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Mississippi Counties Declared Federal Disaster Areas

Posted by feww on May 1, 2014


Major Disaster declared for Mississippi (DR-4175)

Seven counties in Mississippi have been declared federal disaster areas following devastation from severe storms and tornadoes that swept through the state beginning April 28.

“We have experienced tragic loss of life as a result of these storms and tornadoes, and many Mississippians have lost their homes and all that they own,” said Gov. Bryant.

The counties that have been declared Federal Disaster Areas are Itawamba, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Rankin, Wayne, and Winston.

Trails of Death and Destruction

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) said it had  received  confirmed reports of 13 deaths  in the state as a result of tornadoes and severe weather on Monday.

Damage is being reported in 23 counties with at least 945 homes destroyed or sustained major damage with a total of more than 1,750 homes affected. In addition preliminary assessments show 65 businesses destroyed or sustained major damage.

Counties reporting storm-related deaths

Issaquena: One death.
Leake: One death
Lee: One death.
Rankin: One death.
Winston: Nine deaths, one child still missing.

Mississippi National Guardsmen are assisting with security in Lee County and the Mississippi Highway Patrol is assisting in Winston County. Gov. Bryant has made it clear that looting will not be tolerated.

Further damage assessments could also warrant an updated request from the state to extend Individual Assistance and Public Assistance aid to additional counties, said MEMA.

FIRE-EARTH Damage Estimate

[Updated May 1, 2014 @ 04:00UTC]

FIRE-EARTH Disaster Models estimate cost of the damage caused by a deadly storm system that swept through eastern half of the U.S. this week at $1.1 billion, based on initial reports.

The massive storm system spawned more than 100 tornadoes, killing up to 50 people (unconfirmed) and devastating  large portions of central, southern, southeastern and eastern U.S. starting Sunday April 27, 2014. [The final estimates could be higher.]

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Drought Disaster Destroys Crops in Six States

Posted by feww on May 1, 2014


Crop Disaster Declared for 80 Counties in 6 States

Worsening Drought has prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to  designate an additional 80 counties across six states as crop disaster areas in four separate designations.

Those States are Texas (19 counties), Oregon (11) Oklahoma (31), Nevada (1) , Kansas (16) and California (2).

Several counties have been designated more than once due to multiple crop disasters.

Drought Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 1,457 separate crop disasters across 21 states. Most of those designations are due to the worsening drought.

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

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 April 30, 2014.

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FIRE-EARTH Bulletin NO. 93

Posted by feww on May 1, 2014


FIRE-EARTH Bulletin NO. 93 has been released.

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No. of Days left: 678

FIRE-EARTH Bulletin NO. 94 will be released on May 4, 2014.


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Fire Forces Mass Evacuations in S. California

Posted by feww on May 1, 2014


Wildfire Threatens Wealthy Communities East of Los Angeles

The blaze, dubbed the Etiwanda Fire, broke out in the San Bernardino National Forest, fanned by hurricane force-winds of up to 130 km/h amid exceptional drought and unseasonably hot weather in the region.

The fast-moving fire had burnt more than 1,000 acres  by Wednesday afternoon, and forced mandatory evacuations of about 1,700 residences in the foothills of mountains north of Rancho Cucamonga.

Authorities also evacuated Los Osos High School and canceled classes at Chaffey College for the day, said Cal Fire.

Exceptional Drought – States of Emergency

With California’s driest months ahead, Governor Brown has issued a second executive order in just three month to “redouble state drought actions, and has called on all Californians to redouble their efforts to conserve water.”

“The driest months are still to come in California and extreme drought conditions will get worse,” said Brown. “This order cuts red tape to help get water to farmers more quickly, ensure communities have safe drinking water, protect vulnerable species and prepare for an extreme fire season. I call on every city, every community, every Californian to conserve water in every way possible.”

FIRE-EARTH Forecast: The worsening drought and other climatic conditions in California are setting the stage for a potentially very destructive fire season throughout the state, as well as in the West, South and Central U.S.

Etiwanda Fire Incident Information:

Date/Time Started: April 30, 2014 8:00 am
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Bernardino / USFS / Rancho Cucamonga Fire
County: San Bernardino County
Location: North of Rancho Cucamonga
Acres Burned: 1,000 acres
[Containment: None]
Structures Threatened: Structures remain threatened
Structures Destroyed: 1 structure damaged

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