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  • Tropical Storm Noel nears Florida
    Wednesday, October 31, 2007
    MIAMI (AP)- Residents of southeastern Florida were advised early Wednesday to keep an eye on the progress of Tropical Storm Noel, a killer storm which could pass close to the state over the next few days.

    At 5 a.m. EDT, Noel's top sustained winds were near 40 mph, down from 60 mph a day earlier, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm has crashed through the Caribbean, creating floods and mudslides that have killed at least 22 people.

    It was moving "erratically" toward the north-northwestward near 7 mph and approaching the northern coast of Cuba, the center said. But it was expected to turn away from Florida later in the week and speed into the open Atlantic.

    Tropical storm-strength winds extended up to 175 miles from the storm's center. Above-normal tides and heavy rains were expected in its path into the Atlantic.

    A tropical storm warning was in effect for several Cuban provinces and a tropical storm warning was issued for the central and northwestern Bahamas.

    A tropical storm watch may be issued for southeast portions of Florida if Noel shifts west or its wind field expands. A watch means tropical storm conditions are possible within 36 hours.

    The National Weather Service warned gale-force winds, rough surf and flooding were possible through Wednesday for much of southeast Florida's Atlantic coastline. Swimmers are advised to stay out of the ocean because of the risk of rip currents and waves higher than 10 feet in wind gusts between 25 mph and 40 mph.

    The storm cut a destructive path across the island of Hispaniola, which is shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

    Because of difficulties reaching remote areas of Hispaniola, there was uncertainty over death toll figures, with emergency officials reporting between 22 and 36 people dead.

    Tuesday evening, a Dominican Republic emergency commission spokesman revised the death toll in the country to at least 30. The official, Luis Luna Paulino, did not release specifics of the deaths, and earlier in the day he acknowledged miscalculating a previous toll.

    Almost 12,000 people were driven from their homes and nearly 3,000 homes were destroyed, while collapsed bridges and swollen rivers have isolated 36 towns, Luna said.

    In neighboring Haiti, at least six people died, including two women washed away by a river in the town of Gantier, said U.N. peacekeeping mission spokesman Mamadou Bah. Red Cross volunteers said a 3-year-old boy drowned as his family tried to rescue him from a raging river in the neighborhood of Duvivier.

    In Cuba, the government said about 1,000 homes had suffered damage, 2,000 people had been evacuated from low-lying areas, and schools were closed for several thousand students.

    Bahamian authorities closed most government offices, and lines formed at grocery stores and gas stations in Nassau, the capital.

    In Florida, Broward County had the highest risk for beach erosion from the pounding surf, especially during high tide, according to the weather service.

    At 5 a.m., Noel's center was 50 miles northwest of Camaguey, Cuba, and about 205 miles south-southwest of Nassau, Bahamas. Some strengthening could occur as it moves away from Cuba.

    Forecasters said up to 15 inches of rain were possible over the Bahamas and Cuba, and 10 to 20 inches of rain could fall over Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
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    Tropical Storm Noel steers rough surf toward Florida
    Tuesday, October 30, 2007
    By JENNIFER KAY
    Associated Press Writer

    MIAMI — A tropical storm watch for parts of southeastern Florida may be issued Tuesday as a weakened Tropical Storm Noel could pass close to the state over the next few days.

    Forecasters already issued warnings for rough surf for much of South Florida, including the Miami area, as waves were already pounding the region's beaches. But they said the storm's rains would likely miss drought-stricken Georgia, Alabama and other states in the Southeast.

    At 5 p.m. EDT, Noel's top sustained winds were near 40 mph, down from 60 mph earlier in the day, according to the National Hurricane Center. It was moving west near 8 mph, but was expected to turn away from Florida later in the week and speed into the open Atlantic.

    Tropical storm-strength winds extended up to 175 miles from the storm's center, mainly to the northeast. Above-normal tides and heavy rains were expected in its path into the Atlantic.

    Florida was just outside the storm's expected path, but forecasters said a tropical storm watch may be issued for southeast portions of the state if Noel shifts west or its wind field expands. A watch means tropical storm conditions are possible within 36 hours.

    The National Weather Service warned gale-force winds, rough surf and flooding were possible through Wednesday for much of southeast Florida's Atlantic coastline. Swimmers are advised to stay out of the ocean because of the risk of rip currents and waves higher than 10 feet in wind gusts between 25 mph and 40 mph.

    Broward County had the highest risk for beach erosion from the pounding surf, especially during high tide, according to the weather service.

    A high-pressure system had already brought blustery conditions to the state Tuesday. Noel was expected to increase those winds as it neared.

    At 5 p.m., Noel's center was about 30 miles south-southeast of Camaguey, Cuba, about 280 miles south of Nassau, Bahamas, and about 370 miles southeast of Miami. Some strengthening could occur as it moves away from Cuba.

    Noel caused flooding and mudslides that killed at least 22 people in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, officials said. International aid workers said the death toll was certain to rise as reports come in from remote areas of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

    Forecasters said up to 15 inches of rain were possible over the Bahamas and Cuba, and 10 to 20 inches of rain could fall over Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 9:35 PM  
    Tropical Storm Noel kills 11, moves over Cuba

    SANTO DOMINGO (AFP) - At least 11 people were killed and 13 missing as Tropical Storm Noel lashed the Caribbean island of Hispaniola shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic before moving on to southern Cuba, officials said on Monday.

    At 8:00 am (1200 GMT), the center of the storm was located about 60 kilometers (35 miles) west of Holguin over southeastern Cuba, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).

    Noel made its way over Cuba after drenching Haiti and causing flooding in the Dominican Republic that authorities blamed for at least 11 deaths. Another 13 people were reported missing.

    Several communities across the Dominican Republic were cut off by flooded rivers as bridges reportedly collapsed in several areas.

    Among the fatalities were two brothers who were killed when a wall of their home collapsed on them in the Cienaga area, on the banks of the swollen Ozama river, the National Emergency agency said.

    The storm also caused authorities to shut down the international airport in the capital, Santo Domingo.

    Dominican President Leonel Fernandez convened an emergency cabinet meeting to address the storm damage, as weather forecasters expected another 24-48 hours of rain.

    In Haiti, heavy rain swept away and destroyed homes in three departments of the impoverished country but no deaths were reported, said Marie Alta Jean Baptiste, head of the country's civil protection agency.

    Airports were ordered closed as Prime Minister Jacques-Edouard Alexis urged Haitians to heed emergency warnings and evacuate risky areas amid fears of flooding and mudslides.

    "The system of civil protection has been activated, all the teams are mobilized," said the prime minister, who set aside 1.5 million dollars to storm victims.

    Meanwhile, in nearby Cuba, authorities prepared shelters, food supplies and medical facilities as the island braced for potential flooding and evacuations in its eastern provinces hit by heavy rain since early October.

    The storm was moving west at about 18 kilometers per hour (12 miles per hour) and carrying sustained winds of 85 kilometers (50 miles) per hour, the NHC said.

    The storm was expected to dump as much as 50 centimeters (20 inches) of rain on Hispaniola and up to 38 cm (15 inches) over Cuba.

    "These rains particularly in Hispaniola are expected to cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides," the center said.

    Tropical Storm Noel was expected to head back out to sea off the north coast of Cuba Tuesday night or Wednesday.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 9:31 PM  
    Deadly Tropical Storm Noel hammers Cuba, Bahamas
    (CNN) -- Gaining strength overnight, Tropical Storm Noel lashed Cuba and the Bahamas early Tuesday after making a deadly pass over the Dominican Republic.
    Heavy downpours triggered flooding and mudslides that left 11 people dead, a Dominican government spokesman said.

    The Associated Press, also citing government officials, reported at least 20 people had been killed and another 20 were missing.

    At 5 a.m. ET, Noel was skimming Cuba's northern coast about 270 miles (435 kilometers) south-southeast of Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, the National Hurricane Center reported.

    Noel's center is expected to miss the U.S. coastline, but forecasters warned southeast Florida could be issued a tropical storm watch later Tuesday.

    With top wind speeds of 60 mph (97 kph), the storm became more powerful overnight as it moved to the west at 12 mph (19 kph). Forecasters project the storm's center will maintain its current strength and turn to the northwest, moving parallel to Cuba's northern coast throughout the day.

    Weather models show the tropical storm reaching Category 1 hurricane status, with top wind speeds between 74 mph to 95 mph (119 kph to 153 kph), by Wednesday afternoon.

    In the Bahamas, government officials already have placed the northwest under a hurricane watch and a tropical storm warning.

    Meanwhile, a tropical storm warning remained in effect for the central and southeastern Bahamas and the Cuban provinces of Ciego de Avila, Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin and Guantanamo.

    A tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions are expected in the next 24 hours or less, and a hurricane watch means that such conditions are possible in the next 36 hours

    In the Dominican Republic, Rafael Nunez, a spokesman for President Leonel Fernandez, said 11 deaths have been blamed on the storm and another four people were unaccounted for Monday evening.
    Juliana Pierossi, a spokeswoman for the aid agency World Vision International, said 11 communities in southern Dominican Republic were inundated with rain. Floods have forced hundreds from their homes, drenched fields full of crops and cluttered the roads of the capital, Santo Domingo, with debris and stalled cars, she said.

    "World Vision has started to distribute food and water for people who are in shelters, but we're worried about long-term effects," she said.

    Santo Domingo resident Alex Reyes said, "It's been raining the whole day for two days now." He said he was worried about the weather. "In the countryside here, all the rain can cause mudslides and a lot of problems," he said.

    Clarismelda Aquino, also of Santo Domingo, described strong winds: "It's knocked out a couple trees. There's also a lot of water in the streets and debris."

    Hurricane center spokesman Dennis Feltgen said, "This is just one of those storms that tells you the [hurricane] season does not end until November 30. Anything can happen."

    Noel was expected to drop 10 to 20 inches of rain over the Dominican Republic and Haiti. In some isolated areas, a maximum of 30 inches was possible. In southeastern Cuba and the central and southeastern Bahamas, forecasters warned the storm could dump up to 15 inches of rain, the hurricane center reported.
    In 2004, heavy rains that accompanied Tropical Storm Jeanne triggered massive mudslides that left more than 3,000 dead and 200,000 homeless in northern Haiti.

    Pierossi said World Vision staffers in Haiti reported "some flooding, but nothing major" in Noel's wake.
    (CNN)
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    Tropical Storm Noel kills nine
    Monday, October 29, 2007

    SANTO DOMINGO (AFP) - At least nine people were killed as Tropical Storm Noel lashed the Caribbean island of Hispaniola shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, officials said on Monday.

    As Noel made its way across Haiti, drenching the vulnerable country and stirring fears of dangerous floods and landslides, authorities in the Dominican Republic blamed nine deaths on the storm's passage since the weekend.

    Several communities across the country were cut off by flooded rivers as bridges reportedly collapsed in several areas.

    Among the fatalities were two brothers killed when a wall of their home collapsed on them in the Cienaga area, on the banks of the swollen Ozama river, the National Emergency agency said.

    The storm also caused authorities to shut down the international airport in the capital, Santo Domingo.

    In the neighboring island of Cuba, authorities prepared shelters, food supplies and medical facilities as it braced for potential flooding and evacuations eastern provinces that have been hit by heavy rain since early October.

    At 2:00 pm (1800 GMT), the center of the storm was about 50 kilometers (30 miles) northeast of Cuba's eastern tip, according to the US National Hurricane Center.

    It packed maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers (45 miles) per hour with higher gusts, the NHC said.

    The storm was expected to dump as much as 50 centimeters (20 inches) of rain on Hispaniola and up to 38 cm (15 inches) over Cuba.

    Forecasters said the storm could dump as much as 38 centimeters (15 inches) of rain. "These rains particularly in Hispaniola are expected to cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides," the center said.

    Tropical Storm Noel was expected to head back out to sea and move near or over the southeastern and central Bahamas or northeastern Cuba later Monday.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 11:40 PM  
    Tropical depression forms south of Haiti
    Sunday, October 28, 2007
    MIAMI (Reuters) - The 16th tropical depression of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season formed south of Haiti, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Saturday.

    The depression could become Tropical Storm Noel if its sustained winds reach 39 miles per hour (63 km per hour).

    The Miami-based hurricane center said the system was about 195 miles south-southeast of Port au Prince and was moving west-northwest in the Caribbean with winds near 35 mph (55 kph).

    A tropical storm warning was in effect for the southwestern peninsula of Haiti and Cuba issued a storm watch for three provinces.

    It was not immediately clear if the system would threaten the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. oil and natural gas facilities in the northern Gulf.

    (Reuters)
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 2:17 PM  
    NHC sees possible tropical formation in Caribbean
    Thursday, October 25, 2007
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Wednesday it did not expect any tropical cyclones to form over the next 48 hours, however, an area of disturbed weather in the Caribbean Sea could slowly become more favorable for development during the next couple of days.

    The Miami-based agency was monitoring the system, located between Colombia and Jamaica. "There are currently no signs of organization but upper-level winds are forecast to slowly become a little more favorable for development," the NHC said in a tropical weather outlook.

    In addition, a weak area of low pressure about 100 miles

    east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands was producing a large area of cloudiness and showers, but it remained poorly organized and was currently unfavorable for further development as it moves slowly westward during the next couple of days.

    No tropical cyclones were expected elsewhere.

    Forecaster AccuWeather agreed, noting a strong northerly shear over the northeastern Caribbean Sea would prevent development of the system through Thursday. But the forecaster said the system could move into a more favorable area for development over the southern and southwestern Caribbean in a few days.

    "A frontal boundary extending into the northwestern Caribbean could interact with this weak tropical wave, setting the stage for development over the northwestern Caribbean this weekend or early next week, however, several other weather parameters would have to come together to support development," AccuWeather added.

    The six-month hurricane season officially runs until the end of November.

    (Yahoonews)
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    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Tropical storm Kiko spun along Mexico's Pacific coast on Thursday and was forecast to become a hurricane near the port and res
    Friday, October 19, 2007

    Kiko carried maximum sustained winds near 40 mph (65 kph) with stronger gusts, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

    The storm was expected to brush along the coast on Friday and later become a hurricane close to Manzanillo, one of Mexico's biggest ports and a resort popular with U.S. sports fishers.

    Kiko is not predicted to make a direct landfall, increasing its chances of picking up strength over open sea.

    The forecasters warned Kiko would likely become a category one hurricane over the next 36 hours to 48 hours and could turn into a category two storm strong enough to tear down trees within 96 hours.

    The Miami-based center said Kiko could bring heavy rains, with isolated maximum rainfall of up to 10 inches in the mountain ranges that line Mexico's Pacific coast.

    "Life-threatening flash floods and mudslides are possible over mountainous terrain," the center said.

    Manzanillo does not export oil, most of which leaves ports on the Gulf coast.

    Kiko was forecast to head toward the tip of the Baja California peninsula, home to the Los Cabos beach resort, early next week.

    (Reuters)
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 11:46 PM  
    Tropical storm reforms off Mexico in Pacific
    Wednesday, October 17, 2007
    MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) -- Tropical Storm Kiko reformed before dawn Wednesday off Mexico's Pacific coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

    The storm was stalled far out to sea and was expected to strengthen slightly and move north in the coming days, forecasters said.

    It had sustained winds of 40 mph (64 kph) and wasn't expected to threaten land or become a hurricane.

    The storm had been downgraded to a tropical depression late Tuesday before regaining tropical-storm status Wednesday.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 3:40 PM  
    Tropical cyclone may form in Gulf of Mexico: NHC
    Monday, October 15, 2007

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A low-pressure system emerged from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico into the southwestern Gulf of Mexico and could develop into a tropical cyclone over the next day or tWeather models show the system will move generally north across the Gulf and make landfall in the oil rich northern Gulf Coast between central Louisiana and western Florida over the next few days.

    The NHC will name the next tropical storm Noel. Tropical storms pack winds of 39 to 73 miles per hour.

    In addition, the system could disrupt some of Mexico's oil production in the Bay of Campeche in the southwestern Gulf.

    Mexico's Cantarell Complex lies in the Bay of Campeche. It is one of the most productive oil fields in the world, supplying about two-thirds of Mexico's crude oil output.

    CARIBBEAN SYSTEM

    The NHC is also watching a low-pressure system in the southwestern Caribbean off the coast of Nicaragua.

    The NHC however does not expect the Caribbean system to develop into a tropical cyclone before making landfall.

    Weather models show the system will make landfall in Nicaragua before moving northwest over Central America. A couple of the models showed the system emerging in the Bay of Campeche over the next five days.

    wo, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Monday.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 9:46 PM  
    15th tropical depression of season moves through open Atlantic
    Saturday, October 13, 2007

    15th tropical depression of season moves through open Atlantic
    MIAMI — The 15th tropical depression of the Atlantic hurricane season was weakening Friday as it moved slowly through the open ocean, forecasters said.

    At 5 p.m. EDT, the depression's center was about 905 miles east of Bermuda, according to the National Hurricane Center. It was moving north at about 3 mph. Maximum sustained winds were near 30 mph, down 5 mph from earlier in the day.

    The depression, which formed Thursday, was expected to weaken further during the next 24 hours, forecasters said.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 9:55 PM  
    Hurricane center monitoring blob in the Caribbean
    Tuesday, October 9, 2007
    A mass of squalls in the western Caribbean shows no signs of becoming a tropical depression at the moment but still bears watching over the next few days, meteorologists reported today.

    The National Hurricane Center said storm-friendly weather conditions "are expected to become a little more favorable" later this week for the blob, which is centered between Belize and the Cayman Islands. It's producing showers and thunderstorms across a wide swath of the western Caribbean and nearby land.

    Many computer forecasting models predict the disturbance will float west into Mexico or Central America, while a couple say it eventually could move northeast toward Cuba.

    Hurricane center forecasters have warned that the western Caribbean's warm waters still have the potential to fuel a strong storm, as they did with Category 5 Hurricanes Dean and Felix earlier this year. In addition, October frequently brings steering winds that push Caribbean storms northeast into Florida, last seen with Hurricane Wilma in 2005.(Storm 2007)
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    Tropical storm Krosa pounds southeast China
    Monday, October 8, 2007
    SHANGHAI (AFP) - Torrential rains pummelled southeast China on Monday, but authorities said weakening tropical storm Krosa would not directly hit the nation's biggest metropolis of Shanghai as it moved inland.

    Krosa made landfall as a typhoon near the border of Fujian and Zhejiang provinces on Sunday, packing winds of 126 kilometres (78 miles) per hour, Xinhua news agency said, quoting authorities in Zhejiang.

    But Krosa was soon downgraded to a tropical storm, it added.

    More than one million people were evacuated in the two provinces ahead of the storm, and some airports reported flights were diverted or delayed over the weekend. No deaths were reported.

    Emergency warnings in Shanghai were downgraded when a cold front moved in from the north, ensuring that Krosa was unlikely to affect the Special Olympics being held there, local papers said, citing meteorologists.

    The typhoon poured up to 200 millimetres (eight inches) of rain on parts of Zhejiang and Fujian, Xinhua said. Steady rains in the two regions were expected to continue through Monday, it added.

    Five people were killed, one other reported missing and dozens injured in Taiwan when the typhoon -- the biggest to hit the island this year -- swept in on Saturday, bringing heavy rains and winds of up to 162 kilometres per hour.

    Krosa -- which means crane in Khmer -- caused power outages, unleashed mudslides, uprooted trees and sparked transport chaos across the island.

    Southeastern China is regularly hit during the summer-to-autumn typhoon season. Last month, more than two million people were evacuated in Zhejiang and Fujian ahead of powerful Typhoon Wipha, which killed two in China.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 9:06 PM  
    Typhoon hits China, then weakens to storm
    Sunday, October 7, 2007
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Typhoon Krosa crashed into the Chinese coast on Sunday, forcing the evacuation of 1.4 million people, after killing five in Taiwan as it lashed the island with heavy rain and high winds.

    The typhoon made landfall near the borders of densely populated Zhejiang and Fujian provinces in southeast China around 0730 GMT, packing winds of up to 126 km per hour (78 kph), before weakening.

    No casualties were reported and the local flood prevention authorities later downgraded Krosa to a common tropical storm as it lost strength moving north at 20 km an hour, Xinhua news agency reported.

    Tug boats were struggling in strong winds to rescue a Hong Kong-registered cargo ship, with 27 crew on board, that was caught in the storm some 30 km off the coast when its engines failed.

    Xinhua said the Aladdin Dream, crewed by sailors from Russia, India and the Philippines, was in no danger of sinking or capsizing.

    The authorities took no chances with Krosa, which means crane in Khmer.

    Zhejiang province alone evacuated 962,000 people from the path of the storm, including half a million holiday-makers who had flocked to the seaside for China's week-long National Day holiday ending on Sunday.

    Schools, airports and motorways in some areas were closed, while 75,000 vessels were recalled to harbor. The storm dumped as much as 300 mm of rain in some places.

    Krosa earlier wrought havoc in Taiwan as a category 4 typhoon.
    A landslide killed two people in a mountainous area of the capital, Taipei, while isolated accidents caused by high winds killed another two. A traffic accident caused the fifth casualty, Taiwan's National Fire Agency reported.

    Driving rain flooded homes, blocked roads and downed trees across the island, cutting power to 2.2 million homes and businesses, the agency said.

    Power was restored to most homes on Sunday but many flights were cancelled.

    Typhoons regularly hit China, Taiwan, the Philippines and Japan from August through the end of the year, gathering strength from the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean or the South China Sea before weakening over land.

    (Additional reporting by Ralph Jennings in Taipei)
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 12:47 PM  
    Typhoons devastate Far East
    Saturday, October 6, 2007


    As typhoon Krosa approaches Taiwan, floods caused by typhoon Lekima bring misery to people of central Vietnam.

    Trees and signs were brought down in the street as families fled their homes in Taiwan as the typhoon approached. In Vietnam villagers continued to count the cost of the aftermath of typhoon Lekima as flood waters remained high, sweeping away houses and possessions. Ten people died and six were missing in the country.

    Penny Tweedie reports.(Reuters)
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 11:18 PM  
    Powerful typhoon batters Taiwan
    A typhoon packing sustained winds of 185km/h (115mph) has battered Taiwan, forcing schools and businesses to close and cutting electrical supplies.
    Flights were cancelled and ports shut as Typhoon Krosa hit, bringing torrential rain.

    It is expected to move towards China where tourists in coastal areas have been evacuated and measures taken at the Special Olympics in Shanghai.

    In Vietnam a separate storm, Typhoon Lekima, has killed at least 17 people.

    Vietnamese authorities say more than 70,000 homes have been damaged and thousands of hectares of rice fields have been submerged.

    Disaster officials estimate the cost of the damage in Vietnam at more than $40m.

    Holiday chaos

    In Taiwan, Taitung resident Chuang Min-hsiang told the Reuters news agency: "The wind is tremendous here, and we've lost power. We're all at home doing work to protect ourselves from the typhoon".


    In Vietnam an estimated 70,000 homes have been damaged
    Rehearsals for celebrations marking Taiwan's National Day on 10 October also had to be cancelled because of the storm.

    China began its week-long National Day holiday on 1 October, but that has been affected by the storm too.

    Many tourists in the east coast provinces of Zhejiang and Fujian have had their holidays cancelled and more than 2,000 holidaymakers have been evacuated from island resorts in the area as the typhoon approaches.

    In Shanghai, where the Special Olympics are under way, the local government says it is drafting emergency plans for drainage of the competition venues.

    And Formula 1 drivers taking part in Sunday's Shanghai Grand Prix are also braced for wet conditions. (BBC)
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 11:22 AM  
    Strong typhoon targets Taiwan and China over weekend
    Friday, October 5, 2007
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan warned fishing boats and people going out of town for the weekend that a strong typhoon was expected to reach the island shortly after midnight, bringing heavy rains and high winds before moving on to China on Sunday.

    Disaster authorities monitoring Typhoon Krosa's approach from the southeast issued land and sea warnings for most of Taiwan, pulling fishing boats back to port and asking weekend adventurers to avoid stormy beaches and mountains prone to mudslides.

    British typhoon tracking system Tropical Storm Risk called Krosa a category 4 typhoon, the same size as Hurricane Katrina, which killed more than 1,700 people in the United States in 2005.

    "We're calling this a strong storm," said Lin Kuan-chen, a Ministry of the Interior disaster centre inspector. "We expect high waves at the coast and downpours in the mountains."

    Ferry services and flights to two outlying islands had stopped on Friday ahead of the storm, although other transportation was running on normal schedules, Lin said.

    A major reservoir in northwestern Taiwan could overflow because of heavy rains, the disaster centre warned, urging people in the area to be on guard.

    Krosa was 470 km off the coast of Taiwan as of 0215 GMT on Friday after picking up strength throughout the week, and was packing sustained winds of 184 kph (114 mph) and gusts of up to 227 kph, Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau reported.

    In China, the Flood Control and Drought Relief Department in coastal Zhejiang province issued a notice ordering officials back to work from vacation to prepare for the typhoon, the government Web site www.china.com.cn reported.
    China is on the tail end of a week-long national holiday, meaning there are likely to be more than the usual number of tourists in the province's coastal areas, the report said.

    "Safeguarding the large number of individual tourists, especially those driving in private cars, independent travelers and other groups, has become the important task of each locality and department," it said.

    Zhejiang was battered last year by Typhoon Saomai, the strongest China had seen in 50 years, and its coastal areas were drenched by Typhoon Wipha last month.

    Krosa was expected to hit the province on Sunday or Monday, the report said, citing the Zhejiang weather bureau.

    Krosa is the 15th storm of the season recorded by the weather bureau, which tracks the northwestern Pacific region.

    Typhoons regularly hit China, Taiwan, the Philippines and Japan from late summer season through the end of the year, gathering strength from the warm waters of the Pacific or the South China Sea before weakening over land.
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    Typhoon Lekima slams into Vietnam's coast, killing 2
    Thursday, October 4, 2007
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Typhoon Lekima slammed into Vietnam's central coast Wednesday night, killing two people, destroying hundreds of houses and unleashing floods in one of the country's poorest regions.

    The storm made landfall in Quang Binh and Ha Tinh provinces around 7 p.m., packing winds of more than 80 mph, disaster officials said.

    Disaster officials had evacuated about 400,000 people from the region, moving them to schools and public buildings further inland.

    A 13-year-old boy drowned in Quang Ngai while trying to anchor his family's boat, and another death was reported in Quang Binh province, said provincial disaster official Truong Ngoc Hung.

    Hundreds of houses collapsed and the typhoon tore the roofs off scores more, said disaster official Nguyen Duc Tien.

    The typhoon knocked down telephone and power lines in Ha Tinh Province, causing widespread blackouts.

    Lekima, named after a Vietnamese fruit, destroyed thousands of acres of rice crops in Nghe An Province, according to officials there.

    The tempest was downgraded to a tropical storm when arriving in neighboring Laos early Thursday morning and was expected to weaken further to a depression over the next several hours, according to the national weather forecast center.

    Lekima was upgraded from a tropical storm to a typhoon as it approached the coast Wednesday afternoon.

    Earlier, Lekima appeared to be heading toward southern China, where officials evacuated 100,000 people and called 20,000 fishing boats back to harbor.

    It shifted course and began heading to Vietnam, which is prone to floods and storms that kill hundreds of people each year.(CNN)
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 11:02 PM  
    ONE BLOGPOST FOR BURMA
    Wednesday, October 3, 2007

    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 11:26 PM  
    AND THE WORLD IS WATCHING
    More than a 1000 people are missing, 4000 monks are being transported up north,
    In the night the secret police and the army take people away from their homes, many have fled the country or are trying to be save, Monks and other citizens are being murdered,
    Victims are cremated alive !, People are being tortured, ,many are in prison.
    THIS IS BURMA

    The only thing the UN is doing, is nothing, one envoy won’t help.
    The world is watching and doing nothing about this nightmare for the Burmese people
    Pray and meditate for those missing, in Prison, for those who died for freedom and for al who are suffering in Burma
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 11:25 PM  
    Tropical cyclone may form in Gulf of Mexico: NHC
    Tuesday, October 2, 2007

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A subtropical or tropical cyclone could form over the Gulf of Mexico over the next day or so, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tuesday.

    The NHC said the system is already producing near gale force winds in the eastern Gulf.

    The NHC will name the next tropical storm Noel. Tropical storms have winds of 39 to 73 miles per hour.

    It was centered about 100 miles west-southwest of Key West, Florida, and moving west by northwest at about 10 mph, the NHC said.

    The weather models showed the system would move northwest across the warm waters of the Gulf and make landfall in a few days somewhere between Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle.

    The energy market watches for tropical storms in the Gulf of Mexico because they can disrupt U.S. oil and natural gas production and refining there.

    Commodities traders track tropical storms because they can damage citrus crops in Florida and such crops as cotton along the Gulf Coast.

    A subtropical depression has high winds and thunderstorms near the outer edge of the system, while a tropical depression has high winds and thunderstorms near the center.

    Hence, the biggest damage caused by a tropical system is usually near the center of the storm, while in a subtropical system the biggest effect is closer to the outer edge of the storm.
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    Forecaster predicts two more Atlantic hurricanes
    MIAMI (Reuters) - The La Nina weather phenomenon in the eastern Pacific will likely extend the Atlantic hurricane season this year, with four more storms forming and two becoming hurricanes, a noted forecasting team said on Tuesday.

    The Colorado State University hurricane research team boosted its season forecast from 15 to 17 storms, of which six would be hurricanes. Thirteen storms have already formed this year and four of those have become hurricane.

    The CSU team, founded by forecasting pioneer Bill Gray and now led by researcher Phil Klotzbach, also said it expected Tropical Storm Karen to be raised to hurricane status in a post-season analysis, increasing the hurricane total to seven.

    The official six-month Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, but historically the busiest part ends in mid-October.

    The CSU forecasters said typically the end of the season is marked by rising wind shear, a difference in wind speeds at different altitudes that can tear apart hurricanes. But the formation of the cool-water La Nina phenomenon in the eastern Pacific could change that pattern this year.

    "We expect La Nina conditions through this fall. La Nina conditions tend to reduce levels of vertical wind shear in the tropical Atlantic and therefore, the end of the Atlantic basin hurricane (season) will likely be extended this year," the report said.

    While the season so far has seen more tropical storms than normal, surprisingly strong wind shear has prevented many from strengthening and made them short-lived.

    A month ago, the Colorado State team predicted the season would produce 15 tropical storms, of which seven would become hurricanes and four would be major hurricanes with winds over 110 mph (177 kph).

    Its preseason prediction, issued at the end of May, was for 17 tropical storms with nine hurricanes and five major hurricanes.

    The latest forecast called for one more "major" hurricane, Category 3 or higher on the five-stage Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity with sustained winds topping 110 mph (177 kph).

    The season has already seen two major hurricanes, Dean and Felix, both of which reached Category 5, the top rank on the five-stage Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity.

    Dean skirted Jamaica and then hammered Mexico in August and Felix struck Central America in early September, killing scores of people. It was the first time two Category 5 hurricanes have hit land in the Atlantic basin in a single season since record-keeping began in 1851.

    The long-term average for Atlantic hurricane seasons is about 10 storms, of which six become hurricanes. There were 28 named storms in 2005, a record-setting year, and 15 strengthened into hurricanes, including Katrina, which killed 1,500 on the U.S. Gulf Coast and swamped New Orleans.
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