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Typhoon MELOR Kills 20 in Philippines as New Storm Approaches

Posted by feww on December 17, 2015

MELOR kills at least 20 people, displaces 68,000

The typhoon weakened to a low pressure area on Thursday and moved further out to the South China Sea, after killing at least 20 people, injuring many more and leaving at least 68,000 people displaced.

MELOR packing powerful, destructive winds caused widespread flooding across the central and northern regions of the Philippines throughout the week.

Tropical Depression ONYOK Approaches Philippines

Meanwhile, Tropical Depression TWENTYNINE [locally called “ONYOK” ] moved closer to the archipelago, headed toward  the southern island of Mindanao, and forecast to bring heavy rain to the country.

Floodwaters of up to 100cm deep still covered farming regions about an hour’s drive north of Manila, and were expected to rise to as high as 150cm (5 feet), as waters from other parts of the main island of Luzon flowed into the floodplain, a disaster management officer told AFP.

Recent Deadly Typhoons in the Philippines

  • Typhoon KOPPU slammed northern Philippines in October this year killing at least 54 people and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes.
  • Typhoon HAGUPIT [locally known as “Ruby,”] which was the second most intense tropical cyclone in 2014, triggered severe floods and landslides causing substantial damage to the central regions and killing 53 people.
  • In 2013, Super Typhoon HAIYAN [“Yolanda,”] the strongest storm recorded at landfall, wiped out entire communities and left up to 8,000 people dead or missing.
  • Typhoon BOPHA left about 2,000 dead or missing across Mindanao in 2012.
  • Tropical Storm WASHI killed at least 1,200 across Mindanao in December 2011. then

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Deadly Tornado Hits Texas

Posted by feww on May 16, 2013

A dozen dead, more than 100 injured as N. Texas tornado flattens scores of homes

A deadly tornado hit Granbury in Hood County, Texas Wednesday night, claiming a dozen lives, injuring more than 100 others and destroying scores of homes.

There are also reports of an unknown number of people being trapped under the debris.

  • The powerful twister that hit Hood County was part of a system of severe thunderstorms that spawned at least two other tornadoes across North Texas.
  • A spokesman for MedStar Mobile Healthcare, told reporters the tornado had touched down several times in Hood, Tarrant, Dallas and Parker counties.
  • “With these types of tornadoes, they touch down; they lift up; they touch down. They tend to hopscotch,” he said.

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Three tornadoes hit Hood and Montague counties, northern Texas. Image source: SPC.

May tornado map-USProbability (%) of Tornado in May (1980-1994). Source: NSSL/NOAA

May severe tornado mapThe probability of having one or more days with a tornado within 25 miles of a point sometime during a month. The base data for all tornadoes are the reports from 1980-1994 and for significant and violent tornadoes are the reports from 1921-1995. The values are probabilities in percent. Source: Severe Thunderstorms Climatology

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Gila National Forest Wildfire Largest in New Mexico History

Posted by feww on June 1, 2012

Massive NM wildfire consumes 200,000 acres and growing

New Mexico, USA. Gila National Forest wildfire is now the largest in New Mexico history and spreading, having so far consumed about 200,000 acres, or more than 800km² [official estimate is 190,262 acres, as of May 30, 2012 @ 23:06hrs, with only 5 percent contained.]


Latest Progression Map of Whitewater Baldy Complex Wildfire, NM.   Source: Southern Area Incident Management Team

  • The fire known as Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire, sparked by lightning on May 16th, is spreading in all directions through New Mexico’s ponderosa pine-covered hills and brush-covered steep canyons, spurred by winds and dry conditions (humidity is less than 5%; temperature is 73ºF).
  • The fire, located 15 Miles East of Glenwood, New Mexico, has destroyed dozens of cabins and outbuildings.
  • Some 1,200 fire crews are tackling the blaze.
  • Last June, the Los Conchas wildfire burned about 157,000 acres  near Los Alamos National Laboratory, threatening stored nuclear material.
  • See also:  State Of Disaster Declared in Michigan Counties Posted on May 26, 2012

Other Global Disasters, Significant Events

  • New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Floods across NSW, Australia has forced authorities to declare disaster in 64 areas.
    • Storms, extreme rain events and record flooding  in across Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) in February and March has forced the government to declare Natural Disasters in 64 areas, with Wakool Shire being the latest addition to the list.
    • Wakool Shire has been included in the list of areas declared Natural Disasters as a result of the floods across NSW earlier this year, the NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services announced.
    • “Around 400 people across the state were rescued in the recent floods which affected around 70 per cent of NSW – an area equivalent to the size of Spain.”
    • Floods have caused widespread disruptions isolating about 31,000 people and forcing the evacuation of 28,000 others.

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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