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Update re: Hurricane Season-Hurricanes Iselle & Julio +El Nino is Coming

Hurricane Season Dates

Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th.
The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15th and also ends November 30th.





LATEST- NORTH ATLANTIC:

(1) Active Storm in this Region - TS Halong




TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 200 AM EDT WED JUL 30 2014

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: Showers and thunderstorms associated with an area of low pressure located about 1300 miles east of the southern Windward Islands remain limited. The circulation of the system is well organized, however, and the low could develop into a tropical depression later today or tomorrow while it moves generally west-northwestward near 15 mph. * Formation chance through 48 hours...high...70 percent. * Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent.

Thanks to Forecaster Cangialosi



LATEST-EAST PACIFIC :





(1) Active Storm in this Region
Tropical Depression Genevieve;





Pressure: 1009 mb
Last UpdatedJul 30, 2014 0900 GMT Location 12.9N 149.0W Movement W
Wind 35 MPH



LATEST- CENTRAL PACIFIC :





TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI
803 PM HST TUE JUL 29 2014

For the central north Pacific, between 140°W and 180.

1. Tropical depression Genevieve is currently located about 610 miles southeast of Hilo, Hawaii. Genevieve is moving westward at about 5 mph. The next advisory for this system will be issued by the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu by 11 pm HST tonight.

2. An elongated area of showers and thunderstorms is located about 820 miles south southwest of Oahu. The surrounding environment may permit this system to develop slightly as it continues to move slowly west during the next couple of days.* Formation chance through 48 hours, low, 20 percent.

3. An area of disorganized convection was centered about 1600 miles southwest of Oahu. There is little, if any, indication that any organization is possible with this system during the next couple of days.* Formation chance through 48 hours, low, near 0 percent.
Elsewhere, no tropical cyclones are expected through Thursday evening.





NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
500 AM PDT WED JUL 30 2014

For the eastern North Pacific...east of 140 degrees west longitude:

An area of low pressure located about 1000 miles south-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula continues to
produce disorganized showers and
thunderstorms. Environmental conditions
should support the gradual development of this system during the next several days while it
moves west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.

Disorganized cloudiness and showers are associated with a broad area of low pressure located about 1500 miles southwest of the
southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. Some slow development of this system is
possible during the next several days while it moves westward.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.



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Tropical Storm Bertha Forms out in the Atlantic and is Heading Straight for the Caribbean

Daily Mail UK, 1 August 2014


Tropical Storm Bertha has formed, becoming the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.
The U.S. Hurricane Center in Miami said the tropical storm's maximum sustained winds Thursday night were near 45 mph (75 kph).
The storm is centered about 275 miles (445 kilometers) southeast of Barbados and about 385 miles (620 kilometers) southeast of St. Lucia, and is moving northwest at 20 mph (31 kph).


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The newly named Tropical Storm Bertha was forecast to move through the Lesser Antilles and pass close to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic


This season has gotten off to a slow start, in many ways.
Hurricane Arthur was just a few days ahead of the normal timing for the season's first named system, though the season's first hurricane doesn't typically arrive until early August.

This season was the first since 2004 without a tropical storm forming in May or June.
The long-range forecast still calls for a mild season. In part, that’s based on the formation of an El Nino in the tropical Pacific.
During El Nino, the warming of surface waters result in upper-air winds from the west that can snuff out potential Atlantic hurricanes.




Tropical Storm Bertha has formed, becoming the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season


As far as Bertha is concerned, a tropical storm warning has been issued for Barbados and Dominica. A tropical storm watch has been issued for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Bertha was expected to pass near Barbados on Friday afternoon and travel through the central Lesser Antilles on Friday evening.
The hurricane center said little change is expected in the storm's strength over the next couple of days.

The meteorological service of Barbados has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Barbados and Dominica.

The governments of St. Lucia and Dominican Republic have issued a Tropical Storm Warning


Tropical Storm Bertha Forms off the Eastern Barbados coast





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WED 6 AUG 2014

Hurricane JULIO


JULIO STRENGTHENS INTO THE FIFTH HURRICANE OF THE 2014 EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC SEASON...




HURRICANE JULIO REMAINS THE PRIMARY FOCUS FOR THE TROPICAL EAST PACIFIC BASIN DURING THE NEXT FEW DAYS. WHILE THE CENTER OF HURRICANE ISELLE HAS MOVED WEST OF THE DISCUSSION AREA...

IMPACTS OF WINDS 20 TO 33 KT AND 12 FT SEAS OR GREATER STILL REMAIN ACROSS FAR WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE FORECAST WATERS FROM 16N TO 20N W OF 139W. ADDITIONALLY...

SEAS RANGING FROM 8 TO 12 FT REMAIN GENERALLY FROM 12N TO 14N W OF 136W. OTHERWISE...

HURRICANE JULIO WILL FOLLOW IN WAKE OF ISELLE AND IMPACT MUCH OF THE SAME AREA TRAVERSED BY ISELLE. JULIO WILL REMAIN ON THE SOUTHERN PERIPHERY OF A SURFACE RIDGE ANCHORED BY 1027 MB HIGH CENTERED NEAR 35N140W AND MISS CATCHING A MIDDLE TO UPPER LEVEL TROUGH EXTENDING FROM CENTRAL CALIFORNIA NEAR 37N120W SW TO A BASE NEAR 26N129W.

MOSTLY DRY AIR AND STABLE CONDITIONS ACCOMPANY THE UPPER LEVEL TROUGHING PROVIDING FOR GENERALLY FAIR CONDITIONS N OF 20N BETWEEN 110W AND 135W. EAST OF 110W...

EASTERLY UPPER LEVEL FLOW PREVAILS ON THE SOUTHERN PERIPHERY OF AN UPPER LEVEL ANTICYCLONIC CIRCULATION CENTERED OVER NW MEXICO NEAR 28N108W. ASIDE FROM SCATTERED SHOWERS AND TSTMS OCCURRING ACROSS WESTERN MEXICO AND THE ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS THIS MORNING...

A 1009 MB LOW CENTERED NEAR 13N103W REMAINS EMBEDDED WITHIN THE MONSOON TROUGH/ITCZ AXIS. GLOBAL MODELS INDICATE VERY LITTLE DEVELOPMENT OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS WITH THIS SYSTEM AS THE OFFICIAL GRIDDED FORECAST INDICATES BROAD SURFACE TROUGHING DRIFTING WESTWARD THROUGH FRIDAY.

Thanks to Forecaster HUFFMAN


Hawaii Braces for Hurricanes Iselle and Julio


Hawaii Threatened By Back-to-Back Tropical Cyclones: Iselle, Then Julio:





Tropical Storm Julio strengthened into a hurricane early Wednesday, chasing Hurricane Iselle toward the Hawaiian islands. The islands' emergency management agency said the rare threat of two major storms in such close proximity was "a call to prepare." Julio packed maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour as it became the fifth hurricane of the season.
It trailed shortly behind Iselle - a strong Category 2 hurricane - less than 900 miles from the island of Hilo early Wednesday. Iselle carried maximum sustained winds of around 100 miles per hour, along with bigger gusts. While Iselle is expected to weaken this week, It is reported that it could could still reach the Hawaiian Islands as a strong tropical storm or even a hurricane late Thursday. Hawaiians raced to stock up on supplies, with stores re-stocking shelves of bottled water, baby supplies and canned meat as soon as they emptied, according to The Associated Press.
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ISELLE HITS LAND: FLASH FLOODING WARNINGS ISSUED

8 August 2014

STRONGEST ON RECORD

Hurricanes ISELLE & JULIO
are sweeping into the Hawaiian Islands, bringing heavy rain, high winds, high surf, power cuts and coastal flooding






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This image provided by NOAA taken Thursday Aug. 7, 2014 at 2 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Iselle, left and Hurricane Julio.




The first bands of wind and rain from Hurricane Iselle, since downgraded to a tropical storm, swept over Hawaii's Big Island on Thursday, knocking out power for thousands, felling trees and snarling travel for tourists trying to get out before the storm hit. Iselle was expected to pass overnight across the Big Island, one of the least populated islands known for coffee fields, volcanoes and black sand beaches, then send rain and high winds to the rest of the state on Friday.





Hawaiians were preparing for a one-two punch as Hurricane Julio, close on Iselle's heels in the Pacific, strengthened to a Category 3 storm on Thursday. Two big storms so close together is a rare occurrence in the eastern Pacific. Iselle is expected to be the first tropical storm to landfall in the Big Island since 1958.




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Important PhOtOs-WARNING For Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico/US

Where is the Disturbance Now?




Infrared Satellite





As shown in the infrared satellite image above, the general area of disturbed weather is a few hundred miles east of the Windward Islands.


A tropical disturbance in the Atlantic Ocean nearing the Lesser Antilles is still being closely monitored for potential development into a tropical depression or tropical storm.

Nearing the climatological peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, there are several possibilities that may portend an ominous future for this disturbance in the Caribbean and, possibly, parts of the U.S.

Here's what we know now – and don't know – about this potential tropical threat.

Convection (translation: thunderstorms) started to become better organized Wednesday evening, but is now struggling again Thursday morning. This lack of persistent convection in one location has been unable to form a distinct surface low pressure circulation, so far.

The National Hurricane Center has tentatively scheduled an investigation of this disturbance by the Hurricane Hunters this afternoon to determine whether a surface low pressure circulation – which requires not only the east or northeast winds typically found in the Northern Hemisphere tropics, but also a westerly wind – is present.

If both convection and a closed surface low exist, the NHC would initiate advisories on either Tropical Depression Four or Tropical Storm Cristobal, depending on the magnitude of winds measured by the Hurricane Hunter aircraft.

This is the first hurdle for this system to clear.

Caribbean Impact



Possible Development Area





Rain and gusty winds will spread through the Caribbean through the weekend, regardless of what the system is called.


The system should spread rain and gusty winds into the Lesser Antilles Thursday, and into the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic late Thursday into Friday and Friday night.

It remains uncertain at this time whether the system will remain a disturbance, will have become a tropical depression or, at most, a tropical storm.


(FORECASTS: St. Thomas | St. Croix | San Juan)

This weekend the system should spread rain from east to west into Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos, southeast Bahamas, Jamaica, Cuba and possibly the Cayman Islands.

Local flash flooding is a possibility, particularly over mountainous terrain of Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and eastern Cuba.


(FORECASTS: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic | Ocho Rios | Grand Cayman)

Again, it remains to be seen whether the system will be Cristobal, a depression or still a fledgling tropical disturbance, which will also, of course, factor into other potential impacts, including winds, coastal flooding and high surf. A track over more land would also limit development of the system in the Caribbean.


U.S. Threat?




Steering Ingredients





To be clear, it is still too soon to determine if this system will have any impacts on the mainland U.S.
A crucial player in determining if the U.S. will be impacted appears to be a southward dip in the jet stream expected to carve out over the western Atlantic Ocean.

There appear to be three scenarios at this time:


1) Avoiding the U.S.: If the system tracks farther north in the Caribbean, and the jet stream dip is sufficiently strong and penetrates far enough south, the system may turn sharply north, then northeast after leaving the Bahamas. In this scenario, the U.S. coast would be missed – except for perhaps some high surf next week.

2) East Coast threat: If the system tracks north of Cuba and Hispanola, but either isn't pulled far enough north by the jet stream dip or the jet stream dip passes by into the north Atlantic, it may slowly crawl up a sizable swath of the Eastern seaboard, from Florida at least to North Carolina next week.

3) Gulf Coast threat: If the system remains relatively far south in the Caribbean Sea, it may not get tugged north by the jet stream dip, instead tracking into the Gulf of Mexico, possibly intensifying in a favorable atmosphere with warm water temperatures. In this scenario, the U.S. Gulf Coast may be threatened mid-late next week.

Forecast uncertainty is typically very high several days out even in cases of a well-defined tropical cyclone, which we don't have yet. Therefore, we cannot take any of those three scenarios completely off the table yet.
All interests along the U.S. Gulf Coast and East Coast should closely monitor the progress of this system.


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Hurricane strikes by county from 1900-2010 along the U.S. East and Gulf coasts.


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TROPICAL STORM Cristobel





TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL,

SUN AUG 24 2014 For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Depression Four, located near the southeastern Bahamas.

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days. && Public

Advisories on Tropical Depression Four are issued under WMO header WTNT34 KNHC and under AWIPS header MIATCPAT4.

Forecast/Advisories on Tropical Depression Four are issued under WMO header WTNT24 KNHC and under AWIPS header MIATCMAT4.

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NHC forecasts newly classified TD4 to intensify into a hurricane & possibly affect portions of the SE US next week. Still uncertainty in the eventual track. Now that we have a depression the models may get a better handle on the track.


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High Surf from Hurricane Norbert to Hit Southern California Coast





Forecasters are warning of high surf, strong rip currents and the possibility of coastal flooding along Southland beaches as Hurricane Norbert intensifies off Baja California.


The surf, however, won't be nearly as awe-inspiring as it was last month when Hurricane Marie sent huge swells that pummeled Southern California's coastline with waves more than 20 feet high. Instead, the National Weather Service said the latest hurricane-generated swells may produce waves of 4 to 7 feet, particularly along south- and southwest-facing beaches.

The powerful waves at Newport Beach's Wedge jetty often knocked surfers off their boards.

A hazard notice for beaches will be in effect from 2 p.m. Thursday to 3 a.m. Tuesday, with swells peaking overnight Friday, the weather service said.

The weather service warned that high tides of between 6 and 7 feet could produce minor flooding in low-lying coastal areas.

There also will be a risk of "sneaker waves," so named for appearing out of nowhere and washing people off the shoreline. The threat is higher along steeply sloped beaches and on rocks and jetties near the water’s edge.

The beaches that will be most impacted by the swells include Port Hueneme and Point Mugu in Ventura County, and Zuma Beach, the Malibu area and Long Beach through Palos Verdes in Los Angeles County.


Big Surf Pounds Catalina, Causes Major Damage to Boatyard, Harbour





The south and eastern shores of Catalina Island will also be "strongly affected," according to the National Weather Service. The island sustained heavy damage last month from swells generated by Hurricane Marie. The Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 157 mph was the strongest to hit the eastern North Pacific basin since Hurricane Celia in 2010.







Hurricane Norbert remains much smaller, but continued to gain steam early Thursday with sustained winds of 80 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. It's expected to pass just west of the Baja peninsula Thursday afternoon and into Friday before heading out to sea.
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Powerful Hurricane Odile Barrels Through Mexico's Baja Tourist Haven

By Gerardo Esquerre, 15 September 2014






CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico, Sept 15 (Reuters) -

Hurricane Odile barreled into the Mexican beach Mecca of Baja California early on Monday, lashing luxury resorts and ripping trees from their roots as tens of thousands of tourists hunkered down in shelters.


Winds of up to 120 miles per hour (195 km/h) blew away boards nailed over windows and tore signposts out of the ground, as one of the worst recorded storms to slam the region hammered the golden sand beaches of the popular resort of Los Cabos.
Emergency officials feared the storm could unleash deadly flash floods as it dumped heavy rains over the southern tip of the mountainous desert peninsula.




Satellite image shows Hurricane Odile taken at 5:45 a.m. ET on Sunday.(Photo: AP)






Tourists stranded in shelters or hiding in the bathtubs of their rooms posted photos on social media showing windows barricaded with furniture that were blown in by the gusts.

"This is really bad. My ears are about to explode by the pressure and I have an inch of water in my kitchen/living room," said Sarah McKinney on her Twitter account.

Another woman posted a video on the Web showing workmen erecting sheets of chipboard and boarded-up windows shaking. Dozens of people sat huddled with pillows in the middle of a large room.

"We've moved downstairs. These windows didn't seem to hold hurricane #Odile. I'm sweating like hell. Scary sound of howling wind," Alba Mora Roca said on her Twitter feed.
"Sounds of glass breaking. I'm in a room with a nice couple of African American pastors from Chicago. No windows. Thanks God there's power!"

Reuters was not immediately able to contact either woman.

"NO WORDS FOR THIS"


At least 26,000 foreign tourists and 4,000 Mexicans were in the region, according to Mexican officials, while emergency workers and military personal evacuated thousands of people from areas at risk of flooding.
Odile lost some strength as it neared Baja on Sunday evening and the center of the storm was expected to move near or over the peninsula through Tuesday as it starts to weaken, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Some storm experts said it was the strongest hurricane to hit the southern tip of the peninsula since the advent of satellite data.


"We haven't seen one get so close and with the possibility of impact, and of such a nature," said Wenceslao Petit, head of emergency services in Los Cabos. "There aren't words for this."

Ahead of the storm's approach, people in Cabo San Lucas had rushed to board up windows, clear beach furniture and remove fishing boats and yachts from the water into dry docks.

"If it doesn't lose intensity, this is going to do some damage," said Rosalio Salas, 59, who works at Picante sport fishing charters in Cabo San Lucas.

While other beaches in Mexico are packed with tourists during the long weekend to Tuesday's Independence Day holiday, the resorts of Los Cabos are mostly visited by Americans and are in their low season.

Luis Puente, the head of Mexico's civil protection agency, told a news conference that 164 shelters had been readied with a capacity for 30,000 people. There are no major oil installations in the area. (Reporting by Michael O'Boyle and Tomas Sarmiento; Editing by Simon Gardner and Gareth Jones)






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Typhoon Phanfone Threatens Japan, Tokyo This Weekend

3 October 2014





Typhoon Phanfone may continue to be in a favorable environment of relatively low wind shear and high sea-surface temperatures through at least early Saturday. Therefore, a bit of additional strengthening cannot be ruled out.
Phanphone has begun its anticipated turn toward the north-northwest. However, there are still some key uncertainties about Phanfone's track, which will ultimately determine impacts for millions.

Phanfone has reached the western edge of a bubble of high pressure aloft -- and tropical cyclones often turn northward in those situations before eventually being forced northeastward by the prevailing upper-level westerlies, usually becoming post-tropical systems in the process.
The question remains exactly how sharp a turn Phanfone makes, and, therefore, what the exact track of the core circulation is.
Given Phanfone's large wind field and the latest forecast trends, it appears Phanfone won't curve sharply enough to avoid at least some impacts from high winds over at least parts of central and eastern Honshu, and possibly western Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku and the northern Ryuku Islands.

Uncertainty remains, however, regarding Phanfone's intensity once it tracks near the Japanese mainland. Increased wind shear will induce weakening, but the longer the typhoon keeps its current intensity, the stronger it may still be once it tracks over Japan.
As a result, damaging winds may rake (downed trees, power outages, some structural damage) at least part of those areas this weekend, along with the threat of storm surge flooding in surge-prone areas.
These areas (the Kansai, Chubu and Kanto regions) including Kyoto, Kobe, Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo, have a combined population of 85 million.

Here is a general timeline of when we expect peak winds (all times local; Japan is 14 hours ahead of U.S. EDT):

- Northern Ryuku Islands: Sat. evening through Sun. morning
- Kyushu, Shikoku, western Honshu: Sun. morning through late Sun. night or early Mon. morning
- Central/eastern Honshu (Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo): Later Sunday into Monday


Rainfall Threat





European Model Forecast





Regardless of the exact path of Phanfone, there's increasing concern about the threat of heavy rainfall from this storm.


The map above shows a computer model forecast for rainfall through Tuesday. The map gives a general idea of where heavy rainfall may fall, but it's important to bear in mind that the official track forecast may differ from the forecast from any individual computer forecast model.
Additionally, Japan's steep terrain often leads to large variations in local rainfall that often aren't captured by the global models, so the above map is only a general idea of where the heaviest rain may fall.

Some of the areas in Phanfone's path saw historic rainfall from the one-two punch of Tropical Storm Nakri and Typhoon Halong in August. The city of Kochi had over 61 inches of rain in August, its wettest month in records dating back to 1886. The rural hamlet of Shigeto in the mountains of Kochi Prefecture picked up 94.41 inches of rain, crushing its previous all-time record for any calendar month by nearly 40 inches.


Track History


Phanfone was first declared a tropical depression early on September 29, local time, several hundred miles to the east of Guam, then tracked northwestward through the northern Mariana Islands, bringing locally heavy rain, gusty winds and high surf.
Phanfone strengthened from a Category 1 equivalent typhoon (75 mph estimated max winds) early on the evening of October 1, local time (Japan is 13 hours ahead of U.S. EDT) to a Category 4 equivalent typhoon (130 mph estimated max winds) just 24 hours later, a jump of 55 mph (or 50 knots) in 24 hours.

"Phanfone had the dreaded pinhole eye rarely seen in tropical cyclones," said The Weather Channel hurricane specialist. "The eye was so small even our best microwave satellites had trouble seeing it."
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Cyclone Hudhud Hammers India's Eastern Seaboard, Three Dead

By Jatindra Dash, 12 October 2014

VISAKHAPATNAM, India, Oct 12 (Reuters)


Cyclone Hudhud blasted India's eastern seaboard on Sunday with gusts of up to 195 kilometres an hour (over 120 mph), uprooting trees, damaging buildings and killing at least three people despite a major evacuation effort.
The port city of Visakhapatnam, home to two million people and a major naval base, was hammered as the cyclone made landfall, unleashing the huge destructive force it had sucked up from the warm waters of the Bay of Bengal.
Upended trees and wreckage were strewn across Visakhapatnam, known to locals as Vizag. Most people heeded warnings to take refuge, but three who ventured out were killed.

"The Visakhapatnam situation is very serious," K. Hymavathi, the special commissioner for disaster management for Andhra Pradesh state, told Reuters by telephone.
"Telecommunications are disrupted - even our control room is not able to operate properly. People staying in their apartments are so afraid that they are panicking and calling us," she said.

The low toll reported so far followed an operation to evacuate more than 150,000 people on Saturday to minimise the risk to life from Hudhud - similar in size and power to cyclone Phailin that struck the area exactly a year ago.

After a lull as the eye of the storm passed over the city, winds regained their strength. Forecasters warned Hudhud would blow with full force for several hours more, before wind speeds halve by evening."Reverse windflow will be experienced by the city, which will again have a very great damage potential," L.S. Rathore, director-general of the state India Meteorological Department (IMD), told reporters in New Delhi.
The IMD forecast a storm surge of 1-2 metres above high tide that could result in flooding of low-lying coastal areas around Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam.

A Reuters reporter staying in Vizag said earlier that his hotel had broken windows while the ground floor was flooded by horizontal rain. Hotel staff abandoned efforts to keep the water out when they were blown back several metres by the wind.





Preparation: Fisherwomen watch the waves in their village on the outskirts of Gopalpurin Orissa's Ganjam district before leaving for a relief camp





Building storm: Fishermen manoeuvre their skiff through rough waters in Visakhapatnam





Praying for safety: A group of women prays for safety at a beach in Srikakulam as Hudhud closes in










TERRIFYING NOISE

The winds were deafening, the reporter said, sounding like explosions going off.
"I never imagined that a cyclone could be so dangerous and devastating," said a businessman staying in the hotel. "The noise it is making would terrify anyone."

Vizag port suspended operations on Saturday night, with its head saying that 17 ships which had been in the harbour were moving offshore where they would be less at risk from high seas.
The city airport was closed and train services suspended.

The IMD rated Hudhud as a very severe cyclonic storm that could pack gusts of 195 km/h and dump more than 24.5 cm (10 inches) of rain.
The cyclone was strong enough to have a "high humanitarian impact" on nearly 11 million people, the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS), run by the United Nations and the European Commission, said.

The evacuation effort was comparable to one preceding Cyclone Phailin, credited with minimising fatalities to 53. When a huge storm hit the same area 15 years ago, 10,000 people died.
Hudhud was likely to batter a 200-300 km stretch of coastline before losing force inland, forecasters said.

"The landfall process could take up to 10 or 12 hours," said Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist at U.S. online magazine Slate who has been tracking Hudhud.
"The worst-case scenario would be if Hudhud's eye makes landfall just south of the city, which would direct the full brunt of the eyewall and maximum storm surge towards Vizag," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

According to the IMD, peak wind speeds will drop to 60 km/h by Monday afternoon. Hudhud is expected to continue to dump heavy rains further inland and, eventually, snow when it reaches the Himalayan mountains.


LIVE Updates: Declare Hudhud as National Calamity, Chandrababu Naidu tells PM Modi

IndiaToday, New Delhi, 12 October, 2014



A man, bottom jumps into the water to rescue a woman, center, who fell due to strong tidal waves on the Bay of Bengal coast at Gopalpur, Orissa, about 285 kilometers (178 miles) north east of Visakhapatnam, India on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. Photo: AP


Three persons were killed in separate rain-related incidents in Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam districts of coastal Andhra Pradesh on Sunday as the very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud triggered heavy downpour in the region.
Lakhs of people are being evacuated from towns and villages through which the cyclone will pass amid massive rain and wind. The cyclone is similar to last year's Phailin that crossed the Odisha coast leaving behind a trail of destruction.


Watch video: Impact of cyclone Hudhud



Here are the latest updates on the developing story:

05:45 pm: Cyclone Hudhud loses speed; winds now blowing at 120-130 kmph: IMD.
05:43 pm: Prime Minister promised Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu all possible assistance as Cyclone Hudhud made landfall leaving five persons dead in the state and neighbouring Odisha.
The Prime Minister, who had on Saturday held an emergency high-level meeting to review preparedness for the cyclone, spoke to Naidu and discussed relief and rescue measures.



Normal life was thrown completely out of gear as winds with a speed of 170 to 180 kmph battered Visakhapatnam.



5.15 pm: Cyclone hits train movement in Andhra, Odisha: Railways cancelled or diverted many trains in north coastal Andhra and adjoining Odisha in view of severe cyclone Hudhud which hit the coast near Visakhapatnam.
04:45 pm: Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu wants PM Modi to declare Hudhud as a national calamity.
03:30 pm: Cyclone Hudhud: Five persons die in Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring Odisha.
02:40 pm: Normal life was thrown completely out of gear as winds with a speed of 170 to 180 kmph battered Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts on Sunday.
02:35 pm: Cyclone intensity to prevail for 6 hours after landfall: IMD.
02:25 pm: Casualty in cyclone Hudhud rises to two in Odisha with a fresh death reported from Puri on Sunday.


See pics: Cyclone Hudhud: High tides slam Vizag, 2 killed



02:00 pm: Gusty winds, uprooted trees, torn roofs of hutments and sheds and snapped electric cables bore testimony to the impact of severe cyclonic storm Hudhud which hit Andhra Pradesh's coastal districts on Sunday.




Heavy rains coupled with high-speed wind lashed several parts of Andhra Pradesh



01:20 pm: Cyclone Hudhud: NDRF rushes additional teams to Vishakhapatnam, total 13 teams in the district now.
12:40 pm: Cyclone wind speed 170-180 kmph gusting up to 195 kmph in Andhra Pradesh coast, wind speed will come down by 50 per cent in 6 hours: IMD Chief Laxman Singh Rathore.


WATCH VIDEO: Cyclone Hudhud: Fresh footage of rains and storm


12:35 pm: Cyclone Hudhud: PMO monitoring situation on an hourly basis, says IMD chief.


Cyclone Hudhud: 2 killed in coastal Andhra



12:30 pm: Time, place and speed of Hudhud cycle as per forecast: IMD chief.
12:10 pm: Precaution becomes the prime concern for people of the seaside villages of Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts in Odisha as they do not want to take chances for the incoming cyclone Hudhud.




The very severe cyclonic storm is likely to make a landfall near Visakhapatnam.


11:55 am: Andhra PardeshChief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is reviewing the situation arising out of the cyclone from the Andhra Pradesh Secretariat.

Cyclone Hudhud: Maximum wind speed touches 205 kmph

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Update re: Hurricanes/Tornados/Severe Weather Reports>Hurricane Blanca

HURRICANE GONZALO




NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 1100 AM AST TUE 14 OCT 2014


Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft and the San Juan Doppler weather radar indicate that the earlier intensification process has abated, which is apparently due to some shear-induced disruption of the eye. Maximum 700 mb flight-level winds observed thus far are 112 kt and maximum SFMR winds through most of the morning have been around 93 kt.

The central pressure has also leveled off during the past few hours at around 973 mb. A blend of the flight-level surface-wind conversion and SFMR winds support maintaining an intensity of 95 kt. Gonzalo continues to move northwestward with a motion of 315/11 kt.

There is no significant change to the previous forecast track or reasoning. The NHC model guidance is in excellent agreement on the hurricane continuing to move northwestward around the southwestern for periphery of a deep-layer ridge the during the next 36 hours.

After that, the western portion of the ridge is expected to weaken as a strong mid-latitude trough and associated cold front currently located over the southeastern U.S. moves eastward across the Bahamas by 48 hours.

The increasing southwesterly flow ahead of those systems should gradually accelerate Gonzalo toward the northeast, with the cyclone potentially threatening Bermuda in about three days' time. Gonzalo is expected to merge with the strong cold front or become extratropical by 120 hours.

The new track forecast is similar to the previous advisory track, and lies close to a blend of the GFEX and TVCA consensus models. Recent radar and satellite data indicate that the eye of Gonzalo has been clearing out and gradually becoming better defined with a diameter of about 20 nmi. Once the eyewall stabilizes again, intensification will likely resume, and in fact the reconnaissance aircraft a few moments ago observed an SFMR wind of 99 kt that suggests this intensification is beginning.

Buoy data indicate that water temperatures are slightly cooler than what the SHIPS model is indicating, probably due to cold upwelling created by the wake of former Hurricane Fay, but they are still sufficiently warm enough to support a category 4 hurricane.

The best vertical shear conditions and upper-level outflow regime are expected to occur on Wednesday and into Thursday morning

- that is when Gonzalo is expected to strengthen into a category 4 hurricane.


Afterwards, eyewall cycles and possible cold upwelling beneath the hurricane are likely to cause some fluctuations in the intensity. By 72 hours, increasing southwesterly wind shear ahead of the aforementioned deep trough and strong cold front is expected to induce weakening. By 120 hours, Gonzalo should be over cold waters of the North Atlantic and experiencing vertical shear of more than 50 kt, which should result in the cyclone becoming a extratropical low. The NHC intensity forecast is similar to the previous advisory and is above all of the available intensity guidance.

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT

14/1500Z 20.3N 65.2W 95 KT 110 MPH

12H 15/0000Z 21.7N 66.4W 100 KT 115 MPH

24H 15/1200Z 23.3N 67.8W 110 KT 125 MPH

36H 16/0000Z 24.6N 68.6W 120 KT 140 MPH

48H 16/1200Z 26.1N 68.6W 115 KT 130 MPH

72H 17/1200Z 30.4N 66.5W 105 KT 120 MPH

96H 18/1200Z 37.4N 62.6W 90 KT 105 MPH

120H 19/1200Z 46.8N 53.8W 70 KT 80 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP

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Hurricane Gonzalo Scores Bull's Eye Hit on Bermuda- 80% of People Have No Power

By AP, 18 October 2014

HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP)

Hurricane Gonzalo crushed trees, flattened power lines and damaged Bermuda's main hospital during an hours-long battering — the second time the tiny British territory has been slammed by a powerful storm in less than a week.

The storm's center crossed over Bermuda during Friday night and its winds and heavy surf whipped at the island early Saturday before Gonzalo quickly moved northward over the Atlantic on a track that could take it just off the shore of Newfoundland in Canada.

Bermuda Gov. George Fergusson tweeted that police have reported no deaths or serious injuries and that damage has been extensive but not catastrophic




This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Gonzalo taken from the International Space Station by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst as it moves toward Bermuda on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Hurricane Gonzalo roared toward Bermuda as a powerful Category 3 storm on Friday. (AP Photo/Alexander Gerst/ESA/NASA)



Forecasters warned of the danger of a storm surge of 10 feet (3 meters) that could cause widespread flooding, but officials had not yet made a full assessment of damage.

Nearly all of the 36,000 homes connected to Bermuda's sole power provider were believed to be without electricity after the hurricane roared through, just days after Tropical Storm Fay damaged homes and also knocked down trees and power lines.

"To be struck twice by two different cyclones is unusual, to say the least," said Max Mayfield, a former director of the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Police Commissioner Michael DeSilva said almost all roads in Bermuda were impassible as crews began to clear debris and fallen trees and power lines. He urged people to stay at home and said on the island's Emergency Broadcast Station that motorists would be turned back.
"Unless it's a life or death emergency — checking on your boat is not an emergency — we won't let you pass," he said.

Gonzalo approached Bermuda as a Category 3 storm then weakened to Category 2 strength just before coming ashore with sustained winds of 110 mph (175 kph).

Part of the roof at Bermuda's main hospital was damaged and there was water damage in the new intensive care unit, police spokesman Dwayne Caines reported.

Flooding was the main concern on Bermuda, which has one of the highest per-capita incomes in the world and is known for strict building codes meant to ensure homes can withstand sustained winds of at least 110 mph (177 kph).

"Water damage, especially from the wave action, will take the biggest toll," Mayfield said, noting that seas had risen between 30 and 40 feet (9 and 12 meters).

The last major hurricane to strike Bermuda was Fabian in September 2003. That Category 3 storm killed four people and caused more than $100 million in damage as it tore off roofs, flooded golf courses and damaged the causeway linking the airport to most of Bermuda, which is about 850 miles (1,400 kilometers) off the U.S. East Coast.

Marlie Powell, the owner of Kingston House Bed & Breakfast, said in a phone interview that Gonzalo hit as she was still recovering from Tropical Storm Fay, which toppled two large trees on her property.

"We only had very few days to clean and get the trees out of our house," she said. "There's a lot of loose debris around the island already, which is not good."


A 436-foot (133-meter) frigate of Britain's Royal Navy with a crew of some 180 sailors was expected to arrive Sunday in Bermuda to help with post-storm recovery efforts.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Gonzalo weakened as it moved away from Bermuda on a track that would take it past Newfoundland and then across the Atlantic to Britain and Ireland. A tropical storm watch was issued for parts of southeastern Newfoundland.


Early Saturday, Gonzalo was located 270 miles (435 kilometers) north-northeast of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph (160 kph) as it traveled north-northeast at 22 mph (35 kph).

Gonzalo swept by the eastern Caribbean earlier this week, claiming one life in the Dutch territory of St. Maarten. The hurricane center said the storm was generating large swells that could cause dangerous surf on portions of the U.S. southeast coast and those conditions would spread northward along the East Coast during Saturday.

In the Pacific, Hurricane Ana was carving a path south of Hawaii early Saturday, producing high waves, strong winds and heavy rains that prompted a flood advisory. The center of the storm was about 155 miles southwest of the Big Island as it passed late Friday night and about 245 miles from Honolulu, the National Weather Service said.

There was little chance for hurricane conditions on the islands, but a tropical storm watch remained in effect throughout the archipelago and winds were expected to reach nearly 40 mph, forecasters said. Shortly before midnight, it had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (135 kph).
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Danica Coto reported from San Juan, Puerto Rico.




This NOAA satellite image taken Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Gonzalo moving away from Bermuda as a front marked by clouds across Newfoundland guides the hurricane north-northeastward. Widespread clouds are covering the Northeast US, Great Lakes, Appalachians, and Ohio Valley as a storm with colder air, rain showers and even some spotty snow showers pushes eastward across the eastern Great Lakes and Appalachians. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)




Chris Fogarty, a senior meteorologist at the Canadian Hurricane Centre, provides an update on Hurricane Gonzalo in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Forecasters said there is a possibility of Gonzalo making landfall in the southeastern tip of Newfoundland and Labrador on Sunday. Hurricane Gonzalo roared toward Bermuda as a powerful Category 3 storm on Friday and the head of the tiny British territory urged people to seek high ground due to a potential storm surge of 10 feet. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Andrew Vaughan)




Meteorologists work at the Canadian Hurricane Centre, tracking Hurricane Gonzalo, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Forecasters said there is a possibility of Gonzalo making landfall in the southeastern tip of Newfoundland and Labrador on Sunday. Hurricane Gonzalo roared toward Bermuda as a powerful Category 3 storm on Friday and the head of the tiny British territory urged people to seek high ground due to a potential storm surge of 10 feet. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Andrew Vaughan)


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India, Pakistan to Escape Worst of Tropical Cyclone Nilofar


October 31, 2014


Tropical Cyclone Nilofar will be far from the dangerous state it reached earlier this week when it impacts India and Pakistan; however, localized downpours are still a threat.

Nilofar reached its peak intensity on Tuesday with maximum sustained winds of nearly 215 kph (135 mph), making Nilofar a very severe cyclonic storm and the equivalent of a minimal Category 4 hurricane in the eastern Pacific or Atlantic basins.
Nilofar is now losing its battle with disruptive wind shear (strong winds above the surface), which has caused the cyclone to weaken to the equivalent of a tropical storm. Nilofar will continue to weaken through Friday.

The cyclone will eventually become very disorganized with its showers and thunderstorms getting drawn away from its center and pulled northeastward into southeast Pakistan and India's northern Gujarat state while the storm remains several hundred miles away.



Shower and thunderstorm activity will stream across far southeastern Pakistan, including Karachi and Hyderabad, and India's northern Gujarat state through Friday.


Widespread life-threatening flooding rain is not anticipated. However, localized downpours can still occur and cause isolated flash flooding.

The greatest opportunity for the downpours will come if Nilofar's center manages to follow the showers and thunderstorms into Pakistan and India; however, this appears unlikely given the amount of shear that Nilofar is currently experiencing.
Even if the center of Nilofar were to reach the coastline, these areas will escape any widespread damaging winds as the cyclone would weaken to a tropical depression before moving inland.

A more likely scenario is that Nilofar's center will get left behind in the northeastern Arabian Sea. In this scenario, Nilofar's center will become nothing more than a swirl of clouds with a few showers and wind less than 40 kph (25 mph) by Sunday.

Despite Nilofar rapidly weakening, rough seas will continue to create dangerous conditions for boaters in the northern Arabian Sea through Friday. Hazards for swimmers will also exist along the coasts of Oman, eastern Iran, Pakistan and northwestern India.
The rough seas danger will diminish this weekend as whatever is left of Nilofar dissipates over the Arabian Sea or near the coast of Northwest India.
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Intense Bering Sea Storm Expected: Hurricane Force Wind Warnings Issued Around Alaska's Aleutian Islands
-Which will Affect Parts of Canada and the U.S.


...As It Turns Extra-Tropical, Typhoon Nuri Could Challenge All-Time Record



7 November 2014





NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of Super Typhoon Nuri after it developed an eye on Nov. 3.


Typhoon Nuri has already had a remarkable run on this Earth.



Another Superstorm Sandy? Are They Better Prepared?

While the former Super Typhoon Nuri sent meteorological jaws dropping earlier this week, its remnant may have another impressive chapter in store in the Bering Sea and Alaska's Aleutian Islands.





Infrared satellite image of Typhoon Nuri and the polar jet stream disturbance on Nov. 5, 2014 poised to combine to produce a Bering Sea storm late in the week.



As of late Thursday evening U.S. time, Nuri was undergoing a tropical transition and was centered over 800 miles northeast of Tokyo. Nuri is expected to join up with the polar jet stream and a very strong disturbance in the mid-latitude belt of westerly winds, as highlighted above.





Tracking Former Typhoon Nuri






Forecasts from both the European (ECMWF) and American (GFS) computer models continue to predict an extremely powerful non-tropical storm to develop from this merger over the Bering Sea, near the western Aleutian Islands of Alaska Friday into Saturday.




Model Forecast: Bering Sea Superstorm







In fact, both models have repeatedly suggested the pressure of that post-tropical storm could go as low as 915 to 925 millibars late Friday into Saturday -- almost as low as its estimated pressure was as a super typhoon.
If that happens, it would be the strongest low-pressure system ever observed in or near Alaska since October 25, 1977, when a 925 millibar pressure reading was recorded at Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

This system may also potentially be one of the lowest sea-level barometric pressures ever observed on Earth outside of tropical cyclones and tornadoes.


For reference, the lowest central pressure of Hurricane Andrew (1992) was 922 millibars. Despite the potential of a similar pressure at its peak, wind speeds in extratropical cyclones such as the upcoming storm are much lower than hurricanes, because the pressure gradient is spread out over a much larger area than in a hurricane.


Potential Impacts

The map below shows the European model wind speed forecast for Friday night, with the darkest red colors showing the strongest wind speeds in the western Aleutians and east of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula.





Model Wind Forecast: Bering Sea Superstorm






That model is forecasting a large swath of very strong sustained winds, possibly hurricane-force, over the western Aleutian Islands of Alaska.
The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a hurricane force wind warning for the waters surrounding the far western Aleutians as well as parts of the southwestern Bering Sea. Sustained winds could reach 80 mph in those areas.


Meanwhile, a high wind warning has been issued for the far western Aleutians themselves Friday into Saturday morning. In addition to the strong sustained winds pictured on the map above, there could be localized gusts of 80 to 90 mph, especially where rugged terrain enhances the winds.

The strongest winds will be southerly to southwesterly in origin.
Fortunately, the storm is forecast to lose some of that ferocity later in the weekend, but may remain somewhat stalled over the Bering Sea into Sunday or Monday.


These strong winds, coupled with the potential long duration of this storm, will whip up giant waves over parts of the Bering Sea and north Pacific Ocean.






Wave Height Forecast: Bering Sea Superstorm






Wave heights will likely top 45 feet near the western Aleutian Islands Friday night into Saturday, making for very dangerous conditions for all marine vessels not protected.


Swells from 22 to 30 feet may reach the eastern Aleutians and Pribilof Islands, including St. Paul, Alaska, Saturday into Sunday. St. Paul (population: 453) is notorious for intense storms, with a harbor that is susceptible to southwest winds, according to the Alaska Dispatch News.

As these large swells finally reach the coast of western Alaska, some minor coastal flooding and erosion is possible Sunday into Monday.

Areas farther east, including the city of Anchorage will see a band of rain and snow with the cold front Sunday, along with some occasional wind gusts over 40 mph particularly on the southern coast of the Kenai Peninsula, the mouth of Prince William Sound, and Kodiak Island.


November 2011 Deja Vu?





MODIS visible satellite image of the Nov. 8, 2011 Bering Sea Superstorm taken at 2:45 p.m., local time. (Jesse Allen - NASA Earth Observatory)


Coincidentally, this upcoming storm is forecast to develop three years to the calendar day after a 2011 storm hammered parts of western Alaska with high winds and coastal flooding.
At least 37 Alaskan communities reported at least some form of damage, including storm surge flooding, blown-out windows, roof damage, and debris on roads.
Winds gusted to 84 mph in Wales, Alaska. A storm surge of 10 feet, along with whiteout conditions, hammered Nome, the largest city in northwest Alaska, overtopping a sea wall and covering a sea-front road with large rocks.

As a result, Nome missed its final fuel delivery for the winter. Two months later a Russian tanker, escorted through hundreds of miles of sea ice by a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker, delivered the 1.3 million gallons of fuel needed to get the town through spring.

Kivalina, a village of 460 residents lying on a narrow spit of land facing the Chukchi Sea, experienced a 5.5 foot storm surge. Most of the town's residents were evacuated to a local school.
No fatalities or injuries were directly related to the storm, a tribute to early warning and good emergency preparedness in this sparsely populated area.


So, what are the potential differences in this upcoming case, compared to the 2011 storm?






Pacific surface analysis on Nov. 8, 2011 at 7:10 p.m. PST. Center of 2011 Bering Sea Superstorm depicted by blue arrow, analyzed at 943 millibars. (NOAA/OPC)




- Peak intensity farther west: The central pressure of the 2011 storm dipped to 943 millibars. Of course, it's the gradient in pressure that drives winds. At the same time, a 1031 millibar surface high was centered over Alaska's northeast interior. This intense pressure gradient aligned over the west coast of Alaska drove the high winds.
In this case, the central pressure may be lower (stronger) than 2011, but the storm's position at peak strength, and peak pressure gradient will be farther west in 2011, thus the strongest winds appear most likely over the western and central Bering Sea and western Aleutians, rather than the west coast of Alaska.

- This storm will linger longer: The 2011 storm moved northeast, then north from west of the Aleutian Islands, to the Bering Sea, to the Chukchi Sea in the span of a couple of days. While surge flooding was significant, this lack of duration kept the flooding from being worse.
The current storm may linger in the Bering Sea, though in a weakened state from its late Friday/Saturday peak, into Monday.
Wave heights over the southern and western Bering Sea and adjacent north Pacific Ocean from late Friday into Saturday may exceed those seen in the 2011 storm, however, due not only to the more intense storm, but also the longer duration of high winds.
While the strongest winds may remain well to the west in this case, the duration of southerly winds and the subsequent swells generated may still lead to at least some coastal flooding along the west coast of Alaska.


Muir Glacier and Inlet (1895)




In the photo above, the west shoreline of Muir Inlet in Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve is shown as it appeared in 1895. Notice the lack of vegetation on the slopes of the mountains, and the glacier that stands more than 300 feet high. See the glacier as it looked in 2005 on the next page. (USGS/Bruce Molnia)



The Capital Weather Gang explains that for 24 hours over the weekend, Nuri was a category 5 monster storm with maximum sustained winds of 180 mph, tying with Typhoon Vongfong as the strongest cyclone of the season.

But Nuri may actually make a name for itself after it loses its tropical characteristics when it moves north into the Bering Sea.

When it gets there, all the warm, tropical air it's pushing around will crash into a mountain of cold air and cause a violent explosion of meteorological energy that could propel this storm into history.

The National Weather Service in Anchorage says that during that so-called "bombogenesis" the storm's central pressure — an important measure of intensity — will deepen from 970 MB late Thursday to between 918 to 922 MB late Friday.

"That would create a significant event, as the current record lowest pressure observed in the Bering Sea is 925 MB, measured at Dutch Harbor on October 25, 1977," the NWS writes in its advisory.

What's more, a central pressure that low threatens the 913 MB all-time record for an extra-tropical storm set in the North Atlantic in 1993.


Quote:
Weather.com reports:

"For reference, the lowest central pressure of Hurricane Andrew (1992) was 922 millibars. Despite the potential of a similar pressure at its peak, wind speeds in extratropical cyclones such as the upcoming storm are much lower than hurricanes, because the pressure gradient is spread out over a much larger area than in a hurricane."

The National Weather Service says:

The Aleutian Islands will be pummeled with 40 to 50 foot waves and wind gusts of up to 100 mph.

The Capital Weather Gang says:

This storm is so strong that it will also cause the jet stream to plunge south, bringing cold temperatures to a huge part of the U.S. They report:

"The storm's deep low pressure will build a strong ridge in the eastern Pacific and over western North America.


This, in turn, will force cold, Arctic air to surge south in the central and eastern U.S. over the next few weeks.


"The first in a series of strong cold fronts is expected on Friday, while forecast models suggest a deeper push of cold air can be expected next week."
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Update re: Hurricanes/Tornados/Severe Weather Reports>Hurricane Blanca

'Bering Bomb' Superstorm Sends Temperatures Plunging: Explosive Storm -More Powerful than Hurricane Sandy-Hits US
First Snow Due Across Huge Swathes of U.S. as Massive Winter Storm over Alaska Pushes Cold Air South

  • Flurries expected today in Maine, Vermont and upstate New York
  • Snowstorms will become more widespread over the next week
  • Daytime temperatures below freezing set for much of New England
  • Follows winter typhoon over Alaska moving frigid weather system south
  • So-called 'Bering Bomb' recorded sharp drop in pressure over weekend
9 November 2014



Flurries are expected in Maine, Vermont, New York state and parts of Pennsylvania, with snowfall reaching as far south as Virginia by the end of the week, accompanied by freezing temperatures. The weather system is in part a consequence of Typhoon Nuri (pictured), which sucked polar air from Alaska and is contributing to an onrush of wintry weather in the contiguous United States. The weather map to the top-right shows the difference between normal November temperatures and those predicted next week, with some parts of the country 20 degrees colder than normal.


Temperatures are set to plummet in the coming days, with temperatures below freezing across much of the north-eastern U.S. by Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.





Frigid storm: The remnants of Typhoon Nuri, which struck Alaska over the past few days, is contribtuing to a cold weather system which will chill the United States in the week to come





Snow today: The above map shows snowfall predictions (in blue) for Sunday November 9 across the U.S., with storms set to hit Wyoming, and the Dakotas in the center of the country, with storms in Wisconsin, northern Michigan, and scattered snowfall in upstate New York, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and even parts of Pennsylvania




Expanding: A map for tomorrow shows more widespread snow reaching into Wyoming, Idaho, and Minnesota, while persisting in New York, Michigan and parts of New Hampshire





Eastern snow: By Thursday morning, flurries will have hit much of New York, Pennsylvania, all of Michigan, parts of Ohio - and even Virginia, as temperatures plummet


By this time, mountainous parts of the central plains, including Dakota, Montana and Wyoming, will be hit with daytime lows of just 20 degrees.
In New England, the cold weather has meant a rush of activity in the region's ski trails, with the Killington resort wrapping up its first week of skiing.

The onrush of wintry weather follows Typhoon Nuri which swirled over Alaska in the past few days, forcing a remote military installation to batten down the hatches and endure 70mph winds.




Snow times: In Vermont, the Killington ski resort (pictured) is already open. Most of the snow is artificial, but the resort has experienced some natural fall, and the cold weather could bring more





Chill: Snow on the ground could be much more widespread after the frigid week to come. Pictured is another part of Killington, Vermont


The tempest fueled by the remnants of Typhoon Nuri was will play a role in generating a high-pressure system that will allow frigid air to blanket the central plains and nose into other states.

It became a meteorological 'bomb' after pressure in the storm system dropped 24 millibars in a single day, throwing up huge waves over the Bering Sea between Alaska and Russia.


The system was centered 220 miles northwest of Adak in the Aleutian chain, David Kochevar, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said early Sunday.

'It's slowly dissipating over the Bering Sea,' he said.Its strongest winds had diminished considerably and were recorded at just 45 mph in Adak and Shemya Island, Kochevar said.





See the difference: The above map shows the difference between average annual temperatures and predictions for next week - with some area almost 20 degrees colder than usual for mid-November


The storm peaked Friday with sustained winds of 70 mph and gusts up to 96 mph on Shemya, forecasters said. The weakened storm was only expected to bring gale-force winds to the Alaska mainland's southwestern coast, typical for this time of year, said NWS meteorologist Shaun Baines.

'The worst conditions were out where there's no people,' he said Saturday.

On Shemya Island, 120 civilian contractors staff an early warning radar installation for the U.S. military.Eareckson Air Station on the island 1,500 miles southwest Anchorage suffered minor facility damage, Alaskan Command public affairs officer Tommie Baker said.
The corners of a roof were bent back and some dumpsters moved around, but no roof was torn off and the dumpsters didn't slam into any vehicles or buildings, Baker said.

Workers locked themselves inside to wait out the storm. They had yet to conduct a full assessment of damage around the entire island, but expect no major damage as they are accustomed to far worse conditions.

The community averages six weather-related lockdowns a year.The storm surpassed the intensity of 2012's Superstorm Sandy as measured by pressure, but a lack of measuring stations in the remote region means meteorologists didn't have much more data. Sandy caused at least 182 deaths and $65 billion in damage on the East Coast.


Nuri, in contrast, hit a sparsely populated region with just a few small communities where people are accustomed to severe weather.
The high-pressure system Nuri will help create is expected to send temperatures plunging across a wide swathe of the lower 48 states.
High temperatures were forecast to be below freezing on Tuesday across much of Wyoming to Minnesota and parts of Iowa, said Bruce Sullivan of the National Weather Service's prediction center.
The high in Great Falls, Montana, is expected to be 7 degrees, Sullivan said.

By Wednesday, high temperatures will struggle to get out of the low 30s in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, he said.'Once it gets its momentum going, it's going to keep going south,' Sullivan said.
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Update re: Hurricanes/Tornados/Severe Weather Reports>TS. ERIKA

Hurricane Blanca Nears Mexico's Baja California Peninsula

Daily Mail UK, 7 June 2015


CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) —

A powerful Hurricane Blanca roared toward Mexico's Baja California Peninsula on Sunday, as authorities put thousands of troops on alert and businesses boarded over windows ahead of its arrival.






The unpredictable storm strengthened rapidly to a Category 4 storm on Saturday before weakening to Category 3, and forecasters said it should weaken to a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday as it nears Mexico's coast.



It is expected to make landfall on Baja California's southwestern coastline Monday as a tropical storm. But the director of Mexico's National Water Commission, Roberto Ramirez, said he was concerned about Blanca's "erratic" behavior and warned residents along the coast to be prepared for intense rains.





A worker hauls a board to use on a storefront window as protection against Hurricane Blanca in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Saturday June 6, 2015.



The unpredictable Blanca, which strengthened suddenly from a Category 1 to a Category 4 storm on Saturday before weakening slightly, is expected to make landfall as a tropical storm on Monday. But authorities said its outer bands could start hitting the southern Baja California Peninsula as a hurricane on Sunday. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)


In Baja California, 2,000 army troops and 1,321 marines have been put on alert, as well as emergency responders and power line technicians, said Civil Protection director Luis Felipe Puente.
He said there is currently a 70 percent hotel occupancy rate in Los Cabos and warned tourists to be attentive to any advisories issued by authorities

Some businesses and banks were seen hammering boards over their windows in preparation for Blanca's arrival. People began forming lineups at gas stations to stock up on fuel.
Blanca's maximum sustained winds on Saturday night were near 120 mph (195 kph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

The hurricane is centered about 255 miles (415 kilometers) south of Cabo San Lucas and is moving northwest near 10 mph (17 kph).

A hurricane watch is in effect for an area from Cabo San Lucas to Santa Fe. A tropical storm warning is in effect from Loreto to Puerto San Andresito, including Cabo San Lucas.
Puente said he saw no reason to suspend local elections scheduled to be held on Sunday.





A man lays down tape to reinforce storefront windows against Hurricane Blanca in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Saturday June 6, 2015.



The unpredictable Blanca, which strengthened suddenly from a Category 1 to a Category 4 storm on Saturday before weakening slightly, is expected to make landfall as a tropical storm on Monday.





Drivers wait in line to fill up their gas tanks, in preparation for Hurricane Blanca in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Saturday June 6, 2015.






Workers board over store front windows in preparation for Hurricane Blanca, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Saturday June 6, 2015.






Men tow a boat to higher ground, as they prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Blanca in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Saturday June 6, 2015.






This NOAA satellite image taken Saturday, June 06, 2015 at 10:00 AM EDT shows an upper level low over the Great Basin bringing rain showers and thunderstorms to Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.


Another area of low pressure over the northern Plains moves eastward with it\'s associated warm front producing rain and thunderstorms to the Upper Mississippi Valley. In contrast, mostly sunny skies dominate the west coast from Washington through California.

Further south, Hurricane Blanca is south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. Blanca will continue to move slowly to the northwest and will impact the Baja Peninsula in the coming days. (Weather Underground via AP)
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Update VIDEO/PhOtOs >TS. ERIKA Hits Caribbean >Causes Deaths/Mass Flooding

Tropical Storm Erika Dissipates Leaving 20 People Dead and 31 Missing in Caribbean as Florida is Told to Brace for Heavy Rain

  • Tropical Storm Erika dissipated early on Saturday as its remnant drenched parts of eastern Cuba
  • In Haiti, one person died in a mudslide just north of Port-au-Prince
  • U.S. National Hurricane Center said storm had degenerated into a trough of low pressure by early Saturday
  • Eastern Cuban city of Santiago was hit by about two hours of heavy rain on Saturday morning as the storm was falling apart
  • John Cagialosi, a hurricane specialist at the center, warned that people in Florida should brace for heavy rain
Daily Mail UK, 29 August 2015


Tropical Storm Erika dissipated early on Saturday, even as its remnants began drenching parts of eastern Cuba.

However, it left devastation in its path - killing at least 20 people and leaving another 31 missing on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said.


In Haiti, one person died in a mudslide just north of Port-au-Prince and at least four others were killed in a traffic accident that apparently occurred in the rain.

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A man on a loader cleans garbage dumped by the overflow of a canal caused by heavy rains from Tropical Storm Erika in Port-au-Prince on Saturday. Erika left at least 20 people dead when it swept over the tiny island nation of Dominica, officials reported, as the system dissipated early on Saturday




Waves crash along the shores of the Malecon in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on Friday. The eastern Cuban city of Santiago was hit by about two hours of heavy rain on Saturday morning as the storm was falling apart






Cars drive in the rain and past fallen pieces of palm trees in Santo Domingo on Friday. On Saturday, residents reported no flooding or other damage, saying they wished it would rain more to help alleviate a months-long drought that has hit eastern Cuba particularly hard




Members of the Emergency Operations Committee (COE) monitor the trajectory of Tropical Storm Erika via satellite in Santo Domingo on Friday. Due to some likely weakening over mountainous areas, Erika was no longer forecast to make U.S. landfall as a hurricane


The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm had degenerated into a trough of low pressure by early Saturday after mountains and an unfavorable environment in Hispaniola knocked Erika below tropical storm force.

The eastern Cuban city of Santiago was hit by about two hours of heavy rain on Saturday morning as the storm was falling apart.
Residents reported no flooding or other damage, saying they wished it would rain more to help alleviate a months-long drought that has hit eastern Cuba particularly hard.

'It's a little cloudy, there's some wind, but not very strong. But I wish it would keep raining to fill up the reservoirs, because we really need it,' said Jorge Barrera, a 56-year-old mechanical engineer.

Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said in a televised address late Friday that damage inflicted by the storm set that island back 20 years. Some 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain fell on the mountainous island.

'The extent of the devastation is monumental. It is far worse than expected,' he said, adding that hundreds of homes, bridges and roads have been destroyed.
'We have, in essence, to rebuild Dominica.'






John Cagialosi, a hurricane specialist at the center, warned that people in Florida should still brace for heavy rain. The above map which showed a previous trajectory of the storm, which caused Florida to declare a state of emergency






Flooding and mudslides brought devastation to the island nation of Dominica as the storm worked its way west and north. Above, people are left either side of a smashed road






At least 20 people died in the country of 70,000 people as 12 inches of rain fell in less than ten hours. Above, residents of Dominica in the capital of Roseau on Friday





Dominica's prime minister said that the country would have to rebuild after devastation caused by the storm set it back 20 years



At least 31 people have been reported missing, according to officials with the Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency.
The island's airports remained closed, and some communities remained isolated by flooding and landslides.
Skerrit asked people to share their resources with each other as foreign aid trickled in.

'This is a period of national tragedy,' he said. 'Floods swamped villages, destroyed homes and wiped out roads. Some communities are no longer recognizable.'

Before dissipating, Erika knocked out power to more than 200,000 people in Puerto Rico and caused more than $16 million in damage to crops there, including plantains, bananas and coffee.

In Haiti, authorities evacuated 254 prisoners in Gonaives to other locations because of flooding and two people were hospitalized after their home in Port-au-Prince collapsed in heavy rains.
Four people died and another 11 were hospitalized in Leogane, just west of the Haitian capital, when a truck carrying a liquor known locally as clairin crashed into a bus and exploded. Authorities said it apparently was raining when the accident occurred.





'The extent of the devastation is monumental. It is far worse than expected,' the island's prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit said in a televised address






Authorities said that in addition to the dead, there were 31 people missing in Dominica on Friday. Above, the village of Coliahut





This church was ruined by water pulsing through the streets of the capital city of Roseau. Some areas of the island were cut off from rescue workers




Dominica'a Douglas-Charles airport is pictured above covered in debris. It is too badly damaged for planes use. The island's other airport is also closed




The town of Fond Cole on Dominica suffered from heavy flooding. Above, a man looks out on the landscape in the wake of the storm



While the storm was stumbling over the Dominican Republic and Haiti, John Cagialosi, a hurricane specialist at the center, warned that people in Florida should still brace for heavy rain, said 'This is a potentially heavy rain event for a large part of the state,' he said.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott earlier declared a state of emergency for the entire state and officials urged residents to fill gas tanks and stockpile food and water.

Erika was a particularly wet storm, and had been moving across a region that has been struggling with drought.
Given how dry Puerto Rico and parts of Florida have been, 'it could be a net benefit, this thing,' said MIT meteorology professor Kerry Emanuel.

At 9.30 EDT, the remnants of Erika were located about 130 miles (205 kilometers) east of Camaguey, Cuba, and were moving west-northwest near 22 mph (35 kph) in a general motion expected to continue into the evening, the Hurricane Center said.
The storm's maximum sustained winds were near 35 mph (55 kph).

The Hurricane Center said Erika's remnants were expected to move near the coast of eastern and central Cuba on Saturday and into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. It said it was cancelling future public advisories





Florida Governor Rick Scott (center) announced that the entire state would be placed into a state of emergency ahead of the storm, and officials urged residents to fill gas tanks and stockpile food and water






Meteorologists have said that the storm is difficult to track and could take different paths as it approaches the United Statess. Above, a trajectory seen via satellite in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic





The United States territory of Puerto Rico was also hit by heavy rain on Friday. Above, waves crash on the island in the municipality of Vieques






Forecasters hope that the storm will weaken after reaching land in places such as Puerto Rico (above), but it would strengthen as it heads back to open water





Erika is the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. Above, winds and waves from Erika in the Dominican Republic



Meanwhile in the Pacific, Jimena turned into a powerful Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 125 mph (205 kph), and the Hurricane Center said it was likely to be near Category 5 status soon, though it did not pose an immediate threat to land.

After Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state emergency, local authorities started handing out sandbags, while schools and universities were being prepared for use as emergency shelters.

It was previously reported that the storm was unlikely to reach land as a hurricane, though regardless of its classification it could bring damaging winds and flooding to cities such as Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville.

Roads and buildings on the island of about 70,000 people have been smashed apart by flash floods after is received more than 12 inches of rain in less than 10 hours.

Forty-six-year-old security guard Peter Julian, who had joined friends after leaving work, returned to find his home of 20 years destroyed.





Above, two Floridians in Hialeah, Miami-Dade County, buy supplies at the supermarket after officials urged them to stockpile food and water






On Friday stormy weather could already been seen around Miami, with a huge waterspout visible not far from land. Above, a resident of Hollywood, Florida with sandbags



'I am blessed to be alive. God was not ready for me ... I have lost everything and now have to start all over again,' he said.

Some disaster-struck areas such as Petite Savanne have yet to be reached because of mudslides, while the nation's airports have been rendered inoperable by the ride of debris swept onto the island.

Neighbouring countries have donated helicopters to search and rescue efforts, as 31 people were also reported missing.

For days, forecasters had described Erika, the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, as unusually hard to predict due to disruption from wind patterns and its interaction over land, which weakens a storm, and warm water, which provides added energy.

Earlier forecasts indicated Erika could become the first hurricane to hit Florida since Wilma in October 2005.





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Default Re: PhOtOs>Super Hurricance Patricia=Earth's Strongest Storm +Severe Weather Reports

At 200 MPH, Hurricane Patricia is Now the Strongest Tropical Cyclone Ever Recorded

23 Oct 2015






Shortly after midnight on October 23, 2015, a group of courageous men and women flew into the center of Hurricane Patricia and landed in the history books. With measured winds of 200 MPH, Hurricane Patricia became the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded anywhere on Earth.






Mexico's West Coast in Grave Danger as 'Potentially Catastrophic' Hurricane Patricia Nears








Hurricane Patricia is now a “potentially catastrophic,” scale-topping category five hurricane with maximum winds of 185 MPH. This is a rare scenario in which it cannot be hyped or overstated how much danger this storm poses to communities on Mexico’s west coast, including Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, and the numerous small towns between the two.

Hurricane Patricia Smashes Record for Most Intense Storm Ever Recorded in Eastern Pacific


Astonishing meets record-breaking. Category five Hurricane Patricia exceeded all odds early Friday…






Things started to go downhill on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The storm began to show signs of rapid strengthening, leaping from 65 MPH at 10:00 PM CDT on Wednesday to an 85 MPH category one hurricane at 4:00 AM CDT on Thursday. From there, almost every advisory saw Patricia’s maximum sustained winds jump higher and higher.

During the 24-hour period between 4:00 AM CDT on Thursday and 4:00 AM CDT on Friday, Patricia went from an 85 MPH category one to a 200 MPH category five. Its minimum central pressure dove from 980 millibars to 880 millibars over the same period, such an extreme pressure drop that it is unprecedented in modern history.

The storm is so intense that the air temperature up in the hurricane’s eye, thousands of feet above the surface, was 89°F. 89°F!
Hurricane Hunter aircraft recorded sustained winds of 221 MPH at flight level a few thousand feet above the surface of the ocean.

Patricia is a storm without precedent. We are living history today, but nobody will live it more than Mexico. While we try to wrap our minds around what the atmosphere did last night, it’s important to remember that there are people in the path of this storm. This is not some abstract homework assignment assigned by some madman meteorology professor. This is a real storm that is quickly approaching land and soon threatens to create unimaginable amounts of devastation in any communities caught directly in the path of Patricia’s eye.







This is becoming the strongest storm we’ve ever recorded, it could also go down in the history books for the amount of human suffering it could cause if it runs smack into a populated area on Mexico’s west coast. We can’t lose sight over the human toll this storm will likely incur.

If the worst case scenario unfolds and the strongest part of this storm hits a populated area, the human suffering will be immense by any standard, let alone what we think can happen in this day and age. The loss of life from wind, surge, and flooding will be enormous, but the deep horror of the lasting effects—crippled infrastructure, illnesses, lack of food, water, clothing, and shelter—will linger for months after the storm dissipates.






There aren’t too many people in the likely landfall zone between these two heavily-populated cities, but even the best, most prepared city is ill prepared for the full fury of a category five roaring ashore, let alone these small towns and villages that couldn’t stand up to the might of a storm half this strong.

Puerto Vallarta in particular—a city that’s home to at least a quarter of a million residents and tourists—is perilously close to the predicted track of the center of the cyclone, and solidly within the cone of uncertainty, which accounts for the average errors forecasters have made in the predicted tracks of previous storms. Any westward wobble in this hurricane’s ultimate path could devastate this popular tourist destination.

One of the greatest risks with Patricia at the moment is catastrophic winds that will shred well-built buildings, demolish trees, and severely cripple local infrastructure for weeks if not months. Thankfully, this is a storm with a relatively small hurricane force wind field, so the extent of the extreme wind damage should be limited to a small area. Hopefully that small area turns out to be unpopulated woodlands.

A storm surge is likely along the coast, but the direction of the storm compared to the angle of the coastline could spare the region from the worst case scenario.






However, there is concern about a small town called Pérula, which sits at the apex of a cove-like twist in the coastline about 70 miles south of Puerto Vallarta. The storm’s right-front quadrant (the most dangerous part) will pass very close to this town, and the shape of the land here could collect a storm surge and amplify it much higher than it would have grown otherwise, putting the town’s residents in a very dangerous situation.

In addition to the extreme winds and storm surge, flash flooding from very heavy rainfall will be a significant hazard anywhere in the path of this storm, even after it begins to weaken. More than a foot of rain is possible in many spots as Patricia (and its eventual remnants) work inland, and rough terrain will exacerbate these rainfall totals. Life-threatening flash flooding is a given, especially in inland and mountainous areas. Landslides and mudslides are also an ever-present danger in this part of the world.






If the hurricane manages to maintain its current strength through landfall, Patricia could be the first category five to hit this part of Mexico in more than half a century, and the first to hit North America since Felix struck Nicaragua in 2007.

The rate at which Hurricane Patricia strengthened is jaw-dropping even to seasoned weather geeks. The storm exploded from a tropical storm on Tuesday night to the full-scale fury of evaporated paradise in just 24 hours, which, according to the NHC ties 1997’s Hurricane Linda as the most explosive strengthening ever recorded during the satellite era.

We’ve seen world history today, and that might not even be the start of it.
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Important Hurricane Matthew >Most Powerful Storm to Hit Atlantic in a Decade

Hurricane Matthew Weakens Slightly While Roaring Across the Caribbean as Islanders Brace for The arrival of The Most Powerful Storm to Hit The Atlantic in a Decade
  • Hurricane Matthew was downgraded to Category 4 on Saturday as it continued roaring across the Caribbean Sea
  • Forecasters said it was still powerful enough to wreck homes as islanders braced for its arrival
  • Jamaica and Cuba both face the storm that is packing 155mph winds
  • As of 8am EDT, the storm was centered about 400 miles southeast of Kingston and was moving west at 7mph
  • Matthew is the most powerful system to hit the Atlantic since Felix in 2007
  • Forecasters will know more Monday about its potential path and what kind of impact it will make on the Eastern seaboard

Daily Mail UK, 1 October 2016




Hurricane Matthew is picking up steam in the central Caribbean Sea (above) - and it may have its sights set on Florida and the rest of the Eastern seaboard of the United States (its anticipated path is seen in the bottom inset photo).

The National Weather Service announced late Friday that the storm, which as of this writing is hovering about 100 miles northwest of the northern tip of Colombia, has been upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane. Matthew, the first Category 5 hurricane since Felix in 2007, threatens to wreak havoc on Jamaica, where locals are preparing for the expected damage (top inset), and Cuba.


Hurricane Matthew weakened slightly early Saturday as it continues roaring across the Caribbean Sea on a course that put Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba in the path of its potentially devastating winds and rain.

With winds reaching 155 miles per hour, forecasters said the storm - downgraded to a Category 4 hurricane from the top Category 5 - was still powerful enough to wreck homes as islanders braced for its arrival.
The National Hurricane Center called it the strongest Atlantic hurricane since Felix in 2007, and said Matthew will be approaching Jamaica late Sunday night.
It is expected to reach the eastern part of the island on Monday.





Hurricane Matthew weakened slightly early Saturday to a Category 4 storm. This NOAA satellite image taken on Saturday shows the well-defined storm continuing to slowly move westward at about 7mph across the Caribbean





The storm poses a danger to Jamaica, parts of Hispañola, eastern Cuba, and the Bahamas. It could hit the United States sometime next week


Evan Thompson, director of Jamaica's National Meteorological Service, said the first effects of the storm may be felt as early as Saturday.

'We do consider it serious,' Thompson said. 'We are all on high alert.'
Jamaican authorities said they were taking all possible precautions.
'The government is on high alert,' Robert Morgan, director of communications at the prime minister's office, said.
'We hope that the hurricane does not hit us, but if it does hit us, we are trying our very best to ensure that we are in the best possible place,' he said.



Disaster coordinators, police and troops are on standby and shelters are being opened across the island, Morgan said.

As of 8am EDT, the storm was centered about 400 miles southeast of Kingston and was moving west at 7mph.
Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 45 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles.





The National Hurricane Center called it the strongest Atlantic hurricane since Felix in 2007, and said Matthew will be approaching Jamaica late Sunday night


It brought extremely high tides, storm surge and heavy rain to Colombia, prompting authorities to declare an alert as local TV broadcast images of cars and tree trunks surging though flooded streets in coastal areas.
Local media in La Guajira province reported that one person died in flooding.

Matthew caused at least one death when it entered the Caribbean on Wednesday, with officials in St. Vincent reporting a 16-year-old boy was crushed by a boulder as he tried to clear a blocked drain.

The center of the storm will move away from the Guajira Peninsula early on Saturday, across the central Caribbean Sea on Saturday and approach Jamaica late on Sunday, the NHC said.

Matthew was forecast to make landfall as a major storm on Monday on Jamaica's southern coast, home to the country's capital, Kingston, and its only oil refinery.
It could also affect tourist destinations such as Montego Bay in the north.





Jamaicans flocked to the supermarkets on Friday to take care of last minute shopping pending the arrival of Hurricane Matthew in Kingston





A man carries empty water containers while chatting with another man outside a supermarket, as they brace for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew in Kingston, Jamaica


Southwest Airlines warned that flights to Montego Bay might be disrupted and said customers could reschedule.

Despite sunny weather and only a few scattered clouds, many Kingstonians started stocking up on water and food on Friday.

Tenaj Lewis, 41, a doctor who was stocking up with groceries in Kingston on Friday, said Jamaica was much better-prepared for hurricanes than when Gilbert struck.
'The country literally shut down for months,' she said.

Jamaica was hard hit by Hurricane Gilbert, which made landfall on the island in September 1988 and was the most destructive storm in the country's modern history.

The last major hurricane in the region was Sandy, in 2012.
Since then, hurricanes have brought a few days of power outages but have not been nearly as destructive and many Jamaicans were unflustered.


Matthew could be the most powerful storm to cross the island since records began, meteorologist Eric Holthaus said on Twitter.






Meteorologists said if Matthew moves swiftly, it has a greater chance of causing significant impact from rain, wind and flooding along much of the Atlantic coast





If Matthew did veer toward the US, it could hit Florida sometime in the middle of next week



'Hurricane Matthew could rival or possibly exceed Gilbert if the core of the strongest winds does actually move over Jamaica,' Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesman for the hurricane center in Miami, said.
'There is no certainty of that at this point.'

Matthew was expected to bring heavy rainfall especially to the eastern tip and higher elevations, which could trigger flooding and landslides, Thompson said.

Forecasters said rainfall totals could reach 10 to 15 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 25 inches in Jamaica and southwestern Haiti.


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A LOOK AT DEADLY HURRICANE FELIX THAT SLAMMED INTO NIGARGUA'S MISIKITO COAST IN 2007

On September 4, 2007, Hurricane Felix slammed into Nicaragua's Miskito Coast, as a record-setting Category 5 storm, killing 130 people and causing an estimated $720 million of damage.
The storm, with 160mph winds, whipped metal rooftops through the air like razors, forcing thousands to flee and destroyed many homes.

Felix struck on the same day Hurricane Henriette roared into Mexico's Baja California peninsula.





People wade through the water in Tegucigalpa's flooded market, on September 6, 2007 in Honduras





Partially destroyed homes sit in La Pajara, northern Nicaragua on September 6, 2007. Hurricane Felix made landfall near the area on September 4


It also came only two weeks after Hurricane Dean struck Mexico further up the Caribbean coast, killing 27 people.
At the time, never before in recorded hurricane history had two Category 5 Atlantic hurricanes made landfall in the same year.

Felix was formed from a tropical wave that departed from the coast of Africa on August 24, 2007.
The tropical wave moved westward across the tropical Atlantic for several days while unleashing a persistent area of disorganized cloudiness and showers.





An aerial view shows the flooded area of the community of Potrerillos in Honduras





A Miskito man pours flour for cooking in his home village, destroyed by Hurricane Felix





Aerial picture taken on September, 6, 2007 shows the village of Sandy Bay, Nicaragua, after the passage of the eye of hurricane Felix


It eventually became a tropical storm on September 1, 2007 while 60 miles north of Barbados, before quickly sweeping over Grenada and across the southern part of the Caribbean.
The tropical storm was upgraded to a hurricane on September 2 before making landfall near Punta Gorda, Nicaragua two days later.

In Nicaragua's remote northeast corner ahead of Felix's landfall, more than 12,000 people had been evacuated.
In neighboring Honduras, about 5,000 residents and 3,000 tourists were evacuated from offshore islands just before Felix hit.





Native Miskito children stand amid the rubble of a destroyed church in the Miskito village of Dakura


After making landfall, it quickly was downgraded to a tropical storm but not without causing severe damage to homes and buildings from winds and storm surge.
Both Nicaragua and Honduras also had additional damage from rain-induced flooding.

Felix, for many, revived memories of Hurricane Mitch, which killed more than 10,000 people in Central America in 1998, many of them in Honduras.

Over the years, there have been several other deadly hurricanes that have made landfall as Category 5 storms, leaving death and destruction in their wake.

IN THE PACIFIC

October 23, 2015: Hurricane Patricia's eye came ashore about 55 miles west-northwest of Manzanillo

In 1959: An unnamed storm struck near Manzanillo, killing about 1,800 people.

IN THE ATLANTIC

September 4, 2007: Hurricane Felix slammed into Nicaragua's Mosquito Coast, reportedly killing 130 people

August 21, 2007: Hurricane Dean hit near Majahual, Mexico, killing at least 13 people

August 24, 1992: Hurricane Andrew came ashore in Miami, killing 65 people

September 14, 1988: Hurricane Gilbert slammed into Cancun, Mexico, killing 327 people

August 29, 1979: Hurricane David barreled into Leeward Island of Dominica, killing more than 2,000 people

September 2, 1977: Hurricane Anita plowed into Tamaulipas, Mexico, killing at least 10 people

September 9, 1971: Hurricane Edith made landfall in Nicaragua, killing 30 people

August 17, 1969: Hurricane Camille hit near Biloxi, Mississippi, killing 256 people

September 28, 1955: Hurricane Janet raced into Chetumal, Mexico, killing more than 600 people

September 16, 1937: an unnamed Category 5 hurricane blew into the Bahamas, killing 51 people

September 3, 1935: Hurricane Labor Day churned into the Florida Keys, killing 408 people

September 13, 1928: Hurricane San Felipe-Okeechobee pummeled Puerto Rico, killing 2,166 people

Kingston is in the southeastern corner of Jamaica and is expected to experience flooding.


The government issued a hurricane watch on Friday, and a tropical storm watch was issued for Haiti's southwest coast form the southern border it shares with the Dominican Republic to the capital of Port-au-Prince.


Matthew is also forecast to skim past the southern coast of Haiti on Monday and officials said preparation efforts were focused in the south.

'We will prepare with drinking water for the patients, with medication, with generators for electricity (and) vehicles to go look for people at their homes,' Yves Domercant, the head of the public hospital in Les Cayes in the south, said.

In Cuba, which has a strong record of protecting residents when storms strike, people in the eastern coastal city of Santiago de Cuba said they were following the news closely, although the sky was still blue.

'We don't know yet exactly where it will go, so we're still waiting to see,' Marieta Gomez, owner of Hostal Marieta, said.
'We Cubans are well prepared.'

If Matthew did veer toward the US, it could hit Florida sometime in the middle of next week.


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TURNING TOWARDS THE U.S.

Sometime on Saturday or early Sunday, Matthew should make its long-anticipated northwest or northward turn in the Caribbean Sea, as the system reaches the southwestern edge of the Bermuda High.

The critical details regarding when exactly that turn is made, how sharp it is, and Matthew's intensity at that time will dictate the impacts for Jamaica, Hispañola, and eastern or central Cuba.

Unfortunately, there is still some important forecast uncertainty regarding those important details, which is common for a tropical cyclone forecast several days out.

Weather observers on the US's East Coast are closely monitoring the storm as there is a possibility that it could move its way up past Florida by Wednesday.
The only question is to what extent – if any – the hurricane depreciates in strength.

'If Matthew moves swiftly, it has a greater chance of causing significant impact from rain, wind and flooding along much of the Atlantic coast,' AccuWeather meteorologist Bernie Rayno said.

'On the other hand, if Matthew's forward speed slows, it could still have significant impact on the Atlantic coast, but in a much smaller area, when compared to a fast-moving hurricane,' Rayno said.

Forecasters will have a much clearer idea of just how powerful Matthew remains after it completes its path near Cuba early next week.
The storm will likely lose strength once it hits the Communist island, but it could regain strength once out to sea again.

Analysts will also be able to chart its path and predict where precisely it will make landfall.


If one were a betting man, forecasters say that Floridians should brace themselves by Wednesday.


'While a track into the western Caribbean and then the Gulf of Mexico is still possible, that outcome appears unlikely at this time,' said AccuWeather meteorologist Steve Travis.

If the storm doesn't make landfall in the US, the impact will be minimal – rough surf, strong rip currents, and large swells.


Dominican Republic and other Islands on High Alert for Hurricane Matthew



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Update re: Hurricane Matthew >Powerful Storm Hits Atlantic >US Evacuates Guantanamo

Powerful Hurricane Matthew a Threat to Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP). 3 October 2016. —


Heavy rains from the outer bands of Hurricane Matthew drenched Jamaica and Haiti on Monday, flooding streets and sending many people to emergency shelters as the Category 4 storm approached the two countries. Two deaths were reported in Haiti, bringing the total for the storm to at least four.


Matthew had sustained winds of 140 mph (220 kph) as it moved north, up from 130 mph (210 kph) earlier in the day. The center was expected to pass just east of Jamaica and near or over the southwestern tip of Haiti early Tuesday before heading to eastern Cuba, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

"We are looking at a dangerous hurricane that is heading into the vicinity of western Haiti and eastern Cuba," said Richard Pasch, a senior hurricane specialist with the center. "People who are impacted by things like flooding and mudslides hopefully would get out and relocate because that's where we have seen loss of life in the past."






Many were taking that advice. In Jamaica, more than 700 people packed shelters in the eastern parish of St. Thomas and the Salvation Army said there were about 200 people at its shelters in Kingston as it put out a call for mattresses and cots. Many streets flooded throughout the country's southeast.

Still, many people chose to stick it out. Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie said all but four residents of the Port Royal area near the Kingston airport refused to board buses and evacuate.

Fisherman Carlos Smith in St. Catherine Parish said he realized the storm appeared to be dangerous but he couldn't abandon his property.

"I want to leave anytime now and go to a shelter, but we can't leave our things because that's how we hustle and make a living," he said.

In Haiti, authorities went door to door in the south coast cities of Les Cayes and Jeremie to make sure people were aware of the storm. At least 1,200 people were evacuated to shelters in churches and schools.

"We are continuing to mobilize teams in the south to move people away from dangerous areas," said Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste, head of Haiti's civil protection agency.

In Port-au-Prince, schools were shuttered and residents lined up at gas stations and cleared out the shelves at supermarkets as a light rain fell in the capital. Some worried the city of roughly a million people would not fare well. "We are not prepared," unemployed mason Fritz Achelus said as he watched water pool on a downtown street.

At least two fishermen died in rough water churned up by the storm, Jean-Baptiste said. A boat carrying one of the men capsized early Monday off the tiny southwestern fishing town of Saint Jean du Sud as he was trying to bring his wooden skiff to shore. The body of the other was recovered a short time later off the nearby town of Aquin after he apparently drowned.

Their deaths brought the total for the storm to at least four. One man died Friday in Colombia and a 16-year-old in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Sept. 28 when the system passed through the eastern Caribbean.

Forecasters said the storm was expected to dump as much as 40 inches (100 centimeters) of rain on some isolated areas of Haiti, raising fears of deadly mudslides and floods in the heavily deforested country where many families live in flimsy houses with corrugated metal roofs.


Matthew is one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history and briefly reached the top classification, Category 5, becoming the strongest hurricane in the region since Felix in 2007. The hurricane center said the storm appeared to be on track to pass east of Florida through the Bahamas, but it was too soon to predict with certainty whether it would threaten any spot on the U.S. East Coast.



"Although our track is to the east of Florida, interests there should remain vigilant and we can't rule out the possibility of impacts," Pasch said.

As of 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT), the storm was centered about 275 miles (440 kilometers) southwest of Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince and 205 miles (330 kilometers) southeast of Kingston. It was moving north at 6 mph (9 kph).


A hurricane warning was posted for the southeastern Bahamas. A hurricane watch was in effect for eastern Cuba, the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caico Islands.


After passing Jamaica and Haiti, Matthew's center was expected to pass about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where authorities evacuated about 700 spouses and children of service members on military transport planes to Florida.



The U.S. installation has a population of about 5,500, including 61 men held at the detention center for terrorism suspects. Navy Capt. David Culpepper, the base commander, said emergency shelters had been set up and authorities were bracing for 80 mph winds along with storm surge and heavy rain that could threaten some low-lying areas, including around the power plant and water desalination facility.

"We have no choice but to prepare ourselves to take a frontal assault if you will," Culpepper said.


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US Evacuates Military Families From Guantanamo as Hurricane Matthew Barrels Towards Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba and Could Hit the Carolinas Later This Week

  • Center of the hurricane was expected to pass about 50 miles east of U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay
  • The US evacuated 700 spouses and children of service members on military transport planes to Florida
  • The base has a population of 5,500, including 61 men held at the detention center for terrorism suspects
  • After passing Jamaica and Haiti, the Category 4 hurricane is projected to reach Cuba before potentially hitting the East Coast
Daily Mail UK, 3 October 2016



The United States has evacuated 700 spouses and children of service members from the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay on military transport planes to Florida as Hurricane Matthew barrels towards Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba.

The center of Hurricane Matthew - the strongest to hit the Atlantic in a decade - was expected to pass about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of the base.
It has a population of about 5,500, including 61 men held at the detention center for terrorism suspects.





The United States has evacuated 700 spouses and children of service members from the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay on military transport planes to Florida. Above, families settle into their seats aboard a Boeing C-17A Globemaster III aircraft





A projection of Hurricane Matthew's path and intensity shows it could hit the Florida coast on Friday morning before moving towards the Carolinas on Saturday


After passing Jamaica and Haiti, Matthew is projected to reach Cuba before potentially hitting the East Coast later this week.

Projected paths of the hurricane show that it could hit Miami on Friday morning with wind speeds of 110 mph before moving towards the Carolina on Saturday with wind speeds of 105 mph.



On Monday, vulnerable Haiti is braced for flash floods and violent winds from the extremely dangerous storm as it approached the hemisphere's poorest country.
The eye of the Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 kph), was expected to pass east of Jamaica and then over or close to the southwestern tip of Haiti late Monday or early Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

It was predicted to hit the lightly populated eastern tip of Cuba on Tuesday afternoon.

Forecasters said as much as 40 inches (100 centimeters) of rain could fall on some isolated areas of Haiti, raising fears of deadly mudslides and floods in the heavily deforested country where many families live in flimsy houses with corrugated metal roofs.

'Some of us will die but I pray it won't be a lot,' said Serge Barionette, who lives in the southern town of Gressier, where a river recurrently bursts its banks during serious storms.





A hurricane warning was in effect for Haiti, Jamaica and parts of Cuba while a hurricane watch was in effect for the Cuban province of Camaguey, the central Bahamas and the Turks and Caico Islands





The eye of the Category 4 hurricane was expected to pass east of Jamaica and then over or close to the southwestern tip of Haiti late Monday or early Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said





After passing Jamaica and Haiti, Matthew is projected to reach Cuba before potentially hitting the East Coast later this week





Hurricane Matthew is seen in an infrared image from NOAA's GOES-East satellite taken at 7.15am ET on October 3


A hurricane warning was in effect for Haiti, Jamaica and parts of Cuba.
Rain was already lashing parts of Jamaica and flooding streets and homes, but forecasters said the southern Haitian countryside around Jeremie and Les Cayes could see the worst of the rains and punishing winds.

'Wherever that center passes close to would see the worst winds and that's what's projected to happen for the western tip of Haiti,' said John Cangilosi, a hurricane specialist at the U.S. center.
'There is a big concern for rains there and also a big concern for storm surge.'

Matthew is one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history and briefly reached the top classification, Category 5, becoming the strongest hurricane in the region since Felix in 2007.


The hurricane center said the storm appeared to be on track to pass east of Florida through the Bahamas, but it was too soon to predict with certainty whether it would threaten any spot on the East Coast of the United States.

Teams of civil protection officials walked the streets of Les Cayes and other areas urging residents to secure their homes, prepare emergency kits and warn their neighbors. They also evacuated people from some outlying islands.
As of 8am EDT, the storm was centered about 280 miles (450 kilometers) southwest of Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince and 220 miles (355 kilometers) southeast of Kingston. It was moving north at 6 mph (9 kph).

A hurricane warning was also posted for the southeastern Bahamas.



A hurricane watch was in effect for the Cuban province of Camaguey, the central Bahamas and the Turks and Caico Islands,


A tropical storm warning was issued for parts of the Dominican Republic, where authorities began mandatory evacuations of areas at risk for flooding.

+ A tropical storm watch was in effect for other parts of the Dominican Republic.


The hurricane earlier had been projected to be closer to Jamaica, but still was a danger to the island of less than three million inhabitants.

'The center of the system is looking more likely that it will pass to the east of Jamaica but it won't miss it by that much, so they are still going to see impacts,' Cangilosi said.
'The impacts are maybe going to be a little lower there than they would be in Haiti and eastern Cuba.'
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Important re: Hurricanes/Storm Warnings/Reports >Storm Angus Brings Chaos to UK

No Calm Before The storm: Tailbacks Leave Thousands in GRIDLOCK Across The East Coast as Two million are Told to Flee 'Skeleton' Hurricane Matthew as it Kills 26 and Prepares to Hit U.S. TODAY




An eerie 'skull' appeared in satellite images of Hurricane Matthew on Tuesday, as the storm is expected to hit the US on Thursday

  • Hurricane Matthew is expected to hit southern Florida Thursday evening and move up the East Coast
  • Powerful storm claimed at least 26 lives as it ripped through Haiti and the Dominican Republic on Tuesday
  • Two million people in the U.S. have been urged to evacuate their homes in preparation for a 'direct hit'
  • Gov. Scott warned Florida could be facing its 'biggest evacuation ever' after declaring a state emergency
  • Eerie satellite images of Matthew over Haiti show the storm forming a grinning skull with glowing red eye


Daily Mail UK, 6 October 2016





Traffic was backed up for miles in several cities in Florida (main), the Carolinas and Georgia on Wednesday as thousands of residents boarded up their homes and evacuated in preparation for Hurricane Matthew that is expected to hit the East Coast on Thursday.

Hundreds of thousands of families along the coast have either fled their homes or battened down the hatches in anticipation of the deadly and powerful storm that is expected to be a Category 4 when hits the US.

In preparation, residents have flocked to hardware stores, grocery stores and gas stations to stock up on supplies (top and bottom left) for what's predicted to be a devastating hurricane.

'I cannot emphasize enough that everyone in our state must prepare now for a direct hit,' said Florida Governor Rick Scott who has declared a state emergency. 'That means people have less than 24 hours to prepare, evacuate and shelter.

Having a plan in place could mean the difference between life and death.'

His spokeswoman, Jackie Schutz, said that about 1.5 million residents have been urged to evacuate state-wide. South Carolina has told about a quarter million people to leave the coast and Governor Nikki Haley says she currently plans to order more evacuations for two more counties Thursday, bringing the total to about 500,000 people.

So far the deadly storm has killed 11 and destroyed thousands of homes across islands in the Caribbean, including Cuba (top right) and Haiti (bottom right).


More than two million people in the U.S. have been urged to evacuate their homes in preparation for a 'direct hit' from Hurricane Matthew which has already claimed 26 lives.
Traffic was backed up for miles in Florida, the Carolinas and Georgia on Wednesday as thousands of families along the East Coast fled their homes ahead of the storm - which is expected to strike the U.S. on Thursday evening.

The powerful Category-three hurricane, the fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade, killed at least 22 people in Haiti and four in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday.


President Barack Obama warned: 'I want to emphasise to the public - this is a serious storm. If there is an evacuation order in your community, you need to take it seriously.'


The hurricane whipped Cuba, Haiti and
Dominican Republic with 140 mile-per-hour winds and torrential rains on Tuesday, pummeling towns and destroying livestock, crops and homes.

On Thursday morning, the storm was around 295 miles (480 kilometers) from West Palm Beach, Florida. It is expected to hit Miami on Thursday evening and move up to Jacksonville by Friday evening.


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Traffic was backed up for miles as residents make an evacuation route over 520 bridge heading west from Merritt Island, Florida on Wednesday





Preparation: Shoppers crowd the entrance to the Costco store in Altamonte Springs as central Floridians stock up on supplies ahead of the anticipated strike of Hurricane Matthew





Mary Stanley looks at the empty shelves on a bread isle at the Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Leland, North Carolina on Wednesday as residents up and down the East Coast are preparing for Hurricane Matthew to hit Thursday





A shopper walks by the empty shelves where bottled water normally would be on Wednesday at a grocery store in Hollywood, Florida





South Carolina state troopers direct traffic travelling on I-26 as an evacuation route during preparations for the expected arrival of Hurricane Matthew in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday





Motorists wait in a line of cars to buy gas at a Chevron gasoline station on Wednesday in Hollywood, Florida





Evacuations have begun across Florida and South Carolina as the deadly, storm will hit the East Coast (pictured, bus drivers with the Greenville, South Carolina school district wait for word when to start evacuating people to Greenville from North Charleston)


In preparation, residents have flocked to hardware stores, grocery stores and gas stations to stock up on supplies, leaving store shelves and gas stations empty for what's predicted to be a devastating hurricane.

'I cannot emphasize enough that everyone in our state must prepare now for a direct hit,' said Florida Gov. Rick Scott who has declared a state emergency. 'That means people have less than 24 hours to prepare, evacuate and shelter. Having a plan in place could mean the difference between life and death.'

His spokeswoman, Jackie Schutz, said that about 1.5million residents have been urged to evacuate statewide.

South Carolina has told about a quarter million people to leave the coast and Gov. Nikki Haley says she currently plans to order more evacuations for two more counties Thursday, bringing the total to about 500,000 people.

On Tuesday, the hurricane moved north, battering parts of Cuba and the Bahamas with 120mph winds, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.
Forecasters predicted Matthew will strengthen to a Category 4 hurricane, with speeds of more than 130mph by the times it hits Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. The National Hurricane Center expects the storm to hit southern Florida sometime on Thursday.






This creepy image, appears to show a white grinning skull, with a glowing red eye, flicked with green at its very center. It appeared in a weather map of the storm as it hit landfall in Haiti on Wednesday





Florida is on Hurricane Warning and Tropical Storm Warning, while the Bahamas also remains on Hurricane Warning as of late Wednesday





People along the East Coast are flocking to hardware stores, grocery aisles and gas stations as Hurricane Matthew is expected to make landfall in Florida on Thursday





Hurricane Matthew is a strong and extremely dangerous hurricane that is predicted to move up through the East Coast starting Thursday when it hits Florida





As of 11pm Wednesday, the powerful storm was hammering the Bahamas with wind speeds of 115mph





The hurricane is due to hit Florida on Thursday evening and will move up the East Coast through the Carolinas over the weekend


As residents in the Southeast coast prepared to leave their homes behind, many found that trying to get out of town was difficult since everyone was evacuating at the same time.
Hundreds of thousands were stuck in traffic on highways due to evacuation orders being issued by government officials.

'It was bumper to bumper and fairly slow for about 30 to 40 miles on either side of I-95,' Sarah Boessenecker told NBC News on Wednesday.
She and her husband, Robert were trying to make the trip from Charleston, South Carolina to Atlanta, where friends had offered to host them.
'However, people were very friendly and easygoing — no honking or impatience,' she said.
'People seemed to know the drill and understand that traffic was going to be bad and had accepted it.'

For Lydia Dalton, she said it took her family a 'long time to get out of Charleston' on Interstate 26.
'We thought we were leaving way ahead of everyone else,' Dalton said.

Ahead of the storm, US airlines canceled more than 1,500 flights on Wednesday and 1,070 flights have already been canceled in the US for Thursday.
The most-affected airports are Miami, with 512 flights, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with 287.

American Airlines is expected to see the most cancellations, as the company has large operations in Miami and Charlotte.
Delta Air Lines has cancelled about 120 flights to and from airports in South Florida. United Airlines said it is cancelling just over 60 flights to or from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.





A woman cries amid the rubble of her home, destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in Baracoa, Cuba on Wednesday




People walk next to destroyed houses after Hurricane Matthew passes Jeremie, Haiti on Wednesday





Red Cross workers and residents walk among the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in Baracoa, Cuba on Wednesday





A boy amd a woman walk next to remains of houses destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in Baracoa, Cuba on Wednesday





A woman removes debris from homes that fell in the street after the passing of Hurricane Matthew in Baracoa, Cuba on Wednesday


Some airlines are letting passengers change travel plans without penalty if their trip might be affected by Hurricane Matthew.
United Airlines said Tuesday that it will waive change fees and any difference in fare for customers scheduled to fly Wednesday through Friday to, from or through five airports in Florida.
Delta Air Lines is waiving change fees on trips through Wednesday in the Caribbean and through Thursday at eight Florida destinations, although differences in the fare would still apply.

During a weather forecast on Wednesday, the deadly storm seemed to take on an ominous skull shape to the shock of many viewers.
The creepy picture, which appears to show a white grinning skull with a glowing red eye, was taken from a NASA satellite and shows the hurricane as it made landfall in Haiti. Many took the 'skull of Matthew's' eye, as a bad omen as the deadly storm moves towards to U.S.





Thomas Carrigan, bar manager at Siam Orchid restaurant in Cocoa Beach, Florida, works to board up the front of the restaurant on Wednesday





Employees of Siam Orchid restaurant in Cocoa Beach, Florida, work to prepare for the hurricane that's arriving on Thursday





Workers board up a restaurant ahead of hurricane Matthew in Atlantic Beach, Florida on Wednesday





Rene Anger fills and stacks sandbags in front of her Cherry Street home in Neptune Beach, Florida on Wednesday


President Barack Obama on Wednesday said the U.S. government has teams and supplies positioned to respond to Hurricane Matthew.

'I want to emphasize to the public - this is a serious storm,' Obama said after a briefing at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 'It has been building strength on its way to Florida.'

Evacuations began Wednesday and at 3pm, Brevard County commissioners ordered one of the Florida's first evacuations for residents of Merritt Island and other barrier islands.
Martin County has also ordered for homes along the Barrier Islands and Sewall's Point, as well as for residents living in low-lying areas or manufactures homes.





Fred Whitaker installs plywood to protect a business's windows ahead of Hurricane Matthew in Titusville, Florida on Wednesday





Aidano Medioli pushes a cart with panels of plywood, used to cover windows, onto his car as he prepares for the arrival of the storm in Miami, Florida





Eduardo Menijvar loads panels of plywood, used to cover windows, onto his car in Miami to get ready for the storm on Wednesday





People along the East Coast have been flocking to hardware stores, grocery aisles and gas stations to prepare for the devastating hurricane (a station sold out of gas in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew in Surfside Beach, South Carolina)





Gas stations have been left empty as South Carolina residents rushed to fill up before the storm hits on Friday



Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he didn't know how many people would be ordered to leave as the decision was left up to individual counties but warned Florida could be facing its 'biggest evacuation ever'.

'When you look at this storm as it goes along the East Coast, we're going to have to prepare every county, so it could be the biggest evacuation ever. Every county is focused on it though. We've been working on it even before today,' Scott said in a press conference Wednesday.

Theme parks such as Walt Disney World and Sea World were also keeping a close eye on the storm and warned customers they could expect different closing times.

One Florida, resident Randy Jordan of Juniper, said people were shoving each other as they raced to buy the supplies they needed at the local Home Depot.
'The vibe on the street this morning is pre-panic,' Jordan said. 'By tomorrow, it should just be a brawl.'





Florida coastal resorts, such as Daytona Beach, now resemble boarded-up ghost towns as people leave ahead of the storm





Hundreds of thousands of families along the coast have either fled their homes or have been battening down the hatches in anticipation of the deadly storm which is expected to make landfall in the U.S. on Thursday (Staff at Banana Cabana on the Isle of Palms, South Carolina board up the beach front institution in preparation for Hurricane Matthew)






Chris Ramsey installs plywood panels over windows at a auto stereo and window tint shop in preparation for Hurricane Matthew, Wednesday, in Cocoa Beach, Florida





Tanner, left, and Debbie Hrobak, of Port St. Lucie, install storm shutters on their store in Stuart, Florida, ahead of Hurricane Matthew on Wednesday


In South Carolina, residents in Charleston and Beaufort counties began their evacuations at noon on Wednesday.
The National Guard was mobilized Wednesday and more than 300 buses had been set aside to transport families fleeing their homes to safety ahead of the storm, and lane reversals leading out of Charleston began at 3pm.

Traffic was backed up for miles as people fled Charleston on Interstate 26, with gasoline a precious commodity with at least half a dozen stations along the coast out of fuel
But not everyone is heeding the warning to leave.

'We're staying because we have to board the house up,' said Buff Schwab, who stocked up on supplies yesterday.

Gov. Nikki Haley had warned yesterday she was prepared to evacuation one million people but had scaled down the evacuation after Matthew's wind speeds of 145mph yesterday, dropped to 120mph this morning.
At a press conference Wednesday morning, she added that evacuations in Georgetown and Horry counties will be on Thursday.

At its height, the hurricane was a Category 5 with wind speeds of more than 157 mph. Those speeds have dropped somewhat overtime and by Wednesday morning Matthew had sustained speeds of 115mph, according to the National Hurricane Center, making it a Category 3 storm.





Dimitri Pinckney installs hurricane shutters in advance of Hurricane Matthew on the Isle of Palms, South Carolina





Kristen Allen, center front, and Travis Scott, right, fill bags with sand to prevent flooding to a nearby gift shop as they prepare for the hurricane, Wednesday, in Cocoa Beach





A pedestrian walks across normally busy Ocean Boulevard ahead of the expected Friday arrival of Hurricane Matthew in Surfside Beach, South Carolina





Some coastal regions have been left ghost towns, with business closed in preparation for Matthew. One Myrtle Beach restaurant in South Carolina, shows a message revealing it is 'closed until (South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley) tells us what to do'






A worker moves supports in place for boats that will be docked on land in preparation for Hurricane Matthew at Port Canaveral, Florida


But forecasters predict it will strengthen to a Category 4 hurricane by the time it pummels Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Those dangerous high winds caused destruction as they whipped through Haiti, southern Cuba and the Dominican Republic yesterday, with flooding and landslides destroying homes, businesses and bringing down electricity lines.
Islanders have begun the slow process of rebuilding their lives. In Cuba, residents were seen walking through the rubble strewn streets, and digging through the remains of broken buildings trying to recover their belongings.

Meanwhile, a United Nations official said Hurricane Matthew has caused the biggest humanitarian crisis in Haiti since the devastating earthquake of 2010.
Hurricane Matthew has now moved off the northeastern coast of Cuba and is over the Bahamas where locals had prepared by boarding up their homes and businesses.





Miami residents flock to the grocery aisles to buy supplies as the eerily skull-shaped Hurricane Matthew marches toward Florida





Shoppers arrive to the Costco store in Altamonte Springs as central Floridians stock up on supplies ahead of the anticipated storm





Miami residents buy up big supplies of water on Wednesday to be prepared for when Hurricane Matthew hits Florida





Worried Miami residents buy up wooden boards at a hardware store to help protect their homes and businesses against the coming storm





Lumber manager Shawn Ferris, left, helps customer Ed Painter load plywood in preparation for Hurricane Matthew, Wednesday, in Jacksonville, Florida






Bret Hansen reads over the specs of a generator at The Home Depot in Monkey Junction near Wilmington, North Carolina, as Hurricane Matthew comes up the east coast





Shoppers buy cases and cases of water on Wednesday in Miami as they prepared for Hurricane Matthew which is predicted to hit the state on Thursday





Jesse Canady brings out a new load of generators at The Home Depot in Monkey Junction near Wilmington





Patrons wait in line for gas at the Costco store in Altamonte Springs, Florida, to buy supplies before Hurricane Matthew hits





People line up to fill their cars with gas in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew, in Coral Springs, Florida, October 5


Much of Florida is now under a Hurricane Warning, according to the National Hurricane Center, which means hurricane strength winds are expected within 36 hours. While the north of the state including Jacksonville is under a Tropical Storm Warning and the southern tip, beginning just below Miami, is on Hurricane Watch.

Matthew also could cause significant beach erosion all along the Atlantic coast, according to AccuWeather.
The worrying forecast was made all the more unsettling by the appearance of the strange skull formation in the weather map of Hurricane Matthew on Tuesday.

'I can confirm this satellite image of Matthew's landfall is REAL and not photoshopped,' said Matt Devitt, from the WINK News team in Florida, was noticed the skull while giving a forecast yesterday
'Captured this morning during my weathercast. Freaky!'



Many were disturbed by the strange occurrence, calling the 'monstrous' picture a bad omen for the East Coast.
'East cost(sic) you better dig in this is an evil storm!' one viewer tweeted.

However, meteorologists were quick to assure the public that the image was simply a fluke, as the map used different colors used to identified the strongest part of the storm.

Schools in Broward County and Palm Beach County have cancelled classes on Thursday and Friday





People along the East Coast are flocking to pick up sandbags, raiding hardware stores, grocery aisles and gas stations as Hurricane Matthew marched toward Florida





Long lines in Sandford, central Florida for the free sandbags as residents prepare for the approaching hurricane





A minivan is packed full of sandbags which will be used to protect against flooding and high winds in Florida





Residents are filling sandbags in 90 degree weather in preparation for the approaching hurricane as even the little ones get in on the act





Workers in bright orange shirts help families load up sandbags on Wednesday morning in Sandford, Central Florida





The government have offered free sandbags for Florida residents as they prepare for the approaching storm





A long queue of cars forms in central Florida as residents line up to collect free sandbags to help protect their homes


In South Florida, lines at grocery stores were heavier than usual and some essentials were in short supply.
When Simone Corrado and her husband tried to buy water at their Publix in Davie near Fort Lauderdale, they mostly found empty shelves.
There were a few bottles of high-end water brands, but there was so much empty shelf space that Corrado lay down and fully stretched out on the bottom shelf.

'I got scared because all that was left at Publix was just the pricey water,' said Corrado, who lived through 1992's catastrophic Hurricane Andrew, which practically leveled the nearby city of Homestead.
'They really put the fear into you here. On the television screen every few minutes is the 'beep, beep, beep' storm alert.'

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency in 13 coastal counties yesterday because of Hurricane Matthew.

The White House said President Barack Obama canceled a campaign and health care events in Florida on Wednesday and would instead visit the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for an update.

Hurricane Hermine became the first to strike Florida since Wilma in 2005 when it hit the eastern Panhandle on September 2 as a Category 1 storm, causing one death, storm surge damage to beachfront homes and downed trees and powerlines.

That 11-year lull between storms hitting Florida was the longest on record. The last storm to hit the Atlantic side of Florida was Hurricane Katrina, which struck in 2005 on its way to devastating the Gulf coast.





President Barack Obama on Wednesday said the U.S. government has teams and supplies positioned to respond to Hurricane Matthew as the storm barrels toward Florida and other southeastern states





US President Barack Obama spoke about Hurricane Matthew at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)




Wilma made landfall as a Category 3 storm with 120 mph winds, killing five people as it pushed from southwest Florida, through the Everglades and into the Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach area, causing an estimated $21 billion in damage and leaving thousands of residents without power for more than a week.
It concluded a two-year span when a record eight hurricanes hit the state.

Near Miami Beach, The Home Depot in Davie briefly ran out of propane for gas barbecues and the supply of batteries was dwindling.
People bought plywood to cover windows, tarps to put over outdoor furniture and coolers for food storage.

Anesthesiologist Darby Lipka lugged a 20-pound propane tank across the parking lot, saying he had already purchased food and water. He installed hurricane windows years ago so he wouldn't need to erect shutters
'I am just trying to be prepared,' he said.

Dane Vaala, a diesel mechanic, was loading plywood onto his pickup. He needed it so he could stand on his awning to install upper floor shutters at his home.
He moved to Florida from Montana in 2007, so Matthew would be his first storm. He had loaded up on canned food and water.





Two men struggle to secure their home with wooden boarding on Bailou Hill Road as Hurricane Matthew approaches Nassau, Bahamas, October 5





Mark Cartwright loads up on food and supplies at the store ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Matthew in Nassau, Bahamas





People carry some of their belongings through the rubble of a street after the passing of Hurricane Matthew in Baracoa, Cuba, Wednesday,where the hurricane rolled across the sparsely populated tip of Cuba overnight






Red Cross workers and residents walk among the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in Baracoa, Cuba





A bent stop sign lies amid debris, felled by Hurricane Matthew in Baracoa,Cuba's easternmost city





People look to salvage personal belongings from their homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew in Baracoa, Cuba, Wednesday


'I'm not too concerned — it doesn't really bother me much,' he said. 'But it is better to prep.'

Haley said state officials would reverse lanes on major evacuation routes in South Carolina.
It would be the first major evacuation since Hurricane Floyd in 1999, when the governor at the time didn't reverse the lanes and Interstate 26 became a parking lot.

A typically two-hour drive from Charleston to Columbia turned into 24-hour nightmare.

'We've been though winter storms. We've been through a 1,000-year flood. A hurricane is different. I don't want anyone to look at the last couple of tragedies we've gone through and think this is similar,' Haley said.





People wade through a street flooded by a nearby river overflowing from the heavy rains caused by Hurricane Matthew, in Leogane, Haiti, Wednesday





People try to cross the overflowing Rouyonne river in the commune of Leogane, south of Port-au-Prince, Haiti which was blasted by Matthew yesterday





A motorcyclist rides through the floodwater after Rouyonne river burst its banks following the hurricane in the commune of Leogane, south of Port-au-Prince, on Wednesday






A family clings hold of one another as they try to cross the over flowing Rouyonne river in Haiti where residents began the messy and probably grim task of assessing the storm's toll


Strong winds and heavy rain hit Haiti on Thursday, where at least five are dead, including a 26-year-old man who drowned trying to rescue a child who fell into flood waters. The child was saved, authorities said. One woman was killed by a falling electrical pole.

More than 430,000 were evacuated from the island, the poorest region in the Western Hemisphere, ahead of the hurricane.

'You could see a death toll in the thousands,' Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach had warned as life-threatening 145mph winds and heavy rain battered the island.

Deputy Special Representative for Haiti Mourad Wahba says in a statement that many people have been forced from their homes and communications systems have been knocked out in the country's hard-hit southwestern peninsula. He said at least 10,000 people are in shelters.
Wahba says officials have received reports of destroyed houses and overflowing hospitals, with shortages fresh water. He also says the hospital in the city of Les Cayes had its roof blown off.

But with a key bridge washed out, roads impassable and phone communications down, the western tip of Haiti was isolated and there was no word on dead and injured.






Men dig through the rubble of a collapsed building in Baracoa, Cuba, in the aftermath of the hurricane which battered the island last night





A man is comforted as Cubans begin the slow process of repairing and rebuilding following the trail of devastation left by Matthew





A view of partially destroyed banana trees at a road side after the passage of hurricane Matthew on the coast of Guantanamo province, Cuba, October 5





The rubble left after Hurricane Matthew blew through yesterday destroying homes and business in southern Cuba





A man looks pensive as he sits atop a pile of rubble after the hurricane wreaked destruction in Cuba yesterday





A couple embrace in the remains of their home that was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in Baracoa, Cuba, Wednesday



Hours after Matthew swept onto the remote area with 145 mph winds, government leaders said they weren't close to fully gauging the impact in the vulnerable, flood-prone country where less powerful storms have killed thousands.

International aid efforts were stymied Tuesday because of the lack of access to the hardest-hit areas, many residents of flooded areas seen by Associated Press reporters were wading through shin-high waters.
Muddy rivers and tributaries continued to rise as water flowed down hillsides and mountains, making more flash floods and mudslides possible even Matthew tracked away from the country.

On Wednesday, the hurricane moved northwards, battering the Bahamas and parts of Cuba including Guantanamo Bay where seven hundred military family members were evacuated from over the weekend in anticipation of the storm.

Several cruise ships are being rerouted from their regularly scheduled Caribbean and Bahamas ports to Key West. Key West is about 40 miles south of the portion of the Florida not currently under a tropical storm warning.

As Hurricane Matthew approaches the Bahamas, officials say nine Royal Bahamas Defence Force vessels have moored at Truman Harbor in Key West.





The streets are filled with broken roofing, bricks and other detritus after Matthew blew through Cuba





Hurricane Matthew left serious damage at the eastern end of Cuba, with landslides, toppling electricity poles and cutting off roads by floods





Cubans stand outside an apartment block on October 5, and consider the damage and havoc caused by Hurricane Matthew





A Cuban street in the Guantanamo province (seen this morning), is buried under huge slabs of rock after Hurricane Matthew passed through yesterday





The coastal road between Guantanamo and Baracoa was left broken and battered after Hurricane Matthew passed through the eastern tip of Cuba on Tuesday afternoon



Naval Air Station Key West spokeswoman Trice Denny says a University of Miami Rosentiel School research called the Whalton Smith is expected to arrive in port in Key West on Wednesday.
Officials are also expecting the USNS Spearhead on Saturday, a 337-foot-long joint (Navy/Army) high-speed catamaran vessel, to be positioned in Key West for possible aid missions.

The Department of State had also authorized family members of US government employees to depart the Bahamas, and issued a travel warning for the area.

Matthew was at one point a Category 5 storm, making it the most powerful hurricane in the region in nearly a decade. It blew ashore around dawn in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and a place where many people live in shacks of wood or concrete blocks.

Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie voiced concern about the potential impact on the sprawling archipelago off Florida's east coast.
'We're worried because we do not control nature,' he said.

Seven hundred military family members were evacuated from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba over the weekend in anticipation of the storm. The Department of State has authorized family members of US government employees to depart the Bahamas, and has issued a travel warning for the area.

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Death Toll From Hurricane Matthew Reaches 36 in US as Floodwaters Continue to Rise in Hard-Hit North Carolina

  • Of the 36 fatalities in the US related to Hurricane Matthew, 20 were reported in North Carolina
  • Almost all the deaths in North Carolina were vehicle-related drownings
  • Gov Pat McCrory said Thursday number of power outages was at about 55,000, down from 900,000 at the height of the storm
  • Goldman Sachs estimated Matthew caused $10billion in damage in the US
  • Matthew killed 500 people in Haiti before pummeling East Coast of US between October 6-9
Daily Mail UK, 13 October 2016





Stuck: A truck sits stranded on Interstate 95 in floodwaters in Lumberton Wednesday


The death toll from Hurricane Matthew has reached 36 in the US, with 20 of the fatalities reported in North Carolina, where floodwaters continued rising Thursday.

Anita Van Beveren has been returning day after day to watch the brown floodwater creep toward the rental home she shares with her two teenage children. While she got many belongings out, they couldn't move everything — a bicycle is chained to a back deck surrounded by water.

'I cry and pray. There's nothing else to do,' said Van Beveren, who is staying with friends. 'We keep coming up here every hour. And every hour it's worse.'

Many neighbors are keeping similar vigils on Van Beveren's side of Willow Street, which runs parallel to the Tar River and has largely served as a boundary between those who evacuated and those who stayed.

The leafy neighborhood — one of many around North Carolina to suffer flooding after Hurricane Matthew — includes one-story homes and small apartment buildings that house a mix of families and students from nearby East Carolina University.

North of Willow, houses and apartments were filling up with water even before the river was expected to crest Thursday.
The flooding was triggered by heavy rain from Matthew, which killed more than 500 people in Haiti before churning its way up the East Coast of the US.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday the number of power outages was down to about 55,000, form a high of nearly 900,000 when the storm hit last week.
But McCrory said flooding continues to be a major problem in the eastern part of the state.

No new deaths were reported Thursday in North Carolina. State officials say 20 people have died in the storm, almost all of them in vehicle-related drownings.
McCrory said three more counties have been approved for federal help.

Nearly three dozen counties are now approved for aid to local government and 17 counties have been approved for help to individuals who suffered losses.

'The poorest of the poor are the ones that are being hurt the most by the floods,' the governor said, citing conditions in Lumberton and smaller communities of Pembroke and St. Pauls.

On Wednesday, the governor called the residents in Robeson County 'the most resilient citizens I have ever met.'

Goldman Sachs analysts estimated that Hurricane Matthew caused $10billion in property damage, about half of that insured losses.
For US hurricanes historically, that is relatively small; it makes Matthew only the 22nd worst storm in terms of property damage.

In Greenville, North Carolina, south of Willow Street and uphill from the river, homeowners expect their houses to be dry, and most stayed despite a mandatory evacuation.





Barricade: Sandbags and no entry signs are seen in front of apartments located near the Tar River in Greenville





Water world: Kyle Hawley, right, and roommate Trey Wood, pilot their boat through the streets of their submerged neighborhood in Greenville


People that are staying are pretty comfortable because a lot of us were here for Floyd, and we know what's coming,' said John Benson. He lives on a street that crosses Willow just uphill from a Dead End sign that marked the edge of the floodwaters from Hurricane Floyd in 1999. The Tar River isn't expected to get as high this time.Joe Davis owns houses on another street that crosses Willow, including a rental property where waist-deep water lapped at the foundation Wednesday.

He watched a worker use duct tape and sheets of plastic to seal crawl space vents after placing sandbags at the doors.
'This is my first time doing this, so we'll see how this works,' said Davis, who bought the rental house several months ago.

Wearing duck-hunting waders, Andrew Brauns strode through the murky water after working on Davis' rental house. He does maintenance for several property owners and said he put in several 15-hour days this week.
'These are going to be our two worst houses actually,' he said, pointing to the rental house and one across the street. 'So we've really been trying to keep the water out. Under the houses, it can wash a bunch of the foundations away.'

Two tenants of another house surrounded by several feet of water — Carolyn Raby and Nicole Beauchene — walked up to survey the scene at the end of the street that dead ends near the river. They said their landlord has been letting them stay in another house he owns, but the ordeal has fried their nerves.

'I haven't slept. I don't eat. The only normal thing I have is work and that's sad when work's your only normal thing to do,' said Beauchene, who works at the sandwich shop Jimmy John's.

Matthew also brought record flooding to some areas of South Carolina. The National Weather Service reports the Little Pee Dee River near Galivants Ferry in Horry County has broken a flood record set almost 90 years ago.
The storm closed more than 200 roads in the state. Officials say more roads are being reopened. And North Carolina officials say they are reopening a long section of the main road on the Outer Banks.
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Haiti Tries to Get Hurricane Aid Right.. But Cholera Blamed on U.N. >As Hurricane Matthew Causes More Devastation and Death Toll Rises Past 1000

Daily Mail UK, 13 October 2016


PORT-A-PIMENT, Haiti, Oct 13 (Reuters)
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Foreign medics with orange stretchers and gallons of chlorine are stemming a cholera outbreak on Haiti's hurricane-struck coast but the focus on a disease U.N. peacekeepers brought here six years ago is slowing the delivery of food and shelter for storm victims.



Hurricane Matthew ripped through this southwestern region of Haiti last week, killing at least 1,000 people and leaving 1.4 million in need of aid, including hundreds of thousands made homeless. It also trashed crops and unleashed a new cholera surge.

Along the shattered coastal landscape of virtually flattened villages, angry residents have set up blockades of broken trees and branches to try to stop the trucks of food and other aid they have seen speed past them.
The roadblocks reflect an anger that could quickly escalate if aid agencies and the government do not speed up relief efforts in the poorest country in the Americas.

"The donations keep passing and they don't stop. We need food and shelter," said Jean Jacques, 30, a fisherman and subsistence farmer. Around him, around 50 local residents complained nobody had helped them.

The United Nations and aid organizations are now rushing out across areas hit hardest by the hurricane, the biggest relief operation in Haiti since a devastating 2010 earthquake.


But the massive effort needed to control a new spike in cholera since the hurricane and the tensions over food deliveries are a reminder of the history of foreign help to Haiti that has at times done as much harm as good.

In October 2010, Nepali peacekeepers accidentally introduced cholera into Haiti when their camp emptied infected sewage into a river. The disease has since killed more than 9,000 people.


"They recognize they are guilty and for that reason they try to help," said Haitian doctor Marie Sophia Sanon, who heads the cholera unit in Jeremie, the largest town near the hurricane's path and now largely reduced to rubble. Since last week, she has saved 72 people suffering the disease that kills with diarrhea.

At least $9.5 billion of aid sloshed into Haiti in two years after the 2010 earthquake, which the government says killed more than 300,000 people.


But many aid groups had priorities that often did not chime with the country's needs and much of the $ billions donated from the US NEVER arrived in Haiti.


Too much food aid undercut prices for farmers' own produce and hit sales at stores, damaging the economy and making it harder for Haiti to get back on its feet.
Too many tents and not enough building materials trapped people in shanty and tent cities for years.

The American Red Cross, which raised some $500 million for earthquake relief, was scorned for building just six houses, although it says it helped tens of thousands of Haitians with home repairs.


This time, Haiti and its partners are determined to avoid those mistakes, even as the early days of the relief effort appear chaotic.

"If they are not coordinated, we will have exactly the situation that we had after the earthquake, where everybody went in one place, where everybody brought the same sort of support," U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator Mourad Wahba told Reuters.

The Haitian Red Cross, which in 2010 focused on community first aid, food distribution and shelter, said on Tuesday its main concern now is cholera. Pouring resources into tackling the outbreak, however, means less is available to address other urgent needs.

The United Nations, which has released $5 million from an emergency fund and launched a $120 million appeal for Haiti, has also made tackling cholera a priority of relief efforts.

One of the most significant criticisms of reconstruction efforts after the earthquake was how little was done on disaster preparedness, while other densely populated, poor countries such as India and Bangladesh have made great strides.

This year, the World Bank-managed Haiti Reconstruction Fund redirected $14 million earmarked for natural disaster mitigation in southern Haiti to energy projects, a June financial report showed.

The U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction on Tuesday said Haiti is "the world's most dangerous country" when natural disasters strike.

"The question now has to be asked why six years after the Haitian earthquake, adequate multiple hazard warning systems are not in place to ensure minimal loss of life in events such as this," spokesman Denis McLean said.


'TERRIFIED'

Cholera has killed up to 173 people since Hurricane Matthew ripped through the southern peninsula, churning human waste with river and well water and destroying homes, crops and livestock.
Tens of thousands of people are at risk and without adequate shelter weeks before Haiti's rainy season begins.

While people now know what cholera is, conditions in some areas mean they have no choice but to drink contaminated water.

"Everyone here is terrified about cholera," said Adrienne Stork, who works for the United Nations Environmental Program near Port-a-Piment, where the water-borne sickness was spreading this week.

The mayor of Chardonnieres, a small town near Port-a-Piment, told Reuters 125 people died there as a direct result of Matthew and another 160 in the cholera epidemic in his district, mostly in a village accessible only by foot or by helicopter.

Jake Johnston, a researcher on Haiti's earthquake reconstruction at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington said the U.N. should have done much more to rid Haiti of cholera long before the hurricane.
"Many lives would have been saved and the human toll from the hurricane would be reduced," he said.


'ANY GOVERNMENT WOULD STRUGGLE'

Acutely aware of past mistakes, foreign governments and aid groups are this time letting Haiti's government coordinate relief efforts. It leads key meetings held in French and Creole, a contrast to U.N.-led meetings after the earthquake which were often in English, making it harder for Haitians to participate.

The storm did not batter Port-au-Prince, so the government is able to respond in a way that it wasn't able to after the earthquake. Donations are taken to a government warehouse in Port-au-Prince before being dispatched, Interior Minister Francois Anick Joseph said.

The new approach is not without pitfalls. Governments are bureaucratic and Haiti's is also small with limited reach in the provinces. Corruption is also a concern.

"Any government would struggle with coordination for a hurricane of this magnitude," said Mike Weickert, the response manager of World Vision, a Christian charity.

Some U.N. and charity officials say in private they are concerned slow decision making is holding up relief to remote villages and towns.
One aid worker said trucks were turned back near Port-a-Piment for not going through government channels.

Marie Claudette Regis, deputy mayor in port town Les Cayes, said the government had not responded to needs the municipality had communicated. "We have received nothing," she said.
Instead, the municipality used its own funds to buy foodstuffs and building materials for people.

One foreign aid worker attending a government coordination meeting in Les Cayes said Haiti had learned from the "free-for-all" of aid groups in 2010, but that the new approach was also dangerous.

"In the long-term, it's probably the right thing," the worker said, asking not to be named to avoid souring her relationship with the government.

"In the short term, people are hungry and thirsty and they are going to die."
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Haiti Tops List of Disaster Deaths: UN

AP 13 October 2016


Hurricane-ravaged Haiti, still recovering from a devastating 2010 earthquake, has suffered the highest number of disaster deaths of any country in the past two decades, the UN said.

Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, currently reeling from the impact of Hurricane Matthew which has left at least 473 people dead, registered nearly 230,000 disaster deaths over the past two decades, a new report by the United Nations agency for disaster risk reduction (UNISDR) found.

The study analysed data from more than 7,000 disasters over the past 20 years.





A boy walks with goats past destroyed houses in the village of Labey in the south west of Haiti, October 11, 2016 ©Hector Retamal (AFP)


In a statement, UN chief Ban Ki-moon described the report's findings as "a damning indictment of inequality", pointing out that "high income countries suffer huge economic losses in disasters, but people in low income countries pay with their lives".

The study determined that 90 percent of the 1.35 million people who had died in disasters between 1996 and 2015 lived in low- or middle-income countries, with Haiti alone accounting for about a sixth of the deaths.

"There is a clear connection between the socioeconomic status of a country and the loss of life associated with these hazards that strike these countries," UNISDR chief Robert Glasser told reporters.

The Haiti toll was by far the highest of any country during the period -- followed by Indonesia with more than 182,000 deaths and Myanmar with 139,500 deaths, Thursday's report showed.

- 'Unacceptable' -


Glasser said that in 2010, when Haiti saw 223,000 people perish in a massive earthquake, equally violent quakes caused far fewer casualties in Chile and no deaths at all in New Zealand.

"The links to poverty are absolutely clear in this example in Haiti," Glasser told reporters.
He insisted it was "outrageous and unacceptable" that the country had once again suffered massive disaster losses that could have been avoided with better preparedness -- a lesson it should have learned after the earthquake.

"Of course it is challenging in a country like Haiti for reasons of governance and poverty," he acknowledged, but insisted the challenges were "not insurmountable".

Haiti, with the help of the international community, must take "clear steps", including improving early warning systems and educating the community on how to follow disaster alerts, Glasser said.

"This is the last time we should have this sort of situation," he said.
The report meanwhile showed that earthquakes and the tsunamis they trigger have been the biggest killers over the past two decades, together accounting for 748,621 deaths.

But climate-related disasters like floods, landslides, heatwaves and severe storms have surged, with such events more than doubling in the past 20 years, Glasser said.





Hurricane-hit Haiti ©Laurence CHU, Gal ROMA (AFP)





A quake-triggered tsunami in 2004 killed more than 170,000 people in Indonesia ©Choo Youn-Kong (AFP/File)


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Red Arrow re: Hurricanes/Storm Warnings/Reports >Storm Angus Brings Chaos to UK

'Extremely Dangerous' Hurricane Nicole Pummels Bermuda


HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) 13 Oct 2016


Hurricane Nicole snapped trees, flooded homes and peeled off some roofs as it pummeled the British territory of Bermuda on Thursday as an extremely dangerous Category 3 storm.

The storm was located about 10 miles (20 kilometers) east of Bermuda late Thursday morning. It had maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (195 kph) and was moving northeast at 16 mph (26 kph).

There was a brief respite across Bermuda as the eye of the hurricane passed by, but government officials urged everyone to remain inside.





Heavy rain and increasing winds rock boats moored in Mullet Bay in St. Georges, Bermuda, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 as the island begins to feel the effects of Hurricane Nicole. The hurricane had strengthened to a Category 4 storm late Wednesday but lost some steam overnight. However, forecasters warned that it was still extremely dangerous. (AP Photo/Mark Tatem)




"This is a serious storm, and it's living up to the weather predictions," said National Security Minister Jeff Baron. "The worst is not over."

Nick West, who lives with his family near a wharf in the town of St. George, said the hurricane ripped off a large portion of his roof just before the eye passed over the island.
His garden also is now underwater.

"We are hiding downstairs. All safe and dry for now," he said. "Just as long as we are all safe, that is all I really care about."

The hurricane knocked out power to more than 20,000 customers in Bermuda, which has sturdy infrastructure and is accustomed to storms.
The hurricane had strengthened to a Category 4 storm late Wednesday but lost some steam overnight. However, forecasters warned that it was still extremely dangerous.

"While hurricanes often affect Bermuda, a hurricane this strong is rare," the National Hurricane Center said.

As Nicole bore down on Bermuda, some 120 guests were ushered for safety into a ballroom at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, one of the island's largest hotels. They were served a free lunch as they waited for the hurricane to blow through.

Chinna Francois, a captain at one of the hotel's restaurants, said she had weathered many hurricanes in Bermuda but warned that people should not get complacent as the eye passed through.
"The last half of the hurricane is the dangerous part," she said.

Forecasters with the Bermuda Weather Service said hurricane-force winds would continue into late Thursday night.
On Wednesday, the government ordered schools and government offices as businesses boarded up.

"I'm comfortable with the resources we have in hand to deal with this storm," Premier Michael Dunkley said. "I have every faith that the people of Bermuda will rally together after the storm."

American Airlines and Air Canada are among several carriers that have canceled flights to the island, and several cruise ships have canceled trips as well.
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Associated Press writer Danica Coto in San Juan, Puerto Rico, contributed to this report.





Wind and surf picks up as Hurricane Nicole approaches the Cooper¿s Island Nature Reserve in St. Georges, Bermuda, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Wind and rain began battering Bermuda as the British territory braced itself for Hurricane Nicole, which could become a major Category 3 storm before it hits the island on Thursday morning. (AP Photo/Mark Tatem)





Wind brought by Hurricane Nicole makes water break over the dock on Ordnance Island in St. Georges, Bermuda, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. The hurricane had strengthened to a Category 4 storm late Wednesday but lost some steam overnight. However, forecasters warned that it was still extremely dangerous. (AP Photo/Mark Tatem)
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Storm Angus Brings GALES/FLOODs/Deaths & Travel Chaos in The UK

One woman dead and fears grow for missing man after police pull his car from a swollen river as Environment Agency warns MORE flooding is on the way

  • Woman, 39, died after being swept out to sea off the coast of Folkestone, Kent, amid gale-force winds today
  • A major rescue operation was launched and she was airlifted to hospital but later died, Kent Police said
  • Homeowners across the country today woke to devastation caused by flooding
  • Police in South Wales are continuing their search for Russell Sherwood, 69, who was last seen on Sunday

Daily Mail UK, 22 November 2016



Fears are growing for a missing pensioner after his car was pulled from a swollen river in flood-stricken South Wales today.

Rescuers tonight called off the search for Russell Sherwood, 69, who disappeared while driving to collect his wife in Bridgend on Sunday evening.
South Wales Police pulled a car bumper and licence plate matching Mr Sherwood's Ford Focus from the fast-flowing River Ogmore, but there has been no sign of the driver.
A spokeswoman for South Wales Police said: 'Due to the location of the vehicle, the continuing treacherous conditions and the fading light, the search has been stood down for the evening.





A woman, 39, was pulled from the water after going missing near Folkestone, Kent. She was airlifted to hospital but later died





Missing for Days - Body Not Found





Russell Sherwood, 69, disappeared while driving to collect his wife in Bridgend on Sunday evening and it is feared he might have travelled on flooded roads. Right, fire fighters wade through flood water near Stalybridge, Greater Manchester




Photographs taken this morning show the devastation at a flooded property in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester





Council workers try to clear drains outside homes hit by fast flowing water in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, overnight





A man digs his car out from the snow on the A686 by Hartside Cafe on the Northumberland and Cumbria border.. CRAZY WEATHER !!!





A field near the village of Muchelney, Somerset, was completely submerged by flood water following the wet weather













A street in Peebles in the Scottish Boders was inundated with fast flowing flood water after Eddleston Water burst its bank





Cars were abandoned after they were submerged in flood water on Bridge Hill in Exeter, Devon, following heavy rain





Horses plod through floodwater in Barrow-upon-Soar, in Leicestershire, after the region was hit by another night of rain



The Environment Agency warned of a continuing flood risk in Dorset and York as yesterday's rain causes the rivers to gradually rise. Eighteen flood warnings and 124 flood alerts remain in place across the country.
Squally weather is due to persist throughout Tuesday, with gusts of around 50mph expected to continue over higher ground and coastal areas in the South East, Forecaster Greg Dewhurst said.

'We have seen the area of low pressure that brought heavy rain to the south and west moving into southern Scotland and the North East overnight.
'Throughout today the wet and windy weather within that low pressure area will slowly move into the North Sea.
'Behind this most places will still see showers, some heavy but getting lighter during the day. Away from the low pressure we should see some sunshine around Northern Ireland and western Scotland.'

Clare Dinnis, the Environment Agency's national flood duty manager, said: 'After heavy rain over the last three days and showers forecast today, people in the South West and North East need to be aware of the potential for further flooding.




Emergency workers search through the debris at a property in Stalybrook, Greater Manchester, devastated by the flood





A river burst its banks in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, pictured today, flooding homes, roads and businesses





Whitchurch Lane is Bristol, which was under several feet of flood water yesterday, is being hit by more rain today













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Important US Braces for Fierce Winter Storm >Millions Will Be Affected

Millions to Face Storm Impacts Next Week: Snow, Rain, Wind and Severe Weather to Unfold

By: Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist, 3 February 2017.


Travel ranging from a routine daily commute to a cross-country venture could be affected by a significant storm in the central and eastern United States next week.
A major storm with drenching rain, ice, snow, gusty winds and the potential for severe weather is likely next week in the central and eastern parts of the nation.

During early next week, a storm will first take shape over the southern Plains then strengthen while traveling northeastward toward the Great Lakes.






How strong the storm becomes will determine the magnitude of wintry precipitation, wind and thunderstorms, as well as the extent of rain and warmth.





Winter weather so far in 2016-2017




"At this early juncture, it appears the bulk of the storm will bring rain around the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes region on Tuesday and into Wednesday," according to AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok.
Around the lower Great Lakes, the storm could begin and end as a period of snow or a wintry mix.





From interior parts of the mid-Atlantic to northern New England, the forecast is less certain.


"If cold air holds its ground for a time, a significant amount of snow and ice can occur over interior locations of the Northeast," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist John Gresiak.
"If cold air gives up easily, drenching rain will sweep rapidly northward, and there could be problems such as urban and poor drainage area flooding," Gresiak said.

The storm is likely to be strong enough to produce gusty winds around the Great Lakes spanning Tuesday through Thursday.






Since much of the lakes are free of ice, the wind and wave action could produce lake-shore flooding in some communities. Airline delays could also occur due to the gusty winds at the major hubs in the region.


On the northwestern flank of the storm, enough cold air will be present to allow all or mostly snow to fall from the foothills of the Rockies and parts of the central Plains to the Upper Midwest. Strengthening winds will likely cause blowing and drifting snow in this swath.
As the storm tracks toward the Great Lakes, warm and humid air will surge in across the South.






The strength of the storm could be enough to spawn severe weather from the Gulf coast to perhaps as far north as the Ohio Valley and a portion of the mid-Atlantic coast during the period from Tuesday to Wednesday.

In the wake of the big storm, cold air will circulate from the northern Plains to much of the Atlantic coast during the second half of the week.


A possible second storm could impact areas from the Appalachians to the Atlantic coast. How much moisture remains as the cold air returns will determine whether or not a period of snow develops.

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Update re: Hurricanes/Storm Warnings > MONSTER Cyclone Debbie Batters Australia

FlyBe Plane Crash Lands on the Runway at Amsterdam Airport After Landing Gear Breaks in Strong Winds From Storm Doris

FlyBe flight 1284 had already battled fierce winds as part of Storm
Doris

It was delayed when it took off from Edinburgh airport at 2.10pm on Thursday

Eyewitness photos show the plane collapsed on its right side on the runway


Daily Mail UK, 23 February 2017


A FlyBe plane has crash landed at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport after its right landing gear collapsed amid strong winds.
FlyBe flight 1284 had already battled fierce winds as part of Storm Doris during its delayed take off from Edinburgh airport at 2.10pm today.

The Bombardier Q400 aircraft had first taken off from Dundee, stopping in Edinburgh, before flying on to Amsterdam.
Terrified passengers were taken to safety, and dramatic video shows the moment the plane hit the runway as the plane wobbled from side to side.






A FlyBe plane has crash landed at Amsterdam's Schipol airport after its landing gear collapsed in strong winds






Emergency vehicles surround the plane after the dramatic crash landing this afternoon at Schiphol airport





Damage: The precarious angle of the plane reveals the impact of this afternoon's crash landing in Amsterdam



The horror flight continued, with the pilot forced to make a mayday call upon arriving at Schiphol airport at 4.54pm.

Eyewitness photos show the plane collapsed on its right side on the runway. Passenger David Fleming posted a video from inside the Dash 8 plane, showing its propellers scraping against the runway surface - sending smoke into the air.

The plane struggled to land in winds of 31 knots, with gusts blowing as high as 46 knots.





The aircraft was visibly tilted to the right as it came down to land on the runway


Passenger Matt Lorenson posted on Twitter: 'Just crash landed at #Amsterdam'.
Shortly afterward he tweeted: 'Everyone is ok. We're away to get drunk. Great day to move to holland.'

Emergency services rushed to the plane to evacuate passengers and miraculously no one was injured.

Schiphol Airport tweeted: 'The landing gear of a Flybe airplane collapsed during touchdown.
'All passengers are brought to the terminal by bus at the moment.
'No people are injured. Flight operation is up and running again.'





Video from the scene shows the plane skidding along before coming to an eventual stop




The passengers were taken to the terminal by bus, the airport said. The airline said that 46 passengers were on board the stricken plane, with a further 10 crew members.

Following the incident, FlyBe tweeted: 'We are aware of an incident involving one of our aircraft.
'We're getting more information and will provide further updates as soon we can.'

A spokesman for the airline said: ‘FlyBe can confirm that the flight returned to Glasgow Airport following a technical fault that resulted in the captain electing to shut down the number one engine as a safety precaution.
‘The pilot followed all required procedures and the aircraft landed safely without incident.

‘The Bombardier Q400 aircraft is designed to continue flying safely with one of its engines shut down but, as is standard procedure, the aircraft was met by the airport’s emergency service vehicles.


Don't Even Try to Get Home! Thousands are Stranded as Euston is Closed and Other Major Stations Hit by Overcrowding and Commuters are Told Not to Travel

  • All train services heading in out of London Euston have been cancelled due to Storm Doris
  • Further north, a electricity failure between Crewe and Warrington Bank Quay causing chaos on Virgin Trains
  • Around 50 flights have also been cancelled as the high winds continue to wreak havoc on the nation
Daily Mail UK, 23 February 2017


Thousands of commuters are facing a journey home from hell - with many being told not to bother at all - as Storm Doris continues to wreak havoc on the UK transport network.

All services from London Euston were suspended due to Storm Doris, while King's Cross and St Pancras are also subject to heavy delays and cancellations.

Further north, a failure of electricity between Crewe and Warrington Bank Quay is causing chaos on Virgin Trains - and several other lines suffering major disruption.

Aer Lingus cancelled 12 flights between the UK and the Republic of Ireland in anticipation of the winds, while 36 flights out of London Heathrow were cancelled and another five at London City with other delays possible.





All services from London Euston were suspended due to Storm Doris earlier in the day, as the heavy winds significantly affected the train lines





Hundreds of passengers were stranded at Birmingham New Street because the trains were not running





Chaos at Birmingham New Street Station as thousands of commuters are stuck in Birmingham after several incidents resulting from Storm Doris have shut down the rail network in the Midlands





Huge crowds flood Birmingham New Street Station as services were cancelled and delayed due to the storm


Network Rail warned of 50mph speed restrictions for safety reasons on some services run by Southeastern, Arriva Trains Wales, Chiltern Railways, Grand Central, TransPennine Express and Virgin Trains East Coast.
Junction 5 and junction 8 on the M80 in Scotland were closed by snowfall, with users advised by Traffic Scotland to find alternative routes. In Aberdeenshire, some schools have been closed due to the weather.



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How Storm Doris is Causing Travel Mayhem on the Trains

Arriva Trains Wales: 50mph speed restriction and Wolverhampton-Birmingham services temporarily suspended

Chiltern Railways: Trains will run at 50mph on all lines between London and Aylesbury, Birmingham and Oxford

CrossCountry: Bournemouth / Reading to Manchester may be delayed, and the return direction will run as two services

East Midlands Trains: Overhead wire problems in St Albans area causing cancellations with speed limits on main lines

Grand Central: Some services between London and Bradford will start / terminate at Wakefield Kirkgate or Doncaster

Gatwick Express: From 12pm, services will run half hourly between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria only

Great Northern: Speed restriction north of Hitchin with possible disruption on line between Cambridge and Kings Lynn

Great Western Railway Delays of up to 30 minutes between Reading and Guildford following a tree on the railway line

Greater Anglia / Stansted Express: Possible disruption on Colchester-Clacton and Norwich-Sheringham services

London Midland: Object caught on the overhead wires at Wolverhampton causing cancellations

London Overground: Object on overhead wires at West Hampstead blocks Camden Road-Willesden Junction trains

Southern: London Victoria to Brighton services every 30 minutes and London Bridge to Brighton services will not run

Southeastern: Coastal routes between Ashford and Ramsgate and between Hastings and Battle face 50mph restriction

Thameslink: No direct service from London Bridge to Brighton between 11am and 6pm

TransPennine Express: Speed restriction of 50mph to all services between York and Middlesbrough / Newcastle.

Virgin Trains: Only an hourly service between London and Birmingham, London and Stafford and Preston and Scotland

Virgin Trains East Coast: After 9.30am, service will be reduced to two trains per hour in each direction due to restriction




Queues outside Peterborough railway station in Cambridgeshire today after Storm Doris reached speeds of 90mph today





A weather warning sign on the M1 near Barnsley in South Yorkshire this morning as drivers are urged to take extra care



Ferry services have also been affected, with Caledonian MacBrayne warning of disruption on some west coast routes. In addition, A282 at Dartford Crossing, the A14 in Suffolk and the M48 Severn Bridge were closed.

Elsewhere, the snow gates have been closed in both directions on the Banchory to Fettercairn route, while Traffic Scotland warned of high winds on the Tay Road Bridge and the Erskine Bridge.

As Doris hit, Peel Ports in Liverpool said the city's port has been closed due to '100mph gusts of wind', adding: 'All operations are stood down for the safety of our employees, contractors and customers of the port.'


FLIGHT DELAYS/CANCELLATIONS TODAY AT MANY UK MAJOR AIRPORTS Because of STORM DORIS, AFFECTS MANY PASSENGERS



People are being warned not to risk their lives for photos of Storm Doris, as footage showed two would-be photographers being chased by waves on the Dorset coast.

In the footage posted to Twitter, one of the pair is seen taking a photo moments before a wave slams into the coast at Durdle Door on the famous Jurassic Coast.





The area’s countryside ranger team urged people to “respect the water”, adding that “no photo is worth risking your life for”.

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Storm Doris Batters Britain: Woman Killed as Gusts Hit 100mph and 'Weather Bomb' Creates Blizzard-like Snow

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New Zealand re: WARNINGS:Hurricane IRMA>CAT.5 :MONSTER To Hit Caribbean/US

Sydney, You're Next: Torrential Rain and Flash Flooding Heading South After Cyclone Debbie Smashes Queensland

  • Severe weather warning issued for New South Wales after Cyclone Debbie
  • Bureau of Meteorology has forecast heavy rain in northeast parts of NSW and damaging winds in coastal Sydney on Thursday and Friday
  • Residents told to prepare for torrential rain, heavy winds, flash flooding
  • More than 100mm and gale force winds are expected in some parts of the state
  • Rain, damaging winds continue to hammer Queensland as cyclone heads south

Daily Mail Australia, 28 March 2017
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A severe weather warning has been issued for the New South Wales coastline from Lismore to Sydney, in the wake of Queensland's Cyclone Debbie.


The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast heavy rain in the northeast of the state and damaging winds along the coastal fringe of Sydney on Thursday and Friday.

Residents have been told to be alert to potential torrential rain, heavy winds and flash flooding.

Residents in NSW have been told to be alert to potential torrential rain, heavy winds and flash flooding. BOM forecaster Rob Taggart said Sydney can expect high humidity and heavy rain later in the week

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Rob Taggart told the Daily Telegraph the tropical low system is bringing humidity down into Sydney.

'Because of that, there will be widespread rainfall over the eastern half of NSW on Thursday, with the heaviest falls to be around the northern rivers,' Mr Taggart said.


Some locations in the northern rivers are expected to receive up to 300mm of rain.
Locations which may be affected with heavy rainfall include Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Tenterfield, Yamba, Glen Innes and Inverell.




BOM has said heavy rainfall over northeastern NSW is likely during Thursday and Friday as a cold front approaches from the southwest and interacts with this humid airmass. Pictured is Sydney Harbour


Coastal parts of Sydney, Gosford, Newcastle, Taree, Port Macquarie and Kempsey may be affected by damaging winds.
A flood watch is current for coastal catchments between Ayr and the NSW border, extending inland to parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West, Maranoa and Warrego, and Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts.





Heavy rain and damaging winds will continue to hammer Queensland's Central Coast, the Whitsundays, Central Highlands and Coalfields. Pictured are boats washed up at Airlie Beach





Early on Wednesday BOM said the tropical low system had moved over inland central Queensland. Cars are pictured negotiating the road between Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour after the cyclone



Heavy rain and damaging winds will continue to hammer Queensland's Central Coast, the Whitsundays, Central Highlands and Coalfields districts as ex-tropical cyclone Debbie heads south.

Early on Wednesday BOM said the tropical low system had moved over inland central Queensland, bringing the risk of flash flooding with up to 250mm of rainfall in a day possible.
The heaviest rainfall was expected over Springsure to Yepoon.


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ADVICE FOR NSW RESIDENTS IN AFFECTED AREAS


The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep at least eight metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.
* Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

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Important re: WARNINGS:Hurricane IRMA>CAT.5 :MONSTER To Hit Caribbean/US

Hurricane Harvey: Texas Braces for Massive Storm

Hurricane Harvey Strengthens; Category 3 Hurricane Harvey a Catastrophic Rainfall Flood Threat; Strongest Texas Coastal Bend Landfall in at Least 47 Years Tonight

BBC, 25 August 2017


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Hurricane Harvey intensified on Friday and was poised to hit the mainland United States this evening as the most powerful storm in more than a decade and authorities warned residents to shelter from life-threatening winds and flooding.





Harvey became a Category 3 hurricane, the third most powerful, the National Hurricane Center said on Friday. Forecasters said the storm would hit land near Corpus Christi, Texas, around 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. CDT (0100-0200 GMT), dropping over three feet of rain in some areas along the central Texas coast, and potentially loop back over the Gulf of Mexico before hitting Houston.



"My urgent message to my fellow Texans is that if you live in a region where evacuation has been ordered, you need to heed that advice and get out of harm's way while you can," Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a televised address.

U.S. gasoline prices spiked as the storm shut down 22 percent, or 377,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Gulf of Mexico oil production and halted 4.4 percent of U.S. refinery output, according to the U.S. government.

"We may be looking at unprecedented and major to record flooding," said forecaster John Tharp of Weather Decision Technologies,

Sea levels may surge as high as 12 feet (3.7 meters) and flood warnings are in effect for Louisiana and northern Mexico, Tharp said.

Gas stations and grocery stores in the region were packed as residents readied their cars and pantries for any shortages following the storm. Coldplay, the British rock band, canceled a Friday concert in Houston, telling fans it didn't want to risk anyone's safety.

At a Willis, Texas, station, about 50 miles (77 km) north of Houston, Corey Martinez, 40, was heading to Dallas from his Corpus Christi home.

"It has been pretty stressful. We're just trying to get ahead of the storm," he said. "We've never been through a hurricane before."

As a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, Harvey could bring winds of 111-129 miles per hour (178-208 km/h) that can uproot trees, rip roofs off homes and disrupt utilities for days. If it maintains its intensity, it would be be the first major hurricane to hit the mainland United States since Hurricane Wilma struck Florida in 2005.

The storm was about 85 miles (140 km) off Corpus Christi and packing winds of 110 mph on Friday afternoon, the NHC said. The NHC's latest tracking model shows the storm sitting southwest of Houston for more than a day, giving the nation's fourth most populous city a double dose of rain and wind.

"Now is the time to urgently hide from the wind. Failure to adequately shelter may result in serious injury, loss of life, or immense human suffering," the National Weather Service said.

"Life-threatening and devastating flooding expected near the coast due to heavy rainfall and storm surge," the NHC said.

The storm's approach triggered evacuations in south Texas communities and central coast residents were voluntarily leaving the area. Cities canceled classes on Friday and Monday at dozens of schools along the south Texas coast, home to 5.8 million people from Corpus Christi to Galveston.

David Ramirez left his home in Corpus Christi early on Friday to wait out the storm in San Antonio, Texas.

"With the level of storm surge they're talking about, there isn't a lot I could do to protect my house," he said in an interview while awaiting directions to an emergency shelter.

Harvey also forced the cancellation or delay of at least 40 flights in and out of major airports in Texas on Friday, according to Flightaware.com, which tracks airline traffic.

Louisiana and Texas declared states of disaster, authorizing the use of state resources to prepare. President Donald Trump has been briefed and is ready to provide resources if needed, the White House said on Thursday.

The port of Houston, the nation's busiest petrochemical port, closed its terminals at noon, and earlier halted inbound and outbound ship traffic on Friday. The city of Houston warned residents of flooding from close to 20 inches of rain over several days.


GASOLINE PRICES SPIKE

More than 45 percent of the country's refining capacity is along the U.S. Gulf Coast, and nearly a fifth of the nation's crude oil is produced offshore. Ports from Corpus Christi to Texas City, Texas, were closed to incoming vessels.

The U.S. government said 9.6 percent of crude output capacity was shut and 14.6 percent of natural gas production was halted.

Three refineries in Corpus Christi and one farther inland at Three Rivers were shutting down ahead of the storm. Two others reduced output as ports were closed.

Concern that Harvey could cause shortages in fuel supply drove benchmark gasoline prices to their highest in four months, before profit trading pulled back prices. Meanwhile, U.S. gasoline margins <RBc1-CLc1> hit their strongest levels in 5 years for this time of year earlier in the day.

The U.S. government has emergency stockpiles of crude available to plug disruptions, and has regularly used them to dampen the impact on energy supplies of previous storms.

Houston-based energy bank Tudor Pickering Holt & Co said in a note not to expect significant or lasting production impacts from Harvey. But it said it would impact some production and disrupt refinery runs, imports and exports, "which will show up in the weekly inventory numbers for the next few weeks."

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Anadarko Petroleum Corp and Exxon Mobil Corp have evacuated staff from offshore oil and gas platforms in the storm's path.

The potential for flooding at shale oil fields in south Texas that produce more than one million barrels of oil a day led several producers to curb operations. EOG Resources Inc said shut some production in the Eagle Ford shale region. Noble Energy Inc and Statoil ASA also said they were evacuating some staff from production facilities.
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Important re: WARNINGS:Hurricane IRMA>CAT.5 :MONSTER To Hit Caribbean/US

HURRICANE IRMA

Powerful Category 4 Hurricane Irma Aims at Caribbean Islands/US





NHC/REUTERS. 5 September.2017

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -


Officials across the northeastern Caribbean canceled airline flights, shuttered schools and urged people to hunker down indoors as Hurricane Irma barreled toward the region as a powerful Category 4 storm expected to strengthen more before nearing land late Tuesday.

States of emergency were declared in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and all of Florida while people on Dominican Republic/Haiti and other various Caribbean islands boarded up homes and rushed to find last-minute supplies, forming long lines outside supermarkets and gas stations.


Irma's maximum sustained winds increased to near 150 mph (240 kph) early Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. It was centered about 320 miles (515 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands and moving west at 14 mph (22 kph).





Monday, 4 Sept., 2017, satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Irma nearing the eastern Caribbean. Hurricane Irma grew into a powerful Category 4 storm Monday. (NOAA via AP)


Authorities warned that the storm could dump up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain, cause landslides and dangerous flash floods and generate waves of up to 23 feet (7 meters).

"This is not an opportunity to go outside and try to have fun with a hurricane," U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp warned. "It's not time to get on a surfboard."

The storm's center was expected to move near or over the northern Leeward Islands late Tuesday and early Wednesday, the hurricane center said.

Residents on the U.S. East Coast were urged to monitor the storm's progress in case it should turn northward toward Florida, Georgia or the Carolinas.

"This hurricane has the potential to be a major event for the East Coast. It also has the potential to significantly strain FEMA and other governmental resources occurring so quickly on the heels of (Hurricane) Harvey," Evan Myers, chief operating officer of AccuWeather, said in a statement.

In the Caribbean, hurricane warnings were issued for 12 island groups, including Dominican Republic/Haiti, and Antigua, where the governor urged people to evacuate the tiny island of Anegada if they could ahead of the storm.

Vivian Wheatley, proprietor of the Anegada Reef Hotel, planned to stay behind. She said she would stay in one of the hotel rooms and take advantage of the generator since there were no guests.

"We know it's a very powerful (storm), and we know it's going to be very close," she said. "Let's hope for the best."

People in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico braced for electricity outages after the director of the island's power company predicted that storm damage could leave some areas without electricity for four to six months.

But "some areas will have power (back) in less than a week," Ricardo Ramos told radio station Notiuno 630 AM. The utility's infrastructure has deteriorated greatly during a decade-long recession, and Puerto Ricans experienced an island wide outage last year.

Both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands expected 4 inches to 8 inches (10-20 centimeters) of rain and winds of 40-50 mph with gusts of up to 60 mph.

A hurricane warning was posted for Dominican Republic/Haiti, Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and St. Barts, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. and British Virgin islands. A tropical storm warning was in effect for Guadeloupe and Dominica.
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Update re: WARNING:Hurricane IRMA>CAT5 :MONSTER Hits Land +TS. Jose to Follow

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Hurricane Irma is Now UPGRADED to Category 5, as it Nears the Caribbean....

Hurricane Irma: British Airways & Other airlines cancel flights to the Caribbean as Category 5 storm gathers strength in Atlantic

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Update re: PhOtOs:Hurricane IRMA>Devastation as MONSTER Hits Land +TS Jose to Follow

Hurricane Irma: Most Powerful Atlantic Ocean Hurricane in Recorded History Makes First Landfall in Caribbean Islands & TS Jose to Follow

Officials Warn People to Seek Protection From The Storm's 'Onslaught'

The Independent UK, 6 Sept 2017.


The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history has made its first landfall in the islands of the northeast Caribbean.

Hurricane Irma passed over Barbuda around 1.47am, the National Weather Service said.


Residents reported over local radio that phone lines went down as the eye passed.

Heavy rain and howling winds raked the neighbouring island of Antigua, sending debris flying as people huddled in their homes or government shelters.

Officials earlier warned people to seek protection from Irma's "onslaught" in a statement that closed with: "May God protect us all."

The National Hurricane Centre's forecast was for the winds to fluctuate slightly but for the storm to remain at Category 4 or 5 strength for the next day or two.

The most dangerous winds, usually nearest to the eye, were forecast to pass near the northern Virgin Islands and near or just north of Puerto Rico.

The northern Leeward Islands were expected to see waves as high as 11ft, while the Turks and Caicos Islands and south-eastern Bahamas could see towering 20ft waves later in the week, forecasters said.

The National Hurricane Center said Irma was maintaining Category 5 strength with sustained winds near 185mph (295kmh) and heading west-northwest on a path toward Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly heading for Florida over the weekend.

As well as the Leeward Islands, others in the path of the storm include the US and British Virgin Islands and Anguilla, a small, low-lying British island territory of about 15,000 people.


Donald Trump declared emergencies in Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, and authorities in the Bahamas said they would evacuate the residents of six islands at the southern end of the island chain.

Irma's eye is expected to pass about 50 miles from Puerto Rico later, then will hit the Dominican Republic. Hurricane-force winds extended outwards up to 50 miles from the storm's centre and tropical storm-force winds up to 175 miles.


Hurricane Irma: Most Powerful Hurricane in History Makes First Landfall in Caribbean Islands



Hurricane Irma Outlook 5/9/17, Along with Tropical Storm Jose



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Update re: PhOtOs:Hurricane IRMA>Islands DEVASTATED >Hurricane Jose is Next

Hurricane Irma: Pictures Show Devastation Wrought on Caribbean by Strongest Storm in Atlantic History

Buildings collapse and cars swept away as storm tears through region

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Debris lies in a flooded street in Saint Martin @la1ere
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The first pictures have emerged of the damage wrought by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean. France said the storm had caused major damage across a number of islands in the region and had destroyed the four "most solid" buildings on Saint Martin.

Roads became torrents of water and some images showed cars being swept away.


Hurricane Irma – in Pictures




Floodwater sweeps away debris in Philipsburg, Saint Martin (Météo Express)


On Anguilla, one tour operator said Irma had scored a "direct hit".

The hurricane is roaring along a path pointing to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba. Forecasters think it could hit the US state of Florida over the weekend.




A torrent runs along a street in Saint Martin (@la1ere)


The eye of the storm passed over Barbuda at about 1.47am, the US National Weather Service said.

Heavy rain and howling winds raked the neighbouring island of Antigua, sending debris flying as people huddled in their homes or government shelters.

Officials warned people to seek protection from Irma's "onslaught" in a statement that closed with "May God protect us all".


The most dangerous winds, usually nearest to the eye, were forecast to pass near the northern Virgin Islands and near or just north of Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

Hurricane Irma has torn off roofs and knocked out all electricity on the French islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy in the Caribbean.

France has requisitioned planes and sent in emergency food and water rations.




The scene in Saint Martin after the storm passed (Picture: Twitter/ RCI Guadeloupe)
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The regional authority for Guadeloupe and neighbouring islands said that the fire station in Saint Barthelemy is under 3ft of water and no rescue vehicles can move.

It said the government headquarters in Saint Martin have been partially destroyed and the island is in a total blackout.

Electricity is also partially down on the larger island of Guadeloupe, where the threat receded despite danger of heavy flooding.


Hurricane Irma is roaring along a path pointing to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly heading for Florida over the weekend.


The eye of the storm passed over Barbuda at around 1.47am, the US National Weather Service said.

Heavy rain and howling winds raked the neighbouring island of Antigua, sending debris flying as people huddled in their homes or government shelters.

The northern Leeward Islands were expected to see normal tide levels rise by as much as 11ft while the Turks and Caicos Islands and south-eastern Bahamas could see a surge of 20ft and higher waves later in the week, forecasters said.

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said his government was evacuating six islands in the south because authorities would not be able to help anyone caught in the ‘potentially catastrophic’ wind, flooding and storm surge. People there would be flown to Nassau in what he called the largest storm evacuation in the country’s history.

‘The price you may pay for not evacuating is your life or serious physical harm,’ Mr Minnis said.


The US National Weather Service said Puerto Rico had not seen a hurricane of Irma’s magnitude since Hurricane San Felipe in 1928, which killed a total of 2,748 people in Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico and Florida.


‘The dangerousness of this event is like nothing we’ve ever seen,’ Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said. ‘A lot of infrastructure won’t be able to withstand this kind of force.’

The director of the island’s power company has warned that storm damage could leave some areas without electricity for about a week to as long as six months.

The eye of the storm was expected to rip westward on a path taking it a little north of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba.


In Florida, people stocked up on drinking water and other supplies.




Damage in one of the buildings in St Martin (Picture: Twitter)




Some of the damage can be seen in St Martin while the sea levels remain high in the background (Picture: Twitter)





Cars were tossed around after the sea ferociously surged inland (Picture: Twitter)


The most dangerous winds, usually nearest to the eye, were forecast to pass near the northern Virgin Islands and near or just north of Puerto Rico on Wednesday.








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Oh Crap! re: PhOtOs:Hurricane IRMA>Islands DEVASTATED>Hurricane JOSE is Next

More Than 1,000,000 Left Without Power as Hurricane Irma Batters Caribbean

Irma's Destruction: Island by Island


The Category Five Hurricane Has Ripped Through the Caribbean, Leaving Flattened Landscapes, Flash Floods and Loss of Life

The Guardian UK / Metro UK, 8 Sept 2017






Hurricane Irma has devastated the Caribbean (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)








Antigua and Barbuda




At least eight people have been killed and 23 injured



Large buildings have also been badly damaged in the storm with roofs blown off and windows smashed (Picture: Backgrid)


About 60 percent of the island’s 1,400 residents were left homeless, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said.

Barbuda, the first island to feel the force of Hurricane Irma was devastated by its high winds, with Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, saying 90% of buildings had been destroyed and 50% of the population of around 1,000 people left homeless.




Many people have been made homeless as a result of the hurricane (Picture: Backgrid)



One person – a two-year-old child – is confirmed to have died in the storm. Michael Joseph, president of the Red Cross in Antigua and Barbuda said:

The devastation is not like we’ve ever seen before – we’re talking about the whole country … of Barbuda being significantly destroyed.


Critical facilities including roads and communications systems were ravaged, with the recovery effort set to take months or years. Some residents are expected to be evacuated to the larger sister island of Antigua – where damage was less severe – as part of relief efforts and ahead of the prospective arrival of Hurricane Jose this weekend.

Browne said he would order the evacuation of Barbuda if forecasters predict that Jose will hit the island in the coming days.

Anguilla







At least seven people have been killed as 180mph winds battered Barbuda (Picture: ABS/Facebook)



The storm has already wreaked havoc on the islands of Anguilla, Barbuda, St Martin and St Barts


One person died in the British overseas territory, said Ronald Jackson, executive director of the Caribbean disaster and emergency management agency, who added that “police stations, hospitals, school facilities, three or four emergency shelters, a home for the infirm and the aged, as well as the fire station”, along with many homes, had been damaged or destroyed.


Hurricane Irma: Storm Batters Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Category Five Superstorm Hits Turks and Caicos Islands, With at Least 13 People Confirmed Dead Across Caribbean




UK foreign office minister Alan Duncan said: “The initial assessment is that the damage has been severe and in places critical.”

The tourist board said major resorts on the island had withstood the onslaught. The airport and two ports remain closed.

The British government had been accused of a failure to respond speedily to the devastation. On Thursday, it announced an extra £32m in aid and will send hundreds of marines and royal engineers, as well as HMS Ocean, currently deployed in the Mediterranean.


St Kitts & Nevis




Flooded properties close to the sea following a storm surge (Picture: Getty)




Kevin Barralon took this picture after Irma passed the island (Picture: Getty)





Prime minister Timothy Harris said St Kitts was “spared the full brunt” of Irma, but warned of “significant damage” to property and infrastructure, as well as power failures. The airport reopened on Thursday. A hurricane warning and flash-flooding watch have been discontinued, and residents and visitors given the all-clear.


St Martin and St Barts





Debris and damaged cars in Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle, on the French Collectivity of Saint Martin, after the passage of Hurricane Irma (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)



The French part of the island (the southern side, St Maarten, is administered by the Netherlands) was “95% destroyed”, according to Daniel Gibb, a local official, who called it “an enormous catastrophe”:

I have sick people to evacuate, I have a population to evacuate because I don’t know where I can shelter them.


Four people were killed in St Martin, according to French prime minister Édouard Philippe, who said 50 were injured across the island and another French overseas collectivity, Saint Barthélemy (St Barts). Power was cut across the island and many roads are impassable.

The number of victims on the Dutch half of the island, St Maarten, is unknown. Netherlands prime minister Mark Rutte says there has been “enormous material damage” to St Maarten, and has sent marines and two aid flights.

People have been rushing to board up their homes, fill their cars with petrol and find a last-minute route to safety before the hurricane hits.





Storm damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, in St. Maarten (Picture: Gerben Van Es/Dutch Defense Ministry via AP)




Massive destruction of the historic district on the Dutch island of St Maarten (Picture: ZUMAPRESS.com/MEGA)


The French president, Emmanuel Macron, earlier said he expected Irma-related damage to St Martin and St Barts would be “considerable”. France’s overseas minister, Annick Girardin, travelled to the Caribbean with emergency teams and supplies.

Virgin Islands







A huge clean-up operation is now underway (Picture: Getty)





Many homes were destroyed and trees were blown down in the hurricane (Picture: Getty)



Significant damage has been reported from the British Virgin Islands, where critical facilities, as well as homes, businesses and supermarkets, have been devastated.

UK foreign minister Alan Duncan said: “The British Virgin Islands were also not spared the hurricane’s full force. Our initial assessment is of severe damage and we expect that the islands will need extensive humanitarian assistance which we will of course provide.”

Sam Branson, son of Virgin businessman Richard Branson – who saw out the storm in a bunker on his private island of Necker – said “a lot of buildings” had been destroyed.

Four people are confirmed to have died in the US Virgin Islands, with a government spokesman predicting the toll would rise. There were reports of extensive damage to buildings, and of land entirely stripped of vegetation.

Many roads are inaccessible in the USVI, and schools are reported to be destroyed.

Puerto Rico





People pick up debris as Hurricane Irma howled past Puerto Rico (Picture: Reuters/Alvin Baez)



People recover broken parts of the dock after the passing of Hurricane Irma


Lashing winds and rains have left more than a million people without power and tens of thousands without water. Images from the island showed flash flooding, and hospitals were forced to rely on generators.



Three people – two women and a man – have been confirmed dead, and rescuers are searching for the missing. Waves of up to 30 feet (9 metres) were reported. Several thousand people remain in emergency shelters.

Governor Ricardo Rosselló has also declared a disaster in the tiny islands of Culebra and Vieques, to Puerto Rico’s east, which were hard-hit by the storm. So far there has been little information from the islands.




A man walks through Puerto Rico during fierce winds (Picture: Reuters)




Stefany Santacruz took this picture showing the storm surge (Picture: Getty)




Irma is the worst hurricane to hit the island since 1928, when Hurricane San Felipe killed more than 2,700 people across Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe and Florida.


Dominican Republic

Hurricane Irma: WATCH LIVE: Irma Batters Dominican Republic





Irma passed to the north – show widespread damage: flattened buildings, downed trees and power lines. The coastal resorts of Cabarete and Sosua were reported to have seen storm surges, and more than 5,000 people were evacuated across the country.

On Thursday, Juan Manuel Mendez, director of the centre of emergency operations, said people there should “not let down their guard … the worst isn’t over”.


Haiti

Irma continued its path across the north of Hispaniola – the island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti – taking down a key bridge between the two. Heavy rains thrashed the north coast and several areas lost power.


Two people were reportedly injured in the northern port town of Cap-Haïtien when a tree crashed into their home.

Officials had admitted they were not prepared for the onslaught and no mandatory evacuation orders were in place ahead of Irma’s approach. But reports from Cap-Haïtien so far suggest Haiti has been spared the worst effects of the category 5.


Turks and Caicos




The Turks and Caicos islands have been hit by the hurricane (Picture: Getty)






Irma was “pummelling” the British overseas territory on Thursday evening, the US National Hurricane Center said, with winds of 175mph (280kmh).


Governor John Freeman said some people had been moved to shelters ahead of the hurricane’s arrival, but warned others to:

Hunker down, stay where you are … Nobody can get to you either – people are, for a little while, on their own.

Electricity supplies had failed on Grand Turk, which meant water production was also out, Freeman said.

Bahamas


Overnight on Thursday, the eye of the storm moved on to the southern Bahamas, passing just north of Great Inagua island. The US National Hurricane Center warned that storm surges could lift water levels in south-eastern and central Bahamas by 15-20ft (4.5-6m) above normal levels.

Bahamas prime minister Hubert Minnis said his government had evacuated people from six islands in the south to the capital, Nassau, in the largest storm evacuation in the country’s history. Airports have been closed.


Homes of The Rich and Famous in The Path of Hurricane Irma





Homes of the rich and famous are in the path of Hurricane Irma as she rages through the Caribbean


With its beautiful white sands, hot weather and isolation of some of its islands the Caribbean is a playground for the rich and famous.
However, many of them are now hoping that their homes will be spared serious damage as Hurricane Irma batters the islands with 185mph winds.

Richard Branson’s son has already said that most buildings on Necker Island have been destroyed, but it is not currently known how badly other well-known people’s homes have been damaged.

Donald Trump and Roman Abramovich both have luxury mansions that have already been hit in St Martin and Guadeloupe respectively, as does Oprah Winfrey in Antigua.

But as Irma heads towards Florida, the homes of Bruce Willis, Kieth Richards, David Copperfield, Johnny Depp and Eddie Murphy are all in the path.




Donald Trump’s island home is likely to be hit badly by the storm (Picture: Sothebys)



The home is worth £21.5million (Picture: Sotheby’s)


Donald Trump, whose Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach could be affected by the storm, said his administration is monitoring Irma closely.
‘It looks like it could be something that could be not good, believe me not good,’ the US president said.

With sustained winds of 185mph, the category five hurricane is the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane on record.

It is only the second time anywhere in the world a storm has been recorded maintaining such windspeeds for more than 24 hours, after typhoon Haiyan in 2013, according to an expert at the University of Colorado.

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne told the Associated Press that nearly every building on Barbuda was damaged when the hurricane passed overhead, leaving around 60% of the island’s approximately 1,400 people homeless.




Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s private island in the Bahamas (Picture: FameFlynet)



Eddy Murphy’s island in the Caribbean (Picture: Google)


Barbuda has been left ‘barely habitable’, he said.

Before the hurricane’s arrival Sir Richard refused to his Necker Island retreat and said he would be seeking shelter in the wine cellar with his staff.

His son, Sam, later wrote on Instagram:

‘Glad to say that all humans on Necker are ok although a lot of buildings destroyed. Very concerned for our friends and everyone on the neighbouring islands and people in its path. Please don’t take this hurricane lightly if it is heading your way.’

Christian Aid is helping to orchestrate the mass evacuation of Haiti

The charity’s country manager, Prospery Raymond, said: ‘People are being moved to schools and churches for safety but in some areas, especially in the north west of Haiti, these buildings will not withstand the force of the storm.’




Another view of Johnny Depp’s island in the Bahamas (Picture: FameFlynet)



Necker Island, owned by Richard Branson



Richard Branson revealed what was being done to protect property on Necker Island



He said that Necker had faced hurricanes before but not one of this intensity



Where Next?

A hurricane warning is in place in Cuba, where tourists are being evacuated and residents of coastal towns told to move inland.

By late Saturday, Irma is forecast to hit Florida, where mandatory evacuation orders have already been issued for Florida Keys and swaths of southern and coastal Florida. All hospitals in the Florida Keys archipelago will close at 7am Friday, and coast guard and rescue services have left.
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Update Re: Hurricane WARNINGS:TRIPLE Threat:1 Can Devastate Caribbean>2nd Hit US as 3rd Form

Triple Threat: One Hurricane Bears Down on the US East Coast, Another Threatens to Devastate the Caribbean AGAIN as a Third Storm Forms in The Atlantic

  • Maria was upgraded from tropical storm to Cat. 1 Hurricane on Sunday
  • Its path will carry it over the Caribbean in almost exactly the same route as Irma
  • It's expected to hit the Leeward Islands on Monday and keep increasing strength
  • By the time it hits Puerto Rico it could be Category 3, predictions say
  • Jose continues to head towards the US but is expected to stay in the sea
  • However tropical storm winds could affect everywhere from Virginia to Maine
BBC. 19 Sept. 2017...


The Caribbean, already suffering from the onslaught of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, is bracing itself for another attack - this time from the newly upgraded Hurricane Maria, which reached Category 1 status on Sunday.
Maria, formerly a tropical storm, is expected to follow almost the exact same same path as Irma through the Caribbean, hitting the Leeward Islands on Monday.

It's then expected to continue to build strength until it hits Puerto Rico at Category 3 on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Jose - having concluded its swirl in the Atlantic - continues to intensify as it move towards the eastern seaboard from Virginia up, while Tropical Depression Lee continues to swirl in the Atlantic.




Three storms are roiling in the Atlantic, with Maria having been upgraded to Hurricane Sunday as it approached the Caribbean, and Jose heading towards the US's East Coast



Maria is expected to follow almost exactly the same route through the Caribbean as Irma, hitting the Leeward Islands soon and increasing in power up to Category 3 by Wednesday



The Leeward Islands are all under alert, with storm surges and hurricanes expected. By the time Maria hits Puerto Rico, it could be Category 3.
Maria was upgraded to Category 1 status on Sunday afternoon, while it was around 140 miles off the east coast of Barbados.


Its windspeeds were registered at 75mph, while it continued to move inland at a rate of around 15mph.

Storm surges, high windspeeds and heavy rainfall are expected on parts of the Leeward Islands over the coming days.

Around 6 to 12 inches of rain could fall on the island, which include Puerto Rico and the US and British Virgin Islands.

Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat have all been given hurricane warnings, while Martinique, Antigua and Barbuda, Saba, St Eustatius and St. Lucia are under tropical storm warnings.

Meanwhile, US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, St Maarten (aka St Martin), St Barthelemy and Anguilla are all under hurricane warnings.


Those are usually issued 48 hours before effects are expected to be felt - putting predicted landfall at the middle of next week.



The second in the potentially deadly trifecta is Hurricane Jose, which has left its holding pattern and is now headed northward.




Hurricane Jose continues to head towards the US; while it's expected to remain in the sea, tropical-storm winds could still affect everywhere from Virginia from Maine



Maria's path is likely to draw it over the same areas devastated by Irma less than two weeks ago, including Saint Martin (pictured). Tropical depression Lee remains in the Atlantic


Jose's eye is expected to remain in the sea, but its winds and rains could touch anywhere from Virginia up to Maine.

According to the National Hurricane Center, there is a 30 per cent chance of the coastline from Virginia to Delaware receiving tropical-storm-strength winds as of Monday morning.

And there's a 40-50 per cent chance of tropical-storm-force winds affecting the New Jersey, New York, Boston and Cape Cod areas between Monday evening and tuesday morning.



It may also take some time to leave, causing flooding from the Jersey shore to eastern New England - including Long Island and New York City.
Dangerous rip currents are also expected in the seas off those coasts.


The one good piece of news is that Lee is continuing to wallow in the Atlantic, having been downgraded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression on Sunday.

Its winds had fallen to 35mph and were expected to continue to fall; by Sunday afternoon, the storm was around 910 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands.




Half-sunken yachts are seen in Saint Martin. Lee is expected to continue slowing and eventually sputter out...
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Update Re: Hurricane WARNING:TRIPLE Threat:Maria Can Devastate Caribbean>2nd Hit US as LEE F

  • Hurricane Maria: Dominica Loses 'All What Money Can Buy' as Category 5 Storm Batters Caribbean Island
'Initial reports are of widespread devastation,' says Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit

Independent UK, 19 Sept 2017.


Dominica’s Prime Minister has said Hurricane Maria has stripped the island of “all what money can buy”.
The Category 5 storm slammed into the small Caribbean island overnight.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit captured the terrifying power of Hurricane Maria in a series of Facebook posts, writing that he was “at the complete mercy” of the storm.

After being rescued, he said: “We will need help, my friend, we will need help of all kinds.”


He added: “Initial reports are of widespread devastation. So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace.
“So, far the winds have swept away the roofs of almost every person I have spoken to or otherwise made contact with.

“The roof to my own official residence was among the first to go and this apparently triggered an avalanche of torn away roofs in the city and the countryside.
“My greatest fear for the morning is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains.”


Maria’s sustained wind speeds reached 160mph, with higher gusts, on Monday night.


Dominica is a former British colony home to 72,000 people that lies in the eastern Caribbean about halfway between the French islands of Guadeloupe, to the north, and Martinique, to the south.

As the storm—the second major hurricane to pass through the region in the past few weeks—moved in, Mr Skerrit wrote: “We do not know what is happening outside. We not dare look out. All we are hearing is the sound of galvanize flying. The sound of the fury of the wind. As we pray for its end!”

Hurricane warnings have also been issued for Guadeloupe, St Kitts and Nevis, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico where a state of emergency has been declared amid fears of a direct hit, just weeks after Hurricane Irma struck.

Up to 15in (38cm) of rain is predicted to fall as Maria barrels across the Caribbean, with “isolated maximum amounts of 20in (51cm)” expected to deluge the British Virgin Islands.

In Anguilla up to 8in (20cm) could be recorded. The National Hurricane Centre has warned that “rainfall on these islands could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides”.


If Maria retains its strength, it would be the most powerful hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in 85 years, since a Category 4 storm swept the US island territory in 1932, Hurricane Centre spokesman Dennis Feltgen said.


The last major hurricane to strike Puerto Rico directly was Georges, which made landfall there as a Category 3 storm in 1998, he said. The territory was dealt a glancing blow by Irma earlier this month.

Maria weakened overnight to a Category 4 storm, it was reported, but forecasters said it remained extremely dangerous.
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Update Re: Hurricane WARNING:TRIPLE Threat:CAT5 Maria Destroys Dominica >2nd 3rd Storms Foll

Gulf Coast Braces for Hurricane Nate: New Orleans Under a State of Emergency as Category 1 Hurricane Barrels Towards the South Bringing With it 90mph Winds and 10 inches of Rain after Devastating Central America

  • Hurricane Nate will make landfall in Alabama late on Saturday night after moving away from Central America
  • It will bring 10 inches of rain to the region and may trigger flash flooding and storm surges of up to 9ft
  • Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu has issued a mandatory curfew starting at 6pm on Saturday night
  • Hurricane warnings and evacuation orders are in place along the Gulf Coast in anticipation of the storm
  • Evacuation shelters are being prepares in Mississippi and experts fear the storm may trigger tornadoes
  • Nate strengthened from a Tropical Storm to a Category 1 hurricane on Friday afternoon after claiming 22 lives in Central America
Daily Mail UK, 7 Oct 2017.


Hurricane Nate gathered pace on Saturday as it moved away from Central America and thundered towards the Gulf Coast.

Experts are warning that the Category 1 hurricane will bring 'life threatening' storm surge to the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi after it hits on Saturday.



As much as ten inches of rain is expected to fall and trigger flash flooding in parts. The storm has already claimed 22 lives in Central America.





A satellite image issued on Saturday morning shows Hurricane Nate intensifying in the Gulf of Mexico



Nate is expected to make landfall in southwest Alabama late on Saturday night or in the early hours of Sunday morning. Evacuation shelters are being prepared across the region in anticipation of the storm.

On Saturday morning, the president tweeted his support for the region.
'Our great team at FEMA is prepared for Hurricane Nate. Everyone in LA, MS, AL, and FL please listen to your local authorities & be safe!' he said.




Residents in New Orleans fill and carry sandbags around the city as it braces for Hurricane Nate, a Category 1 storm which will make landfall on Saturday night


Nate is the latest in a string of deadly hurricanes which have wreaked havoc on the South, the Caribbean and parts of Central America since August.

Residents in New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama, were seen preparing for the storm with sandbags on Friday and Saturday.


Nate was suddenly upgraded from a Tropical Storm to a Category 1 hurricane on Friday afternoon.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Friday ordered an evacuation of some areas and a mandatory curfew ahead of Nate.

The curfew will be in effect from Saturday evening to Sunday morning, the mayor said at a news conference.

Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi declared states of emergency as the storm twisted toward the US Gulf Coast on Friday after killing at least 22 people in Central America.




Nate is expected to make landfall in coastal Alabama late on Saturday night. It will intensify in the early hours of Sunday morning and its outer bands will bring up to 10 inches of rain to Louisiana



At 8am on Saturday morning, the storm was moving up the Gulf of Mexico towards the southern states



Tropical force winds are a certainty on the Gulf Coast and may reach 90mph at Nate's strongest on Sunday morning



Tropical Storm warnings are in place in large swathes of the Southern states. Hurricane warnings are in place along coastal Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama



Storm surge warnings are in place along coastal Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi as the storm moves towards the coast



Residents in New Orleans fill sandbags on Friday ahead of the storm. A state of emergency has been declared in the city



A child helps volunteers preparing sandbags in New Orleans on Friday afternoon



A state of emergency was declared in New Orleans on Friday. Above, sand bags are placed near a levey at the pumping station at the end of the 17th street canal


The National Hurricane Center issued hurricane and storm surge warnings for southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi and Alabama coasts.


Nate is the latest in a succession of destructive storms this hurricane season.

The storm is forecast to dump 3 to 6 inches of rain on the region - with isolated totals of up to 12 inches.
That much rain led authorities to warn of flash flooding and mudslides.

By midafternoon Friday, Nate was moving at a speed of 21 mph (33 kph).

Its center was located about 125 miles (200 kilometers) east-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, and was expected to reach the U.S. late Saturday or early Sunday.

Evacuation orders were issued for some coastal communities, including the Louisiana towns of Jean Lafitte and Grand Isle.




Path of destruction; Municipal employees work on damage in the Panamerican Road, following the passage of Tropical Storm Nate, in Rivas, Nicaragua, on 6 October



Damage: A view of a sinkhole on the street after the passage of Tropical Storm Nate in San Juan del Sur's bay in Nicaragua on 6 October. Later that day, it strengthened to a hurricane


Shelly Jambon, owner of Sureway Supermarket in Grand Isle, said she plans on riding out the storm at her store even though it's across the street from the beach.

She bought it two years before Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005 and has weathered far more threatening storms than Nate.

'It's a mild one for us,' she said. 'Seventy to 80 mph winds? We get that in a winter storm.'

The state mobilized 1,300 National Guard troops. Some were headed to New Orleans, where summer storms already have exposed problems with the city's fragile pumping system.

'We don't anticipate that this is going to cause a devastating impact to New Orleans or exceed the ability for the pumps,' Gov. Jon Bel Edwards said Thursday.




Nate has already killed at least 22 in Central America. Costa Rica was hit hard, seen here on Friday


Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency in six southernmost counties. State officials, at a briefing Friday in Gulfport, warned that Nate's main danger in that state will be from up to 10 feet of storm surge in low-lying coastal areas, as well as from winds that could damage mobile homes.


'If you are in an area that has flooded, I would recommend you evacuate that area until the storm has ended and the water has receded for your own personal safety and for the safety of the first responders that will be responding in the event you are trapped,' Bryant said.

The storm threatened to disrupt one of the Mississippi coast's biggest annual tourist events, the 'Cruisin' the Coast' auto show.

Biloxi firefighters warned more than 700 recreational vehicle campers that they may need to leave early.

The event continued as normal Friday, but Saturday's events were cancelled, replaced by a brief closing ceremony.

Dozens of offshore oil and gas platforms and drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico have been evacuated as Nate churns through warm waters.

Ingalls Shipbuilding, the Mississippi coast's largest industrial employer, announced Friday that only a skeleton crew of necessary employees would work Saturday and Sunday at the Pascagoula shipyard.

The northern Gulf Coast areas targeted by Nate largely have been spared the worst effects of a catastrophic hurricane season, but Louisiana's emergency declaration for Nate isn't its first since the start of the summer.

In August, a weakened Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Louisiana after dealing a devastating blow to Texas and then nudging back into the Gulf of Mexico.

Edwards also issued an emergency declaration in August for storm-related flooding in New Orleans.




Members of the New Orleans Fire Department fill sandbags in preparation for Tropical Storm Nate in New Orleans on Friday



The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning from Grand Isle, Louisiana to the Alabama-Florida border.
Officials ordered the evacuation of part of coastal St. Bernard Parish east of New Orleans ahead of the storm.


Earlier Thursday, a voluntary evacuation was called in the barrier island town of Grand Isle south of New Orleans.

New Orleans officials outlined steps to bolster the city's pump and drainage system. Weaknesses in that system were revealed during summer flash floods.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement's New Orleans office said in a news release that as of midday Thursday, six production platforms, out of the 737 manned platforms in the Gulf, had been evacuated. No drilling rigs were evacuated, but one moveable rig was taken out of the storm's path.

The agency estimated less than 15 percent of the current oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut-in, which equates to 254,607 barrels of oil per day.

On Alabama's Dauphin Island, owners hauled boats out of the water ahead of the storm's approach.

Tourists canceled beach reservations for the weekend. The major concern was that Nate's storm surge was projected to coincide with high tide.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Lee Smithson expressed confidence that the federal government would be able to provide help to Mississippi even as the Federal Emergency Management Agency continues to respond to previous hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Bryant authorized the use of the Mississippi National Guard to respond to any damage.

Officials said they would open 11 evacuation shelters in areas away from the immediate coast, and that the regional bus system could transport people who can't drive to shelters on their own.

'This is a fast-moving storm,' Smithson said.
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Oh Crap! re: Hurricane WARNINGS:Hurricane OPHELIA Set To Hit Ireland and The UK This Weekend

Hurricane Ophelia Set To Hit Ireland and The UK This Weekend

Tropical storm named hurricane overnight and remnants set to reach Britain on 16 October


Independent UK, 12 October 2017.





The hurricane is expected to hit Ireland and the west of the UK National Hurricane Centre


The tail end of Hurricane Ophelia is set to barrel into the UK, lashing it with rain and winds of up to 70mph, forecasters have warned.

The tropical storm has been upgraded to hurricane and the remnants of it could reach the UK over the weekend or early next week.

Although Ophelia will not be strong enough to be categorised as a hurricane by the time it reaches Britain, the west of the country can expect gale-force winds.

Its arrival coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987, which hit southern England overnight on 15 October.

Forecaster Michael Fish famously told viewers not to worry about the storm that killed 18 people and caused £1 billion of damage.

Hurricane Ophelia is unlikely to cause as much damage as the Great Storm of 1987, which is often referred to as "Hurricane Fish", but there is the possibility of disruptive weather.

Met Office forecaster Alex Burkhill said: "Ophelia became a hurricane overnight and the forecast track takes it eastwards towards Iberia for the weekend.

"After that, indications are that by that point it will then have weakened and be no longer a hurricane or tropical storm, it will be extratropical. But then it will continue its way towards the British Isles, probably reaching us very early next week."

He added: "It's definitely something that we are keeping an eye on, for the possibility of some disruptive weather early next week."
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