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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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Another Round of Extra Terrestrial Weather Hits U.S.

Posted by feww on April 15, 2014

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Severe thunderstorms forecast for parts of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia

Unseasonably cold across the central and eastern U.S. prompt Freeze Warning across parts of at least 22 states.

Other warnings associated with the “ET” front include Winter Storm Warning, Storm Warning, Flood Warning, Gale Warning, Hard Freeze Warning and Freeze Warning.

Widespread showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast from the Deep South to the Northeast U.S. on Tuesday as moisture from the Gulf of Mexico continues to advance northward into the region ahead of a strong cold front. —NOAA

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US Weather Hazards Map (Hazmap). UPDATE Here…

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Latest Storm Dumps Yet More Rain on Ireland, UK

Posted by feww on February 17, 2014

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16 Severe Flood Warnings remain in effect, as more intense rain swamps the UK

Dozens of UK counties remain under Severe Flood Warning, Flood Warnings and Flood Alerts, as the latest rainstorm  from the Atlantic dumps up to 16mm of rain per hour on parts of the country, as well as Ireland.

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More Rain Moving in from the Atlantic

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IR Satellite image. Infrared Mosaic Color Background – Atlantic Region GOES-East/Meteosat-9/MTSAT. Source: CIMSS

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UK Floods Intensify

Posted by feww on February 14, 2014

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22 Severe Flood Warnings issued, as UK rivers continue flooding

There are now 22 Severe Flood Warnings ["danger to life"] in effect throughout three UK regions—the Midlands [1,] Southeast [15] and Southwest[6.]

Additionally, 179 Flood Warnings ["Flooding is expected. Immediate action required"] and 288 Flood Alerts ["Flooding is possible. Be prepared"] are in effect throughout the UK, as of posting.

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22  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 in quarter of a millennium.

Massive Storm Envelopes Ireland and the UK

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IR satellite and radar rain map composite. Satellite data: © Copyright EUMETSAT/Met Office

Severe Flood Warning in the Midlands

In the Midlands River Severn at Alney Island, Gloucester, threatens to overflow, and a Severe Flood Warning has been issued due to the potential flooding of houses and static homes from the overtopping of flood defenses , according to the UK Environment Agency [UKEA.]

15 Severe Flood Warnings issued for the Southeast

Location: Coast at Lymington and Keyhaven including Pitts Deep and Sowley

The wind is Force 10 South westerly. This warning is being issued as a precautionary measure. Forecast tide levels are significant and will be very close to the top of the sea wall which protects most of Lymington and Keyhaven.

River Thames

River Thames is flooding at multiple locations including the Chertsey area and Widespread property flooding and disruption to local infrastructure will continue, said UKEA.

River Thames levels are expected to rise in at least 14 other areas including the Shepperton Green area, Hamm Court,  Laleham and Penton Hook, Staines and Egham, Thorpe Lea, Runnymede Pleasure Grounds, Horton and Kingsmead Quarry, Wraysbury village, Old Windsor, Friday Island, Magna Carta Island and  Datchet village.

Severe Flood Warnings in the Southwest

Six Severe Flood Warnings are in effect in the Southwest as of posting including

  • Chiswell
    • The forecast wind direction are south easterly through to south westerly overnight. The forecast wind strengths are Force 7 increasing to Force 9 overnight Follow the instructions in leaflets now being dropped at all properties at risk. Do not wait for the siren to sound if you intend to relocate from your property
  • South Devon Coast from Start Point to Dawlish Warren
  • South Devon Coast from Exmouth to Lyme Regis
    • The forecast surge height is 0.99m. The forecast wind direction is SSW. The forecast wind strength is Force 8. Times of high tide will vary along the coast. Conditions will usually apply 2-4 hours either side of high tide. Large waves are forecast to build from a southerly direction. Wave heights could be 3 to 5.5m. This is likely to lead to significant spray overtopping and the potential for further damage to sea walls.
  • South Cornwall Coast Flood Warning Area
    • A Severe Flood Warning is in force for Friday evenings tide and a Flood Warning is in force for Saturday morning. Strong winds, tidal surge and large waves may cause flooding at exposed locations. Locations with damage to defences, buildings and structures, will be especially vulnerable. These locations include: Penzance, Newlyn Green, Marazion, Longrock, Porthleven, St Mawes, Pentewan, Looe, Seaton, Kingsand, Cawsand and Plymouth. High tide on Friday is between 16:40 and 18:00. The forecast surge height is over 1m, with Force 9 South South Westerly wind, and waves up to 6m. High tide on Saturday is between 05:00 and 06:00. The forecast surge height is 360mm, with Force 8 South Westerly wind, and waves up to 6m. Conditions in exposed locations will be dangerous …
  • Salt Moor and North Moor including Moorland
    • Water is continuing to spill from Currymoor into Saltmoor and Northmoor via Athelney spillway and the old Lyng railway cutting. This poses a significant ongoing risk to local properties. The drain level at Northmoor pumping station is 6.01 m and is stable. We are pumping at Northmoor and Saltmoor pumping stations. Additional pumps are now running. The River Tone at Currymoor is currently stable but is expected to rise in response to the forecast rainfall.
  • A361 East Lyng to Burrowbridge
    • Water is continuing to spill into Currymoor from the River Tone. Consequently large volumes of water are flowing into Saltmoor and Northmoor via Athelney spillway and the old Lyng railway cutting. Floodwater on the A361 is very deep.

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Ireland and Britain Face Major Disaster Crisis

Posted by feww on February 13, 2014

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Two more violent storms target Ireland and Britain

Britain is facing “almost unparalleled” natural disaster crisis, said the second most senior British military officer. [GCHQ this!]

The worsening disaster in Ireland and Britain has been caused by a barrage of major storms, and continuing.

  • Floodwaters have inundated about 6,000 homes in Britain since December.
  • The Wednesday storm has knocked out power to quarter of all homes in Ireland, where  trails of destruction have wept through  the country.

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IR satellite image. © Copyright EUMETSAT/Met Office

The next major storm brewing in the Atlantic is expected to crash into Britain on Friday.

The storm could dump significant snow on much of Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and northern England.

  • Sixteen Severe Flood Warnings remain in effect in southern England for Berkshire, Surrey and Somerset; thousands of people have been evacuated.
  • Some 355 additional Flood Warnings and Flood Alerts are in effect throughout the UK.
  • Power and transport networks across the country have been severely hit.
  • Many rivers in southern England have risen to their highest recorded levels.
  • River Thames is forecast  to rise to its highest levels for more than six decades, with Windsor, Maidenhead and Surrey the worst affected, said the UK Environment Agency.
  • The River Severn rose to a new record level of 5.65m in Worcester.
  • More homes will be flooded as rivers in Herefordshire and Worcestershire continue rising, the Agency warned.

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“Red Warning” Issued for UK Hurricane Force Winds

Posted by feww on February 12, 2014

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Massive Storm Battering Ireland and UK with Torrential Rains and Hurricane-Force Winds

UK Met Office has issued a ‘Red Warning’ for hurricane force winds exceeding 160 km/hr, as a massive storm system barrels into Ireland and UK.

This is the first “red warning” issued by the UK Met this winter. It mean “danger to life” with widespread destruction/damage expected.

Wind gusts of up to 180 km/hr have battered the coast of southern Ireland, and gusts of 150 km/hr were recorded in South Wales.

In the counties of Devon and Cornwall, wind gusts of up to 155 km/hr have uprooted scores of trees and brought down power cables.

Meantime, southern England is bracing for more than a month of rain in the next few days.

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IR satellite image and rain. Rainfall in mm/hour. © Copyright EUMETSAT/Met Office

Warnings Issued by UK Met Office at 10:27 on  12 Feb 2014

Valid from – 12 Feb 2014, 13:30
Valid to – 12 Feb 2014, 21:00

During this afternoon a swathe of exceptionally strong winds is expected to affect western parts of Wales and then some northwestern parts of England this evening, particularly in coastal areas. Winds are expected to gust 80 mph widely and possibly reach 100 mph in the most exposed locations in west and northwest Wales.

Winds of this strength can cause widespread structural damage, bringing down trees and also leading to loss of power supplies. In addition, large waves are likely to affect some coasts. The public should take action to alter their travel arrangements during this spell of storm force winds.

Chief Forecaster’s Assessment

A vigorous area of low pressure is expected to move northeastwards across Ireland and southern Scotland this afternoon and evening. Damaging winds are likely to develop along the southern flank of this area of low pressure, especially in coastal locations.

Coastal areas of west Wales and northwest England are likely to bear the brunt as southwesterly (later westerly) winds widely gust to 80 mph and possibly 100 mph in the most exposed locations. The core of strongest winds will then affect parts of the coast of north Wales and northwest England early evening with peak gusts of 85 mph.

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UK Floods Threaten Thousands of Homes

Posted by feww on February 10, 2014

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Entire communities threatened by rising floodwaters along River Thames, England

Fourteen Severe Flood Warnings ["danger to life] remain in effect along  River Thames in Berkshire and Surrey, SE England, as  floodwaters continue to rise above record levels, threatening thousands of homes. 

Two others Severe Flood Warnings remain in Somerset, southwest England.

The UK Environment Agency has also issued 348 other Flood Warnings and Flood Alerts, as of posting, warning that entire communities along River Thames could be severely inundated.

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A map of Westminster and City of London, with Flood Warning areas highlighted. Source and copyright: The UK Environment Agency.

Communities along the Thames, particularly in Berkshire and Surrey, are being warned to expect further severe property flooding from the River Thames today (Monday) and into Tuesday.

We have issued 14 severe flood warnings along the River Thames from Datchet to Shepperton Green, including Ham Court and Chertsey, as river levels in the area are extremely high and are forecast to continue to rise.

A further two severe flood warnings remain in force at Saltmoor and Northmoor, including Moorland, and for the A361, East Lyng to Burrowbridge, as flooding continues on the Somerset Levels. —UK Environment Agency

Severe Flood Warning: Datchet (and 15 other areas)

River levels on the Thames are very high and still rising in the Datchet area. A Severe Flood Warning remains in force as river levels will continue to rise for the next 24 hours and are forecast to be higher than those experienced in 2003 on the Thames. Property flooding is expected in the area and disruption to local infrastructure is possible.  Issued by The Environment Agency at 11:59 on 10 Feb 2014

Meanwhile, more severe flooding is expected in the coming days, with more significant rainfalls forecast across the south, turning into sleet and snow in the north.

Significant Events

  • 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 (since 1776) 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.
  • Britain is bracing for the tenth successive week of torrential rains and destructive high winds starting Monday night, forecasters said.
  • More than 5,000 homes have already been flooded in southern UK, with some remaining submerged under floodwater for up to six weeks.
  • The Thames Barrier closed on Monday to protect east London from storm surges.
  • Rail links to much of the southwest remained cut off because giant waves swept entire sections of tracks  into the sea last week.
  • Large sections of Worcester [WUUS-tər] city center could be closed indefinitely due to severe flooding, the city officials have warned.
  • Some 29 Flood Warnings remain in effect across the counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
  • Police have recovered a body believed to be that of a kayaker who went missing on the River Usk on Sunday.
  • The town of Chertsey in Surrey, and Thameside village of Datchet  in Berkshire are flooded.

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

sig storm system 10feb14 -1645utcSignificant storm system striking Ireland on its way to mainland UK. Visible satellite image issued at 16:45UTC.  © Copyright EUMETSAT/Met Office

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Britain Moving Closer to Climate Checkmate

Posted by feww on February 10, 2014

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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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Massive Storm Striking Ireland, Britain

Posted by feww on February 8, 2014

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Potentially devastating superstorms lining up in Atlantic to batter Ireland next week

Met Éireann has issued a status orange weather warning, the highest in Ireland, for the southern counties as well as Wexford and Galway, with winds of 130-km/hr forecast as storm RUTH strikes the country.

A status yellow weather warning is in effect for counties Dublin, Louth, Wicklow and Meath, according to reports.

Flood alerts and wind warnings have been issued as Ireland braces itself for a series of  potentially devastating Atlantic superstorms and the ninth week of extreme rain events.

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Screenshot from a video taken by the Irish Gov. via Independent.ie

Massive Storm System Impacting UK

Some 482 Flood Warnings and Flood Alerts, including 3 Severe Flood Warnings ["danger to life,"] remain in effect throughout Britain as a massive storm system continues to batter the country with strong winds and persistent rain.

atlantic superstorm image 34 UKMetVisible Satellite image timed at 12:00 on Saturday February 8, 2014. © Copyright EUMETSAT/Met Office

The UK Environment Office has issued the following Flood Risk Assessment (Excerpts)

In Somerset there is a HIGH flood risk from river flooding on the Somerset Levels for today (Sat 8 Feb) and Sunday, with a high likelihood of severe impacts. River flooding in this area has been made worse by recent rainfall. Significant impacts are expected to continue in this area through the next week. In Chiswell in Dorset where the beach is degraded there is a HIGH flood risk from coastal flooding due to large waves and strong winds during this evening and during Sunday.

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Superstorm Striking W Europe – Satellite Image Update 2

Posted by feww on February 7, 2014

Atlantic Superstorm inching closer

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IR – Rain Satellite image at 22:30UTC February 7, 2014.  © Copyright EUMETSAT/Met Office

Weather Warning

The UK Met Office has issued Level 2 amber severe weather warnings through  Sunday, expecting “significant impact” by the storm.

“There is a risk that defenses which have not already been flooded could be, with rainfall totals looking very high in areas already affected,” said a spokesperson.

Flood Warning

UK Environment Agency has issued about 500 Flood Warnings and Flood Alert throughout the country, including 2 Severe Flood Warnings, meaning “danger to life,” as of posting.

A Region Devastated by Floods

“There is a high risk on the Somerset Levels [an area already submerged by earlier floods.] River flooding in this area is expected to be exacerbated by further rainfall,” said the UK Environment Agency.

Meanwhile, official data show that England and Wales experienced the rainiest December to January period since records began 138 years ago.

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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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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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Massive Storm System Impacting Western and Central U.S.

Posted by feww on December 3, 2013

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Powerful Storm System moving across the  U.S. Dumping Heavy Snow

Massive Winter Storm is bringing heavy snow to the higher elevations of the Central Rockies, Northern High Plains and Upper Midwest, causing  temperatures to plunge substantially in the West and Central U.S., said National Weather Service (NWS).

The temperatures are forecast to plunge as much as 30 degrees below normal.

  • Up to 18 inches of snow could bury Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. 

The powerful storm system is moving across the Western and Central U.S. The storm is bringing heavy snow to parts of the Rockies and Northern Plains. The highest snow totals are expected to be in the Central Rockies where up to 24 inches of snow is expected. Further east, parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin may receive up to 18 inches of snow. Once the storm departs, bitterly cold air will follow. —NWS

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U.S. Weather Hazards Map (Hazmap)  for Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Source: NWS/CRH. Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH Blog.

A rather strong upper level low currently over the Pacific Northwest is forecast to continue dropping southeastward into the Northern Rockies by Wednesday, pushing a surface cold front south and east ahead of it. Very cold temperatures drawn in from Canada, combined with strong vertical lift, should be enough to support widespread heavy snow from the Northern and Central Rockies into the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. Winter Storm watches, warnings, and advisories are currently in effect for much of the Intermountain West, Northern Plains, and Upper Midwest. Light to moderate snow will begin across the Northern Rockies, Northern Plains, and Upper Midwest on Monday night, and eventually spread into the higher terrain of the Central Rockies by Tuesday afternoon. At this point, it appears the heaviest of the snow accumulations should be confined to the highest terrain of the Central Rockies with storm totals ranging from 12 to 18 inches across the Wasatch range of Utah, to as much as 24 or more inches in the Central Rockies. Farther east across extreme Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, anywhere from 10 to 18 inches of snow is possible. —NWS

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Nor’easter Spawned by Deadly Thanksgiving Storm

Posted by feww on November 27, 2013

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Nor’easter brings heavier rain, heavier snow, sleet and high winds

Winds of up to 63MPH forecast in parts the affected area, as thousands of flights are cancelled and thousands more delayed.

Snow, sleet and freezing rain hit large areas in the northeast, dumping several inches of snow across Pennsylvania.

Hazardous travel conditions prevail throughout vast regions in the northeast.  NWS has issued the following forecast:

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U.S. Weather Hazards Map (Hazmap)  for Wednesday, November 27, 2013. Source: NWS/CRH. Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH Blog.

Heavy snow is forecast from the Tennessee Valley to western New England, with freezing rain possible across the Appalachians and western Mid-Atlantic into the Northeast through Wednesday. Meanwhile, heavy rainfall is forecast across parts of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, with severe thunderstorms possible for parts of the coastal Southeast this evening.

Moderate to heavy rain continues to move over the southeast and
The middle Atlantic while light snow continues from Ohio eastward
Through central New England.

Winter Storm Warnings and winter weather advisories are in effect
for a large area from the Tennessee and Ohio valleys eastward
across the Appalachians to the interior mid-Atlantic region, the
lower Great Lakes as well as interior New England.

Flood watches are in effect for portions of the northwest
Carolinas and portions of the northeast.

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Deadly Thanksgiving Storm Moves East

Posted by feww on November 26, 2013

Deadly ice storm claims at least 13 lives across the U.S.

A major storm system moving across the U.S. has caused at least 13 deaths including four in Oklahoma, four in Texas, three in California and one each in Arizona and New Mexico, as well as numerous road accident injuries.

The massive storm dumped at least 35cm of snow on Sunday in many mountain regions of Colorado and Utah, as well as significant amounts on  parts of Arizona and Texas.

The system has forced more than a thousand flight cancellations across  southern U.S.

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US Composite Satellite Image – Nov 26, 2013 at 00:30UTC. Source: SSEC/Wisc-Uni

U.S. Weather Forecast

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued multiple severe weather Warnings, Watches and Advisories including Ice Storm Warning, Winter Storm Warning, Storm Warning and Flood Warning for a large portion of the country.  The following are highlights of their latest forecast Valid 00UTC Tue Nov 26 2013 – 00Z Thu Nov 28 2013

  • Sleet/freezing rain possible from the Southern Appalachians to parts of Northern New England
  • Snow is possible from Eastern Ohio Valley/Central Appalachians to the Lower Great Lakes
  • Heavy rain possible from the Central Gulf Coast to New England
  • Temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees below average from the Central Appalachians to the Central/Western Gulf to the Upper Midwest
  • A complicated storm will develop over the Central Gulf Coast and move to the Mid-Atlantic by Wednesday.
  • Another storm over the Central Gulf Coast will move northeastward to Mid-Atlantic and combined with the energy from the Great Lakes. The developing storm will produce moderate to heavy rain over the Central Gulf Coast and expand into the Southern/Central Appalachians by Tuesday morning. The moderate to heavy rain will move eastward to the Southeast/Mid-Atlantic on Tuesday, expanding into Northern New England by Wednesday morning. Showers and thunderstorms will develop along the Central Gulf Coast and move eastward to the Southeast by Tuesday night, moving offshore by Wednesday morning.

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National Severe Weather Warnings – United Kingdom

Posted by feww on November 2, 2013

Storm-force winds batter Britain, again

The Met Office in the UK has Issued the following Warning and Assessment for Saturday – Sunday

Warning
Westerly winds will strengthen through Saturday afternoon and into the evening, bringing gusts of 50-60 mph to many parts of the warning area, and locally around 70 mph along exposed coasts.

The public should be aware of the risk of localized disruption, particularly to travel.

Chief Forecaster’s assessment
A deep area of low pressure will track east across Ireland and southern Scotland during the course of Saturday and early Sunday, bringing a spell of windy weather to many parts of the UK.

The strongest winds are expected to affect parts of southwest England and south Wales later on Saturday afternoon and during the evening, accompanied by squally heavy showers, including the risk of hail and thunder. With many trees still in leaf, the forecast wind gusts are likely to lead to some branches and trees being brought down, whilst leading to difficult driving conditions and also affecting outdoor events such as firework displays. Large waves and over-topping are also likely along some stretches of coastline.

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Large tree uprooted by storm in Pendine in Carmarthenshire. Image credit: Lewis Hancox, via Bbc

High Winds and Flood Warnings

Storm-force winds gusting up to 130 km/hr have uprooted numerous trees, blocking roads and causing  difficult driving conditions in Wales, said a report.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has issued 10 flood warnings are for the coastal areas, with concerns over high tides.

High winds have knocked out power to thousands of homes in SW Britain.

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High Winds Knock Out Power to Thousands in the U.S., Canada

Meantime, back in the U.S., high winds from Halloween Storm have knocked out power to tens of thousands of customers across a vast region including parts of Ohio and  West Virginia.

In Canada, near hurricane force winds knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of Quebec residences on Friday.

Environment Canada issued a wind warning early Friday as storms uprooted trees, shattered windows, tore roofs off buildings and left more than 350,000 customers without power.

“Just north of Montreal, the Centre Laval shopping mall was evacuated Friday afternoon after severe weather sent scaffolding crashing into the building, severing a gas line in the process,” said a report.

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Deadly Storm Batters Southern U.K.

Posted by feww on October 28, 2013

Britain’s deadly storm unleashes wind gust of 159km/h

The strongest storm in a decade to hit U.K. battered the southern regions early Monday, uprooting scores of trees, cutting power lines and blocking roads and railroad tracks.

A wind gust of 159km/h (99mph ) was recorded at Needles Old Battery, Isle of Wight, at 05:00 GMT on Monday, Britain’s Met Office reported.

Up to  third of a million homes lost power, and two reactors in Dungeness nuclear power station were automatically shut down after power to the plant was cut off.

Roads and railroad tracks were blocked by scores of fallen trees severely disrupting travel plans for millions of commuters.

Authorities issued at least a dozen flood warnings in southwest England, East Anglia and the Midlands, as well as132 flood alerts across England and Wales.

  • The storm has claimed at least two lives.
  • At least 130 flights were cancelled at London’s Heathrow airport.
  • London’s both Heathrow  and Gatwick airports have warned of further flight delays and cancellations.
  • The damage was “worse than expected,” said UK’s Network Rail.

“While conditions were as forecast during the early part of the morning, the damage caused by the storm has been more severe than expected as it has tracked eastwards to the north of London and across to East Anglia,” said Network Rail, the owner-operator of most of the rail infrastructure in  Britain.

“As a result, the West Coast, East Coast and Midland main lines are all currently blocked at their southern ends as a result of fallen trees and damage to power lines and all services are currently suspended on the Anglia route, where the storm is currently.”

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A fallen tree ruptured a gas main, leading to a gas explosion in Hounslow, west London. The London Fire Brigade said three houses had collapsed and two others damaged following the explosion. Photo credit London Fire Brigade.

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Deadly Flooding Forces Thousands of Evacuations in Colorado

Posted by feww on September 13, 2013

Disaster declared in flooded areas: Gov. Hickenlooper

“We’ll see what the data tells us but this could easily be a 50 or 100-year flood,” said Hickenlooper.

Disastrous flooding has caused substantial damage in parts of three Front Range counties and the governor has declared a state of emergency in Boulder County. Thousands of people have been evacuated, however, emergency crews are unable to reach residents in some towns.

Floodwaters have cut off major highways, isolated mountain towns and inundated the main campus of the University of Colorado, damaging tens of buildings, officials said.

More than 500 students and staff members were ordered evacuated.

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Highway 72 is washed out in Coal Creek Canyon, Colorado. Photo credit: Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

“We have declared a disaster for the flooded areas and are requesting emergency declaration from FEMA for search and rescue and emergency protection and other support,” said Hickenlooper. “We want to get something in front of President Obama as rapidly as possible.”

“The State Emergency Center has been activated to a Level 3 category of alert or action 24/7. So they will be providing direct resources across the state to the counties affected by the flooding.”

“Part of the problem with us is not that we don’t have the equipment or the manpower it’s just the conditions haven’t permitted it. We couldn’t get up the valleys,” said Hickenlooper.

“This is completely different from the fires and yet preparation means trying to anticipate what you don’t expect. We’ve been trying to train across the state for unexpected eventualities, things that we would never expect to happen. I’m not sure that anyone laid out a scenario where Boulder County and every single county from Coal Creek to the St. Vrain got close to 8 inches of rain in a 24-hour period.” Hickenlooper said.

Not Your Ordinary Disaster

“This is not your ordinary disaster,” said Joe Pelle, the sheriff of Boulder County, where two of the deaths occurred. “All the preparation in the world, all the want-to in the world, can’t put people up those canyons while debris and walls of water are coming down.”

A message posted on the university’s Web site Thursday warned: “Wall of water coming down Boulder Canyon. STAY AWAY FROM BOULDER CREEK.”

Multiple Flash Flood Warnings, Flood Warnings and Flood Watches are in effect across Colorado, said National Weather Service (NWS).

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Severe Weather Plagues the North, South, Midwest

Posted by feww on May 30, 2013

Flood, Freeze, Gale, Red Flag Warnings and Civil Emergency Situations as Tornadoes Rake a Dozen States

  • Emergency Alert Level (EAS) Activation requested by Meade County Emergency  Management in Meade County, SD, due to severe and widespread flooding  “over many location across western and central Meade County.”
  • EAS Activation has also been requested by Butte County Sheriff in Butte County, SD, due to Flash flooding which has occurred “over many location across Butte County.”

Severe weather continues to be a possibility across the Great Plains and the Midwest Thursday. Primary threats are large hail and tornadoes, some could be strong. SPC has outlined an area of Slight Risk; however this threat may have to be upgraded. In addition to the severe weather threat, river and flash flooding will continue as additional rainfall will move over already saturated locations. —NOAA

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Map of the US Weather Hazards – May 30, 2013. Source: NWS

Dozens of tornadoes rake a dozen states; injuries reported

Some 50 tornadoes struck a dozen states, leaving at least 10 people injured in Kansas and Texas, according to initial reports.

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – 21 April 2013

Posted by feww on April 21, 2013

UPDATE [April 21, 2013 @ 07:00UTC] :  More than 200 dead or missing up to 12,000 injured.

China Quake official death toll climbs to 179, many thousands injured

Search and recovery teams continued to dig bodies out of rubble Sunday as the official death toll from Saturday’s devastating earthquake climbed to 179 with as many as 7,000 people injured and tens of thousands of people made homeless in SW China’s Sichuan Province.

  • “In Baoxing, a county isolated by the 7.0-magnitude quake, 26 people were confirmed dead and about 2,500 were injured, county head Ma Jun told Xinhua.
  • “He said the quake damaged almost every home in Baoxing, with a population of 58,000, including newly-built homes after the devastating quake of 2008.”
  • The Longmen township located close to the quake epicenter has been almost entirely leveled.
  • Most of the deaths were concentrated in Lushan; however, more than 90 survivors were pulled out of rubble in the county.

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Rescuers head for Baosheng Township in the quake-hit Lushan County, Ya’an City, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, April 20, 2013. Roads connected to townships like Baosheng and Taiping in Lushan were damaged or blocked by landslides due to a 7.0-magnitude earthquake which occurred on Saturday.(Xinhua/Jiang Hongjing). More images…

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Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

US Flood Update
“The recent torrent of rainfall in the Midwest has sent river levels rising across the region. Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan have been hardest hit states. Some river levels will approach and even break records. Numerous flood warnings are in effect [across parts of at least 16 states.]” —NWS

  • Thousands of homes have been flooded in the Midwest.
  • More than 2,000 people have been evacuated from Illinois towns of Marseilles and London Mills.
  • The raging Des Plaines River has inundated the town of Forest View, flooding 90 percent of the community and prompting a massive evacuation of at least 700 people [families?]
  • Plaza Towers hotel and apartments in Grand Rapids has been evacuated due to flooding of the Grand River.
  • A mandatory flood evacuation order has been issued for the residents of  Spring Bay and portions of Creve Coeur, Illinois.

April 2013 Record River Crests

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Preliminary record crests for rivers that have crested in northern Illinois. Source: NWS, Chicago

Latest Disaster and Emergency Declarations

  • Iowa Gov. Bransted has issued a disaster declaration for five eastern counties:  Cedar, Johnson, Mahaska, Scott and Washington.
  • Illinois Gov. Quinn has declared 38 counties disaster areas.
    • “Illinois has seen an incredible level of devastation and reports indicate that conditions will get worse in the coming days. ” Quinn said.
  • Governor Nixon has declared a state of emergency in response to heavy rain and flash flooding in much of the state

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SoCal fire forces mass evacuation in Monrovia

“Residents of about 200 homes in Monrovia have been forced to evacuate after a brush fire erupted in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills east of Los Angeles,” said a report.

The blaze has scorched more than 170 acres and was 10 percent contained, as of posting. 

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Spring Officially Starts Today

Posted by feww on March 20, 2012

 It’s Flooding Awareness Week nationwide!

Life-threatening Floods Possible in the Plains and Mississippi Valley: NWS

“A tremendous setup for heavy rainfall is unfolding in the central/southern Mississippi River Valley and Plains. The weather pattern is very slow-moving, so thunderstorms with heavy rain will repeatedly move over the same area resulting in some locations receiving a foot of rain through midweek.”


US Natural Hazards Map. Source: NWS. Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH

Disaster Calendar 2012 – March 20

[March 20, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,457 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Mid-Americanweather expected to include rain, flash floods, wild fire danger, severe storms: NWS
  • Mississippi River Valley. Severe weather, torrential rains and flash flooding could occur across the southern Plains and lower to middle Mississippi River Valley, NWS reported.
  • “An increased risk for wildfires is expected over much of the high plains.”
  • “To the north and west of the rain and flash flood area, Red Flag Warnings have been posted across the northern High Plains, where little precipitation is expected.”
  • “Critical fire danger has been forecast today for parts of the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas.”
  • Rain and thunderstorms expected from the eastern Great Lakes to the Eastern Seaboard and from southern New England to northern South Carolina.
  • “Heavy snow is possible over several areas of western Washington, central Montana, northwest Wyoming and southwest Colorado.”
  • Oklahoma, USA. Power outages reported as flood warning is issued for Oklahoma City area, flash flooding in Norman
  • Idaho.  Flood warnings or advisories have been issued for most of south-central and southeastern Idaho: NWS.
  • Illinois. Flood warnings have been issued for the Illinois River Basin: NWS
    • Risk of severe weather extends over a large area from southwest to northeast Texas, southeastern Oklahoma and part  of southwest Arkansas.
    • “The Storm Prediction Center received 14 reports of tornadoes Sunday – 13 in Nebraska and 1 in South Dakota. Twelve of the Nebraska tornadoes were reported in and around North Platte in Lincoln County with the other reported near Valentine in Cherry County. The South Dakota tornado was reported 21 miles south of Mission in Todd County. Hail at 4.25-inch diameter was reported 19 miles south-southeast of Mission, which joined Quinn in Pennington County, SD, reported a peak wind of 80 mph.”
  • Texas.  At least 3 tornadoes touched down in Texas. The largest hit near the town of Natalia injuring two people and damaging 6 homes, according to SPC.
    • However, the Medina County Sheriff’s Office “received over 300 calls indicating there is damage or injuries” due to the storm, said a woman from the sheriff’s office, local media reported.
    • “It struck us pretty hard,” she said from the county, which is about 30 miles west of San Antonio. “At this point, we have unknown (amount) of injuries, but we have a lot of damage.”

Other Global Disasters

  • Queensland, Australia.  Townsville in the Australian state of Queensland has been declared a disaster zone after a “freak storm” described as “mini tornado” left a 500m path of destruction, leaving at least 60 homes and businesses with major structural damage, a report said.
    • The tornado reportedly packed wind of higher than 111km/h [an EF2 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Tornado Scale.]
    • The worst affected areas were suburbs of Vincent, Gulliver, Currajong and Pimlico, which remain in blackout.
  • North Island, New Zealand.  A severe storm with high winds pounded New Zealand’s North Island felling trees, knocking out power lines and causing extensive flooding.
    • The storm dumped more than two months’ worth of rain on parts of the region, a report said.
    • Severe weather closed schools and forced dozens of flight cancellations in and out of Auckland Airport.
    • More wild weather, torrential rains and flooding are forecast for the region.
  • Germany.  The number of farms reporting Schmallenberg virus have jumped up by more than 10 percent in seven days. [up from 847 farms on March 5, and 908 farms on March 12]
    • Sheep, cattle and goat from 1,000 farms [up from 847 farms on March 5, and 908 farms on March 12] have been tested positive for Schmallenberg virus (SBV) as of March 19, 2012.
    • “The cases occurred in 160 cattle holdings, 799 sheep holdings and 41 goat holdings.”  FLI reported.


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  • France. A total of 824 farms have reported SBV infection in France as of March 16, 2012. That is a rise of 23% in reported SBV cases in a week. (Source: Centre de ressources épidémiosurveillance).


Map of farms in France with reported SBV cases. Source: survepi.org; enhanced by FIRE-EARTH

  • United Kingdom.  Schmallenberg virus (SBV) infection has been identified on 190 farms [up from 158 farms on March 12 and 92 farm on March 2] located in 22 counties. The rise represents a jump of more than 20 percent since March 12, 2012. “Fourteen of the positive cases have been diagnosed in cattle, 176 in sheep,” DEFRA reported.

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Flooding in Memphis – Update May 10

Posted by feww on May 10, 2011

Mississippi River in Memphis rose 14.59 meters (47.87 feet) 

Mississippi River Hydrograph at Memphis, Tennessee


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Memphis Flooding – Satellite Images


Click images to enlarge.  Download largst image (4 MB, JPEG)  Top image taken on  May 10, 2011 


These photo-like images were taken by Thematic Mapper on Landsat 5 on May 10, 2011 (Top), and on April 21, 2010 (Bottom).
Top image shows muddy flood waters covering the area between West Memphis and Memphis inundating a floodplain northwest of Treasure Island. Source: NASA-EO.  Download largest image (4 MB, JPEG) 


Homes in Mud Island near Memphis are flooded by the rising Mississippi river, May 10, 2011. Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images. Image may be subject to copyright.

Rainfall Total Over the Next 5 Days


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Significant River Flood Outlook

River Flooding Maps


40 Gauges: Major Flooding.  Click images to enlarge.  


42 Gauges: Moderate Flooding


83 Gauges: Minor Flooding


109 Gauges: Near Flood Stage

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Flood Warning

Posted by feww on May 10, 2011

Mississippi River Hydrograph at Memphis, Tennessee


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Mississippi River Hydrograph at Vicksburg and Natchez  

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NASHVILLE HAS EXTENDED THE FLOOD WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS UNTIL  UNTIL 10:45AM CDT WEDNESDAY :

  • BENTON COUNTY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE
    • THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF CAMDEN
  • HOUSTON COUNTY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE
    • THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF ERIN
  • HUMPHREYS COUNTY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE
    • THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF WAVERLY
  • MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE
    • THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF CLARKSVILLE
  • STEWART COUNTY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE
    • THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF DOVER


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River Forecast Centers


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Historic Mississippi River Flooding Event (Source: NWS/srh)

The flood crest along the Mississippi is forecast to move slowly downstream towards New Orleans during the next three weeks. The White River, the Arkansas River, Big Black River are just a few major tributaries that may be impacted by the Mississippi main stem flooding. Interstate 40 west of Memphis between Hazen and Brinkley is closed in both directions due to the White River overflowing its banks. At this time there is no anticipated time for reopening the road. Details…


Weather Forecast Map. Click images to enlarge   

GOES Eastern US SECTOR Infrared Image


WARNING: Potentially deadly storm system may be developing
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Ohio River at Cairo

Posted by feww on May 4, 2011

“THIS COUNTRY NO GOOD for FARMING!”

Climate Change, Flood Plains, Explosives and Geoengineering

Hydrograph of Ohio River at Cairo


Source: NWS/AHPS

Latest Flood Warnings

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: Significant River Flood Outlook


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Download largest  image (5 MB, JPEG) acquired on May 3, 2011


These two false-color images taken by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite on May 3, 2011 (top), and April 29, 2011 (bottom) show conditions along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. (See an image from 2010 for a comparison.) The image taken on May 3 shows the floodway downstream of Cairo completely submerged after the Army Corps of Engineers blew up a levee near Cairo which sits at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Source: NASA-EO.  Click image to enlarge. Download largest  image (5 MB, JPEG) acquired on April 29, 2011.


This photo taken by the US Army Corps of Engineers shows flooded farms near New Madrid, Missouri. The deluge followed the intentional breaching of two levees by the Corps. Click image to enlarge.

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US East Coast Inundated by Major Flooding

Posted by feww on March 31, 2010

Second Round of Flooding in the Northeast

Record rain and flooding have inundated  the East Coast since weekend with Rhode Island receiving the major dividends

NWS has issued flood warnings along the East Coast, from Maine in the northeast all the way to Florida in the southeast.  Two major storms have pummeled the East Coast, and there are threats of major flooding in the northeast.

National Weather Hazards (NWS Map)

Then:


Now


This map displays active watch, warnings, advisories and short term forecasts in the lower 48 US states. Click to enlarge and refresh image.

  • Click HERE to enter NWS portal.

Summary of Flooding:

  • NWS warned of potential deadly floods in Rhode Island
  • In Cranston, Rhode Island, Hundreds of families were evacuated from their homes on Monday.
  • In Warwick, R.I., about 500 homes and business were evacuated.
  • Massachusetts Gov declared a state of emergency and called a 1,000 National Guards to help residents in the deluge.
  • As Boston broke its rain fall record for the month of March, forecaster expected New York City to break its all-time record for the month, too.
  • Forecasters warned about major flooding in Maine to New York because the rivers were yet to crest.
  • In some areas about 10 inches of rain fell in less than 36 hours.
  • Roads have been washed out between South Carolina and Maine

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EARLIER

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