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Super-typhoon Nanmadol killed at least eight people and left flattened bridges and blocked roads in its wake as it moved away from the Philippines and churned towards Taiwan, officials said on Sunday.
The toll of dead and missing is likely to rise as officials assess the full impact of the storm, the strongest to hit the country this year, said Emilia Tadeo of the civil defence damage report section.
"After the rains have subsided, that is only when we find the additional casualties and damages, when the local responders submit them to us," Tadeo told AFP.
Five were killed by landslides including two children buried by an avalanche of rubbish at a tip in the northern mountain city of Baguio, the civil defence office said.
Two people drowned while another was crushed by a falling wall, weakened by the rain.
A further six people are considered missing after vanishing at sea or being swept away by overflowing rivers as Nanmadol brought heavy rain to the northern Philippines, the civil defence office said.
More than 57,000 people were forced to flee their homes due to the risk of floods and landslides in the mountainous north, the office added.
President Benigno Aquino's spokeswoman Abigail Valte said the government had pre-positioned relief goods and rescue personnel at vulnerable areas to help those affected by the storm.
Eight bridges were destroyed and 20 major roads rendered impassable when Nanmadol hit with gusts of up to 230 kilometres (145 miles) per hour, the civil defence office added.
The typhoon had weakened after clipping the northern edge of the main Philippine island of Luzon but storm alerts remained in force on Sunday as the typhoon slowly moved towards Taiwan.
An average of 20 storms and typhoons, many of them deadly, hit the Philippines annually. The last storms, Nock-ten and Muifa, left at least 70 dead when they hit in July.
Nanmadol, named after an ancient site in Micronesia, is forecast to hit Taiwan on Tuesday before cutting across to China.
At 1100 GMT, the typhoon was 60 kilometres (36 miles) southeast of the southernmost tip of Taiwan, the island's Central Weather Bureau said.
It said the storm was packing gusts of 137 kilometres an hour and moving north at 10 kilometres an hour.
More at the linkSuper-typhoon Nanmadol killed at least eight people and left flattened bridges and... more
This is just a short view early this morning. The wind woke me so I decided to make a short view of it in my corner of NJ. Half a million people in NJ alone without power, but I and others here were spared. The only damage here are downed trees and minor flooding. And we didn't get 20 inches, but it was close to ten. We were lucky here this time.Towns around me however have flooded and the clean up is just beginning. Thanks to everybody who wished me well. I hope all of you in these areas are doing OK. If you are and can comment here please let us know you are alright.This is just a short view early this morning. The wind woke me so I decided to make a... more
Hurricane IRENE is on her way to New York City shutting down the city, subways, baseball games, broadway shows, beaches and forcing evacuations throughout the Jersey Shore and NYC! Here is what she has to say about all the panic!Hurricane IRENE is on her way to New York City shutting down the city, subways,... more
Information from the Weather Channel and other twitter feeds, pictures, information etc. to keep you informed of this monster storm coming up the East Coast. Don't downplay even a Category 1 which can still cause widespread power outages, flooding and damage.
Stay safe.Information from the Weather Channel and other twitter feeds, pictures, information... more
As tropical storm Emily — the fifth named storm this year — finally dissipates in the Carribean, many more may be waiting to take her place.
According to new projections from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this year’s hurricane season could be even more intense than previously projected. NOAA says there’s an 85 percent chance this year’s activity in the Atlantic will be above average — up from a 65% probability in May.
A major hurricane hasn’t hit the U.S. coast since 2008. But NOAA’s outlook for “high hurricane activity” has communities preparing for a season in which 19 major storms could form — ten of them hurricanes and five “major” hurricanes. A number of forces are driving this year’s potentially-active season, including temperatures in the Atlantic that are the third-warmest on record.
Meanwhile in Washington, NOAA could be undergoing some major changes that could impact the agency’s ability to monitor hurricanes and help coastal communities protect themselves. America’s satellites are in need of some serious upgrades — about $700 million worth. NOAA officials say that without an overhaul of the satellite system, hurricane and severe weather predictions would “spell disaster.”
With major budget cuts on the table, NOAA is facing some difficult choices. The House of Representatives has put aside about $450 million for satellite upgrades, just over half of what they need. But that money comes from NOAA’s oceans and fisheries programs, which would take away another very crucial piece of severe weather preparation, explains Center for American Progress’ Director of Oceans Policy Michael Conathan:
Despite the GOP’s goal of making government more efficient, a proposed House spending bill also explicitly prevents NOAA from streamlining and consolidating its operations to create a comprehensive climate service. Although the climate service would help the military, farmers, home builders and others more efficiently acquire data to assist them in their operations, lawmakers have called it a “policy advocacy,” a grossly inaccurate description— and indeed, a political statement in itself.
Today, there are double the number of hurricanes forming in the Atlantic than there were a century ago. NOAA projects that rising ocean temperatures will decrease the number of weaker hurricanes, but possibly double the number of strong hurricanes over the next 80 years.As tropical storm Emily — the fifth named storm this year — finally... more
As Bolivia suffered its worst snowstorms in 20 years, thousands of people were left stranded and commerce was slowed to a grinding halt in the usually-dry region of Potosi.
But throughout this human drama, another story was unfolding that could have as profound an effect on the Bolivian economy as the loss of crops from the storms: the snow has destroyed the food sources for approximately 41,000 camelids, according to the governor of Potosi. These llamas — the official animal of Bolivia — and alpacas were already suffering a diminished population after an estimated 20% died from droughts in 2010. Many more could now be affected by their pastures being buried underneath heavy snow.
Camelids are economically and cultural important to the rural areas of Bolivia which use them as pack animals, food, and their sources of wool.
With 7,000 locals and tourists stranded in the snow, the Bolivian authorities have requested assistance from neighboring countries in the form of equipment; the government only owns two helicopters according to some reports.
Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/07/13/bolivian-snowstorm-imperils-more-than-40000-llamas-and-alpacas/#ixzz1SnqmayQG
More at the linkAs Bolivia suffered its worst snowstorms in 20 years, thousands of people were left... more
Typhoon Ma-On swerved away from Japan's Pacific coast Wednesday, leaving one person dead and dozens of others injured and damaging a centuries-old castle in Kyoto, officials and reports said.
The storm system, packing winds of up to 108 kilometres (68 miles) per hour, was located 140 kilometres (88 miles) offshore late Wednesday, slowly heading east and further from the main island of Honshu.
The Japan Meteorogical Agency said Ma-On was still expected to bring downpours overnight in the country's eastern and northern regions including coastal areas hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami which sparked a crisis at a nuclear power plant in the area.
The drowned body of an 84-year-old man was found on the bank of a river on Shikoku Island Wednesday after he went missing a day earlier while checking his boat, local police said.
The eye of Ma-On, which spanned 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles), made landfall on Shikoku in southwestern Japan late Tuesday, bringing up to 120 centimetres (48 inches) of rain since Sunday, the weather agency said.
It also sideswiped a peninsula south of Osaka later as it moved at 15 kilometres per hour.
A total of 60 were injured in 18 of the country's 47 prefectures and more than 100 flights were cancelled, the public broadcaster NHK reported.
In the ancient capital of Kyoto, a treasured white plastered wall at the 385-year-old Nijo Castle peeled off after it was exposed to rain and wind from the typhoon, the city office said.
The castle is designated by the UN agency UNESCO as one of World Heritage sites.
The weather agency warned that the tsunami-hit northeast coastal area would see rainfall of up to 50 millimetres per hour overnight, urging the region to brace for possible landslides and floods.
More at the linkTyphoon Ma-On swerved away from Japan's Pacific coast Wednesday, leaving one... more
Last month, 350.org founder Bill McKibben published a must-read op-ed about the failure of the media and others to connect any dots between recent extreme weather events and climate change. Stephen Thomson of Plomomedia has combined McKibben’s words with striking images.
Underscoring McKibben’s point is an uber-lame New York Times story today, “As Arizona Fire Rages, Officials Seek Its Cause,” which, you guessed it, is dot free. Meteorologist Dr. Jeff Masters wrote Friday, “The return of critical fire conditions this weekend means that the Wallow fire will likely become Arizona’s largest wildfire in history.”
Before taking on the NYT piece, let’s look at the video:
McKibben’s piece is a nice work of rhetoric. After April saw records set for most tornadoes in a month and in 24 hours, I examined the climate-tornado link in great detail here, looking at the data, the literature, and expert analysis. That piece concluded:
1.When discussing extreme weather and climate, tornadoes should not be conflated with the other extreme weather events for which the connection is considerably more straightforward and better documented, including deluges, droughts, and heat waves.
2.Just because the tornado-warming link is more tenuous doesn’t mean that the subject of global warming should be avoided entirely when talking about tornadoes.
The NY Times has been doing some very good science reporting recently (see NY Times Bombshell: “The latest scientific research suggests” climate change is “helping to destabilize the food system”). But their overall reporting team is not connecting the dots (see, for instance, my May piece “New York Times blows the Dust Bowl story“).
The NYT had promised two years ago to do more coherent reporting, as the Columbia Journalism Review noted at the time:
Environmental S.W.A.T. Team
On Thursday, The New York Times will launch a new, crack environmental reporting unit that will pull in eight specialized reporters from the Science, National, Metro, Foreign, and Business desks in a bid for richer, more prominent coverage.
The more prominent coverage simply never happened, as I detailed in the second half of my January piece, Silence of the Lambs: Media herd’s coverage of climate change “fell off the map” in 2010, which shows that in all of 2010 none of “the largest lead headlines” in the paper dealt with climate. As professor Robert Brulle, an expert on environmental communications, wrote me at the time:
Apparently, the editorial board of the NY Times has yet to fully grasp the importance of global climate change to our collective survival. As the science becomes stronger and more dire, the editors of the NY Times bury their head deeper into the sand.
Today’s Arizona story is a case in point. Now I don’t necessarily think that every single story written on the record Arizona wildfires must focus on or even mention climate change. But the NYT story is quite specifically on the “cause” of the fires. Worse, the newspaper has no difficulty repeating dubious right-wing myths as to the cause of the fires
Many wildfires are caused by humans — and investigators say this one may have been started by two unattended campfires — distinguishing them from hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes….
Residents heaped plenty of blame on Mother Nature as harsh winds spread the flames and low humidity left the forest full of fuel. But residents and experts also pointed their fingers at a variety of policies that they said had contributed to wildfires that seem to have grown in intensity over the years.
Some complained that it was environmentalists who had caused the forests to become tinderboxes by preventing the thinning of trees as they sought to protect wildlife. Others, like William Wallace Covington, a forestry expert at Northern Arizona University, countered that the leading factor was the grazing of forest grass for generations. The government’s longstanding practice of quickly extinguishing forest fires was also seen as adding to the thick clusters of highly combustible trees.
You would never know from the NYT that this standard right-wing talking point has actually been examined in the scientific literature and found wanting. Back in 2006, Science magazine published a major article analyzing whether the recent soaring wildfire trend was due to a change in forest management practices or to climate change. The study, led by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, concluded:
Robust statistical associations between wildfire and hydroclimate in western forests indicate that increased wildfire activity over recent decades reflects sub-regional responses to changes in climate. Historical wildfire observations exhibit an abrupt transition in the mid-1980s from a regime of infrequent large wildfires of short (average of 1 week) duration to one with much more frequent and longer burning (5 weeks) fires. This transition was marked by a shift toward unusually warm springs, longer summer dry seasons, drier vegetation (which provoked more and longer burning large wildfires), and longer fire seasons. Reduced winter precipitation and an early spring snowmelt played a role in this shift.
That 2006 study noted global warming (from human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide) will further accelerate all of these trends during this century.
continuedLast month, 350.org founder Bill McKibben published a must-read op-ed about the... more
Chile — An unusual storm bringing hurricane-force winds,
heavy rain and hail has damaged more than 100 homes in a
Chilean lake resort. Emergency officials were already
dealing with a volcanic eruption in the region. Winds
blew at nearly 125 mph (200 kph), the equivalent of a
Category 3 hurricane, ripping off roofs in Villarrica
in southern Chile. Several people were injured.Chile — An unusual storm bringing hurricane-force winds, heavy rain and hail... more
Camp Shelby is sending 77 Air Force Cadet personnel to local hospitals in the Hattiesburg area for medical evaluation after being in the area of a lighting strike.
http://exm.nr/jij9a3Camp Shelby is sending 77 Air Force Cadet personnel to local hospitals in the... more
And we have to stop allowing the same people to shut this conversation down. We are no where near prepared for adaptation and what this will bring in the future, nevermind the present. Even if we completely stopped greenhouse gas emissions today, what we have already put up in the atmosphere over the last century would continue to play out. And yet, we continue to spew out 70 million tons of this every day as if it doesn't matter and continue listening to those whose political and economic lives depend on making this a rote issue. Well it isn't rote, and it is now upon us. And this government is doing nothing. And that is simply unacceptable. And that will be a consideration when I vote in any election.
"Joplin, Mo., was prepared. The tornado warning system gave residents 24 minutes’ notice that a twister was bearing down on them. Doctors and nurses at St. John’s Regional Medical Center, who had practiced tornado drills for years, moved fast, getting patients away from windows, closing blinds, and activating emergency generators. And yet more than 130 people died in Joplin, including four people at St. John’s, where the tornado sucked up the roof and left the building in ruins, like much of the shattered city.
Even those who deny the existence of global climate change are having trouble dismissing the evidence of the last year. In the U.S. alone, nearly 1,000 tornadoes have ripped across the heartland, killing more than 500 people and inflicting $9 billion in damage. The Midwest suffered the wettest April in 116 years, forcing the Mississippi to flood thousands of square miles, even as drought-plagued Texas suffered the driest month in a century. Worldwide, the litany of weather’s extremes has reached biblical proportions. The 2010 heat wave in Russia killed an estimated 15,000 people. Floods in Australia and Pakistan killed 2,000 and left large swaths of each country under water. A months-long drought in China has devastated millions of acres of farmland. And the temperature keeps rising: 2010 was the hottest year on earth since weather records began.
From these and other extreme-weather events, one lesson is sinking in with terrifying certainty. The stable climate of the last 12,000 years is gone. Which means you haven’t seen anything yet. And we are not prepared.
Picture California a few decades from now, a place so hot and arid the state’s trademark orange and lemon trees have been replaced with olive trees that can handle the new climate. Alternating floods and droughts have made it impossible for the reservoirs to capture enough drinking water. The picturesque Highway 1, sections of which are already periodically being washed out by storm surges and mudslides, will have to be rerouted inland, possibly through a mountain. These aren’t scenes from another deadly-weather thriller like The Day After Tomorrow. They’re all changes that California officials believe they need to brace for within the next decade or two. And they aren’t alone. Across the U.S., it’s just beginning to dawn on civic leaders that they’ll need to help their communities brave coming dangers brought by climate change, from disappearing islands in Chesapeake Bay to dust bowls in the Plains and horrific hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico. Yet only 14 states are even planning, let alone implementing, climate-change adaptation plans, says Terri Cruce, a climate consultant in California. The other 36 apparently are hoping for a miracle.
The game of catch-up will have to happen quickly because so much time was lost to inaction. “The Bush administration was a disaster, but the Obama administration has accomplished next to nothing either, in part because a significant part of the Democratic Party is inclined to balk on this issue as well,” says economist Jeffrey Sachs, head of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. “We [are] past the tipping point.” The idea of adapting to climate change was once a taboo subject. Scientists and activists feared that focusing on coping would diminish efforts to reduce carbon emissions. On the opposite side of the divide, climate-change deniers argued that since global warming is a “hoax,” there was no need to figure out how to adapt. “Climate-change adaptation was a nonstarter,” says Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center. “If you wanted to talk about that, you would have had to talk about climate change itself, which the Bush administration didn’t want to do.” In fact, President Bush killed what author Mark Hertsgaard in his 2011 book, Hot, calls “a key adaptation tool,” the National Climate Assessment, an analysis of the vulnerabilities in regions of the U.S. and ideas for coping with them. The legacy of that: state efforts are spotty and local action is practically nonexistent. “There are no true adaptation experts in the federal government, let alone states or cities,” says Arroyo. “They’ve just been commandeered from other departments.”
cont.And we have to stop allowing the same people to shut this conversation down. We are no... more
These poor people. I pray they will stay strong. It looks like they could get hit again. They are still looking for the missing in Joplin. Over 1000 people unaccounted for.These poor people. I pray they will stay strong. It looks like they could get hit... more
As rescue workers continued their search Monday for possible survivors of last week's deadly tornadoes, it was unclear just how many people really are missing across the state.
The daily situation report from the Alabama Emergency Management Agency reported eight people missing statewide -- seven of those in Marion County and one in Elmore County.
But in Tuscaloosa, one of the hardest hit areas with 39 killed, Mayor Walt Maddox's office was reporting 340 people missing as of Monday. The number was even higher Sunday, when the city was listing 370 people missing.
Tuscaloosa officials are quick to point out that missing is not the same thing as dead.
"We do not presume any of those are dead," said Vickie Gilliland, an aide to Maddox. "If someone called the police or sheriff's office to report a missing person, that name got on the list. If someone called the mayor's office to report a missing person, that name got on the list. It's as complete a list as we can make it, but we also know there may be some mistakes on it too."
Gilliland said the number may be high because some names have been duplicated or, once a person has been found, the person who reported them missing did not call back to have the name taken off the list.
Gilliland said police and the county's sheriff's office have been attempting to contact each person on the list.
"It is putting a strain on police, but if someone called to report a missing person we are going to do all we can to find them," Gilliland said.
cont.As rescue workers continued their search Monday for possible survivors of last... more
Strong thunderstorms hit parts of North Texas Monday, including at least one large tornado that formed in the open country southwest of Fort Worth that was captured on live aerial video. (April 25)Strong thunderstorms hit parts of North Texas Monday, including at least one large... more
After surveying the extensive damage caused by a major tornado outbreak on Friday, the National Weather Service confirmed at least six tornadoes, some of which were strong and long tracked, struck parts of Mississippi.
http://www.examiner.com/weather-in-jackson/strong-long-tracked-tornadoes-confirmed-mississippi-ef-3-clinton-jacksonAfter surveying the extensive damage caused by a major tornado outbreak on Friday, the... more
An enormous tree limb that crashed through a Georgia family's bedroom killed a father and the young son he was holding Tuesday as a fast-moving storm system pounded the South with tornadoes, hail and lightning. At least eight people were killed around the region, including several who died on roads made treacherous by downed trees and power lines.
Paramedics found the 4-year-old boy, Alix Bonhomme III, wrapped in the arms of his father, Alix Bonhomme Jr. Bonhomme's fiancee, Marcie Moorer, and the couple's younger son were cowering in another room during the storm and escaped injury.
Moorer, who was still in pajamas hours later, said she still couldn't fathom what happened when the storm rumbled through Jackson, a town about 45 miles south of Atlanta. Her 3-year-old son Iysic rode his tricycle around a relative's front yard as she looked on.
"I'm still in shock. It hasn't hit me yet," said Moorer, who was planning to marry Bonhomme in July. "We're just trying to take it one day at a time."
The storms were part of a system that cut a wide swath from the Mississippi River across the Southeast to Georgia and the Carolinas on Monday and early Tuesday. Drivers dodged debris during the morning commute in Atlanta, where one person was killed when a tree fell on his car.
The National Weather Service had confirmed at least six of the nearly two-dozen possible tornadoes it was investigating in several states, though the damage in Jackson was blamed on 60 mph winds that weren't part of a twister. The system that also knocked out power to hundreds of thousands had moved over the Atlantic Ocean by late morning.
In rural south Georgia, authorities said 45-year-old Christopher McNair was found dead under debris after a mobile home in Dodge County was ripped from its foundation by a tornado. Authorities say his body was thrown about 100 yards from the trailer, and three other people in the structure were injured.
A relative, Ricky McNair, described a desperate search for the man in an interview with WMAZ-TV.
"Oh my God, I was hollering at the top of my voice, hoping that he could hear me and hoping that I could hear him answer me," McNair said, choking back tears. "And when I found him, I just, I just broke down."
An unidentified Irwin County man was killed when a tree struck his home, according to emergency officials. And 56-year-old Ronnie Taylor, a Colquitt County road worker, was killed when he struck a large oak tree in the middle of the road as he was driving to work early Tuesday.
Memphis fire officials said an 87-year-old man found dead in his home Monday was electrocuted by a downed power line. In southern Mississippi, a 21-year-old man was killed when his car struck a tree that had fallen across a road, Copiah County coroner Ellis Stuart said.
The Georgia Department of Corrections said Robert Kincaid Jr., a state inmate being housed in the Colquitt County Prison, was killed Tuesday morning during storm cleanup. It was not immediately clear if weather was to blame for his death.
Elsewhere, emergency officials were thankful the storm didn't do greater damage.
Strong winds ripped off part of the roof of an Ashland City, Tenn., elementary school gymnasium, but officials said no children were injured. Seven people working at a plant in western Kentucky were injured Monday when a possible tornado hit, but dozens others were spared because they were on break at the time.
"We're fortunate not to have any serious injuries or death," Christian County Emergency Management Director Randy Graham said.
In Jackson, the mayor estimated it would take weeks — or longer — to clean the wreckage.
Some residents say they saw the sky turn an eerie green hue as the storm struck. Bennie Battle, Moorer's stepfather, said he remembers the sky lighting up as the worst of the weather hit.
"It was just a lot of wind and lightning," said Battle, who lives down the street from Moorer. "It was like being in the middle of a laser show."
Bonhomme Jr. worked two jobs to support his family at the Family Dollar and Little Caesars, both a short walk from their modest duplex. Friends and neighbors said he was a devoted father who was always quick to strike up a conversation.
"He was a hard-working kid and a family man," said Tray Head, a neighbor. "He was always in his yard playing with the kids. He was just about the nicest guy I ever met."
Head said some rescuers cried after they uncovered the bodies.
"You never see them cry because they're used to seeing everything," he said. "But when they saw that, they started bawling."
By Tuesday morning, the skies had cleared and the winds had died down. Tae Brannon, a relative of Moorer, surveyed the damage as tears welled in her eyes. A toy truck her nephew once played with was crushed under one of the limbs. A tie-dyed soccer ball, a stuffed animal and a car seat base were strewn throughout the yard.
"She and her son were saved by the grace of God," she said, shaking her head. "I guess you never know, but the lord knows best. He didn't put us here forever, and there's going to be a time when you have to leave."
Marcie's brother Jonathan Moorer, who rushed to the house clutching a picture of her family, burst into tears when he saw what remained. When he was asked how the community could help, he could muster only two words.
http://n.pr/ifMQWbAn enormous tree limb that crashed through a Georgia family's bedroom killed a... more
Becouse it has alot to Do with A big Storm That Happend Today In Jeannette Pa also in Hempfild Wow!!! This Happend 3/23/2011 there was Big Size Golfballs And then the Tornado That hit Today It Was The First Experience In My Life That I will Never ForgetBecouse it has alot to Do with A big Storm That Happend Today In Jeannette Pa also in... more
A strong to severe squall line of storms is not only responsible for producing widespread high wind damage across parts of Mississippi, but also tornado damage.
http://www.examiner.com/weather-in-jackson/ef-2-tornado-confirmed-western-mississippi-30-counties-report-wind-damageA strong to severe squall line of storms is not only responsible for producing... more