Sunday, March 18, 2012

031812.17.8—Message for Today: Big Rain Storm, Wall Street, or Power Outage

There shall be big rain storm on the way or Wall Street trouble or Power outages.


Anonymous said...

03/20/12 02:40 PM PT

Tornado Hits San Antonio as Severe Weather Rattles South and Midwest
By KEVIN DOLAK | Good Morning America – 13 hours ago

Severe weather hammered the Midwest and South from Minnesota to Texas including a tornado that touched down in San Antonio, where at least 50 homes were damaged or destroyed.
Residents across this broad region were bracing for flooding Tuesday after the severe weather brought heavy rain and hail that is anticipated to continue for the next few days. With the storm system slowing significantly, tornadoes are becoming less likely but flash flooding becomes a major concern, forecasters said.

The slow-moving weather pattern will bring thunderstorms with heavy rain as it moves over the same area, according to the National Weather Service, which said that some locations will receive a foot of rain by midweek.

The NWS reported that the tornado touched down 25 miles southwest of San Antonio on Monday evening, and that parts of the city and surrounding areas were under a tornado warning. Although some were trapped inside their homes, no fatalities were reported by early Tuesday morning.

Tornado warnings across the San Antonio area were canceled around 11 p.m. Monday, according to ABC News affiliate KSAT. Crews began assessing damage to the area late Monday night.

The sheriff's office in Medina, Texas, reported multiple injuries, but do not have a count yet.
"Pretty much all" of the approximately 50 homes damaged were completely destroyed, a representative from the office said.

Interim Fire Marshal Craig Roberts reported heavily damaged homes and five injuries, and one reported missing, according to KSAT. He said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

Strong winds in the Dallas-Fort Worth area brought major power outages, while outages were reported in Oklahoma City and in Tulsa County. Heavy rains closed roads in Oklahoma, and roofs were reportedly blown off by high winds in Minnesota.

Eight inches of rain was expected in southeastern Kansas, according to The Associated Press.

"We're looking at maybe a week of rain in that part of the state," Kansas climatologist Mary Knapp said. "That would be a very, very nice start to our spring season."
Monday's severe weather follows an EF3 twister with winds up to 165 mph that struck North Platte, Neb., on Sunday.

Anonymous said...

Tornadoes cause massive damage across Dallas, Fort Worth and North Texas

By The Dallas Local | Local Dallas – 28 mins ago

Updated at 3:00 p.m. CT)

At least two large twisters are causing havoc across Dallas and Fort Worth this afternoon, crushing homes and sending thousands of North Texans scrambling to take cover.

Numerous reports of injuries were being reported. The National Weather Service declared the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area to be under a "tornado emergency."

Tornado warnings for much of North Texas are active until 3:30 p.m.
Sirens went off in downtown Dallas and Fort Worth. Schools across the area were huddling children in hallways. Passengers at DFW International Airport were rushed to safe areas as the storm passed. All planes were grounded.

"This is as serious of a tornado we've seen in years," said CBS 11 meteorologist Larry Mowry.
Tornadoes were reported on the ground in at least five counties, with the most recent report at 3 p.m. in Collin County to the north of Dallas.

Aftermath photos showed images of numerous tractor-trailer trucks toppled like toy cars.

Television news helicopters broadcast images of a couple of the twisters. Spotters on the ground estimated one of the tornadoes to be 1/2-mile wide. The first tornado, first spotted about 20 miles south of Fort Worth, was believed to be on the ground for 30 minutes.

That twister was captured on video near Arlington. KXAS (NBC 5) published the raw video.

Storm spotters were reporting widespread major damage of homes and other buildings in communities south of Fort Worth. Officials said roofs were blown off homes in south Arlington and Kennedale, about 20 southwest of DFW Airport. Minor injuries were reported. Some homeowners were scouring damaged neighborhoods for missing pets.
"Oh man!" a spotter surveying damage told CBS 11. "People are running frantically trying to see if people are ok."

Anonymous said...

4 April 2012 Last updated at 05:36 ET

Gales cause power cuts to about 50,000 homes and businesses

Nearly 50,000 homes and businesses in England are without electricity after gales and ice brought down power lines.

Northern Powergrid said it was dealing with 40,000 buildings without power in County Durham and North Yorkshire, including 11,000 homes in Whitby.

In North Derbyshire, Western Power Distribution confirmed about 9,000 customers were without electricity.
Travellers were also warned to take care as snow on high ground was causing treacherous conditions.

A family with a 20-month-old baby were rescued from the A66 and taken to Barnard Castle police station.
An ambulance was also abandoned near Barnard Castle.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for part of the north of England and the Midlands advising drivers to take care.
Overnight the eastbound section of the A66 in County Durham was closed near the border with Cumbria due to at least one jackknifed lorry.

Jackknifed lorry
The section of road is now open in both directions.

Stainmore cafe on the A66 stayed open and was used as a refuge for stranded drivers.

Durham Police said up to 40 vehicles were "currently stranded" on the A68 between Tow Law and Castleside, with reports of snow drifts of up to 7ft in places.
There were also delays on the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and Scotland.

In Cumbria, the A686 and Kirkstone Pass are currently closed.
Elsewhere, about 10 lorries were stranded on the eastbound carriageway of the M62 at Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
In East Yorkshire the B1248 is closed between the A166 in Wetwang and the Little Wood Street junction in Norton.

North Yorkshire Police said they had been called out to assist a number of drivers who have been left stranded in their cars after snow hit the Hole of Horcum area on the North Yorkshire Moors between Egton Bridge and Tan Hill.

In Derbyshire, the A57 Snake Pass which links Sheffield and Manchester, is shut in both directions between Ladybower reservoir in Priddock Wood and the Manor Park Road junction in Glossop.

Wind, snow and sleet
The Northern Powergrid spokeswoman said the power cut was due to the wintry weather.

"It is weather-related, a mixture of wind, sleet, snow and rain which appear to be the cause.

"We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to all of our customers for any inconvenience.

"We are doing all we can to resolve the issues as soon as we can."
Durham Police said the power outage was affecting the Derwentside area and could last for "some time".

Anonymous said...

30 June 2012 Last updated at 16:12 ET

Washington DC region swelters after storm cuts power

Some three million people have been left without power after violent storms hit the region around the US capital, Washington DC.

The storms swept from the Midwest states to the region around Washington, packing winds of up to 80mph (130 km/h).

The power outages left many sweltering without air conditioning amid a record-breaking heatwave.
At least 12 deaths have been linked to the storm, officials say.

The storm is locally referred to as a "derecho" - a violent, straight-lined windstorm associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms.

It left behind felled trees, streets littered with fallen branches and downed power lines.
Washington's transit authority said most metro lines were back to normal service after the storm disrupted service on all lines during Friday night. But many Metrobus routes were subject to detours or delay due to downed trees and power lines.

Amtrak suspended services from Washington to Philadelphia.

The heatwave has seen all-time records smashed with temperatures of 104F (40C) in DC.

It was set to continue, said the National Weather Service - and it warned that another round of severe weather was possible.

'Quarter-size hail'

The storms started in the Midwest and moved quickly eastward, hitting the mid-Atlantic states on Friday evening.

As well as gusty winds, users of the social network site Twitter reported spectacular, sustained displays of lightning. There were also reports of hail the size of a US quarter coin - just under an inch (2.4cm).

A state of emergency was declared in West Virginia where more than 500,000 were hit by power cuts.
Power companies said they were working hard to restore power to customers while some parts had water restrictions imposed after power cuts at two water filtration plants and other facilities.

The Associated Press news agency said the storms had been blamed for six deaths in Virginia, two in New Jersey, two in Maryland, one in Ohio and one in Washington DC.
In suburban Washington, residents were told to call non-emergency phone numbers or go to fire and police stations if they needed help because even 911 emergency call centres were without electricity.

Anonymous said...

Storms in Northeast knock out power, ground flights

Reuters – 1 hr 29 mins ago

Reuters) - Severe thunderstorms unleashed heavy rain and strong winds across parts of the Midwest and Northeast on Thursday, grounding hundreds of flights and leaving tens of thousands of people without power.

The storms spawned a tornado that touched down in Elmira, New York, damaging a mall and a local country club, the National Weather Service said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries. Meteorologists said 70 mile-an-hour winds were reported in parts of Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma.

As the storms sent black, menacing clouds rolling across some cities, hail ranging from the size of a dime to a quarter fell in some areas of Pennsylvania, said.

More than 51,000 customers were without power in Ohio, said American Electric Power of Ohio. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement that the storms knocked out power for nearly 93,700 utility customers across the state.
In New Jersey, more than 10,000 customers suffered power outages.

The storms formed along a cold front stretching from the Northeast into the Ohio Valley, threatening damaging winds, hail and tornadoes, according to the Weather Channel.
The storm activity forced the cancellation of over 900 flights on Thursday, according to FlightAware, a Texas-based company that tracks the status of flights. The highest number of cancellations was at LaGuardia Airport in New York.
Flight delays were also reported at airports in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., the Federal Aviation Administration said on its website.

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for portions of Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center said that "hail (up) to 2 inches in diameter, thunderstorm wind gusts to 80 miles per hour and dangerous lightning are possible in these areas."
Thunderstorms that swept through Westchester County, north of New York City, toppled trees and caused power outages.

Trees fell across the tracks of the Metro North commuter rail system's Harlem Line and brought train traffic to a halt on the line north of Chappaqua, the town that is home to former U.S. President Bill Clinton and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Reporting by Kevin Gray, Dan Burns and Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Stacey Joyce and Anthony Boadle)