Friday, January 13, 2012

011312.1--Message for Today: Storm, Flood

I picked up huge storm and flood on the way.  I'm not sure where this would hit, but it suggested that it may hit somewhere in Europe; it could be on the eastern part.  Or, it could be a huge financial melt-down or rally is on the way.


Anonymous said...

July 1, 2012

3 million without power as heat rises in eastern US after storms, falling trees kill 12
By Jessica Gresko, The Associated Press | Associated Press – 8 hrs ago
WASHINGTON - Violent storms that swept the eastern U.S. left at least 12 people dead, authorities said Saturday, while three million people were without power on one of the hottest days on record.
Six people were reported killed in Virginia, including a 90-year-old woman asleep in bed when a tree slammed into her home. Two young cousins in New Jersey were killed when a tree fell on their tent while camping. Two were killed in Maryland, one in Ohio and one in Washington, D.C.
Washington and other areas were still largely without power — and air conditioning —as temperatures were expected to reach above 100 degrees (40 degrees Celsius) across the region.
People chose to escape the heat in shopping malls or hotels. Drivers navigated through intersections left unguided by dead traffic lights. In suburban Washington, emergency call centres were without power and residents were told to go to police or fire stations if they needed help. Others were asked to conserve water. Cell phone coverage was spotty.
On Friday, the nation's capital reached 104 degrees (40 degrees Celsius) — topping a record of 101 (38 degrees Celsius) set in 1934.
As of 1 a.m. Saturday, Pepco was reporting 406,000 power outages in the District of Columbia and Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland.
"We have more than half our system down," said Pepco spokeswoman Myra Oppel. "This is definitely going to be a multi-day outage."
Amtrak suspended its service from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia, at least until mid-morning.
High winds also toppled three cargo trucks on Interstate 75 in Ohio.
Associated Press writers Norman Gomlak in Atlanta and Rebecca Miller in Philadelphia contributed to this report.

Anonymous said...

2 July 2012 Last updated at 15:16 ET
US storm-hit millions swelter in heatwave
At least two million people remain without power in the eastern US following storms that have been blamed for 22 deaths since Friday.
Amid an ongoing heatwave, utilities warn it could take several more days to restore electricity to many households.
Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio and the District of Columbia declared states of emergency over the weekend.
Power outages persisted on Monday from North Carolina to New Jersey, and as far west as Illinois.
With temperatures nudging 100F (38C), many householders have no functioning air conditioning or refrigerators.
Officials are urging residents to check up on elderly or sick neighbours.
Bob Ambrosini, who had no power at his home in the US capital's suburb of Great Falls, told the Washington Post: "I've been living in the swimming pool."
Melissa Kitner-Triolo told the Baltimore Sun the storm was "pretty terrifying".
"I think it was one of the worst storms we had, as far as how quickly it came up," she said.
Heat advisories are in effect for parts of 17 states and all-time highs were expected again on Monday from St Louis, Missouri to Washington DC.
Forecasters say there is no relief in sight: "Hot and hotter will continue to be the story from the plains to the Atlantic Coast for the next few days," the National Weather Service said.
The city of Athens, Georgia reached an all-time high of 108F (42C) on Sunday.
The Monday morning commute was less busy than usual around the metropolitan Washington DC area as federal and state agencies allowed non-emergency workers to take leave or work from home.
But hundreds of traffic lights were still not working in Maryland because of power outages.
The damage was mostly blamed on a meteorological phenomenon known as a derecho, where hurricane-force winds are buffeted ahead of fast-moving thunderstorms.
It swept a 500-mile (800-km) swathe of the mid-Atlantic region on Friday night.
Another storm on Sunday brought wind gusts of up to 90 mph (145 km/h) and knocked out power to more than 200,000 people in north-eastern Illinois. Half of those remained without power on Monday.
Trees falling on homes and cars have been blamed for most of the extreme weather-related deaths.
Among the six people killed in Virginia was a 90-year-old woman who was asleep in bed when a tree fell on her home.
Two young cousins camping in New Jersey died when a tree collapsed on their tent. Two others died in Maryland, one in Ohio, one in Kentucky and another in Washington DC.
In other fatalities:
· Coast Guard have abandoned the search for a man who vanished early on Saturday while boating during a storm off Maryland
· A 77-year-old man died on Sunday night in Pitt County, North Carolina when a barn collapsed where he was parking a vehicle amid high winds
· A tree killed a couple when it hit their golf cart in Beaufort County, North Carolina
Emergency dispatchers were unable to take 911 calls in parts of Virginia during the storm. A phone company spokesman told CBS News that the storm had affected power to the call-routing facility.
Utility workers have been drafted in from as far away as Florida and Oklahoma to help turn the power back on.
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley said he would ensure utility companies restored electricity quickly.

"No-one will have his boot further up Pepco's and BGE's backsides than I will," he said on Sunday afternoon, referring to the two main power firms serving the state.

The storm damage also caused online disruption, with Netflix, Instagram and Pinterest services temporarily disabled.

Anonymous said...

Monsoon floods kill 81 in India, force 2M to flee
By WASBIR HUSSAIN | Associated Press – 25 mins ago

GAUHATI, India (AP) — The worst monsoon floods in a decade to hit a remote northeastern Indian state have killed more than 80 people and forced around 2 million to leave their homes.
Nearly half a million people are living in relief camps that have been set up across Assam state, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told journalists Monday in Gauhati, Assam's capital. The rest of the 2 million displaced are living with relatives or sheltering under tarpaulin sheets.
Assam officials say 81 people have been killed over the past four days. Most were swept away when the mighty Brahmaputra River overflowed and flooded villages. Sixteen people were buried in landslides triggered by the rains.
At least 11 people were missing in six districts, the state disaster management agency said.
Air force helicopters were dropping food packets and drinking water to marooned people, Singh said after surveying the flood-hit districts.
Army soldiers used boats to rescue villagers from rooftops of flooded homes.
Teams of doctors have opened health clinics in the 770 relief camps that had been set up across Assam, one of India's main tea-growing states. The hilly tea growing areas have not been affected, but lower rice fields have been washed away.
Thousands of cattle have perished after being swept away by the raging water or getting stuck in the mud. The stench of rotting animal carcasses was adding to the woes of the people in tents at the relief camps, officials said.
In the worst-hit Dhemaji district, raging waters of the Brahmaputra River swept away entire villages.
Officials said the entire Majuli island, one of the world's largest river islands, was awash as the Brahmaputra rose above the danger level.
"This is one of the worst floods to hit Assam," Singh said. He announced the national government would give immediate assistance of 5 billion rupees ($90 million) to the state.
Railway workers were working round the clock to restore train services disrupted after railway tracks became submerged. "Restoration of the railway line is a priority," Singh said.
The situation was expected to improve over the next few days as the rain was tapering off and water was beginning to recede.
Monsoon floods hit Assam, with a population of 26 million people, almost every year, with heavy rains swelling the Brahmaputra and its innumerable tributaries that crisscross the state.

Anonymous said...

14 July 2012 Last updated at 07:48 ET
Japan floods: 250,000 people ordered to leave homes
About 250,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes to avoid floods caused by torrential rainfall in south-west Japan, officials say.
Flooding and landslides on the southern island of Kyushu have left at least 20 people dead in the past three days.
TV footage showed muddy waters sweeping through homes and streets as rivers burst their banks in the north of the island.
The Japan Meteorological Agency has warned of further rain and landslides.
At least seven people were said to be missing on Friday, Japanese media said. Japan's Self-Defence Forces have been brought in to help search for the missing.
More than 75cm (30in) of rain fell in 72 hours in the city of Aso, in Kumamoto prefecture, according to weather officials quoted by the French news agency AFP.
The evacuation orders affect 85,000 households in the prefectures of Fukuoka, Saga, Kumamoto and Oita, the Kyodo news agency reported.
In Fukuoka prefecture alone, around 190,000 people from 65,000 households were issued the order, with the entire area of the cities of Yanagawa, Yame and Miyama to be evacuated.
Another 140,000 have been advised to vacate their homes as well, AFP quoted local officials as saying.
Those being asked to leave their homes have been told to go to designated shelters such as schools and other facilities, according to the agency.