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Posted by feww on March 28, 2015
HIV Outbreak: Indiana Declares State of Emergency
Indiana Gov. Pence has declared a public health emergency after “the worst HIV outbreak in the state’s history.”
Pence said 79 cases had been confirmed, but “we expect that number to go up,” with more testing underway.
Every single confirmed case so far has been related to intravenous use of Opana, an opioid painkiller, said Pence.
“This is a very serious situation,” he said, adding that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had advised for a needle-exchange program to be set up.
“I’m prepared to make an exception to my long-standing opposition to needle-exchange programs,” said Pence. “This is a public health emergency driven by intravenous drug use.”
All of the HIV-infected cases so far detected were either in or connected to Scott County, near the Kentucky border, said a state health official.
Everyone who has tested positive for HIV has admitted to intravenous drug use, although some have also had sex with other users, said a public health nurse at Scott County Health Department.
Fallin Declares State of Emergency After Deadly Tornadoes
Oklahoma governor declared a state of emergency in 25 counties affected by tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and straight-line winds.
The twisters destroyed a mobile home park in suburban Sand Springs. At least one person was reported dead and scores of others injured with widespread damage reported across Oklahoma and Arkansas.
An EF-1 tornado spiraled through the suburb of Moore in Oklahoma City, where 24 people were killed by a tornado in May 2013.
Chile declares a state of emergency due to unprecedented deluge
Chile has declared a state of emergency in the northern regions of Atacama and Antofagasta after extreme rain events (EREs) left dozens of people dead or missing, forced thousands of others to flee their homes and closed copper-mining operations.
The EREs triggered an unprecedented flooding in the desert region, as rivers broke banks isolating numerous villages and communities.
The deluge in the north occurs as drought stricken southern Chile struggles with massive forest fires.
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Posted by feww on December 11, 2014
Drought, freeze, frost, high winds, extreme cold, record snowfall, ice and blizzard destroy crops in 111 counties
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 104 counties in eight states as crop disaster areas due to losses caused by drought, freeze, frost, high winds, extreme cold, record snowfall, ice and blizzard.
1. Crop disasters declared due to damages and losses caused by excessive snow, freeze, frost, high winds, extremely cold temperatures, record snowfall, ice and blizzards that occurred from January 1, 2014, through May 17, 2014.
- Michigan. Alger, Allegan, Alpena, Antrim, Arenac, Baraga, Barry, Bay, Benzie, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Clare, Clinton, Crawford, Delta, Dickinson, Eaton, Emmet, Genesee, Gladwin, Gogebic, Grand Traverse, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Houghton, Huron, Ingham, Ionia, Iron, Isabella, Jackson , Kalamazoo, Kalkaska, Kent, Keweenaw, Lake, Lapeer, Leelanau, Lenawee, Livingston, Luce, Mackinac, Macomb, Manistee, Marquette, Mason, Mecosta, Menominee, Midland, Missaukee, Monroe, Montcalm, Montmorency, Muskegon , Newaygo, Oakland, Oceana, Ogemaw, Ontonagon, Osceola, Oscoda, Otsego, Ottawa, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Saginaw, Sanilac, Schoolcraft, Shiawassee, St. Clair, St. Joseph, Tuscola, Van Buren, Washtenaw, Wayne and Wexford counties.
- Indiana. Elkhart, Lagrange, La Porte, St. Joseph and Steuben counties.
- Ohio. Fulton, Lucas and Williams counties.
- Wisconsin. Door and Marinette counties.
2. Crop disasters declared due to damages and losses caused by drought that occurred from July 1, 2014, and continuing.
- Connecticut. Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, Tolland and Windham counties.
- Massachusetts. Hampden and Worcester counties.
- New York. Suffolk County.
- Rhode Island. Kent, Providence and Washington counties.
3. Crop disasters declared due to damages and losses caused by excessive snow, flooding, freeze and high winds that occurred from Nov. 17, 2014, through Nov. 24, 2014.
See Crop Disasters Declared for 7 New York Counties
Crop Disasters 2014
Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared crop disasters in at least 2,879 counties across 44 states.
Those states are
- Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan. Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.
ii. The counties designated as agricultural disaster areas, as listed above, include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.
iii. Some 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 December 10, 2014.
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Posted by feww on May 3, 2014
EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES
NIGHTMARE SCENARIO 011
CDC confirms first case of MERS Coronavirus infection in the U.S.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was confirmed on Friday in a traveler returning to the United States from Saudi Arabia, CDC reported.
“We’ve anticipated MERS reaching the US, and we’ve prepared for and are taking swift action,” said CDC Director. “We’re doing everything possible with hospital, local, and state health officials to find people who may have had contact with this person so they can be evaluated as appropriate. This case reminds us that we are all connected by the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. We can break the chain of transmission in this case through focused efforts here and abroad.”
On April 24, the patient traveled by plane from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to London, England then from London to Chicago, Illinois. The patient then took a bus from Chicago to Indiana. On the 27th, the patient began to experience respiratory symptoms, including shortness of breath, coughing, and fever. The patient went to an emergency department in an Indiana hospital on April 28th and was admitted on that same day. The patient is being well cared for and is isolated; the patient was in stable condition as of May 2, 2014. Because of the patient’s symptoms and travel history, Indiana public health officials tested for MERS-CoV. The Indiana state public health laboratory and CDC confirmed MERS-CoV infection in the patient Friday afternoon.
“It is understandable that some may be concerned about this situation, but this first U.S. case of MERS-CoV infection represents a very low risk to the general public,” said the assistant surgeon general and director of CDC’s National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases. In some countries, the virus has spread from person to person through close contact, such as caring for or living with an infected person. However, there is currently no evidence of sustained spread of MERS-CoV in community settings.
CDC and Indiana health officials are not yet sure how the patient became infected with the virus. Exposure may have occurred in Saudi Arabia, where outbreaks of MERS-CoV infection are occurring. Officials also do not know exactly how many people have had close contact with the patient.
So far, including this U.S. importation, there have been 401 confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection in 12 countries. [Note: Egypt has also recorded at least one case. Editor.] To date, all reported cases have originated in six countries in the Arabian Peninsula. Most of these people developed severe acute respiratory illness, with fever, cough, and shortness of breath; 93 people died. [Note: Confirmed death toll exceeds 102. Editor] Officials do not know where the virus came from or exactly how it spreads. There is no available vaccine or specific treatment recommended for the virus.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus called “Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).”
MERS symptoms include fever and pneumonia leading to kidney failure and often death. Most victims who got infected with MERS-CoV developed severe acute respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. About half of them died. Some people were reported as having a mild respiratory illness within 14 days after traveling from countries in the Arabian Peninsula or neighboring countries.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
MERS was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. It is caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV. Most people who have been confirmed to have MERS-CoV infection developed severe acute respiratory illness. They had fever, cough, and shortness of breath. About half of these people died.
MERS-CoV is not the same coronavirus that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003. However, like the SARS virus, MERS-CoV is most similar to coronaviruses found in bats. –CDC
Countries With Lab-Confirmed MERS Cases – Since April 2012
- Egypt (see below)
- Saudi Arabia
- United Kingdom (UK)
- United Arab Emirates (UAE)
- Unites States of America (USA)
Source of MERS
MERS-CoV has been “extraordinarily common” in camels since the 1990s, and it may have evolved after being passed to humans, according to a recent study. The virus has been found in camels in Qatar and a bat in Saudi Arabia. Camels in a few other countries have also tested positive for antibodies to MERS-CoV.
Doctors Resigning for Fear of Infection
At least four doctors at a Jeddah hospital resigned in April after refusing to treat MERS patients for fear of infection, said reports.
Egypt’s Reports First Case of MERS-CoV
Egypt reported its first case of MERS last week. A man in his twenties who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia, and showed symptoms of the infection, tested positive for MERS-CoV, according to a report.
MERS a Year Ago
A total of 38 infected cases had been reported in Saudi Arabia, 49 worldwide, as of May 30, 2013.
Links to Other Infectious Dieases
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Posted by feww on April 23, 2014
EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
SEVERE WINTER STORM
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
White House Declares Federal Disaster in Indiana (DR-4173)
The 5-0 has declared a major disaster in the State of Indiana in the areas affected by a severe winter storm and snowstorm during the period of January 5-9, 2014.
Areas worst affected by the disasters are the counties of Boone, Clay, Hendricks, Huntington, Jasper, Kosciusko, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Noble, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Tipton, Vigo, Wabash, White, and Whitley.
“In addition, federal funding is available to the state and eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for snow assistance for a continuous 48-hour period during or proximate to the incident period in Boone, Clay, Hendricks, Huntington, Jasper, Kosciusko, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Tipton, Vigo, Wabash, and White Counties and a 72-hour period in Noble and Whitley Counties,” said WH in the Disaster Declaration.
Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments, said FEMA.
Latest Major Disaster Declarations
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Posted by feww on March 25, 2014
Oil leaks into Lake Michigan from BP refinery
BP says “an unknown amount” of oil has leaked from its Indiana Whiting refinery into Lake Michigan.
BP said the leak, which resulted in the discharge of crude oil from the refinery’s cooling system, was discovered Monday afternoon.
More than a half of the lake is covered in ice, said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Save the Dunes environmental group has expressed great concern about the impact of the spill on the environment, drinking water, recreational, fishing and shipping industries, said Nicole Barker, the group’s executive director.
“This BP spill, while seemingly contained and currently under control exemplifies some of the concerns Save the Dunes has with transporting and refining oil near Lake Michigan,”said Barker.
“We are glad to see that the crews effectively responded to the spill and it is fortunate that winds were blowing in a way that pushed the oil toward the shoreline,” she said. “However, irreversible damage can be caused by spills into our waterways and it is our greatest hope that the oil was contained before causing great harm to the Lake Michigan ecosystem.”
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Posted by feww on January 7, 2014
State Of Disaster Declared in Illinois
Gov Quinn has declared a state of disaster for Illinois following a paralyzing snowstorm and a massive polar vortex causing extreme cold.
“As we continue to monitor weather conditions and work nonstop to respond to this winter storm, we will ensure that critical state services continue,” said Quinn in a statement posted on his website. “To protect the safety of our employees and the people they serve, I am directing state employees whose duties are not critical to state services to stay home and off the roads on Monday.”
The disaster declaration follows a major snow storm that dumped more than a foot new snow in many areas. The storm was followed by a polar vortex that plunged the temperature to dangerously low levels of about -45 degrees (-43ºC) and forced the closures of schools, businesses and government agencies.
In the last few days, the state of Illinois has used 9,400 tons of salt and 1,900 tons of liquid chloride to de-ice the roads, reported CBS Chicago.
Some 130 vehicle crashes were reported and up to 650 motorists had to be rescued through Sunday night, said CBS.
Polar Vortex drives east, States of Emergency declared for multiple areas
Gov. Cuomo has declared states of emergency for multiple counties as the polar vortex moves into western New York.
The emergency declaration covers 14 counties including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Monroe, Oneida, Orleans, Oswego, Wayne and Wyoming.
- A wind chill warning is in effect for Allegany, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Genesee, Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties, as of posting
- A blizzard warning is in effect for Erie, Genesee and Wyoming counties, as of posting.
- The vortex is expected to produce wind gusts up to 45 mph, with wind chill temperatures as low as -40 degrees.
- Total snowfall of about 36 inches is forecast for parts of the affected region over the next 36 hours.
- Some 300 New York Army and Air National Guard citizen Soldiers and Airmen in western and central New York have been mobilized to help local authorities if needed.
“As this new winter storm develops, bringing heavy snow and high winds, I strongly urge all citizens in these regions to exercise caution, avoid travel, and stay indoors,” Cuomo said. “To ensure an effective and rapid response to this winter storm, I am declaring a state of emergency, so resources can get to communities where they are needed as quickly as possible.”
U.S. Weather Hazards Map (Hazmap) for Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Issued at 10:54UTC. Source: NWS. UPDATE
State of Emergency Declared in Indiana
Gov. Pence has declared a state of Emergency in 29 Indiana counties, as record snowfalls and record-low temperatures plagued Indiana last Monday night.
The list of counties includes: Clinton, Delaware, Elkhart, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Jasper, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, LaPorte, Madison, Marshall, Montgomery, Newton, Noble, Porter, Pulaski, Rush, St. Joseph, Starke, Steuben, Sullivan, Tipton, Vermillion, Vigo, Wabash, White and Whitley.
UPDATE: Tennessee cancels its state of emergency
Extreme cold and sub-zero wind chills were forecast to continue into Tuesday; however, Tennessee canceled its state of emergency on Monday afternoon, AP reported.
Related Links and Chronology
- 2014: Year Five of Human-Enhanced Natural Disasters January 1, 2014
- Major Winter Storm to Batter Midwest, Northeast January 2, 2014
- States of Emergency Declared in New York, New Jersey January 3, 2014
- Climate and Weather Extremes Plaguing the World January 4, 2014
- Deadly Cold Plagues U.S. January 5, 2014
- UPDATED: Deadly Cold Plagues U.S. January 5, 2014
- Giga Arctic Blast Affecting 250 Million in 40 States January 5, 2014
- States of Emergency Declared in NW Indiana, Tennessee January 6, 2014
- More Extreme Weather Events to Hit North America January 7, 2014
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Posted by feww on January 6, 2014
EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS
Northwest Indiana and Tennessee declare states of emergency due to extreme conditions
Indiana Gov. Pence has ordered all state government offices to remain closed Monday, as more snow is forecast for the region.
“I am limiting the number of employees who must report to work on Monday to help keep people off the roads and out of the extreme cold, even while we make sure that Hoosiers have access to necessary government services,” said Pence.
In Tennessee, The Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) declared a state of emergency as the frigid cold front moved through the region.
“Temperatures are also beginning to fall dramatically in the region. At Nashville International Airport, temperatures dropped 8 degrees from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and even further after that. In Clarksville, temperatures sunk from 51 degrees to 29 in two hours time,” said a report.
The Polar Vortex Causing Life-Threatening Wind Chill
“The polar vortex, a mid-upper level cyclonic feature normally present over northern Canada, will be displaced unusually far to the south over the northern Great Lakes and southern Ontario. Owing to the deep layer of the cold air mass, this will provide for an incredibly strong surge of bitterly cold Arctic Air along with gusty winds. The Upper Midwest will be affected first by Saturday night, and the brutal conditions will continue pushing southeastward to the Ohio Valley and Mid-South by Monday, and to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic by Tuesday. Particularly noteworthy will be the extreme wind chills and nearly unheard-of daytime highs that are forecast. A huge expanse of wind chill warnings are in effect from Montana all the way to the central Appalachians, with wind chills on the order of -20 to -50 degrees expected!” NWS said.
IR Satellite Image, GOES N America, Jan. 6, 2014 @ 01:15UTC. Colder objects are brighter and warmer objects are darker. Lower layers of clouds, generally warmer and lower in altitude, are colored gray. Colder and generally higher clouds tops are highlighted in colors. Source: SSD/ NOAA GOES satellites
Monday’s lows are forecast to plunge below -15 degrees (-26ºC) with wind chills as low as -50 (-46ºC), with temperatures across the Fox Valley falling as low as -60 (-51ºC).
“Ahead of the Arctic blast, a developing surface low along the cold front will result in widespread snow from Missouri to the Ohio Valley and into the Great Lakes. Areas that have persistent snow bands may receive on the order of 8 to 14 inches of snow, with locally higher amounts,” said NWS.
Record-breaking cold is forecast for much of Eastern US: NWS
U.S. Weather Hazards Map (Hazmap) for Monday, January 6, 2014. Issued at 14:54UTC. Source: NWS. Map Enhanced by FIRE-EARTH. UPDATE
Warnings, Watches and Advisories
Dozens of Warnings, Watches and Advisories are currently in effect across the eastern two-thirds of the country, with the Wind Chill Warning, and Hard Freeze Warning, which plague the Gulf Coast states, impacting vast areas.
FIRE-EARTH Models show impacts of the Arctic blast are affecting about 250 million people across 40 states.
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Posted by feww on November 18, 2013
“Particularly dangerous situation” for parts of central US: NWS
Up to 80 powerful twisters [unconfirmed total] wreak havoc in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky, causing deaths, injuries and destruction.
Sunday Storm Attacks
At least SIX people were killed and dozens more injured after 67 tornadoes [confirmed total] spawned by a massive weather system struck parts of 9 states, including Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky. Some 442 events have so far been reported across NINE states after Sunday storm attacks, which flattened large section of the city of Washington, Ill.
- Indiana – The city of Kokomo, Howard County, Greentown, and Russiaville have declared states of emergency after Nov. 17 storms swept through the state causing “significant damage.”
- “A confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado” near Washington, Illinois, about 145 miles southwest of Chicago was reported to SPC, the National Weather Service said, adding that the twister was moving northeast at about 55 MPH.
“These storms will be moving very fast … They will be at your location and on to the next location in a matter of minutes. As a result, people cannot wait for visual confirmation of the threat.” —Russell Schneider, Storm Prediction Center.
The storm was moving east at dangerous speeds of up to 97 km/hr, reported the NWS’s Storm Prediction Center.
SPC Storm Reports [unfiltered] for 11-17-13 updated 11-18-13. Some 398 events including 67 tornadoes [filtered totals] so far reported across NINE states—IL, IA, IN, KY, MI, MO, OH, TN, and WI—during Sunday storm attacks. The bulk of the tornadoes struck Illinois.
Entire neighborhood wiped out
Washington is reportedly the hardest hit area, with one resident saying his neighborhood was wiped out by tornadoes in a matter of seconds, said a report.
“I stepped outside and I heard it coming. My daughter was already in the basement, so I ran downstairs and grabbed her, crouched in the laundry room and all of a sudden I could see daylight up the stairway and my house was gone,” resident Michael Perdun told the Associated Press.
“The whole neighborhood’s gone, the wall of my fireplace is all that is left of my house.”
Probability (%) of Tornado in November (1980 – 1994). Source: NSSL
“Pandemonium. It looks like a war zone”
I saw a “car completely mangled, the houses gone… telephone wires [are] down everywhere, live wires are still down.” Karen Harris, a food truck operator in Washington, told the BBC she saw “I’m pretty traumatized from what I saw”
“I actually saw a vehicle in the middle of the road, their left signal light turned on, like they were getting ready to turn, all the windows were out of it, blood was in the back seat. Pandemonium. It looks like a war zone,” Ms Harris added.
“From the window I saw this huge tornado, tonnes of debris flying through the air,” said Laura Nightengale, a reporter with the Journal Star newspaper in Peoria, Illinois, witnessed the approach of a tornado from inside a house in the town.
“I took shelter in the basement. The area that was hit, it’s just absolutely devastated – entire blocks where homes stood this morning right now are just rubble.”
NWS: “particularly dangerous situation”
The National Weather Service (NWS) has warned of a “particularly dangerous situation” for parts of Midwest.
“Several rapidly moving, intense tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, large hail events and damaging winds are expected in these watch areas,” reported the service.
The fast-moving storm system darkened downtown Chicago an hour or so after the tornadoes devastated large sections of Washington city, forcing officials to evacuate football fans from a local stadium as a fierce twister swept through the city suburbs.
Tornado Probabilities [Monthly]
The 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
US Composite. (Source: SSEC/Wisc-Uni). Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH Blog.
This post will be updated throughout the day as more information becomes available.
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Posted by feww on April 20, 2013
UPDATE 6: Powerful Earthquake Kills up to 200, injures many thousands in China
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan county of Ya’an city in southwest China’s Sichuan Province at 8:02 a.m. Saturday Beijing Time [00:02 UTC,] killing about 200 people and injuring many thousands more.
Displaced residents rest next to ruins of houses after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Longmen Township, Lushan County, Ya’an City of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, April 20, 2013. (Xinhua/Zhang Xiaoli). More images …
OTHER GLOBAL DISASTERS/ SIGNIFICANT EVENTS
Missouri declares a state of emergency after rainstorm triggers worst flooding in century
Governor Nixon has declared a state of emergency in response to heavy rain and flash flooding in much of the state.
Many portions of NE Missouri received up to 5 inches of rain this week, causing streams and rivers to rise above flood stage, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported.
Several Missouri counties have independently declared states of emergency issuing mandatory evacuation orders for hundreds of residents.
Indiana Pounded by Extreme Rain Events, Counties Declare States of Emergency
Several counties in Indiana, including Boone and Tipton counties, north of Indianapolis, has declared states of emergency since Friday.
- NWS issued a flash flood warning for much of Indiana after most of the state received up to 5 inches of rain.
- Emergency workers have rescued dozens of people from flooded homes using boats.
- “Numerous homes are underwater or flooded, stranding homeowners and their families,” said Boone County Sheriff’s Department.
- Flooding reported along dozens of rivers across the Midwest.
Latest Disaster Declarations
- Iowa Gov. Bransted has issued a disaster declaration for five eastern counties: Cedar, Johnson, Mahaska, Scott and Washington.
- Illinois Gov. Quinn has declared 38 counties disaster areas.
- “Illinois has seen an incredible level of devastation and reports indicate that conditions will get worse in the coming days. ” Quinn said.
Lee County in Iowa Declares a State of Emergency amid Flooding
Lee County, Iowa, has declared a state of emergency due to recent heavy rains that have caused the Mississippi, Des Moines and Skunk rivers to begin rising and the expected flooding that will cause severe damage to public and private property, critical infrastructure, disruption of utility service, including but not limited to power generation, water and waste-water, and endangerment of health and safety of the citizens of Lee County within the disaster area.” The Lee County Board of Supervisors have declared.
- The Mississippi River’s level at Keokuk rose to 21.06 feet on Friday, more than 5 feet above the flood stage, and is expected to crest at 22.8 feet on Saturday, said a report.
Canada: Ontario Towns Declare States of Emergency
The towns of Bracebridge and Huntsville in Central Ontario, Canada have declared states of emergency, said a report.
- Heavy rain in Bracebridge has damaged infrastructure and evacuations in low lying areas could follow, the report said.
China confirms 96 cases of H7N9 infections, 18 fatalities
Chinese health officials confirmed 5 new cases of human H7N9 avian influenza—one in Shanghai, one in Jiangsu and three in Zhejiang—raising the total number of reported cases to 96, with 18 fatalities, Xinhua reported.
- “A total of 33 cases, including 11 that have ended in death, have been reported in Shanghai. Twenty-three cases, including three deaths, have been reported in Jiangsu Province, and 33 cases, including three deaths, in Zhejiang Province. Anhui Province has reported three cases, with one ending in death. Beijing has reported one case and three have been reported in Henan Province,” said the report.
- At least 69 of the patients are receiving treatment in designated hospitals.
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Posted by feww on July 8, 2012
Deadly heat persists in eastern U.S.
At least 46 people have died amid extreme heat that has paralyzed more than two dozen states from the Midwest to the East Coast.
Heat-related fatalities occurred in Virgina (at least 12 deaths reported), Maryland (11), Chicago (10), Wisconsin (4), Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (3) Tennessee (2), and Indiana (1), where an infant died after being left in a vehicle in triple-digit temperatures outside her home in Greenfield, about 25 miles east of Indianapolis.
Hundreds of thousands of people in West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey, Maryland and Indiana are still without power 9 days after deadly storms swept through the region causing widespread destruction and ‘catastrophic damage’ to power grids.
Map of Temperature Departure from Normal
Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events
- Krasnodar Region, Russia. The worst flooding in living memory in southern Russia’s Krasnodar Region, near the Black Sea, has left at least 153 people dead and and more than 5,000 homes destroyed or damaged, reports said.
- “The flash flood inundated the cities of Gelendzhik, Krymsk and Novorossiysk as well as the four villages of Divnomorskoe, Nizhnebakanskaya, Neberdzhaevskaya and Kabardinka.”
- “The streets of Krymsk are now mostly deserted. The town looks like the set of a post-apocalyptic movie,” RT reported .
- About 3,000 people have been evacuated from flood-hit areas in Krasnoda, as of posting, while 30,000 people are without power in the region, and more than 80 percent of the population of Krymsk have lost their gas supply cut off.
Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
Up-to-date weekly average CO2 at Mauna Loa
- Week of June 24, 2012: 395.33 ppm
- Weekly value from 1 year ago: 393.50 ppm
- Weekly value from 10 years ago: 375.08 ppm
Recent Mauna Loa CO2
- June 2012: 395.77 ppm
- June 2011: 393.68 ppm
Recent Global CO2
- May 2012: 393.77 ppm
- May 2011: 391.90 ppm
Links to Recent Related Entries
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- Deadly Heat Blankets Eastern U.S. Posted on July 2, 2012
- States of Emergency Declared in 4 States and DC as Storm Death Toll Rises Posted on July 1, 2012
- Deadly Heat Wave Affects Third of U.S. Population Posted on June 30, 2012
- The record-setting heat wave continues to expand Posted on June 30, 2012
- Explosive Wildfires Continue Erupting Across the U.S. Posted on June 29, 2012
- Destructive Wildfire Activity Intensifies in Colorado Posted on June 28, 2012
- Drought 2012 Posted on January 8, 2012
Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background
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Posted by feww on January 13, 2009
US Weather Forecast: Cold, Freezing Cold!
The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast a combination of freezing winds and cold temperatures for much of the central and Northern Plains, as well as the Upper Midwest resulting in dangerous wind chill values of 30 degrees below zero or colder.
Map of Forecast Temperatures for the US. Source: NWS/NOAA
The cold snap is expected to begin Tuesday morning with temperatures of -15 in the north and wind chills of -15 to -30. The Arctic spell will remain in the state for about a week. The wind chills may drop to -40 in parts of the northwest, the coldest weather in 20 years.
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Posted by feww on June 9, 2008
A Shrinking World Series
What Tornado Headlines Say:
Copyright Editors or the News Agencies [Some editing by FEWW]
Deadly storms flood Midwest
At least five people were reported killed as heavy rains continued to pound the American Midwest on Sunday, flooding towns from Iowa to Michigan and threatening levees as lakes and rivers swelled.
Early Death Toll:
- Two delivery workers for The Grand Rapids Press in Michigan were killed Sunday when their car fell into a deep ravine created when a rain-swollen creek washed out a road.
- A woman died in Lansing Michigan, when a small trailer blew over on top of her.
- At least one person died as the result of rising waters, police spokesman in Columbus, Indiana said.
Meanwhile, storms in Nebraska spun out an early-morning Omaha tornado about a quarter-mile wide that moved northeast. As much as 11 inches of rain flooded central Indiana over the weekend.
Most towns south of Indianapolis and further west in Terre Haute received 6-10 inches of rainfall, said a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He said some affected areas hadn’t seen a such flooding for 100 years.
Flood waters continued to rise throughout Iowa on Sunday, with the northern part of the state receiving up to 5 inches of rain from a single afternoon storm.
Two delivery workers in Michigan were killed when their car fell into a ravine. (Photo: AP/ The Grand Rapids Press) Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!
Tornadoes maul homes, flip vehicles
A series of tornadoes destroyed homes, toppled power lines and flipped vehicles Saturday as a small but powerful storm system moved through the region, cutting just south of Chicago before weakening and moving over Lake Michigan.
Some of the damage in Monee. (Photo: Scott Stewart/Sun-Times) Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!
“It was kind of like a train coming through the living room,” An eye witness said. “The building was shaking. There was a lot of commotion.” He said his neighborhood looked like a war zone, with siding, branches and debris strewn everywhere.
Lightning strikes pavilion as storms blow through Connecticut state park; 1 killed, 4 hurt
Lightning struck a pavilion at a Connecticut state park killing one person and injuring four others. Strong thunderstorms moved through the state Sunday leaving thousands of homes without power.
Powerful storms swamp U.S. Midwest, spawn tornadoes
Heavy rains caused flooding that forced hundreds of evacuations in Indiana, and a tornado raked Chicago’s suburbs on Saturday as violent thunderstorms pummeled the already soggy U.S. heartland, authorities said.
The U.S. Coast Guard was called out to help rescue stranded homeowners and motorists, and near-record flooding was forecast for rivers and creeks in western and central Indiana where Gov. Mitch Daniels declared an emergency in 10 more counties, added to the 41 counties declared earlier. At least one person was injured and some 29,000 households were without power.
“We’ve had some reports of houses destroyed,” said Andrew Krein of the National Weather Service.
Tornadoes also struck in Iowa and Wisconsin, capping a season that has seen a parade of storms spawning tornadoes, hail and destructive winds. According to the weather service, 112 people have died in tornadoes since the beginning of the year, the most in the United States in a decade.
Weather service warns of ‘violent’ tornadoes in Plains
Large hail, strong winds and heavy rain are reported in northwest Kansas in a powerful storm system that could produce large tornadoes in the state before nightfall.
In a strongly-worded statement Thursday, the National Weather Service warned that parts of Kansas could see hail bigger than baseballs, 80-mph-plus winds and “a few strong to violent long-lived tornadoes.”
Forecasters say severe thunderstorms will form by late afternoon in central and south-central Kansas and move toward eastern Kansas, Nebraska, northwestern Missouri and Iowa.
68 Tornadoes Have Hit Mississippi In 2008
The Storm Prediction Center – the National Weather Service office responsible for severe weather forecasts and tallies – says that 1,330 tornadoes have been reported this year. Not all of those tornadoes have been confirmed yet, but even still the numbers of confirmed tornadoes are already nearly three times that of the most active periods of previous years.
The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Jackson says 68 tornadoes have been confirmed to have touched down in Mississippi so far this year. In 2007, a total of 33 tornadoes touched down. In less than half the time the number of tornadoes has more than doubled.
Tornadoes and heavy rain struck Northern Minnesota
At least two tornadoes broke loose Friday morning in the far northeastern corner of Minnesota, where heavy overnight rains led to flash flooding throughout Cook County and the city of Grand Marais. About 5 inches of rain fell at Grand Marais.
Water coming down the hill next to Highway 61, west of Grand Marais. (Photo: Stephan Hoglund/ Star Tribune). Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!
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Posted by feww on June 4, 2008
Salmonella Strikes Again!
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration revealed 57 reported cases of poisoning caused by an uncommon strand of Salmonella bacteria called SaintPaul in Texas and New Mexico since late April. Illnesses were blamed on eating raw tomatoes.
Updated: June 7, 2008
States with persons with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Saintpaul, by state of residence and onset of illness, April to June 2008.
Since mid-April, 145 persons infected with Salmonella Saintpaul with the same genetic fingerprint have been identified in 16 states: Arizona (12 persons), California (1), Colorado (1), Connecticut (1), Idaho (2), Illinois (17), Indiana (1), Kansas (3), New Mexico (39), Oklahoma (3), Oregon (2), Texas (56 persons), Utah (1), Virginia (2), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (3). These were identified because clinical laboratories in all states send Salmonella strains from ill persons to their State public health laboratory for characterization. Among the 73 persons who have been interviewed, illnesses began between April 16 and May 27, 2008. Patients range in age from 1 to 82 years; 49% are female. At least 23 persons were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. (Image and Caption: CDC. Update: June 7, 2008 )
People in 16 States Have Been Infected
[See above image and caption for update added June 7, 2008] About 30 more people became ill in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas and Utah. At least 17 people needed hospitalization, but no deaths have been reported.
“Our preliminary data is showing that the people who became sick in New Mexico and Texas ate raw tomatoes, and that’s their likely source of this illness,” an epidemiologist with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
“The investigation in the other states is ongoing right now. We are definitely looking into their tomato exposures as well as other exposures to try to determine if they’re linked with this outbreak in New Mexico and Texas,” she added.
“The specific type and source of tomatoes are under investigation. However, preliminary data suggest that raw red plum, red Roma, or round red tomatoes are the cause,” the FDA said.
Salmonella bacteria often cause food-borne illnesses accompanied by vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pains and fever.
Clinical features of Salmonella Infection
Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12–72 hours after infection. Infection is usually diagnosed by culture of a stool sample. The illness usually lasts 4 – 7 days. Although most people recover without treatment, severe infections may occur. Infants, elderly persons, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely than others to develop severe illness. When severe infection occurs, Salmonella may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other body sites, and can cause death. In these severe cases, antibiotic treatment may be necessary.
Advice to consumers
- In New Mexico and Texas, until the source of the implicated tomatoes is determined,
- persons with increased risk of severe infection, including infants, elderly persons, and those with impaired immune systems, should not eat raw Roma or red round tomatoes other than those sold attached to the vine or grown at home, and
- persons who want to reduce their risk of Salmonella infection can avoid consuming raw Roma or red round tomatoes other than those sold attached to the vine or grown at home.
- Avoid purchasing bruised or damaged tomatoes and discard any that appear spoiled.
- Thoroughly wash all tomatoes under running water.
- Refrigerate within 2 hours or discard cut, peeled, or cooked tomatoes.
- Keep tomatoes that will be consumed raw separate from raw meats, raw seafood, and raw produce items.
- Wash cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and counter tops with hot water and soap when switching between types of food products.
You can check the CDC and FDA websites for updates on this investigation and changes in recommendations.
More information about Salmonella and this investigation can be found at:
Information on the safe handling of produce can be found at:
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