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US: Drought Disaster, Landslide Emergency, Deadly Freeze

Posted by feww on January 24, 2013


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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Drought disaster grows, deadly freeze grips Midwest and Northeast, NC declares state of emergency after landslide

At least 62 additional counties across 6 states—Georgia, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas—have been declared drought disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought. The latest designations cover both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

  • As of January 23, 2013 some 917 counties (650 primary and 267 contiguous) across 2 dozen states have been designated as drought disaster areas, USDA reported.

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Drought Map for Contiguous U.S. as of January 22, 2013, released by US Drought Monitor on January 24.

The states of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma remain in severe drought or worse, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported.

The worst levels of drought continued to grow in Kansas which produces about a fifth of the total U.S. wheat.

  • The extreme drought in Kansas grew to 79.53 percent, up from 79.34 percent, and exceptional drought spread to 36.14 percent of the state from 34.87 percent.

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A Partial Map of the 2013 U.S. Drought Disaster Areas. Source: USDA

Northern United States

Meantime, a deadly Arctic blast that gripped the U.S. Midwest and Northeast on Tuesday brought “life-threatening temperatures in Minnesota and northern Wisconsin.”

  • Icy winds made some areas feel as cold as minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit (-46ºC).
  • Up to 50cm of snow fell in NE Ohio, NW Pennsylvania and upstate New York, media reported.
  • Hypothermia and icy conditions have claimed at least half dozen lives in Ohio, Minnesota and Illinois.
  • The deep freeze is expected to last for several days.

NC declares a state of emergency after landslide

North Carolina Gov. McCrory has declared a state of emergency for mountain counties affected by a major landslide triggered by extreme rain events earlier this month.

  • A major landslide destroyed a 70-meter section of US 441 on January 15.
  • The emergency declaration covers Graham, Jackson and Swain counties and areas within the Qualla Boundary of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee, media reported.


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