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Major Disasters Declared in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota

Posted by feww on July 29, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
MAJOR DISASTERS
FEDERAL DISASTERS DECLARED
SCENARIOS 444, 111, 088, 066, 023
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Nebraska Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4183)

Federal Disaster has been declared for the state of Nebraska due to severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the during the period of June 14-21, 2014.

Worst of the damage and losses have occurred in Cedar, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Franklin, Furnas, Harlan, Kearney, Phelps, Stanton, Thurston, and Wayne counties.

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 in a statement released by White House.

Iowa Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4184)

Federal Disaster has been declared for the state of Iowa due to severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the during the period of June 14-23, 2014.

Worst of the damage and losses caused by the extreme weather events have occurred in Allamakee, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Fayette, Franklin, Hancock, Humboldt, Ida, Kossuth, Lyon, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Sac, Sioux, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, and Wright counties.

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

Nebraska Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4185)

A second Federal Disaster has been declared for the state of Iowa due to severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the during the period of June 1-4, 2014.

Areas worst affected by the disasters are Burt, Butler, Cass, Hamilton, Holt, Nemaha, Pawnee, Polk, Rock, Thurston, Valley, and Washington counties.

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

South Dakota Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-4186)

Federal Disaster has been declared for the state of South Dakota due to severe storms, tornadoes and flooding during the period of June 13-20, 2014.

Areas worst affected by the disasters are Butte, Clay, Corson, Dewey, Hanson, Jerauld, Lincoln, Minnehaha, Perkins, Turner, Union, and Ziebach Counties and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe within Corson County.

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

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Crop Disasters Declared in 4 States

Posted by feww on July 24, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
FLASH FLOODING, EXCESSIVE RAIN, FLOODING, HIGH WINDS, HAIL, DANGEROUS LIGHTNING,
CROP DISASTERS
TES OF EMERGENCY
SCENARIOS 900, 066, 444, 311, 178, 111, 071, 023
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Extreme Weather Events destroy crops in four states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 33 counties in 4 states as crop disaster areas due to losses caused by excessive rain and flash flooding, high winds and hail, dangerous lightning and flooding.

The disaster designations are as follows:

Areas in Arkansas and Mississippi have been designated as crop  disaster areas due to flash flooding, excessive rain, flooding, high winds, hail and dangerous lightning that from June 29, 2014, and continues. Those counties are:

  • Arkansas: Arkansas, Cleburne, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Faulkner, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lee,
    Lonoke, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett, Prairie, Pulaski, Sharp, St. Francis, Stone, White and Woodruff.
  • Mississippi: Tunica County.

Crop disasters have also been declared in Arkansas and Mississippi due to  flash flooding, excessive rain, flooding, high winds, hail and dangerous lightning that occurred from June 29, 2014, and continues.

  • Tennessee:  Giles, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury and Wayne counties.
  • Alabama: Lauderdale and Limestone counties

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 2,169 separate crop disasters across 30  states. Most of those designations are due to the worsening drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington, Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on July 23, 2014.

Drought Disaster Links

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Federal Disaster Declared in Minnesota

Posted by feww on July 23, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
MAJOR DISASTERS
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
SCENARIOS 444, 111, 088, 066, 023
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Minnesota Declared Major Disaster Area (DR-4182)

Federal disaster has been declared for the state of Minnesota in 8 counties worst affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the prolonged period of June 11 to July 11, 2014.

Worst of the disaster stricken areas are Chippewa, Freeborn, Jackson, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Renville, and Rock counties.

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 in a statement released by White House.

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Crop Disasters Declared in Six States

Posted by feww on July 18, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
INTENSE DROUGHT
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
SEVERE FLOODING
HAIL
CROP DISASTERS
SCENARIOS 900,  888, 066, 555, 444, 178, 111, 178, 071, 023, 03
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Drought, Extreme Rain Event, Hail, and Flooding destroy crops in 34 counties across six states.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 34 counties in six states as crop disaster areas due to losses caused by the worsening drought, extreme rain events, hail, and flooding.

The disaster designations are as follows:

Drought Disaster

  • Idaho: Madison, Bonneville, Fremont, Jefferson and Teton counties.
  • Oklahoma: Hughes, Mayes, Okmulgee, Wagoner, Cherokee, McIntosh, Pontotoc, Coal, Muskogee, Rogers
    Craig, Okfuskee, Seminole, Creek, Pittsburg, Tulsa and Delaware counties.
  • Utah: Wasatch, Duchesne, Salt Lake, Summit and Utah counties.

Disaster designations due to heavy precipitation, flooding and hail from June 11, 2014, through June 18, 2014

  • Minnesota: Rock, Murray, Nobles and Pipestone counties.
  • Iowa: Lyon County.
  • South Dakota: Minnehaha and Moody counties.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 2,170 separate crop disasters across 31 states. Most of those designations are due to the worsening drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington, Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on July 16, 2014.

California Drought Disasters

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Federal Disaster Declared for Iowa

Posted by feww on July 16, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
MAJOR DISASTERS
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
SCENARIOS 444, 111, 088, 066, 023
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Iowa Declared Major Disaster Area (DR-4181)

Federal disaster has been declared for the state of Iowa in 9 counties worst affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the period of June 3-4, 2014.

The disaster stricken areas are Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Mills, Montgomery, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Taylor, and Wayne counties.

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 in a statement released by White House.

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Federal Disaster Declared for New York

Posted by feww on July 11, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
MAJOR DISASTERS
SCENARIOS 444, 111, 088, 066, 023
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
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New York Declared Major Disaster Area (DR-4180)

Federal disaster has been declared for the state of New York in 11 counties affected by the severe storms and flooding during the period of May 13-22, 2014.

Areas worst affected by the disasters are the counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Delaware, Herkimer, Lewis, Livingston, Ontario, Otsego, Steuben, and Yates.

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 in a statement released by White House.

Latest Federal Disaster Declarations

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States of Emergency Declared in Wisconsin, South Dakota, Ontario…

Posted by feww on June 22, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
TORNADOES
HIGH WIND
HAIL
STATES OF EMERGENCY
SCENARIOS 111, 088, 066, 023
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State of Emergency declared in three Wisconsin counties

Gov. Walker has declared a state of emergency for three Wisconsin counties after six tornadoes touchdown in Dane, Green and Grant Counties.

The tornadoes ranged from F-1 to F-3, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Damaging winds and hail were also reported in the affected areas.

SD Declares a State of Emergency

Gov. Daugaard has declared a State of Emergency following severe flooding affecting southeastern South Dakota.

Canada

Ontario: The town Angus is currently under a state of emergency after a tornado touched down Tuesday night, tearing up fences and shearing off the tops of homes, said a report.

Alberta: Nine communities remain under states of emergency amid floods that have affected thousands of people. The communities that had declared states of emergency include Claresholm, Coalhurst, Cardston, Coaldale, the Blood Indian Reserve, Medicine Hat, the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, the Municipal District of Willow Creek and Lethbridge County, according to the provincial officials.

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Deadly Rainstorms Devastate Large Swathes of China

Posted by feww on June 21, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
DEADLY FLOODING
CROP DISASTERS
SCENARIOS 900, 444, 177, 111, 070, 066, 023, 09
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Deadly Rainstorms, Severe Floods Affecting Millions in Central and southern China

 “Yellow Alerts” for rainstorm have been renewed for Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui, Zhejiang, Fujian, Yunnan and Guangdong provinces, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Tibet Autonomous Region, and Shanghai, said the National Meteorological Center warning that torrential rains were expected to continue.

Millions of people are affected, more than 300,000 left homeless and dozens are dead or missing, as rainstorm continue to batter large swathes of central, east  and southern China.

Hunan Province

In Hunan Province, flooding has affected about 3 million people, leaving about 171,000 homeless, at least seven dead and four missing across 10  cities and 47 counties, according to the civil affairs authority.

“The rainstorms also caused severe damage to 9,700 houses and 122,700 hectares of crops, and direct economic losses of 1.57 billion yuan in the province,” said the report.

Jiangxi Province

“Jiangxi’s local bureau of civil affairs reported that at least five people had died across eight cities and 43 counties in the province as of 10 a.m. on Saturday. Downpours have swept the province since Wednesday,” said the report.

About 789,000 people have so far been affected, and 123,000 relocated.

“The rainstorms, which have caused the collapse of or substantial damage to 4,000 houses and affected 63,100 hectares of crops, have led to direct economic losses of 530 million yuan (84.85 million U.S. dollars) in Jiangxi,” Xinhua reported.

 Guangxi Province

Severe weather have affected at least 118,700 people, leaving 2,341 homeless and  at least  two dead, as of 3 p.m.  Saturday, according to the regional civil affairs department.

More rain and flooding expected through at least Sunday, said local meteorologists.

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Crop Disasters Declared in New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania

Posted by feww on June 21, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
FLOODING
DESTRUCTIVE HIGH WINDS
CROP DISASTERS
SCENARIOS 444, 177, 111, 066
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Severe Weather Destroys Crops in Three States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA has designated a total of 9 counties in three states—New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania—as crop disaster areas due to losses caused by excessive rain, flooding, high winds and hail that occurred on May 22, 2014.

The disaster designations are as follows:

  • New Jersey: Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.
  • Delaware: New Castle County.
  • Pennsylvania: Delaware and Philadelphia counties.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 2,001 separate crop disasters across 29  states. Most of those designations are due to the worsening drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington, Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings.]

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on June 11, 2014.

California Drought Disasters

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Federal Disaster Declared for Nebraska

Posted by feww on June 18, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
DEADLY TORNADOES
MAJOR DISASTER
SCENARIOS 444, 111, 088, 066, 023
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
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Nebraska Declared Major Disaster Area (DR-4179)

Federal disaster has been declared  for the state of Nebraska affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of May 11-12, 2014.

Areas worst affected by the disasters are the counties of Clay, Fillmore, Saline, Saunders, Seward, and York.

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 in a statement released by White House.

Latest Federal Disaster Declarations

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MASS EVACUATIONS FORCED BY MEGA FLOODING IN SOUTH CHINA

Posted by feww on June 6, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
SEVERE FLOODING
MEGA DISASTER
MASS DISPLACEMENT
SCENARIOS  444, 070, 023
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20,000+ homes destroyed or damaged, 100,000 people evacuated in S China

The latest round of Extreme Rain Events have triggered major flooding across south China affecting about 2 million people, and leaving at least two dozen dead in Guizhou and Sichuan provinces as well as Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

In Guizhou Province alone, flooding has severely affected more than 1.2 million people in 44 counties forcing mass evacuation of at least 88,000 people. At least 18,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, said the Guizhou Civil Affairs Department, reported Xinhua.

Power, water and communications lines were cut off across most of Guizhou Province, said reports.

 

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Earlier this month …

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Extreme Rain Events, Flooding Devastate SW China

Posted by feww on June 3, 2014

EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
SEVERE FLOODING
MEGA DISASTERS
MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIOS 444, 070, 023, 09
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Extreme Rain Events Trigger Severe Flooding in SW China’s Guizhou and Sichuan provinces

Severe flooding and mudslides have affected more than six million people in central and southern China leaving at least 500,000 people homeless since late last month.

Hanan province issued a red alert last week as Extreme Rain Events continued to pound the region unleashing more floods and mudslides.

Floods have claimed at least 12 lives with two people reported missing, officials said.

“More than 1.37 million people in eight cities and prefectures in [Hunan] province have been affected, and 3,431 houses have collapsed [and more than 50,000 people were relocated.] Landslides triggered by rainstorms have occurred on sections of the No.209 national highway in Xiangxi Tu and Miao Autonomous Prefecture,” said a report.

sw china flooding 3june2014
Original caption: Heavy rain batters most areas of Guizhou.  Rescuers transfer children trapped in a flooded elementary school in Pingba County of Anshun city, southwest China’s Guizhou province, June 3, 2014. Heavy rain has battered most areas of Guizhou since Monday. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

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Deadly Floods Affect 6 Million People in China

Posted by feww on May 27, 2014

UPDATED 07:30UTC

EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
DEADLY FLOODING
MUDSLIDES
MEGA DISASTER
MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIOS 444, 070, 023, 09
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Destructive floods leave 500,000 people homeless in China

Severe flooding and mudslides have affected more than six million people in central and southern China leaving at least 500,000 people homeless.

Hanan province issued a red alert as Extreme Rain Events continued to pound the region unleashing more floods and mudslides.

Floods have claimed at least 12 lives with two people reported missing, officials said.

“More than 1.37 million people in eight cities and prefectures in [Hunan] province have been affected, and 3,431 houses have collapsed [and more than 50,000 people were relocated.] Landslides triggered by rainstorms have occurred on sections of the No.209 national highway in Xiangxi Tu and Miao Autonomous Prefecture,” said a report.

South China

Meanwhile, the death toll from extreme weather events in south China reached 40 on Tuesday, with several others reported missing.

Flooding and landslides in 8 southern provinces have affected at least 5.51 million people, destroying tens of thousands of homes and leaving 447,000 homeless.

About 264,800 hectares of crops have been destroyed in flood related disasters, causing direct economic losses of about $1.18 billion, said the report.

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China Battered by Extreme Rain Events, Deadly Floods, Landslides

Posted by feww on May 24, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
DEADLY FLOODING
LANDSLIDES
MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIOS 070, 023, 09
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Deadly flooding and landslides plague east, southeast and south China

Extreme rain events in China have triggered deadly flooding and landslides in many areas inundating hundreds of thousands of homes in dozens of towns and hundreds of villages.

Tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes as floodwaters destroy crops, homes, roads and other public infrastructure.

The worst affected areas include Guangdong Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in the south, Jiangxi Province in the east, and Fujian Province in the southeast.

china deadly floods 24may14
Original caption: Residents go on the street after a flood subsided in Shitan Town of Qingyuan, south China’s Guangdong Province, May 24, 2014. Four people have died and one is still missing in a rain-triggered flood in Qingyuan, local authorities said Saturday. (Xinhua/Tian Jianchuan) More images …

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Disasters, States of Emergency – May 23, 2014

Posted by feww on May 23, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
HISTORIC FLOODING
DEADLY LANDSLIDES
MEGA DISASTER
MASS DISPLACEMENT
THREAT OF DISEASE EPIDEMICS
SCENARIOS 444, 333, 023, 09, 070
STATES OF EMERGENCY
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Balkans faces risk of disease after flood disasters

Worst floods ever recorded in the Balkans, which triggered thousands of landslides, have devastated large swathes of Bosnia, Serbia, and Croatia, destroying or damaging more than 100,000 homes, thousands of other buildings and much of the public infrastructure.

The disasters killed dozens of people across the Balkans; however, the death toll might rise because about 600 people are missing or unaccounted for in Serbia.

Tens of thousands of animals also perished in the disasters, creating a very serious health risk for populations in the devastated areas.

Rotting animal carcasses, food and waste in rising temperatures pose a serious risk of contaminating ground and surface waters.

Serbia’s government has made an appeal for disinfectants, quicklime, chlorine bleach and protection gear.

In Bosnia, there is the added danger posed by hundreds of thousands of landmines left over from the Bosnian War (1992-95) that may have been moved by the floodwaters and landslides from marked minefields.

Cost of Damage

Based on the latest damage data available, FIRE-EARTH Models estimate the total cost of damage caused by the historic flooding and landslides across the Balkans at more than $6 billion.

Related Links, Latest Historic Floods

Other Disasters, States of Emergency

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, has declared a State of Emergency following widespread damage caused by flooding storms on May 12.

At least 736 homes have reported flood damage in Summit County, with nine of the homes suffering significant structural damage, according to the Falls Mayor.

Siberian Irkutsk region has declared a state of emergency after forest fires spread to local villages, prompting mass evacuations.

Some 77 forest fires have consumed more than 40,000 hectares of land in the region.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from the village of Dalny, where fires have destroyed two dozen homes, the the Emergency Situations Ministry said, Interfax reported.

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Balkan Storm Damage Tops $6 Billion: FIRE-EARTH

Posted by feww on May 21, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
HISTORIC FLOODING
DEADLY LANDSLIDES
MEGA DISASTER
MASS DISPLACEMENT
SCENARIOS 444, 023, 09, 070
STATES OF EMERGENCY
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Deadly floods affect one million, displace 500,000, destroy or damage at least 100,000 homes

The worst floods ever to hit the Balkans have affected more than a million Bosnians and tens of thousands Serbians, killing dozens of people across he region, forcing more than half million out of their homes,  and destroying or damaging at least 100,000 homes, as well as hundreds of schools, hospitals and public infrastructure.

Extreme rain events triggered large-scale flooding, which in turn unleashed thousands of deadly landslides, destroying entire towns, villages and communities.

Tens of thousands of livestock perished across the flood-stricken region.

The storm also damaged coal mines and power stations as well as roads, bridges and other public infrastructure.

Cost of Damage

Based on the latest damage data available, FIRE-EARTH Models estimate the total cost of damage caused by the historic flooding at more than $6 billion across the Balkans.

Related Links, Latest Historic Floods

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‘Terrifying’ Floods Affect 1,000,000 Bosnians

Posted by feww on May 19, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
HISTORIC FLOODING
DEADLY LANDSLIDES
MEGA DISASTER
MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIOS 444, 023, 09, 070
STATES OF EMERGENCY 
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Deadly floods affect one million, displace 500,000, destroy or damage at least 100,000 homes in Bosnia

The worst floods ever to hit the Balkans have affected more than a million Bosnians, killing dozens of people, forcing more than half million out of their homes,  and destroying or damaging at least 100,000 homes.

Extreme rain events triggered deadly flooding and thousands of landslides, affecting about a third of the country, leaving more than a million people (quarter of the Bosnia’s population) without clean water.

The government has compared the “terrifying” destruction to the   1992-95 war, in which ethnic cleansing forced more than a million people out of their homes.

“We have some indications that a half a million Bosnians have either been evacuated or have left their homes because of flooding or landslides,” said a senior civil defense official in Bosnia.

Official Stats

  • Deadly flooding and landslides have affected large swaths of the Balkans, including about 40% of Bosnia
  • More than one million people have been affected in Bosnia, with no access to clean water.
  • At least  500,00 people have been evacuated or abandoned their homes.
  • Severe flooding and thousands of landslides have devastated vast regions in both Bosnia and Serbia, killing dozens of people, destroying more than  100,000 homes, as well as other buildings, schools, businesses and much of the public infrastructure.
  • States of disaster have been declared for dozens of communities across Croatia as floodwaters submerge vast swaths of the country.
  • At least 30,000 Serbians have been evacuated.
  • Floodwaters threaten additional towns and key power plants in Bosnia and Serbia.
  • Several towns in Serbia, including Krupanj in the Mačva District (population; 5,000) have been almost completely destroyed.
  • Thousands, possibly tens of thousands, of livestock have perished across the flood-stricken regions.

“The consequences of the floods are terrifying. The physical destruction is not less than the destruction caused by the war. During the war, many people lost everything. Today, again they have nothing,” said Bosnia’s Foreign Minister.

Landmines

Meanwhile, Bosnia’s Center for the Removal of Landmines has renewed its warning concerning mines laid during the 1992-95. They fear that an estimated 750,000 mines could be dislodged by floods and landslides.

Related Links, Latest Historic Floods

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Mass Evacuations as Floods Submerge Towns in Croatia

Posted by feww on May 19, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
DEADLY HAZARDS
HISTORIC FLOODING
MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIO 023
STATES OF EMERGENCY 
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UPDATED at 13:00UTC

Flooding, landslides in Balkans kill dozens, destroy or damage thousands of homes, displace hundreds of thousands

  • More than 500,00 people have been evacuated or abandoned their homes in Bosnia: Officials

  • Thousands of landslides have devastated vast areas in both Bosnia and Serbia, destroying score of homes and killing dozens of people.
  • States of disaster have been declared for dozens of communities across Croatia as floodwaters submerge vast swaths of the country.
  • At least 30,000 Serbians have been evacuated.

  • Floodwaters threaten additional towns and key power plants in Bosnia and Serbia.
  • Thousands, possibly tens of thousands of livestock have perished in the flood-stricken regions.

River Sava topped previous record heights, bursting its banks in numerous places,  flooding several cities, dozens of towns and communities throughout central Croatia, and  forcing thousands of people to flee their homes.

At least three people were reported dead or missing during mass evacuations, according to reports.

Serbia is facing its biggest natural disaster: Serbian PM

“The situation is catastrophic,” he said.

“While passing through Zabrezje, houses were just peeking from water… In some parts of the city there was total silence sometimes interrupted by barking of dogs looming on roofs,” Blic reported.

According to one rescuer in Obrenovac, bodies are floating in the water and the rescuers have trouble evacuating all the people who are still trapped in the city.

“The situation in Obrenovac remained very critical and rescuers had started uncovering dead bodies. I will not reveal the number until the water goes down,” Predrag Maric, head of police emergency sector said on Saturday. Floods are threatening to leave one third of Serbia without electricity. Forecasters expect the Sava River to rise in the coming days due to the rainfall upstream in Bosnia and Croatia.

Thousands of  Landslides

In Bosnia, the floodwaters were described as a 4 to 5 meter tsunami wave, destroying everything in its path.

Extreme rain events and flooding have triggered thousands of landslides, devastating homes, businesses, schools and infrastructure across vast areas.

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Balkan Historic Flood Disaster Update

Posted by feww on May 17, 2014

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Dozens killed, 85,000 Evacuated, Many Homes Destroyed, States of Emergency Declared in Bosnia, Serbia

The worst flooding ever recorded across the Balkans have submerged Serbia and Bosnia, killing at least two dozen people and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes.

More than 300,000 households were without power across the two countries and Poland.

“This is a catastrophe. Nature has never been so cruel to us,” declared Serbian Energy Minister Aleksandar Antic. [Clearly, Mr Antic doesn't read this blog. Editor]]

The government of Bosnia-Herzegovina declared a state of disaster on Thursday after extreme rain events caused rivers to burst their banks flooding a large number of infrastructure, housing facilities and agricultural areas.

Flooding also triggered numerous landslides in the mountainous regions, burying entire communities, destroying roads and bridges.

Floodwaters left many parts of Serbia isolated, accessible only by boat.

“This is the greatest flooding disaster ever. Not just in the past 100 years; this has never happened in Serbia’s history,” Serbia’s Prime Minister told reporters.

“More rain fell in one day than in four months,” he said.

Serbia declared a state of emergency across the country Thursday, and asked for international help, as rescuers continued to evacuate tens of thousands of people by boat, most of them from the rooftops.

Meanwhile, Bosnia’s Center for the Removal of Landmines warned that mines laid during the 1992-95 war could be dislodged by floods and landslides, Reuters reported.

Several towns in Serbia, including Krupanj in the Mačva District (population; 5,000) have been almost completely destroyed.

More than 800 landslides have occurred across the deluged region.

Cost of Damage

FIRE-EARTH Models estimate the total cost of damage caused by flooding and landslides in the Balkans at more than $2 billion, based on initial reports, as of posting. The estimate includes the cost of flood damage to Tamnava coal mines, in the Kolubara coal basin.

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Deadly Floods Hit Central Italy

Posted by feww on May 5, 2014

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Month’s worth of rainfall in 24 hours devastates Senigallia, Italy

 By now most readers must have become familiar with the phrase “month’s worth of rainfall in 24 hours.”

The latest Extreme Rain Event occurred in central Italy, killing at least two people, and forcing the authorities to issue a severe weather alert.

The schools remained closed throughout the port town [population: ~50,000,] located on on Italy’s Adriatic coast.

Floodwaters submerged roads and underpasses throughout the Marche region in central Italy, especially in the province of Ancona, according to local reports.

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Federal Disaster Declared in Alabama

Posted by feww on May 3, 2014

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Major Disaster declared for Alabama (DR-4176)

Federal disaster has been declared  for the areas in Alabama that are affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding on April 28, 2014 and continuing.

Areas worst affected by multiple disasters are  Baldwin, Jefferson, Lee, and Limestone counties.

Up to 26 inches of rain fell around the Alabama-Florida state line over a two-day period, Tuesday and Wednesday, causing “historic” flooding in Baldwin County, AL, and Escambia County, FL, said The National Weather Service in Mobile.

“Federal funding is also available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal and emergency work for damage from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding in Baldwin, Jefferson, Lee, Limestone and Mobile counties,” said Fema.

Federal funding has also been made available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Governor Robert Bentley on Monday declared a State of Emergency for all Alabama counties as a result of severe weather impacting the state.

“Some of our communities have already experienced significant damage as a result of the tornadoes that began moving through Alabama earlier today,” said Bentley on Monday.

A copy of the Governor’s State of Emergency can be found here.

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Thousands Dead or Missing in Afghanistan Landslide

Posted by feww on May 3, 2014

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UPDATE 23:55UTC -

At least 2,500 people are feared dead after the two landslides in NE Afghanistan.


 

UPDATE 14:00UTC -

  • Some 2,185 people are confirmed dead and more than 4,000 others displaced.
  • The landslide site has been designated as a ‘mass grave’ by the provincial governor of Badakhshan province.
  • More than 1,000 houses have been destroyed or affected by the massive landslide

Mega landslide kills  2,185 people, buries scores of homes in NE Afghanistan

Hundreds of homes were buried in mud, rocks and derbies and hundreds more  affected by a mega landslide after extreme rain events caused a section of a mountain to collapse in the remote, mountainous Badakhshan province, NE Afghanistan.

The landslide has buried entire villages and left thousands of people homeless according to the UN mission in Afghanistan.

The disaster is the latest in a series of calamities caused by extreme rain events and flooding in which hundreds of people  in north and east Afghanistan have perished.

“There were more than 1,000 families living in that village. A total of 2,100 people – men, women and children – are trapped,” a spokesman for the provincial governor told Reuters.

“As the part of the mountain which collapsed is so big, we don’t believe anyone would survive. The government and locals from surrounding villagers are helping with the rescue, and so far they have recovered more then a hundred bodies.”

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State of Emergency Decleared in Florida

Posted by feww on April 30, 2014

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Extreme Rain Event Prompts Scott to Declare State of Emergency

Gov Scott has declared a state of emergency for 26 Florida counties in response to Extreme Rain Events and deadly  flooding.

The State of Emergency Proclamation is for Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Liberty, Franklin, Gadsden, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, and Alachua counties.

The Executive Order will last for sixty days from today and may be extended.

The full text of proclamation follows.

STATE OF FLORIDA
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 14-144
(Emergency Management-Severe Weather and Flash Flooding)

WHEREAS, between April 29 – April 30, a frontal system over Florida’s Panhandle and Big Bend regions produced heavy rainfall in excess of ten inches in some areas;

WHEREAS, the National Weather Service issued Flood or Flash Flood Warnings or both for Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Liberty, Franklin, Gadsden, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Alachua, and Levy Counties;

WHEREAS, many Florida Panhandle rivers and streams are elevated as a result of heavy rainfall earlier this month;

WHEREAS, as a result of the recent rainfall, many Northwest and North Florida rivers are forecast to rise above flood stage and crest later in the week;

WHEREAS, some roadways are currently closed and it is anticipated that additional roadways along these rivers will be closed, traffic re-routed, and local evacuations may be necessary to protect residential communities along the waterways;

WHEREAS, as Governor, I am responsible to meet the dangers presented to this state and its people by this emergency; and,

WHEREAS, I am responsible for assisting the affected counties in recovering from these storms and to ensure that timely precautions are taken to protect these communities from the threat of additional severe weather in the coming days.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICK SCOTT, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section 1(a) of the Florida Constitution and by the Florida Emergency Management Act, as amended, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order, to take immediate effect:

Section 1.  Because of the foregoing conditions, I declare that a state of emergency exists in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Liberty, Franklin, Gadsden, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, and Alachua Counties.

Section 2. I designate the Director of the Division of Emergency Management as the State Coordinating Officer for the duration of this emergency and direct him to activate the State’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan and other response, recovery, and mitigation plans necessary to cope with the emergency.  Pursuant to section 252.36(1)(a), Florida Statutes, I delegate to the State Coordinating Officer the authority to exercise those powers delineated in sections 252.36(5)–(10), Florida Statutes, which he shall exercise as needed to meet this emergency, subject to the limitations of section 252.33, Florida Statutes.  In exercising the powers delegated by this Order, the State Coordinating Officer shall confer with the Governor to the fullest extent practicable.  The State Coordinating Officer shall also have the authority to:

A. Invoke and administer the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (“EMAC”) (sections 252.921-.933, Florida Statutes) and other compacts and agreements existing between the State of Florida and other states, and the further authority to coordinate the allocation of resources from such other states that are made available to Florida under such compacts and agreements so as best to meet this emergency.

B. Seek direct assistance and enter into agreements with any and all agencies of the United States Government as may be needed to meet the emergency.

C. Direct all state, regional and local governmental agencies, including law enforcement agencies, to identify personnel needed from those agencies to assist in meeting the needs created by this emergency, and to place all such personnel under the direct command and coordination of the State Coordinating Officer to meet this emergency.

D.  Designate Deputy State Coordinating Officers. The State Coordinating Officer shall have the authority to enter such orders as may be needed to implement any of the foregoing powers.

Section 3.  I order the Adjutant General to activate the Florida National Guard for the duration of this emergency, and I place the National Guard under the coordination and direction of the State Coordinating Officer for the duration of this emergency.

Section 4.   I also find that the special duties and responsibilities resting upon some State, regional, and local agencies and other governmental bodies in responding to the emergency may require them to waive or deviate from the statutes, rules, ordinances, and orders they administer.  I delegate to the State and regional agencies the authority to waive or deviate from such statutes, rules, or agency orders to the extent that such actions are needed to cope with this emergency, including, but not limited to, any and all statutes, rules,orordersthat affect budgeting, leasing, printing, purchasing, travel, conditions of employment, and the compensation of employees.  I delegate to county, regional, and local governmental agencies the authority to likewise waive or deviate from their respective rules, ordinances, or orders.  Any waiver of or deviation from statutes, rules, ordinances, or orders shall be by emergency rule or order in accordance with sections 120.54(4) and 252.46, Florida Statutes, and shall expire in thirty days from the date of this Executive Order, unless extended by the agency in increments not exceeding thirty days, and in no event shall remain in effect beyond the earlier of the date of expiration of this Order, as extended, or ninety (90) days from the date of issuance of this Order.  All governmental agencies exercising this authority in response to this emergency shall advise the State Coordinating Officer contemporaneously or as soon as is practicable.

Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, I order the following:

A. I give all agencies whose employees are certified by the American Red Cross as disaster service volunteers within the meaning of Section 110.120(3), Florida Statutes, the authority to release any such employees for such service as requested by the Red Cross to meet this emergency.

B. I authorize the Department of Transportation (DOT) to waive the collection of tolls and other fees and charges for the use of the Turnpike and other public highways, to the extent such waiver may be needed to provide emergency assistance or facilitate the evacuation of the affected counties; to reverse the flow of traffic or close any and all highways and portions of highways as may be needed for the safe and efficient transportation of evacuees to those counties that the State Coordinating Officer may designate as destination counties for evacuees in this emergency; to suspend enforcement of the registration requirements pursuant to sections 316.545(4) and 320.0715, Florida Statutes, for commercial motor vehicles that enter Florida to provide emergency services or supplies, to transport emergency equipment, supplies or personnel, or to transport FEMA mobile homes or office style mobile homes into or from Florida; to waive the hours of service requirements for such vehicles; and to waive by special permit the warning signal requirements in the Utility Accommodations Manual to accommodate public utility companies from other jurisdictions which render assistance in restoring vital services.  The DOT shall also have the authority to waive the size and weight restrictions for divisible loads on any vehicles transporting emergency equipment, services, supplies, or fallen timber for harvesting, allowing the establishment of alternate size and weight restrictions for all such vehicles for the duration of the emergency.  In doing so, the DOT shall issue permits and such vehicles shall be subject to such special conditions as the DOT may endorse on any such permits. Nothing in this Executive Order shall be construed to allow any vehicle to exceed weight limits posted for bridges and like structures, or relieve any vehicle or the carrier, owner, or driver of any vehicle from compliance with any restrictions other than those specified in this Executive Order, or from any statute, rule, order, or other legal requirement not specifically waived herein or by supplemental order by the State Coordinating Officer;

C. I authorize the Executive Director of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) to suspend the International Registration Plan requirements pursuant to section 320.0715, Florida Statutes, and the license fees or taxes imposed on vehicles pursuant to Chapter 207, Florida Statutes, as they relate to commercial motor vehicles that enter Florida to provide emergency assistance or services, or transport emergency equipment or personnel.Furthermore, the DHSMV shall have the discretion to waive fees for duplicate or replacement vehicle license plates, vehicle registration certificates, vehicle tag certificates, vehicle title certificates, handicapped parking permits, replacement drivers’ licenses, and replacement identification cards and to waive the additional fees for the late renewal of or application for such licenses, certificates, and documents due to the effects of adverse weather conditions.  In addition, the DHSMV is authorized to defer administrative actions and waive fees imposed by law for the late renewal or application for the above licenses, certificates, and documents, which were delayed due to the effects of adverse weather conditions, including in counties wherein the DHSMV has closed offices, or any office of the County Tax Collector that acts on behalf of the DHSMV to process renewals has closed offices due to adverse weather conditions.  The DHSMV shall promptly notify the State Coordinating Officer when the waiver is no longer necessary.

D. In accordance with section 465.0275, Florida Statutes, pharmacists are authorized to dispense up to a 30-day emergency prescription refill of maintenance medication to persons who reside in an area or county covered under this Executive Order and to emergency personnel who have been activated by their state and local agency but who do not reside in an area or county covered by this Executive Order.

E.  I give all State agency heads the authority to suspend the effect of any statute, rule, ordinance,or order, to the extent needed to procure any and all necessary supplies, commodities, services, temporary premises, and other resources, including, but not limited to, any and all statutes, rules, ordinances,or orders which affect budgeting, leasing, printing, purchasing, travel, and the condition of employment and the compensation of employees, but not limited to,  any statute, rule, ordinance, or order shall be suspended only to the extent necessary to ensure the timely performance of disaster response functions as prescribed in the State Comprehensive Management Plan, or as directed by the State Coordinating Officer.  Any waiver of statutes, rules, ordinances, or orders shall be by emergency rule or order in accordance with sections 120.54(4) and 252.46, Florida Statutes, and shall expire in thirty days from the date of this Executive Order, unless extended in increments of no more than thirty days by the agency, and in no event shall remain in effect beyond the earlier of the date of expiration of this Order, as extended, or ninety (90) days from the date of issuance of this Order.

F.  I give all State agency heads responsible for the use of State buildings and facilities the authority to close such buildings and facilities in those portions of the State affected by this emergency, to the extent to meet this emergency.

G.  I give all State agency heads the authority to abrogate the time requirements, notice requirements, and deadlines for final action on applications for permits, licenses, rates, and other approvals under any statutes or rules under which such application are deemed to be approved unless disapproved in writing by specified deadlines, and all such time requirements that have not yet expired as of the date of this Executive Order are suspended and tolled to the extent needed to meet this emergency.

Section 5.   All public facilities, including elementary and secondary schools, community colleges, state universities, and other facilities owned or leased by the state, regional or local governments that are suitable for use as public shelters shall be made available at the request of the local emergency management agencies to ensure the proper reception and care of all evacuees.

Section 6.  I find that the demands placed upon the funds appropriated to the agencies of the State of Florida and to local agencies are unreasonably great and may be inadequate to pay the costs of coping with this disaster.  In accordance with section 252.37(2), Florida Statutes, I direct that sufficient funds be made available, as needed, by transferring and expending moneys appropriated for other purposes, moneys from unappropriated surplus funds, or from the Budget Stabilization Fund.

Section 7.   All State agencies entering emergency final orders or other final actions in response to this emergency shall advise the State Coordinating Officer contemporaneously or as soon as practicable.

Section 8.  Medical professionals and workers, social workers, and counselors with good and valid professional licenses issued by states other than the State of Florida may render such services in Florida during this emergency for persons affected by this emergency with the condition that such services be rendered to such persons free of charge, and with the further condition that such services be rendered under the auspices of the American Red Cross or the Florida Department of Health.

Section 9.   Pursuant to section 501.160, Florida Statutes, it is unlawful and a violation of section 501.204 for a person to rent or sell or offer to rent or sell at an unconscionable price within the area for which the state of emergency is declared, any essential commodity including, but not limited to, supplies, services, provisions, or equipment that is necessary for consumption or use as a direct result of the emergency.

Section 10.   All actions taken by the Director of the Division of Emergency Management with respect to this emergency before the issuance of this Executive Order are ratified.  This Executive Order shall expire sixty days from this date unless extended.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Florida to be affixed, at Tallahassee, this 30th day of April, 2014.

RICK SCOTT, GOVERNOR

ATTEST:

_____________________________

SECRETARY OF STATE

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‘Historic’ Flooding Submerges Pensacola, FL

Posted by feww on April 30, 2014

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Extreme Rain Event and Historic Flooding  Submerge City in Florida Panhandle

 A slow-moving storm system, responsible for dozens of deaths and more than 100 tornadoes in Central, South and Eastern U.S., dumped 21.4 inches of rain in a 23-hour period on Pensacola, Fla., killing at least one person, washing away bridges and destroying many miles of highways and roads across the region.

A second, unconfirmed fatality was also reported as a result of flooding.

Multiple  incidents of  major flooding were reported in Alabama, North Carolina and other parts of Florida.

The system had also dumped about 21 inches of rain on Gulf Shores, Alabama, by early Wednesday.

Up to 3,000 lightning strikes per hour were recorded in central Florida.  Lightning was also blamed for multiple bushfires in Volusia County on Tuesday.

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Major Disaster Declared in Arkansas

Posted by feww on April 30, 2014

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White House Declares Federal Disaster in Arkansas (DR-4174)

White House declared a major disaster in the State of Arkansas  in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding on April 27, 2014.

Faulkner County was severely impacted b y severe storms, deadly tornadoes, and flooding.

Damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and more counties and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are fully completed, said FEMA.

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