 1.2 million tons, a decrease of 15 percent compared to the previous year, said the Vietnam Coffee and Cocoa Association (Vicofa).

The decrease is due to the drought and hail in June, which damaged about 5,000 hectares of coffee plantation and affected other 27,000 hectares, said a report.

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Fishery disaster declared in Apalachicola

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Pritzker has declared a commercial fishery failure for the oyster fishery in Apalachicola Bay, said a report.

“Gov. Rick Scott requested the declaration in September 2012 because the fishery was near collapse. A May 2013 state report sent last week to federal officials blames lack of fresh water flowing from federal reservoirs in Georgia and Alabama.”

“Pritzker declared the commercial fishery failure for the oyster fishery along the west coast of Florida. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the fishery resource disaster resulted from excessive drought conditions in Apalachicola Bay and elsewhere in the Florida panhandle during the 2012-13 winter fishing season.” More…

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Cholera outbreak infects 1,500  in NE Afghanistan

A cholera outbreak in northeast Afghanistan has infected 1,492 people, killing at least one person and leaving more than 100 in critical condition, local officials told reporters.

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Drought, Heatwave Cripple China, Japan, S. Korea

Posted by feww on August 11, 2013

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Disaster Declared for 61 Counties in 5 States

Posted by feww on July 12, 2013

Drought and winterkill spell disaster for 61 counties across the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 61 counties in five states as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the worsening drought, and winterkill.

Drought Disaster

USDA has designated a total of 5 counties in Idaho as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the worsening drought.

The latest disaster designations, issued on July 10 include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

Winterkill: Disasters  Caused by Extreme Weather Events

USDA has further designated as disaster areas a total of 56 counties  in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and South Dakota due to damages and losses caused by the combined effects of heavy rainfall followed by freezing temperatures and multiple periods of thawing and refreezing, resulting in winterkill that occurred between January 1 and May 15, 2013 in 56 counties.

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Extreme Weather Wreaks Havoc in SW China

Posted by feww on July 10, 2013

Extreme Rain Events affect more than 10 million, destroy tens of thousands of homes in 300 counties

Extreme Rain Events have affected more than 508,000 people in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, destroying at least 300 homes and raising water levels on major rivers dangerously high, said Xinhua.

“Rainstorm-triggered natural disasters have wreaked havoc in 21 provincial-level regions in China since July 3, leaving at least 33 dead and another 14 missing, the National Commission for Disaster Reduction said Monday.”

In central China’s Hubei Province, Extreme Rain Events have left a dozen people dead, about 2 million affected, 114,000 people in 29 counties relocated, tens of thousands of homes destroyed or damaged and about 200,000 hectares of crops ruined.

In Yunnan Province, rainstorms have affected about 30,000 people and destroyed at least 5,300 houses.  Schools in the area have been abandoned.

  • Since July 3, natural disasters triggered by extreme weather have killed or left missing scores of people, affected more than 10 million, displacing hundreds of thousands of others in as many as 300 counties across 21 provinces.

Rainstorms trigger landslide flood in Wenchuan SW China
Original caption: A road is destroyed by rainstorm-triggered landslide in Wenchuan County, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, July 10, 2013. Rainstorms battered the county in these two days. (Xinhua/Lu Guotong). More images …

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Disaster Declared for 140 Counties in 10 States

Posted by feww on July 4, 2013

USDA declares agricultural disasters in 140 counties in ten states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 140 counties in ten states as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought (85 counties), and the combined effects of excessive rain, excessive snow, and multiple periods of thawing and refreezing (55 counties).

Drought Disaster

USDA has designated a total of 85 counties in seven state—California, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming—as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought.

The latest disaster designations, issued on July 3 include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

Winterkill: Disaster caused by Extreme Weather

USDA has further designated as disaster areas a total of 55 counties  in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota due to damages and losses caused by the combined effects of excessive rain, excessive snow, and multiple periods of thawing and refreezing, resulting in winterkill that occurred Jan. 1 – May 21, 2013.

 

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – 2 July 2013

Posted by feww on July 2, 2013

States of Emergency declared for Cuyler and Deruyte, NY

Widespread flooding  prompted the Town Supervisors in Cuyler and Deruyte to issue states of emergency late Monday, said a report.

Flooding also forced the authorities to evacuate many homes, turn off power and gas and provide shelters for the evacuees, the report said.

Meanwhile, NWS has issued multiple Flood Warnings, Flash Flood Warnings, Flood Watches and Flood Advisories for much of the eastern U.S.

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U.S. Weather Hazards Map – July 2, 2013.
Source: NWS.

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State of Emergency Declared for the City of Ashtabula, Ohio

Extreme Rain Events on Thursday and Friday triggered widespread flooding in Ashtabula, inundating properties, washing out streets, and prompting City Council to declare a state of emergency, said a report.

  • The worst-hit area is the Ashtabula harbor, which reportedly took the brunt of the storm.

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States of Emergency Declared for Two Minnesota Counties

Fillmore and Houston Counties in Minnesota have declared states of emergency due to the loses and damage caused extreme rain events and flooding.

“In some areas water levels are rising more than 8 feet,” said a report. “Both Houston and Fillmore counties took the brunt of the storm.”

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Air crash kills 19 people in Russia’s Sakha Republic

A Russian transport helicopter crashed into a hilltop in Siberia killing at least 19 people, including children, said the Russian authorities.

  • The Polar Airlines Mi-8 helicopter crashed in a remote, mountainous terrain, about 40 miles from Deputatsky in the Sakha Republic.
  • The crash has been blamed on bad weather. “The main theory at this time is difficult weather conditions,” the Interfax news agency quoted the regional police as saying.
  • There were three crews and 25 passengers, including 11 children, on board the helicopter.

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M6.1 Quake Strikes Near Bireun, Indonesia 

A shallow quake measuring 6.1Mw struck  55km (34mi) S of Bireun in the Aceh Province of Indonesia [4.698°N 96.687°E] killing at least 1 person, leaving two people missing and more than a hundred others injured.

  • The quake has damaged or destroyed dozens of homes near the epicenter.

Quake Details

Magnitude: 6.1Mw
Time: 2013-07-02 16:37:02 UTC+09:00
Location: 4.698°N 96.687°E
Depth: 10.0km (6.2mi)

Nearby Cities:

  • 55km (34mi) S of Bireun, Indonesia
  • 72km (45mi) SE of Reuleuet, Indonesia
  • 74km (46mi) SW of Lhokseumawe, Indonesia
  • 87km (54mi) NE of Meulaboh, Indonesia
  • 581km (361mi) WNW of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Source: USGS/EQHP

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Extreme Weather Hits Midsection US

Posted by feww on April 23, 2013

Temperatures to plunge 30 degrees below normal, as flooding displaces thousands 

As a strong cold front pushes across the central U.S. on Tuesday, parts of the central & southern Plains can expect winter-like precipitation, stretching from Colorado across Kansas and the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma and into southern Iowa. The precipitation should taper off by Tuesday evening. In addition, temperatures will be as much as 30 degrees below normal across the region on Tuesday. —NWS

Meantime, at least six rivers in Illinois have surged to record levels, inundating homes and businesses and displacing thousands of people, as extreme weather continued across parts of central and southern Plains.

The hardest hit communities, including Elmhurst, Des Plaines, River Forest, Bellwood, Riverside, Moline, Quincy, Bartonville, North Aurora, Marseilles, Ottawa, North Utica and Morris.

“We have seen some of the worst flooding damage to neighborhoods and homes across our state in Illinois history,” said Illinois Governor Quinn, declaring 44 counties state disaster areas.

Counties included in the state disaster declaration are Adams, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Cook, DeKalb, Douglas, DuPage, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, Mercer, Morgan, Ogle, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, Stark, Tazewell, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago and Woodford.

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US Weather Hazards Map. Source: NWS

Missouri: Gov. Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri on Friday after a strong storm system that included heavy rainfall led to flash flooding in many parts of the state and to rapidly rising rivers levels on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.

“The sustained periods of heavy rainfall has swollen creeks and streams and is pushing the Mississippi River over flood levels, endangering river communities,” declared Nixon.

Flood Warnings

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued Flooding Warnings in parts of at least 16 states, as more rain continued to swell rivers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi.

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events Headlines – 14 April 2013

Posted by feww on April 14, 2013

H7N9 avian flu human infections in China climb to 60, with 13 fatalities

Latest Update [2013-04-14 19:23:48 local time]: Shanghai reported two more deaths from H7N9 bird flu on Sunday, while three new cases were confirmed, local health authorities said in a statement,” said a report.

  • The latest update raises the infection toll to 60, and the fatalities to at least 13.

Earlier on Sunday…

Two new infections of H7N9 avian flu were reported in east China’s Jiangsu Province on Sunday, bringing the total number of such cases in China to 57.

“Eight new cases of human infection were reported nationwide on Sunday, with two in Henan Province in central China, two in Jiangsu Province and four in Zhejiang Province in east China. Of the 57 people infected thus far, 11 have died,” said a report.

All four patients in east China’s Zhejiang Province were in serious condition, according to the provincial health department, said a report.

Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus

This is a “novel” (non-human) virus and therefore has the potential to cause a pandemic if it were to change to become easily and sustainably spread from person-to-person. So far, this virus has not been determined to have that capability. However, influenza viruses constantly change and it’s possible that this virus could gain that ability. CDC takes routine preparedness actions whenever a new virus with pandemic potential is identified, including developing a candidate vaccine virus to make a vaccine if it were to be needed. There is no licensed H7 vaccine available at this time. —CDC

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UPDATE: Earthquake that hit “birthplace of Japan” caused by “unknown active fault”

The magnitude 6.0 quake that hit Awajishima Fukin on Apr 13, 2013, at 05:33 local time has reportedly injured two dozen people, 7 of them seriously, and damaged more than 1,900 homes.

  • “The government’s earthquake research committee said Sunday an unknown active fault may have caused a magnitude 6.3 [revised down to M6.0 by JMA] earthquake that jolted western Japan early Saturday.” Kyodo reported.
  • The fault reportedly extends about 10 km from north to south of the island, according to the committee.
  • “There are many as-yet-unrecognized active faults,” warning that  M6  quakes could occur anywhere in Japan, the committee chief has said.

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 6.0
  • Depth: 10 km
  • Date and Time: April 13,  2013 at 05:33 JST (local time)
  • Epicenter:  34.4ºN, 134.8ºE
  • Region: Awajishima Fukin (Source: JMA)

EQ Location Map

Awajishima EQ
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH.

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U.S. Weather:  Major winter storm to impact the north central United States

A major winter storm will impact the north central United States through Monday morning, where total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches will be common. Some locales in central North Dakota could experience more than 15 inches of new snow. Strong gusty winds will also lead to considerable blowing and drifting snow and near blizzard conditions, creating hazardous travel conditions. —NWS

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US Weather Hazards Map. The map shows 10 different Weather Warnings, including Red Flag Warnings across parts of 5 states. Source: NWS

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Another Round of Extreme Weather Forecast for Thursday

Posted by feww on April 11, 2013

Severe Storms to Hit Ohio/Tennessee Valleys, Southern Mid-Atlantic and Southeast U.S.

Another round of severe weather is forecast for Thursday across the eastern Ohio, Tennessee River Valleys,  the southern Mid-Atlantic and Southeast U.S. The storms will bring damaging winds, tornadoes and large hail, targeting parts of Alabama, Georgia and the Florida Panhandle, NWS reported.

A powerful storm will bring a variety of weather hazards to parts of the central & eastern U.S. on Thursday. In addition to winter weather conditions over parts of the Upper Midwest & Great Lakes, there is a risk of severe thunderstorms for a large portion of the Ohio Valley & Southeast. Flash flooding will also be a threat for much of the lower & mid-Mississippi Valley into the lower Great Lakes. —NOAA

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Filtered storm reports gathered by SPC. The map shows some 180 reports including 2 tornadoes.

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U.S. weather hazards Map for April 11, 2013. Source: NWS

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Disaster declared due to drought, derecho, extreme weather, Hurricane Sandy, snowstorm, nor’easter

Posted by feww on February 15, 2013

U.S. Disasters 2013: Drought, derecho, hail, excessive heat, excessive rain, flash flooding, Hurricane Sandy, a snowstorm and a nor’easter

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 21 counties in 4 states—New Jersey, Delaware,  New York, and Pennsylvania—as natural disaster areas, both primary and contiguous, due to damages and losses caused by the combined effects of drought, high winds (derecho), hail, excessive heat, excessive rain, flash flooding, Hurricane Sandy, a snowstorm and a nor’easter that occurred during the period of June 28 – November 8, 2012.

As of February 13, prior to the latest designations, about 980 counties, nearly a third of all U.S. counties, had been designated for 2013 crop disaster losses, USDA reported.

FIRE-EARTH Drought Links 2013

Mississippi Disaster Declaration

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Mississippi in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding beginning on February 10, 2013, and continuing.

  • The worst affected areas are Forrest and Lamar Counties.

Related Links

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February 15, 2013 – DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,121 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,121 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

GLOBAL WARNINGS

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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