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TOMAS Could Unleash Deadly Flooding in Haiti

Posted by feww on November 4, 2010


Tropical Storm Tomas Barreling Toward Haiti Threatening 1.5 Million with Deadly Flooding

Tomas with maximum sustained winds of about 90km per hour seems to be headed directly toward Haiti, striking the country on Friday.

The storm could quickly reorganize into a hurricane force before making a probable landfall in Haiti (island of Hispaniola).

Tropical Storm TOMAS – IR Satellite Image (NHC Enhancement). Source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.

Tropical Storm TOMAS and its projected trajectories as of posting. Source: NOAA/TPC via CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.

Heavily deforested and mountainous Haiti is particularly vulnerable to extreme rain events, flooding and mudslides. TOMAS is carrying a tremendous amount of precipitation and could claim heavy casualties among some 1.5 million people who live in overcrowded tent cities and makeshift camps in and around the capital, Port-au-Prince, since the January earthquake

Meanwhile, death toll from Haiti’s cholera epidemic has climbed to 442, with at least 105 more deaths reported since Saturday, a 40 percent jump in new cases, Haitian health authorities said. Some 2,000 more patients have been hospitalized, raising the total number of cases to about 7,000. TOMAS could worsen the outbreak.

“The biggest fear is people being caught by high waters and the potential spread of cholera,” the U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Haiti said. “People should (not) be under the misapprehension that it (the epidemic) is under control. The cholera epidemic is likely to spread.”

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U.S. Disaster Headlines

Posted by feww on July 25, 2010

Delhi Dam in Eastern Iowa Collapses

The Delhi Dam in eastern Iowa collapsed about noon on Saturday, sending a wall of water smashing into the small town of Hopkinton (population 750).

Lake Delhi Dam Collapses.
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The collapse was “catastrophic,” a community leader said, blaming the cause on days of torrential rains which have buffered northeast Iowa.

The Maquoketa River, on which the dam was situated,  record flood crest on Saturday, after 10 inches of rain fell in about 10 hours.

See also: Inflatable Dam Breaks at Tempe Town Lake

Powerful storms produce tornadoes and flooding in the Midwest

‘Powerful storms spawned by intense heat and humidity produced flooding and tornadoes in the Midwestern United States on Saturday, disrupting travel and cutting power to thousands of homes,’ a report said.

National Weather Forecast. Click image to update.

“A large area is being impacted by this system,” said a NWS forecaster.

“But some of the heavier rain totals … have been in Chicago. The water content in the atmosphere is very high.”

Much of Chicago and its suburbs were inundated after up to 7.5 inches of rain lashed the region in late Friday and Saturday’s storm.

A similar weather pattern has been developing in New York and Penn state. A  tornado watch was issued for New York City and northern New Jersey.

“Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle declared a state of emergency on Friday after torrential rains flooded homes and opened sinkholes in Milwaukee and closed the city’s main airport,”  according to the report.

NWS has  issued severe weather alerts for numerous areas in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota, as well as flood watches for tens of counties.

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