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Disaster Declared for 142 U.S. Counties

Posted by feww on August 23, 2012

Drought disaster declared in 100 additional counties across 13 states

Fifteen counties in Nebraska have been declared agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought, excessive heat and high winds that began March 1, 2012, and continues, USDA reported.

  • Those disaster areas are (primary disaster areas)  Gage, Johnson, Nuckolls, Richardson, Jefferson, Nemaha, Pawnee and Thayer counties;  (contiguous disaster areas) Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Lancaster, Otoe, Saline and Webster counties.

Nine counties in bordering states of Kansas and Missouri also designated as  natural disaster areas  because they are contiguous.

  • Kansas: Brown, Doniphan, Jewell, Marshall, Nemaha, Republic and Washington counties.
  • Missouri: Atchison and Holt counties.

Drought disaster areas have also been declared in California, Nevada and Utah.


U.S. Drought Disaster Map as of August 22, 2012.

  • California.  USDA has also designated 6 counties in California and one in bordering Nevada as natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. Those counties are Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mono and Tuolumne in California, and Douglas County in Nevada.
  • Utah.  USDA has designated nine counties in Utah as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. Those counties are (primary disaster areas) Beaver, Iron and Piute counties;  (contiguous disaster areas) Garfield, Millard, Washington, Kane, Sevier and  Wayne counties.
  • Idaho.  USDA has designated 17 counties in Idaho as natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought, excessive heat and high winds that began Jan. 1, 2012, and continues.

The Idaho disaster designation also includes 9 counties in 4 bordering states.

  • Montana: Beaverhead, Gallatin and Madison counties.
  • Nevada: Elko County.
  • Utah: Box Elder, Cache and Rich counties.
  • Wyoming: Lincoln and Teton counties.
  • Kansas.  USDA has designated 5 counties in Kansas as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought, excessive heat, high winds and wildfires that began Jan. 1, 2012, and continues. Those counties are (PDA) Marshall County; and (CDA) Nemaha, Pottawatomie, Riley and Washington counties.
  • Indiana.  USDA has designated 5 counties in Indiana as natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought.
  • Ohio.  Darke County in Ohio also designated as natural disaster area because it is contiguous.
  • Georgia. USDA has designated 12 counties in Georgia as natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought.
  • Tennessee.  USDA has designated 13 counties in Tennessee as natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought.

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

  • United States.  The number of reported West Nile cases nationwide has tripled, with at least 1,118 reported so far this year, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported.
    •  Seventy-five percent of the cases have been reported in five states—Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma,  South Dakota and Texas—with more than a half in Texas.
    • “We are in the midst of one of the worst West Nile virus outbreaks ever seen in the U.S.,” Lyle R. Petersen, director of the Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases at CDC, told reporters.
    • West Nile virus have caused at least 41 fatalities, so far this year.
    • Texas has reported 640 West Nile infections and at least 22 deaths this year.
    • Dallas County, where the mayor declared a health emergency last week, accounts for 270 cases and at least 11 deaths.
  • Ohio. The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Ohio in the area affected by severe storms and straight-line winds during the period of June 29 to July 2, 2012.
    • The worst affected areas are in the counties of Adams, Allen, Athens, Auglaize, Belmont, Champaign, Clark, Coshocton, Fairfield, Franklin, Gallia, Guernsey, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Logan, Meigs, Miami, Monroe, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Paulding, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Putnam, Shelby, Van Wert, and Washington.
  • Oklahoma. The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Oklahoma in the area affected by the Freedom Wildfire during the period of August 3-14, 2012.
  • California. California Governor has declared a state of emergency in 3 Northern California counties—Plumas, Shasta and Tehama—due to raging wildfires.
    • Wildfires have destroyed dozens of homes and threaten hundreds more, forcing evacuations and road closures.
    • Ponderosa Fire, which had already consumed about 25,000 acres, destroying more than 85 homes and other structures, was threatening the small community of Mineral, south of Lassen National Volcanic Park.
    • The blaze has already forced about 3,500 people to flee their homes in Tehama and Shasta counties, north of Sacramento.
    • The fire is threatening more than 500 homes and businesses
    • Chips Fire in Plumas County has scorched about 100 square miles since late July and threatens more than 900 homes.
  • Idaho.  USDA has designated 34 counties in Idaho as natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the combined effects of hail, excessive rain, frost and freezes that occurred from Jan. 1 – July 25, 2012.

The Idaho disaster designation also includes 9 counties in 6 bordering states.

  • Montana: Three counties.
  • Nevada: One county.
  • Oregon: Two counties.
  • Utah: Two counties.
  • Washington: Two counties.
  • Wyoming: Two counties.

DROUGHT DISASTER

  • United States.  Drought conditions continue worsening in key farm states, with 63.20 percent of Continental U.S. experiencing Moderate to Exception Drought condition (D1 to D4 on the U.S. Drought Monitor).


U.S. Drought Map – August 21, 2012. Source: US Drought Monitor.

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Dozens killed or missing in Nepal avalanche-triggered floods

Posted by feww on May 5, 2012

Floods ravage tourist resort town of Pokhara, Nepal, sweeping away dozens of people

Large masses of snow and ice slid down the Annapurna Mountain range blocking the Seti River in Kaski district, triggering extensive flooding south of mountain,  and leaving scores of people dead or missing.

The “apocalyptic flood” swept away trucks and buses and forced the authorities to evacuate settlements on the river banks, reports said.

Other Global Disasters, Significant Events

  • ChinaA severe drought has affected about a million people in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region and neighboring Guizhou province.
    • The drought has left at least 100,000 hectares of cropland parched and hundreds of thousands of livestock with little or no drinking water.
  • Iran-Iraq border. A 5.5-magnitude earthquake that struck Iran- Iraq border on Thursday has injured more than 3,500 people, reports said.
    • The quake struck at a depth of about 10km, some 467 km (290 miles) SW of the Iranian capital, USGS/EHP reported.
    • The shock caused moderate to severe damage to 50 villages, according to reports.
  • California, USA.The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 6 counties in California as agricultural disaster areas due to losses caused by freezing temperatures on Jan. 16-17, 2012.
    • Glenn County in California has been designated as a Primary Natural Disaster area.
    • The five contiguous counties of Butte, Colusa, Lake, Mendocino and
      Tehama have also been declared as disaster areas.

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Santa Ana winds destroy or damage hundreds of buildings

Posted by feww on December 2, 2011

L.A. County declares state of emergency due to destructive Santa Ana windstorm

Los Angeles County declared a state of emergency due to the destructive Santa Ana winds, following emergency declarations by Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Temple City, San Marino and Glendora.

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  • Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles County has declared a state of emergency due to the destructive Santa Ana windstorm.
    • The declaration came after Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Temple City, San Marino and Glendora declared their own emergencies, a report said.
    • In Pasadena, dozens of buildings have been destroyed (red-tagged by fire department) and many more damaged (yellow-tagged), while others await damage assessment.
    • Thousands of trees, some century-old, and utility poles were uprooted or damaged.
    • Winds of more than 80 mph (130kph, the equivalent of a category one hurricane on FEWW New Hurricane Scale) have knocked out electricity to about half a million homes throughout SoCal, also causing road delays and forcing dozens of flights to LAX to be diverted.
    • Hundreds of people have sought shelter in Pasadena.
    • “An American Red Cross shelter at Robinson Park in Pasadena housed about 60 displaced people bused in early Thursday from an apartment building that flooded after a tree toppled by the high winds crashed through the roof, breaking a water main,” said a report.


Sawyer Nelson, 8, checks out an uprooted tree in Sierra Madre. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

  • California, USA. Six California counties (combined population ~ 3.7 million) have been declared  agricultural disaster areas because of losses caused by the combined effects of unseasonably cool spring weather, a freeze, hail, below normal summer temperatures and unseasonable rainfall that occurred from April 7 to Sept. 30, 2011, USDA reported.
    • Solano County was designated as primary disaster area.
    • Contra Costa, Napa, Sacramento, Sonoma and Yolo counties were declared disaster areas because they’re contiguous.
    • Soon we’d be blaming the ‘unseasonable weather,’ ‘abnormal temperatures’ and ‘unreasonable rainfall’

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