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Major Disaster Declared for Vermont, New Hampshire, Florida

Posted by feww on August 6, 2013

WH has declared Vermont, New Hampshire, Florida federal disaster areas

Vermont Disaster Declaration

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Vermont in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of June 25 to July 11, 2013.

Areas worst affected by severe storms and flooding are the counties of Caledonia, Chittenden, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, and Windsor.

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

New Hampshire Disaster Declaration

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of New Hampshire in the areas affected by severe storms, flooding and landslides during the period of June 26 to July 3, 2013.

Most of the damage caused by the severe storms, flooding and landslides occurred in the counties of Cheshire, Grafton and Sullivan.

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.

Florida Disaster Declaration

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Florida in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of July 2-7, 2013.

Areas worst affected by the severe storms and flooding are the counties of Holmes, Walton and Washington.

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Major Disaster Declared in West Virginia

Posted by feww on July 27, 2013

West Virginia Declared Major Disaster Area

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of West Virginia  in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding on June 13, 2013.

Most of the damage caused by severe storms and flooding occurred in the counties of Mason and Roane.

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

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Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Minnesota Declared Major Disaster Area

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Minnesota in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of June 20-26, 2013. 

Areas worst affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding were  the counties of Benton, Big Stone, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, McLeod, Morrison, Pope, Sibley, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, and Wilkin.

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

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Royal Gorge Fire Zone Declared Federal Disaster Area

The White House has declared the Royal Gorge fire zone a major disaster area following a request by the state’s congressional delegation to declare Colorado a federal disaster area.

The blaze consumed more than 3,200 acres and destroyed 48 of the 52 structures at the historic Royal Gorge Park, a major economic driver in Fremont County, said a report.

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Canada: Mississauga City asks Ontario for disaster relief

An “epic summer storm” flooded thousands of basements, cut power large parts of the city and brought transportation to a halt on July 8, said a report.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before ever in my community,” said a city Councillor of the flooding, which forced the evacuation of numerous residents, including nearly a thousand families who lost their homes.

You Could Be Next!

Ken Hills now homeless
Ken Hills, 60, stands in front of the tent that had served as his home after the July 8 deluge. The tent blew away during a thunderstorm last week. Credit: ALEX NINO GHECIU / TORONTO STAR

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Minnesota Seeks Presidential Disaster Declaration

Posted by feww on April 27, 2013

Ice storm damage estimated at $26 million in 5 Minnesota counties

Gov. Dayton has asked for a presidential disaster declaration for five counties in SW Minnesota after an ice storm earlier this month caused damages estimated at $26 million, said a report.

The three-day ice storm destroyed 3,000 power poles and damaged more than 800 miles of electric lines. “Thousands of damaged trees will likely have to be cut down,” said the report.

“We have to hope that we get a disaster declaration because there are no communities in Nobles County—and Worthington included—that have reserves in their budgets to handle the amount of cleanup effort that is going to be involved in getting the town back to the way it was prior to the ice event,” Worthington Mayor was quoted as saying.

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Other Disasters/ Significant Events

Kansas Declared Presidential Disaster Area

The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Kansas in 23 counties affected by a snowstorm during the period of February 20-23, 2013.

The disaster areas are the counties of Barber, Barton, Dickinson, Ellis, Franklin, Harper, Harvey, Hodgeman, Kingman, Marion, McPherson, Ness, Osage, Osborne, Pawnee, Phillips, Pratt, Rice, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Smith, and Stafford.

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Persistent Drought in SW China’s Yunnan Province affects at least 12 million people

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A villager looks at the dried-up pond in Qingshan Village of Qujing City, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, April 8, 2013. Over 12 million people have been affected by the lingering drought in the province. (Xinhua/Yang Zongyou). More images …


Where there is drought…

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Photo taken on April 27, 2013 shows the site of a forest fire in Qinfeng Township of Lufeng County, southwest China’s Yunnan Province. (Xinhua/Xu Tao) More images…

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DISASTER CALENDARApril 27, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,050 Days Left 

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

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,050 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

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July 2012: Hottest Month on Record for Continental U.S.

Posted by feww on August 9, 2012

Disaster Calendar – 9 August 2012

SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,315 Days Left

[August 9, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,315 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

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Hi temps and low precipitation intensified drought 2012, covering  about 2/3 of the U.S., as deadly wildfires burned millions of acres

July average temperature for contiguous U.S. climbed to 77.6°F, 3.3°F above the 20th century average, making it the hottest July and the hottest month on record for the country, reported NOAA. “The warm July temperatures contributed to a record-warm first seven months of the year and the warmest 12-month period the nation has experienced since recordkeeping began in 1895.”

“The August 2011-July 2012 period was the warmest 12-month period of any 12-months on record for the contiguous U.S., narrowly surpassing the record broken last month for the July 2011-June 2012 period by 0.07°F. The nationally averaged temperature of 56.1°F was 3.3°F above the long term average. Except Washington, which was near average, every state across the contiguous U.S. had warmer than average temperatures for the period.”

  • The previous warmest July was Dust Bowl summer of 1936 when the average U.S. temperature was 77.4°F.
  • Precipitation in continental U.S. averaged 2.57, 0.19 inches below average.
  • Virginia experienced its warmest July, with a statewide temperature 4.0°F above average.
  • Record heat also contributed to the warmest ever January-to-July period.
  • U.S. temperatures have now broken the hottest-12-months record 4 times in as many months (see chart below).
  • The U.S. Climate Extremes Index (USCEI) soared to a record-large 46 percent (more than twice the average value) during the January-July period, beating the previous record large CEI of 42 percent which occurred in 1934.


Year-to-date temperature Chart, by month, for 2012 (red), compared to the other 117 years on record for the contiguous U.S., with the five ultimately warmest years (orange) and five ultimately coolest years (blue) noted. Source: NCDC


The ten warmest 12-month periods recorded in the U.S. Temperatures have now broken the hottest-12-months record 4 times in as many months.  Source: NCDC

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

U.S. Drought Disaster 2012

About a quarter (24.14%) of the Continental U.S. is now in ‘Extreme’ or ‘Exceptional’ drought (D3 – D4), a rise of about 2 percent since July 31, and nearly a half (46.01%) of the country is experiencing ‘Severe’ to ‘Exceptional’ drought levels (D2 – D4), according to data released by the US Drought Monitor.


U.S. Drought Map. Comparison maps for July 31 and August 7, 2012. Source: US Drought Monitor

  • New Mexico. USDA has designated eight counties in New Mexico as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought.
  • Nebraska. USDA has designated 38 counties in Nebraska as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. The disaster declaration extends to the following counties in bordering states
    • Iowa: 3 counties
    • Kansas: 2 counties
    • South Dakota: 3 counties
  • Mississippi. USDA has designated 6 counties in Mississippi as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. The disaster declaration extends to the following counties in bordering states
    • Arkansas: 2 counties
  • Oklahoma. USDA has designated 20 counties in Oklahoma as  agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. The disaster declaration extends to the following counties in bordering states
    • Kansas:  Cherokee County.
    • Missouri: 2 counties.

Oklahoma Drought Map


Oklahoma Drought Maps for July 31 and August 7, 2012.
Source: US Drought Monitor.

  • South Dakota. USDA has designated 6 counties in South Dakota as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. The disaster declaration extends to the following counties in bordering states
    • Iowa: Lyon County.
    • Minnesota: 2 counties.
  • Ohio. USDA has designated 4 counties in Ohio as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. The disaster declaration extends to the following counties in bordering states
    • Michigan: Hillsdale County.
    • Indiana: 2 counties.
  •  Arkansas. USDA has designated 6 counties in Arkansas as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought.
  • Illinois. USDA has designated six  counties in Illinois as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. The disaster declaration extends to the following counties in bordering states
    • Wisconsin: 2 counties.
  • Iowa. USDA has designated ten counties in Iowa as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. The disaster declaration extends to the following counties in bordering states
    • Minnesota: 2 counties.
    • Nebraska: 2 counties.
    • S. Dakota: 3 counties.


Iowa Drought Maps for July 31 and August 7, 2012. Source: US Drought Monitor. The areas covered by extreme or exceptional drought levels in Iowa have more than doubled from 30.74 percent last week to 69.14 percent on August 7.  Iowa is the country’s top corn and soybean producer.

  • Minnesota. USDA has designated 4 counties in Minnesota as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. The disaster declaration extends to the following counties in bordering states
    • Iowa: Lyon County
    • South Dakota: Two counties
  • Kentucky. USDA has designated 9 counties in Kentucky as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. The disaster declaration extends to the following counties in bordering states
    • Indiana: Perry County.
  • Kansas. USDA has designated 21 counties in Kansas, a key farm state,  as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. The disaster declaration extends to the following counties in bordering states
    • Missouri: 2 counties.
    • Nebraska: 5  counties.
    • Oklahoma: 2 counties.

Kansas Drought Map

Kansas Drought Maps for July 31 and August 7, 2012. Source: US Drought Monitor.

U.S. Corn Condition

Map of the Agricultural Weather Assessments for U.S. Corn Conditions for the week ending August 4, 2012. Source: USDA

Europe. Watch this space!

  • Manila, Philippines.  Authorities in the Philippines have appealed for “more medicines, blankets, mats and, more importantly, dry clothes” to help more than two million people displaced or severely affected by floods in and around Manila, as the death toll mounted.
    • many evacuation centers are  unable to provide warm meals for the growing numbers displaced, AFP reported Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman as saying. “Most local government units do a community kitchen, but the volume of evacuees is so big they have been overwhelmed,” she said.

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Widespread Death and Destruction amid Flooding in Russia

Posted by feww on July 7, 2012

UPDATED July 8, 2012

States of emergency declared in S. Russian cities of Krymsk, Novorossiysk, and Gelendzhik

At least 141 people have been killed, 1,500 displaced and up to 15,000 others severely affected by extreme rain events, flooding and landslides in the Krasnodar region, southern Russia.

  • Krasnodar Territory, Russia.  Severe flooding caused by extreme rain events has claimed at least 141 lives (death toll continues to rise as more bodies are discovered) across the South Russian Krasnodar Territory, reports said.
    • States of emergency have been declared in the cities of Gelendzhik, Krymsk and Novorossiysk, afetr a massive storm swept through the region dumping more than 6 months worth of rain in less than two days.
    • “Over a meter of water crashed over the intersection of Ostrovsky and Kirov Street in the center of Gelendzhik, ripping up the pavement and sweeping away everything in its path. According to the city administration, 5,000 homes have been flooded.” RT reported.
    • Flooding has left thousands of people  displaced or severely affected.
    • “One third of Krymsk is still submerged, with the water only receding in certain areas, complicating rescue efforts. Rescuers have already retrieved over 6,000 survivors from rooftops and trees.”
    • Krasnodar Governor called the flooding, storms and landslides the worst disaster in at least 70 years.
    • The affected area is said to be very large, and damage widespread.
    • Parts of the Northern-Caucasus railroad have been washed out.
    • Many regional roads are impassible.
    • “It is spectacular, to be sure, and very tragic. The water came with such force that it tore up the asphalt,” said the Governor of the Krasnodar region.
    • “Eyewitnesses claim a 7-meter wave struck Krymsk in the middle of the night,” said RT.
    • “It all happened during the night. People just ran from their homes, because there was a huge wave of water, nobody warned them. Two-story houses were flooded up to the second floor. The water came on very fast. It wasn’t rain.”  Anna Kovalyovskaya, whose parents are currently in the flood zone, told the Russian News Service.
      “I don’t know if this is official information or not, but in the city they are saying that they opened the water reservoir in the mountains above the city. That’s where the wave came from. In the city all of a sudden there was 7 meters of water. There was certainly a large storm beforehand, but the water came on so quick that in 15 minutes everything was flooded.”

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Minnesota: Major Disaster Declared in Minnesota due to Extreme Weather Events

The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists the State of Minnesota affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of June 14-21, 2012.

  • The declaration was issued for 13 Minnesota counties and three tribal nations: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Crow Wing, Dakota, Goodhue,  Kandiyohi, Lake, Meeker, Pine, Rice, Sibley and St. Louis counties, as well as the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.
  • FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
  • See also: Extreme Weather Event Forces MN Gov to Declare State of Emergency across 8 Counties

Drought Disaster in South Dakota

  • Butte County Commissioners have declared a drought disaster in the County amid scarce rainfall since 2011.
    • Inadequate precipitation since last summer has caused drought conditions, which has had an “enormous effect on the production capabilities of the agricultural industry, which in turn severely affects the entire local economy,” the Commissioners said in a statement.


South Dakota Drought Map released July 3, 2012. Source: U.S. Drought Monitor. Location of Butte County is enclosed in red.

  • SD Drought Conditions (July 3, 2012)
    • D0 – D2:  95.98%
    • D1 – D2:  47.25%
    • D2 : 3.19%

British Columbia, Canada

Toxic seepage from tailings pond at an old zinc and lead mine has forced the authorities to declare a state of emergency in the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK).

  • Heavy rainfall has raised the water level in the region and there is “ongoing seepage” from sections of the toxic pond, reports said.

Continued Flooding in Britain

More than 200 flood warnings and flood alerts remain in effect throughout England and Wales, with at least 13 flood warnings in Scotland.

  • Extreme rain events and landslides have brought disruption to the roads and railroads in parts of the UK, a report said.
    • Residents of Sheepy Magna village in Leicestershire have been evacuated after flooding, the report said.
    • Floodwaters have inundated many homes and business at various location.
    • An undisclosed number of people have been displaced due to widespread flooding.
    • See also: Storms and floods Cause Chaos in the UK‎ Posted on June 30, 2012

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