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Queensland Flooding: Disaster of “Biblical Proportions”

Posted by feww on January 1, 2011

Up to a quarter of a million people have been affected by “the worst floods in Queensland’s history,” 22 cities and towns inundated

Rockhampton, home to 78,000 people, bracing for 9m (30ft) floodwaters

The Fitzroy River is expected to reach at least 9m by Sunday afternoon, flooding about a half of the city of Rockhampton, reports say.

The city is expected to be isolated for about two weeks, as the airport closes to commercial flights.

Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser has warned of dire economic consequences, saying he would postpone his mid-year economic review to factor in the cost of the flood damage, a report said.

”In many ways, it is a disaster of biblical proportions,” he said from flood-hit town of Bundaberg.


Houses and surrounding land in the town of Theodore, about 410kms (255 miles) north west of Brisbane, are partially submerged by flood waters January 1, 2011. Queensland Police Service Handout via Reuters.

Queensland River Conditions


24-hr Rainfall for Queensland


Source BOM. Click here for other images.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

Meanwhile,The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) http://www.bom.gov.au has issued the following Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Flash Flooding

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for FLASH FLOODING

For people in parts of the
Peninsula,
Gulf Country and
Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders Forecast Districts.

Issued at 8:17 pm Saturday, 1 January 2011.


Warning Area Map. Source: BOM

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce very heavy rainfall and flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Georgetown, Croydon, Kowanyama and Forsayth.

  • Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:
  • Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 11:20 pm.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at http://www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Emergency Management Queensland would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

Warnings current:

Tropical Cyclone Warnings and Information

Details for: Tropical Low 1

Flood Map of Queensland


Queensland Flood Map. Source: BOM, via BBC.

Satellite Images of Flooding in Queensland


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False-color images using a combination of infrared and visible light to enhance the contrast between land and water taken by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite on December 31, 2010 (top), and December 28, 2009 (bottom). “Vegetation is bright green. Bare ground appears in shades of brick red and pinkish brown.” Source: NASA-EO. Download large image (3 MB, JPEG) Click images to enlarge.

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US Southeast floods kill at least 10

Posted by feww on September 22, 2009

Bury your car before it buries you!

Image of the Day: Another washed out bridge

washed out bridge sept 21 2009 AssocPress
A washed out bridge is shown Monday, Sept. 21, 2009 in Douglasville, Ga. Heavy rain caused flooding in and around the Atlanta area. (AP Photo/John Bazemore). Image may be subject to copyright.

Floods triggered by torrential rain have blocked roads, killing at least a dozen people  in the south-eastern US, including six in the state of Georgia.

One of the victims was reported to be a two-year-old boy who was swept from his father’s arms in one of the worst affected areas, Carroll County, where violent floodwaters  destroyed  the boy’s mobile home.

rainy night in georgia
ANOTHER RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA: A motorist abandons her car on Interstate 85 near Lilburn, Ga. early Monday morning after a stalled tropical storm dumped about 60 cm (2ft) of rain in less than 48 hours in the region. (Curtis Compton /Atlanta Journal & Constitution /September 21, 2009, Via LATimes). Image may be subject to copyright.

“Hundreds of roads and bridges were under water or washed out in the Atlanta area and other parts of the state, including 17 bridges on state and interstate highways.” AP reported.

Water rose as high as window-level on some houses in North Carolina’s Polk County, forcing emergency officials to evacuate homes along a seven-mile stretch of road. Flooding in more than 20 counties in western North Carolina closed roads, delayed school and forced evacuations.

As 60cm  (2ft) of rain fell in less than 48 hours, the Governor of Georgia Sonny Perdue declared a state of emergency in 17 counties.

“We are currently focused on rescuing victims of the storms targeting Georgia and preventing further damage,” Perdue said. “State personnel and equipment are being deployed to assist effected communities.”

“Remember, flash floods are the No. 1 weather-related killer in the United States,”  AFP reported Charley English, director of Georgia’s Emergency Management Agency as saying. “Turn around when you come to a flooded area; never drive through flooded roads.”

the states of Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee have also been affected by flooding, as more heavy rain and flash floods were forecast for the region.

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US Midwest in Crosshairs of Climate Change

Posted by feww on June 21, 2009

Make a Radical Change, OR Look For a New Place to Live [sic]

Central US and the Midwest Could Be Running Out of Luck [and northern plains, too!]

NWS Warnings and Forecast – A Snapshot taken on June 21, 2009 at 13:58 UTC

NWS - 21 Jun 09
Hazardous Weather Outlook, gale and Hazardous Seas Warning currently threaten about 90 percent of the US by area. FEWW

Waves of thunderstorms caused up to 130, 000 outages. Affected areas include Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, and Michigan .

The storms produced torrential rain. The National Weather Service said parts of northern Illinois may have gotten up to 4 inches of rain Friday and Racine, Wis., had a 24-hour total of nearly 7 inches. —AP

High winds across central and eastern Kansas may have contributed to one fatality near McPherson, with another two people injured in Great Bend.

Storm Force Cuts Power

About 67,000 Commonwealth Edison customers remain without power early Saturday after two severe thunderstorms ripped through the Chicago area.—Chicago Sun Times.

APTOPIX Kansas Storms
Lightning strikes behind a windmill on a farm near Baldwin City, Kan., Monday, June 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner). Image may be subject to copyright.

Record rainfall and Flight Delays at O’Hare International Airport

Flight delays at O’Hare on Friday were 90 minutes or more. More than 100 flights were canceled. At Midway, 45-minute delays and minor cancellations were reported. O’Hare had received 3.54 inches by 1 p.m. The National Weather Service said the previous record for June 19 was 1.79 inches in 1961.—AP

Meanwhile, thunderstorms rumbled across Indiana, producing hail and 67-mph winds and tornado warnings. Tornadoes tore through Wisconsin. Storms caused some structural damage in Michigan and Ohio.

How Many Trees are There in Chicago?

The department [of Streets & Sanitation in Chicago] received reports of 350 damaged trees, 61 traffic light outages, 25 damaged light poles, and 53 city light pole wires down, as of 8 p.m. —Chicago Sun Times.

Two storms system hit the central part of the U.S., spreading  across several states, bringing heavy rains, high winds and a half dozen tornadoes.

renewing flooding concerns in already soggy areas and leaving thousands of people without power.

Was it a tornado that did all this?

In Minnesota, an apparent tornado struck the town of Austin, uprooting trees, knocking down power lines and at least one person was reported with minor injuries. The National Weather Service said the storm sent debris flying, flipped cars on their sides and sent trees through roofs.

Heavy rain brought flooding concerns to areas of central North Dakota hit by flooding earlier this spring. South Dakota saw heavy rain, strong wind and hail, with two reports of funnel clouds in Stanley County.

A separate storm system that cut a wide swath across Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri knocked out power, damaged buildings and led to flash flooding. In the small Missouri town of Norborne, about an hour’s drive northeast of Kansas City, straight-line winds from a thunderstorm reached more than 74 mph…

In southwest Kansas winds reached up to 90 mph. About 22,000 residents were without power.—AP

Run those numbers by me, AGAIN!

A total of about 30 tornadoes and 370 storms hit across the nation on Wednesday alone, leaving behind extreme destruction and devastation. A twister was said to have  caused “millions of dollars in damage” in Austin, Minnesota.

High winds in Missouri twisted power poles and toppled trees while in Colorado, hail the size of marbles rained down on rural areas.
In Pittsburgh, flash floods drowned city streets and torrential rains overwhelmed storm drains, stranding even the rescue crews.
—AP

How do twister numbers compare?

  • About 840 tornadoes to date this year, compared with 1,305 in 2008 (through end of June).
  • April tally:  270 tornadoes compared with [the three-year average of 200.]
  • May total: 228  compared 461 tornadoes the same month last year.

FEWW said earlier this year could be one of the wettest on record.

A tornado reported west of Kenosha tore up some trees as severe storms moved through and produced downpours and street flooding Friday.

The storms Friday night hit less than 24 hours after severe weather and heavy rains caused flash flooding, so the new storms produced more flood problems, especially in Kenosha, Waukesha and Walworth counties.

…  heavy rains saturated the county with up to 6 inches falling in about an hour in some places.  The city of Racine had heavy rain that raised its 24-hour rainfall total to just under 7 inches. …  flooding along the Fox River had some vehicles floating in downtown Waukesha. Channel 3000

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Deadly Tornadoes Start Season

Posted by feww on February 11, 2009

Deadly Tornadoes in Oklahoma Start Southern U.S. Twister ‘Season’

At least 15 people were killed when a major tornado tore through the town of Lone Grove in the state of Oklahoma at 01:30 UTC on Wednesday, causing “extensive damage,” local media reported, citing state officials. About 30,000 residents were left without power in Oklahoma.


Some of the damage caused by Oklahoma tornado: The National Weather Service has issued tornado watches for the area to the east of Oklahoma, meaning conditions are ripe for tornadoes until 1200 UTC. 
Photo: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.


Source: NOAA/HPC

The US National Weather Service Bulletins:
AWUS84 KOUN 101459
RWSOUN

OKZ004>048-050>052-TXZ083>090-101530
REGIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
900 AM CST TUE FEB 10 2009

THE COLD FRONT THAT PUSHED THROUGH MUCH OF OKLAHOMA AND WESTERN
NORTH TEXAS YESTERDAY STALLED… AND BEGAN TO LIFT BACK NORTH. THE
FRONT AFFECTED MAINLY SOUTHERN AND EASTERN OKLAHOMA… WITH LOW
TEMPERATURES IN THE UPPER 40S AND LOWER 50S. DEW POINT TEMPERATURES
ALSO INCREASED WITH AREAS OF FOG DEVELOPING AT SUNRISE. FARTHER
WEST… SLIGHTLY DRIER AIR ALLOWED TEMPERATURES TO FALL TO MORE
NORMAL VALUES… WITH TEMPERATURES RANGING FROM NEAR FREEZING OVER
WESTERN OKLAHOMA… TO THE UPPER 30S AND LOWER 40S ELSEWHERE. WINDS
CALMED SIGNIFICANTLY FROM YESTERDAYS PEAK… AVERAGING 5 TO 10 MPH.

AT MID MORNING… THE WARM FRONT CONTINUED ITS SLOW MOVEMENT TO THE
NORTHWEST… ALMOST REACHING THE OKLAHOMA METRO AREA. TEMPERATURES
SOUTH OF THE FRONT WERE IN THE UPPER 50S AND LOWER 60S. OUT WEST…
TEMPERATURES WERE SLOW TO WARM WITH TEMPERATURES STILL IN THE 40S.
WINDS WERE STILL NOT STRONG… AVERAGING AROUND 10 MPH.

~0~

WEATHER SUMMARY FOR EASTERN OKLAHOMA AND NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
925 PM CST TUE FEB 10 2009

NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WERE MOVING THROUGH EASTERN
OKLAHOMA AND NORTHWEST ARKANSAS THIS AFTERNOON AS UPPER LEVEL LOW
PRESSURE WAS MOVING THROUGH NORTHERN NEW MEXICO. THUNDERSTORMS
BECAME SEVERE…PRIMARILY WEST OF I 75. LARGE HAIL TO THE SIZE OF
BASEBALLS AND A TORNADO WERE REPORTED IN PAWNEE AND OSAGE COUNTIES
.

BY MID EVENING…HEAVY RAINFALL WAS OCCURRING ACROSS MUCH OF EASTERN
OKLAHOMA…THOUGH SEVERE WEATHER HAD COME TO AN END. TEMPERATURES
RANGED MAINLY IN THE 50S TO MID 60S. WIND WAS LIGHT AND VARIABLE IN
MOST LOCATIONS.


Large hail fell on Pawnee and Osage counties. Source: BBC UK. Image may be subject to copyright.

FEWW Forecast: Continuing from last year, 2009 could prove to be a record year for deadly tornadoes in the U.S.

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Central US Floods

Posted by feww on March 19, 2008

Hit by Tornados, Buried Under Water

Round 2: Mother Nature
Dallas received nearly 7 inches of rain, and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport broke its single-day record with 2.35 inches [previous high of 1.52 inches was set in 1984.] A about 600 scheduled flights were canceled Tuesday.

“This is one of the most vicious thunderstorms DFW has seen in quite some time, especially its ongoing intensity,” declared airport spokesman Ken Capps.

  • Flood and flash flood warnings were issued from Ohio to Texas.
  • Tornado watches in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
  • Two people are reported dead, and another 2 are missing.
  • In Missouri, where National Guard was activated, high water has closed hundreds of roads since Monday; more than 10 inches of rain is expected.
  • Thousands of people have been evacuated in Lancaster, south of Dallas, Baxter, Madison, and Sharp counties in Arkansas and in Piedmont, Mo.

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