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  • Firefighters gaining on blaze near Yosemite
    Thursday, July 31, 2008
    FRESNO, California (AP) -- Residents are returning home Thursday after being forced to flee a wildfire raging outside Yosemite National Park, but some are wondering what they'll find when they get there.

    David Oppenheim, a longtime backcountry guide in Yosemite, has been staying at a motel since he and his wife evacuated their Mariposa home Saturday, taking along their two horses, three llamas, five cats and a dog.

    "I'm just hoping to go back to my life at this point," said a weary Oppenheim. "But when they do let us back into our house, we're not even sure we'll have water because we're so remote all the wells run on electricity. We have no idea what we'll do with the animals if we don't even have water."

    Hundreds of residents were allowed back to their homes Wednesday as firefighters announced they had made critical gains in fighting a wildfire charging across the hillsides outside the park.

    Roughly two-thirds of evacuees were allowed to return home in an area officials said had been spared by the blaze. The evacuation order remained in effect for some 100 homes close to the still-smoldering fire northwest of Midpines, a small town about a dozen miles from the protected wilderness. iReport.com: Share your fire photos, videos

    By Wednesday evening, the 50-square-mile blaze sparked Friday by a target shooter was 40 percent contained after reducing 21 homes to ash.

    The fire has forced dozens of park employees to flee and has left one of California's most popular destinations shrouded in smoke at the height of the tourist season.

    DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, which manages restaurants and lodging in the park, said only about 4 percent of all overnight guests have asked for refunds since Saturday, when the transmission line that fed power to Yosemite was destroyed in the fire.

    Since then, most hotels, stores and restaurants in the park have been operating on generators.

    "We're not waiting for power to be restored, we're doing everything in our power to get our guest services back up to speed," said Kenny Karst, a spokesman for the concessionaire. "We may not have electricity for the lights, but now some people can take hot showers."

    In all, more than 2,000 blazes have scorched about 1,700 square miles around California -- mostly on national forest land -- this year.

    In Montana, meanwhile, strong winds pushed a wildfire to within half a mile of a ski hill outside the town of Red Lodge, before a late-day shift in weather spared the resort.

    Authorities asked Red Lodge Mountain Resort employees to evacuate and brought in 30 fire engines from the surrounding area to protect nearby houses.

    By early evening Wednesday, as winds began to slacken, the fire had grown to 7,539 acres, or almost 12 square miles.

    "We're hoping maybe this was our big scare and now we'll be able to get a handle on it," said Red Lodge Fire Chief Tom Kuntz. "The weather is expected to be better the next couple of days."

    An evacuation order remained in force for 90 homes below the base of the ski mountain. Residents of an additional 200 homes have been told to be prepared to leave.

    Since the fire began Saturday, crews have kept the fire largely confined to a canyon that runs out of the Beartooth Mountains along the West Fork of Rock Creek.

    cnn.com
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 9:09 PM  
    Nepal landslide hits house, kills 9 people inside
    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Officials say a landslide has swept through a mountain village in western Nepal, striking a house and killing a family of seven and two guests inside.

    Government administrator Govinda Mani Dhurtel says police and army rescuers are searching through the debris Thursday in search of the bodies and had so far recovered six of them.

    The village is located about 250 miles west of the Nepalese capital, Katmandu. Landslides in mountainous Nepal are common during the rainy monsoon season, which begins in June and ends in September.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 11:37 AM  
    Storm batters New Zealand
    Wednesday, July 30, 2008
    Jul 30 - A powerful storm has brought high winds and flooding to New Zealand - the third storm to pound the South Pacific country in seven days.

    The wild weather killed one woman and left another person missing.

    Helen Long reports.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 6:15 PM  
    Wildfire near Yosemite still burning
    Jul. 30 - Firefighters in North-Central California continue working to contain a wildfire that has raged just miles from Yosemite National Park.

    Despite around-the-clock efforts, the fire known as the "Telegraph Fire" remains just 10 percent contained. Tourists to Yosemite may be inconvenienced by the fire, but the park remains open.

    Jon Decker reports.

    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 6:14 PM  
    Arctic sheds huge chunks of ice
    MONTREAL (AFP) - Two masses of ice together measuring almost 20 square kilometers (seven square miles) have broken off an Arctic ice shelf, the biggest breakup of Arctic ice in three years, Canadian officials announced.

    The chunks broke off from the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf on the coast of Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, forming two floating islands of ice measuring four to five square kilometers (1.9 square miles) and 14 square kilometers (5.4 square miles), officials said.

    "The first broke off sometime around July 22 and the second in the night of July 23 to 24," Luc Desjardins, a senior iceberg forecaster for the Canadian Ice Service, told AFP Tuesday, noting that beads of smaller slabs also detached from the ice shelf and are now adrift.

    Scientists confirmed the schism in a fly-over of one of the resulting masses of ice and by analyzing satellite data.

    It was the largest breakup of an ice shelf in the Arctic since the Ayles Ice Shelf split off Ellesmere Island in 2005 and formed a floating island roughly the size of New York city's Manhattan, or about 66 square kilometers (25 square miles).

    The August 2005 rupture caused such a splash, the burst was detected by Canadian seismology equipment 250 kilometers (155 miles) away, but it was not until scientists analyzed satellite data that they realized what had happened.

    Five vast ice shelves gird the north side of Ellesmere Island in Canada's Nunavut territory. Ward Hunt is considered the largest, with a surface area of 443 square kilometers (171 square miles).

    The ice shelves, vast plateaus of thick ice floating on the ocean but attached to land, began to form more than 4,000 years ago, scientists believe.

    "We ascertained that in the 20th century 90 percent of the ice surface area (in the region) has been lost," said Derek Mueller, a Polar specialist at Trent University in Peterborough.

    "So, this phenomena has been ongoing on for a long time, but we're now seeing punctuated events," he said.

    He pointed to the Petersen Ice Shelf which lost a third of its surface area between 2005 and 2007, as an example.

    This calving is emblematic of the far north's warming, say other scientists.

    A fissure formed at the center of the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf in 2002, leaving a lip of ice clinging to Ellesmere Island. A new crack measuring 18 kilometers (11 miles) long and 40 meters (131 feet) deep was discovered earlier this year.

    But "it doesn't look like the latest breakup of ice is directly tied to the fracture that was detected in the spring," said Desjardins.

    "The 2002 fissure cut the ice shelf in two pieces. I believe over time the shelf's integrity, its entire structure, was simply weakened," Mueller explained.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 5:35 PM  
    Farmers face ruin after storm
    Typhoon Fung-wong weakens as it passes over China, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.

    The typhoon has so far caused two deaths in Taiwan.

    A 69-year-old man fell off the roof of a house while repairing it and a 51-year-old woman fell into a ditch.

    With businesses and schools reopening on Tuesday, most electricity and water supplies are restored.

    Benet Allen reports.

    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 2:21 PM  
    Moderate quake jolts Los Angeles
    A 5.4 magnitude quake shook Los Angeles, causing tall buildings to sway and office workers to pour into the streets.

    A scientist said a quake of that magnitude can cause windows to shatter and plaster to crack. But there were no immediate reports of injuries or structural damages to infrastructure.

    Fred Katayama reports.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 2:17 PM  
    Storm-watch tool goes public

    Before 2004, few would have paid much attention to tropical waves peeling off Africa's west coast.

    Thirty hurricanes later, such disturbances elicit a bit more worry.

    And this year, these early seeds of potential destruction grace the most prominent spot on the National Hurricane Center's Web site, via a new tropical weather forecast graphic.

    The center's new tool for the first time gives the public the probability a tropical wave will develop into a cyclone. The outlook showed a 20 percent chance Tuesday that a tropical wave off Africa could grow into Edouard, the next name on the center's list.

    "I think this is a good step forward. This is actually our first time doing quantitative genesis forecasting for the general public," said Chris Landsea, science and operations officer for the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

    About 60 to 70 tropical waves develop in the Atlantic region each hurricane season. Of those, only 10 percent become named storms. Storms get named when winds reach about 39 miles per hour. Hurricanes have winds at least 74 mph.

    Still, these days, as hurricane season heats up, the curious and concerned home in on satellite images of disorganized cloud blobs in skies thousands of miles away.

    On Tuesday, Tropical Storm Dolly was about 265 miles southeast of Brownsville, Texas. The storm was expected to strengthen and make landfall near the Texas-Mexico border late Tuesday or early today as a Category 1 hurricane.

    The center issued a hurricane warning for Brownsville north to Port O'Connor, Texas, and a tropical storm warning from Port O'Connor to south of Galveston.

    Also Tuesday, forecasters issued advisories on Tropical Storm Cristobal, centered about 450 miles south-southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    The storm was not expected to make landfall, but officials issued high surf advisories and small craft advisories for coastal Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

    Atlantic hurricanes typically start as weak tropical disturbances off Africa's west coast. From the ocean surface to about three miles up, low-pressure air off Africa creates these "seedling" circulations.

    Tropical waves, also known as African easterly waves, typically stretch north to south and travel east to west through the tropics, causing cloudiness and thunderstorms.

    NOAA's new experimental tropical wave tool measures cyclone probability as "low" (less than 20 percent), "medium" (20 percent to 50 percent) and "high" (greater than 50 percent). It looks ahead 48 hours and is updated three times daily.

    The analysis looks at wind shear, atmospheric circulation and other factors that determine whether a storm will intensify.

    Experts at the Hurricane Center are not afraid of being accused of crying wolf by drawing too much public attention to weak waves that so often peter out.

    "There is the possibility that something could get over-hyped. But what we're trying to provide is the best meteorological information possible," Landsea said.

    Meanwhile, more than 3,000 miles from Florida, Edouard tries to get organized.

    "Something that far east, of course, is not a threat at all for quite a long time," Landsea continued. "Of course, it would be of much more interest to the maritime community."

    floridatoday.com
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 2:13 PM  
    Tropical depression could form near Cape Verde Isls
    NEW YORK, July 30 (Reuters) - A low pressure system between the Cape Verde Islands and western Africa could become a tropical depression Wednesday before moving over cooler waters Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT) report Wednesday.

    The system was moving to the northwest at 10 to 15 miles per hour and could cause heavy rain and gusty winds over the Cape Verde Islands later today and tomorrow.

    If the system strengthens into a tropical storm, with winds of 39 to 73 mph, the NHC will name it Edouard.

    Energy traders said it was too soon for most weather models to show where the system might go over the next several days. However, they pointed out it was still at least a week away from the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, if it even heads that way.

    Traders watch for storms that could enter the Gulf of Mexico and threaten U.S. oil and gas production facilities.

    Commodities traders also watch storms that could hit agriculture crops like citrus and cotton in Florida and other states along the Gulf Coast to Texas. (Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by John Picinich)
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 2:09 PM  
    After flooding, rescuers build bridge to reach 70 stranded
    RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) -- Rescuers cleared debris and worked on building a temporary bridge Tuesday to get closer to about 70 people stranded for a third day by massive flooding.

    The flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Dolly has damaged about 200 homes, washed out 13 bridges and killed at least one person, authorities said. At least 600 residents and campers have been rescued since early Sunday, said Sherry Kamali, a spokeswoman with the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

    Rain hampered the rescue efforts early Tuesday before the weather cleared up. But by the evening, more rain began to fall, delaying completion of the bridge until Wednesday, said Sherry Kamali, a spokeswoman with the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

    Kamali said officials expected to get up to an inch of rain overnight. "One inch doesn't sound like a whole lot, but in this area it is," she said.

    Despite the scattered showers, Ruidoso spokeswoman Darlene Hart said crews were able to make some progress.

    About 17 campers were rescued Tuesday from Bonito Lake north of Ruidoso, some who were stranded by a flooded street near the river and others in the upper canyon area, which was cut off when a bridge went underwater, Ruidoso spokeswoman Darlene Hart said. Another 11 campers decided to stay in the area, Hart said.

    "They're working on the bridges. They're working on the roads. They're making what I would say is decent progress for the amount of devastation," she said.
    Police have resolved up to five reports of missing people authorities received Sunday as families reconnected after the chaos subsided, Hart said. Sunday's flood claimed the life of a 20-year-old man, whose body was found Monday.

    Some streets remain closed due to flooding, Hart said. Local officials estimated the flood has caused up to $15 million in damage to bridges and roadways, though that figure could climb, Hart said.

    Gov. Bill Richardson has declared Lincoln County a disaster area, freeing emergency state funding to help ensure the safety of residents, their properties, and public services.

    Officials said many residents and vacationers won't be able to return to their homes or cabins quickly.

    "We're still looking at weeks and months and maybe years to get things back to the way they were," Hart said.

    Some residents did return to their flood-damaged homes and started cleaning them Tuesday as Red Cross workers began assessing the damage, said Wanda Peacock, branch manager of Red Cross' Roswell office.

    "The people here have been very, very brave," she said. "This is humanity at it's best. Everybody is helping everybody."

    *CNN
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 11:40 AM  
    Earthquake jolts Los Angeles
    Tuesday, July 29, 2008
    By Dan Whitcomb

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A moderate earthquake struck east of Los Angeles on Tuesday, shaking tall buildings in the city but there were no immediate reports of injuries, major damage or power outages.

    The earthquake, which struck at 11:42 a.m. local time (2:42 p.m. EDT), was measured at magnitude 5.8. It was centered about 30 miles east of Los Angeles near the community of Chino Hills, where it was felt strongly.

    But witnesses reported feeling the shaking strongly in neighboring Orange County, as far south as San Diego and as far east as Las Vegas. There were no reports of power outages.

    Several small aftershocks were reported in the minutes after the quake.

    A spokesman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office said there were no reports of injuries in the Chino Hills area.

    The Los Angeles Fire Department said there were also no injuries reported in the city, although tall buildings swayed from side to side for a few seconds and workers poured into the streets.

    Operations were not interrupted at Ontario International Airport, the closest major airport to the epicenter of the quake.

    "Operations are fully functional. We are still inspecting, but so far everything is okay," Ontario International Airport spokeswoman Maria Tsoro-Fermin said.

    A spokesman for Los Angeles International Airport said there were no flight delays at one of the world's busiest airports as a result of the quake.

    Los Angeles city officials evacuated City Hall and some 40 miles away in Anaheim, workers at Disneyland inspected rides for damage.

    The world-famous amusement park remained open.

    Burbank resident Marie Henderson was in an earthquake preparedness class when her building began to shake.

    "I wondered how on earth they could make an earthquake," Henderson told Reuters.

    The last big quake in the Los Angeles area was the 1994 Northridge earthquake, which registered a magnitude 6.7, killed 57 people and caused considerable damage.

    Magnitude 5 quakes are considered moderate but are still capable of causing damage. The USGS said Tuesday's quake was shallow, only 8.5 miles deep.

    Los Angeles is the most populous city in California and the

    second-most populous urban area in the United States. According to 2000 Census Bureau figures, about 3.6 million people live in Los Angeles.

    (Additional reporting by Bernard Woodall, Deena Beasley, Alex Dobuzinskis and Los Angeles newsroom; Editing by Frances Kerry)
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 10:08 PM  
    Typhoon swamps Taiwan, kills two
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Soldiers and Buddhist volunteers helped Taiwanese villagers clean up their homes Tuesday after a powerful typhoon churned through, killing at least two people and leaving a trail of flooded buildings, damaged orchards and caved-in roads.

    Typhoon Fung Wong hit Taiwan just before dawn Monday, packing winds of 167kph (105mph). It left the island, heading for the Chinese mainland, about nine hours later.

    In the neighboring Philippines at least four people were killed and five were missing, including a 3-year-old girl and her mother, after Fung Wong skirted past the northern provinces on its way to Taiwan, officials said Tuesday. About 10,000 Filipinos were affected by the typhoon.

    In Taiwan, soldiers used shovels to remove ankle-deep mud from homes in villages in eastern Hualien county, where the typhoon made landfall.

    In a briefing to President Ma Ying-jeou, Hualien County Chief Hsieh Shen-shan said agricultural damage to the county amounted to more than 160 million New Taiwan dollars ($5.3 million).
    Elsewhere in the county, he said, workers were repairing caved-in mountain roads that had blocked traffic in both directions.

    The storm dumped more than 82cm (33 inches) of rain in Hualien, Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said.

    Television stations reported that authorities were closely monitoring several bridges where supports sustained damage from Fung Wong and tropical storm Kalmaegi, which killed 19 people when it struck Taiwan earlier this month.


    Typhoons frequently hit Taiwan between July and September, often triggering flash floods and landslides in overly developed mountainous regions.

    The typhoon had weakened into a tropical storm when it hit the Chinese mainland.

    *CNN
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 2:27 PM  
    Tropical wave may strengthen in Atlantic: NHC

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A tropical wave off the west coast of Africa could strengthen into a tropical depression or storm over the next couple of days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in a report issued at 2 a.m. EDT Tuesday.

    The system was moving west by northwest at about 15 miles per hour.

    If it strengthens into a tropical storm, with winds of 39 of 73 mph, the NHC would name it Edouard.

    Energy traders said it was too soon for most weather models to show where the system might go over the next several days. However, they pointed out it was still at least a week away from the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, if it even heads in that direction.

    Energy traders watch for storms that could enter the Gulf of Mexico and threaten U.S. oil and gas production facilities.

    Commodities traders also watch storms that could hit agriculture crops like citrus and cotton in Florida and other states along the Gulf Coast to Texas.

    (Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by John Picinich)
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 2:25 PM  
    6.1 quake shakes eastern Solomon Islands
    HONIARA, Solomon Islands (AP) -- A sharp, magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook the eastern Solomon Islands on Tuesday morning, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injury, emergency officials said.

    The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake occurred in the South Pacific ocean, some 83 miles from the town of Kira Kira in the eastern Solomons at a depth of 33 miles below the sea floor.

    The temblor was centered 230 miles southeast of the capital, Honiara.

    Hundreds of villagers on Makira, the nearest island to the quake's epicenter, were reported to have headed for higher ground, fearing a tsunami in the wake of the quake.

    However, no tsunami came, government spokesman George Herming said in Honiara - where the quake was also felt. Some 15,000 people live in hundreds of villages along the eastern side of Makira Island.

    More than 50 people were killed and thousands lost their homes in April 2007 when a magnitude 8.1 quake hit the western Solomon Islands, sending waves crashing into coastal villages.

    The Solomons comprise more than 200 islands with a population of about 552,000 people.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 2:20 PM  
    One killed, hundreds stranded by New Mexico flood
    By Steve Shoup

    RUIDOSO, New Mexico (Reuters) - One man was killed and hundreds of people were stranded in the New Mexico mountain town of Ruidoso by flash floods triggered by the remnants of Hurricane Dolly.

    The body of a man, believed to have been about 20, was found on Monday morning near the Rio Ruidoso after he was swept away by the flood Sunday night, Ruidoso Fire Department spokeswoman Darlene Hart said.

    Hart said that no one else has been reported missing but that about 400 people fled from homes, camps and recreational vehicles, as the water rose. Many of those people were being sheltered at local churches.

    Another 200 people who had been camping in the forests near the town were cut off by the floods. There had been no reports of injuries but rescuers were going to try to drop food and water to them by helicopter, Hart said.

    The deluge also destroyed 12 bridges in the area, all on secondary or residential streets. U.S. Highway 70 and New Mexico Highway 48 were still open Monday.

    About 60 homes were flooded, according to the office of Gov. Bill Richardson, who was scheduled to visit the area Monday afternoon.

    The Ruidoso Downs Race Track in the nearby town of Ruidoso Downs was also partially flooded, causing cancellation of races there, according to the track's website.

    The flooding began after about nine inches of rain fell Friday and Saturday, Hart said.

    The Rio Ruidoso surged from its seasonal average of 4 feet

    to 12 feet on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on its website.

    "I don't think anything like this has ever happened here in at least the last 40 years," Hart said.

    More rain was possible in the area Monday afternoon.

    (Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Jackie Frank)
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 2:20 PM  
    Fire rages near Yosemite Park
    Jul 29 - In northern California, a wildfire continued to burn out of control, moving towards Yosemite National Park and threatening nearly 2,000 homes.

    Backed by helicopters and air tankers, fire crews hoped to prevent the fire as it neared the towns of Mariposa and Coulterville.

    Officials said the fire was started by a someone shooting target practice.

    Sarah Irwin reports.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 12:13 PM  
    Fire near Yosemite out of control
    Monday, July 28, 2008
    Jul. 28 - An out-of-control wildfire near one of the entrances to Yosemite National Park has firefighters in California working around the clock.

    More than 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, along with 12 air tankers and 12 helicopters. A big challenge to controlling the fire is steep, rugged terrain that makes access difficult.

    Jon Decker reports.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 9:39 PM  
    FUNG WONG is now a Tropical storm

    Yellow Alert Country(s) or Province(s)
    China
    probability for TS is 90% currently
    Yellow Alert City(s) and Town(s)
    Fuzhou
    (26.1 N, 119.3 E)
    probability for TS is 90% currently
    Putian (25.6 N, 119.0 E)
    probability for TS is 90% currently
    Quanzhou (25.0 N, 118.5 E)
    probability for TS is 60% currently

    Note that
    Yellow Alert (Elevated) is CAT 1 or above to between 10% and 30% probability, or TS to above 50% probability.
    CAT 1 means Typhoon strength winds of at least 74 mph, 119 km/h or 64 knots 1-min sustained.
    TS means Tropical Storm strength winds of at least 39 mph, 63 km/h or 34 knots 1-min sustained.

    For graphical forecast information and further details please visit http://www.tropicalstormrisk.com/

    This alert is provided by Tropical Storm Risk (TSR) which is sponsored by UCL, Benfield, Royal & SunAlliance, Crawford & Company and Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre. TSR acknowledges the support of the UK Met Office.

    Storm Alert issued at 28 Jul, 2008 18:00 GMT (Final Warning)
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 9:24 PM  
    TYPHOON WARNING FOR CHINA: "TYPHOON "FUNG WONG" CAT 1


    Red Alert Country(s) or Province(s)
    Taiwan
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 100% currently
    probability for TS is 100% currently
    China
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 85% within 12 hours
    probability for TS is 100% currently

    Red Alert City(s) and Town(s)
    T'aichung (
    24.1 N, 120.7 E)
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 100% currently
    probability for TS is 100% currently
    Putian (25.6 N, 119.0 E)
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 80% in about 24 hours
    probability for TS is 100% currently
    Quanzhou (25.0 N, 118.5 E)
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 45% within 12 hours
    probability for TS is 100% within 12 hours

    Yellow Alert City(s) and Town(s)
    Fuzhou
    (26.1 N, 119.3 E)
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 20% within 12 hours
    probability for TS is 100% within 12 hours
    Taipei (25.0 N, 121.5 E)
    probability for TS is 100% currently
    Kao-hsiung (22.6 N, 120.3 E)
    probability for TS is 100% currently
    Zhangzhou (24.5 N, 117.8 E)
    probability for TS is 95% within 12 hours
    Fu'an (27.1 N, 119.7 E)
    probability for TS is 90% within 12 hours
    Wenzhou (27.5 N, 120.5 E)
    probability for TS is 70% in about 24 hours
    Yunxiao (23.9 N, 117.2 E)
    probability for TS is 70% in about 24 hours
    Nanchang (28.7 N, 115.9 E)
    probability for TS is 55% in about 36 hours

    Note that
    Red Alert (Severe) is CAT 1 or above to between 31% and 100% probability.
    Yellow Alert (Elevated) is CAT 1 or above to between 10% and 30% probability, or TS to above 50% probability.
    CAT 1 means Typhoon strength winds of at least 74 mph, 119 km/h or 64 knots 1-min sustained.
    TS means Tropical Storm strength winds of at least 39 mph, 63 km/h or 34 knots 1-min sustained.

    For graphical forecast information and further details please visit http://www.tropicalstormrisk.com/


    This alert is provided by Tropical Storm Risk (TSR) which is sponsored by UCL, Benfield, Royal & SunAlliance, Crawford & Company and Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre. TSR acknowledges the support of the UK Met Office.


    Storm Alert issued at 28 Jul, 2008 6:00 GMT
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 12:11 PM  
    Storms hammer LI, spark injuries, fire, power outages
    A complex of thunderstorms rained and hailed its way across Long Island Sunday, casting down lightning bolts that injured several residents, burned at least one home and disrupted electricity for tens of thousands of power customers.

    "It was a very, very intensive lightning event, one of the heaviest we've seen in some time," said Long Island Power Authority spokesman Ed Dumas. "For a period we were taking strikes every second."

    One of those bolts struck a group of soccer players sheltering under a tree in Hicksville around 10:20 a.m. Witnesses said at least one of the men -- none of whom were identified -- was burned severely enough that he was taken by ambulance to Nassau University Medical Center for treatment.

    Fire officials did not have precise estimates of how many fires the electrical storm sparked yesterday, but dispatchers in Nassau and Suffolk confirmed receiving "numerous" lightning-related calls.

    An apparent lightning strike in Dix Hills caused more than $100,000 worth of damage to a house on Caledonia Road, said Dix Hills Fire Department First Assistant Chief Robert Adcock. There were no injuries, he said.

    Adcock said the home's residents, who were not identified, owned a number of musical instruments, some of which were saved, including a piano and a cello. But the fire, which occurred at about 12:10 p.m., destroyed one particularly valuable violin, Adcock said.

    More than 50,000 LIPA customers coped with some disruption in their power service yesterday, Dumas said, and 37,000 were still awaiting repairs in late afternoon. Some of the heaviest strikes occurred in Suffolk, Dumas said, where lightning bolts knocked out power substations in Mastic and south Shirley.

    The outage caused delays of up to two hours on the Montauk branch of the Long Island Rail Road, transit officials reported.

    The National Weather Service recorded 1.71 inches of rain in Islip, but said the patchy storms dumped even more rain in parts of Nassau and southwestern Suffolk.

    Shoppers at a Home Depot in Farmingdale briefly spotted a funnel cloud extending down from the reef-like thunderheads above the parking lot, but it did not touch down.

    Weather service officials said that while the storm produced gusts from 40 to 60 miles per hour, they recorded no tornadoes in the region.

    Staff writer Patrick Whittle contributed to this story.

    newsday.com
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 12:05 PM  
    Floods, mudslides in Japan kill 4, evacuation order for 50,000 people
    TOKYO (AP) -- Four people died Monday in central Japan after being swept away in torrential rains that caused floods and mudslides and prompted an evacuation order for 50,000 people, officials said.

    A woman, two girls and a boy were found dead after being washed away by a swollen river in the port city of Kobe, about 270 miles west of Tokyo, said an official in the city's fire department who asked that his name be withheld according to department policy. He said three others were rescued in serious condition.

    In the city of Kanazawa, about 180 miles northwest of Tokyo, heavy rain flooded houses and led authorities to issue a mass evacuation order, said Hiroyuki Tatsuda, a city spokesman.

    "We were inundated in just a couple hours this morning," Tatsuda said. "We haven't had such heavy rain for years."

    The city issued an evacuation order for 50,000 people, but lifted it by midmorning Monday after the rain subsided, Tatsuda said. More than 800 people had taken refuge at community centers. City officials were still assessing the extent of damage to houses and buildings.

    The flooding also temporarily left 500 households without electricity and caused train delays.

    In nearby Toyama prefecture (state), a 53-year-old man was seriously injured after being covered by a mudslide while driving near a tunnel, local police official Shinichi Tomiya said. The man suffered a broken leg, arm, rib and shoulder but was conscious when he was later dug from the mud and taken to a nearby hospital.

    More than 4 inches of rain fell in the region in about two hours, the nation's weather agency said.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 12:03 PM  
    Typhoon causes chaos in Taiwan
    Taiwan has been battered by a powerful typhoon, bringing with it widespread flooding, and disruption to land and air transport.

    Typhoon Fung Wong made landfall on the island's east coast on Monday morning, packing winds of up to 167kmh.

    Taiwan's stock market was closed for the day along with all schools and offices and all rail traffic was halted.

    All domestic flights and 56 international flights were cancelled, but no casualties have so far been reported as a result of the storm.

    Television footage showed rescue personnel wading through waist-deep waters to rescue people from their homes in Hualien in eastern Taiwan, where the typhoon made landfall.

    Fung Wong hit Taiwan just a week after tropical storm Kalmaegi killed 19 people and left six others missing on the island.

    The island is frequently hit by tropical storms and typhoons between July and September, often causing casualties in mountainous regions prone to landslides and flash floods.

    Fung-Wong may reach China's Fujian province on Tuesday.

    *aljazeera
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 11:45 AM  
    300 evacuated in U.S. town due to floods
    WASHINGTON, July 27 (Xinhua) -- The New Mexico town of Ruidoso is put under flood emergency Sunday and nearly 300 people was evacuated from a local recreational park.

    The flood, caused by remnants of Hurricane Dolly, has destroyed as many as 100 homes and at least 150 people are currently in shelters, local authorities told reporters.

    Tom Schaefer, emergency management coordinator, Lincoln County that includes Ruidoso, said people who need rescuing from their home should get on the rooftop and try to call the fire department for rescue.

    Former city manager Frank Potter said this maybe the worst area flood in 100 years.

    More than 15 centimeters of rain has fallen in the area, and flash flood watches were in effect for Ruidoso and other areas in central and eastern New Mexico.

    xinhuanet.com
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 12:15 AM  
    TYPHOON WARNING FOR TAIWAN
    Sunday, July 27, 2008

    Red Alert Country(s) or Province(s)
    Taiwan
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 100% currently
    probability for TS is 100% currently
    China
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 80% in about 24 hours
    probability for TS is 100% within 12 hours

    Red Alert City(s) and Town(s)
    T'aichung (
    24.1 N, 120.7 E)
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 95% within 12 hours
    probability for TS is 100% currently
    Putian (25.6 N, 119.0 E)
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 70% in about 24 hours
    probability for TS is 95% within 12 hours
    Fuzhou (26.1 N, 119.3 E)
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 60% in about 36 hours
    probability for TS is 95% in about 24 hours
    Quanzhou (25.0 N, 118.5 E)
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 45% in about 24 hours
    probability for TS is 95% in about 24 hours

    Yellow Alert City(s) and Town(s)
    Taipei
    (25.0 N, 121.5 E)
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 15% within 12 hours
    probability for TS is 100% currently
    Kao-hsiung (22.6 N, 120.3 E)
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 20% within 12 hours
    probability for TS is 100% currently
    Fu'an (27.1 N, 119.7 E)
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 10% in about 36 hours
    probability for TS is 90% in about 24 hours
    Zhangzhou (24.5 N, 117.8 E)
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 10% in about 36 hours
    probability for TS is 85% in about 36 hours
    Wenzhou (27.5 N, 120.5 E)
    probability for TS is 75% in about 24 hours
    Yunxiao (23.9 N, 117.2 E)
    probability for TS is 55% in about 24 hours

    Note that
    Red Alert (Severe) is CAT 1 or above to between 31% and 100% probability.
    Yellow Alert (Elevated) is CAT 1 or above to between 10% and 30% probability, or TS to above 50% probability.
    CAT 1 means Typhoon strength winds of at least 74 mph, 119 km/h or 64 knots 1-min sustained.
    TS means Tropical Storm strength winds of at least 39 mph, 63 km/h or 34 knots 1-min sustained.

    This alert is provided by Tropical Storm Risk (TSR) which is sponsored by UCL, Benfield, Royal & SunAlliance, Crawford & Company and Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre. TSR acknowledges the support of the UK Met Office.


    Storm Alert issued at 27 Jul, 2008 18:00 GMT
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 11:46 PM  
    Severe storm hits New Zealand
    Storms lash New Zealand's North Island, leaving at least three men dead and thousands of homes without electricity.

    The victims included a canoeist who was paddling in stormy seas on the west coast south of Auckland. Two others died when their fishing vessel ran aground.

    Michelle Carlile-Alkhouri reports.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 6:22 PM  
    Forest fires threaten Greek hotels
    Several hundred holiday-makers have been moved from their hotels on the Greek island of Rhodes after forest fires raged for a fifth day.

    The flames, fanned by strong swirling winds, have threatened a number of villages in central and southern parts of Rhodes.

    More than one hundred volunteer fire-fighters from mainland Greece have joined soldiers and civil protection units in an attempt to put out the blazes.

    Sonia Legg reports.

    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 6:21 PM  
    Floods kill many in eastern Europe
    Severe storms and floods in Ukraine and Romania has killed at least 18 people.

    Five days of heavy rainfall in Ukraine's Carpathian Mountains killed 13 people, including five children. At least two people are missing.

    The floods damaged more than 21,000 houses, the emergency ministry said in a statement.

    The government has evacuated more than 7,000 people and more than 300 towns and villages have been left without electricity.

    With damages estimated at more than $300mn, the flooding was declared a national disaster by Viktor Yushchenko, the Ukrainian president.

    Yushchenko had to leave festivities marking the 1,020th anniversary of the country's adoption of Christianity and flew to the heaviest-hit Ivano-Frankivsk region.

    Oleksandr Turchinov, the first deputy prime minister, said: "Ukraine has not seen anything like this in 100 years".

    Romania downpour

    Authorities in Bucharest, the Romanian capital, said a 30-year-old mother, her son and another youngster, who had taken refuge from the swollen waters in a house built on a hill, died when a landslip swept the building away in the northern district of the country.

    Victor Dobre, the secretary of state of the interior ministry said that two other people had also been swept away by the floodwaters

    At least 8,200 people had been evacuated and 8,600 homes flooded in Bucharest, he said, while more than 3,000 security forces and volunteers had been mobilised to build dykes, help evacuate people and animals in danger and to distribute aid.

    Storms will continue for at least another 24 hours and the water level is expected to rise, a meteorological service official said.

    *aljazeera.net
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 6:19 PM  
    2,000 homes threatened by 'erratic' wildfire near Yosemite
    (CNN) -- Fueled by dry timber that hasn't burned in a century, a wildfire in central California grew to more than 16,000 acres and is threatening more than 2,000 homes near Yosemite National Park, a fire official said Sunday.

    "This thing is burning in every different direction," said Daniel Berlant of the California Department for Forestry and Fire Prevention. "That's what made it so difficult for us to really get our ... containment lines around it."

    Some 200 of the homes in Mariposa County on the outskirts of Yosemite park are "immediately threatened," and under mandatory evacuation orders, he said. Other residents are just being warned that they may have to leave "at a moment's notice" because of the approaching blaze.

    "These are very scattered rural areas, but we do have about 2,000 homes that are in the path of the fire so that does have us concerned," Berlant said. "We're working very closely with the local sheriff's department there to help get residents out of the area." Watch wildfire torch hillside »

    The fire also caused officials to cut power to the park, The Associated Press reported Sunday.

    The fire began Saturday as a result of someone target-shooting in the woodland area, he said. It charred some 1,000 acres near the town of Midpines, but it exploded in size on Saturday.

    "It's burned over 16,000 acres now, it's really burning in areas that haven't burned in 100 years," Berlant said Sunday. "So the vegetation is extremely dry and there's a lot of it to burn."

    Berlant said 900 firefighters are on the scene with "hundreds more" en route. The fire is burning in steep terrain and firefighters on Saturday used a military plane to drop retardant on the blaze.

    "As soon as sun comes up here in California, we're really going to hit it hard from the air," he said.

    No structures have been lost to the fire, and no one has been injured, he said. But Berlant said the quickly moving fire is a major concern for California firefighters.


    "When you see such erratic fire behavior -- we had reports of over 100-foot flames -- that's a huge challenge for us," he said.

    "But we are doing our best right now, and we're making good progress."

    *CNN
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 6:18 PM  
    Taiwan braces for Typhoon Fung Wong

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwanese stacked sand bags at doors and boarded up windows Sunday as Typhoon Fung Wong approached the island, whipping up waves along its coast and triggering a rock slide that injured a man.

    Moving northwest toward the island, the tropical storm has gained strength over the past 24 hours and developed into a typhoon packing winds of 85 mph, the Central Weather Bureau said.

    If it stays on its present course, it will hit central and eastern Taiwan early Monday, the bureau said.

    Late Sunday afternoon, the storm was centered about 180 miles southeast of the coastal city of Hualien in eastern Taiwan, it said.

    Rain and wind lashed Hualien on Sunday, triggering a rock slide in the scenic Taroko Gorge that injured a man, police said.

    In Keelung in northern Taiwan, winds whipped up giant waves, and hundreds of fishing boats took shelter in port.

    Fung Wong roared toward Taiwan just a week after tropical storm Kalmaegi killed 19 people and left six others missing on the island.

    Authorities provided sandbags on Sunday to citizens in low-lying areas. Officials said dozens of villagers were evacuated from a mountainous region in southern Kaohsiung where several houses were buried by mudslides caused by Kalmaegi.

    Typhoons frequently hit Taiwan between July and September, often causing casualties in mountainous regions prone to landslides and flash floods.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 1:14 PM  
    TYPHOON WARNING: "FUNG WONG" CAT 2 / FOR TAIWAN AND CHINA
    Storm Alert issued at 27 Jul, 2008 6:00 GMT




    Red Alert Country(s) or Province(s)
    Taiwan

    probability for CAT 1 or above is 85% in about 24 hours
    probability for TS is 95% within 12 hours
    China
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 50% in about 36 hours

    probability for TS is 70% in about 24 hours
    Red Alert City(s) and Town(s)
    T'aichung
    (24.1 N, 120.7 E)
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 75% in about 36 hours

    probability for TS is 90% in about 24 hours

    Taipei (25.0 N, 121.5 E)

    probability for CAT 1 or above is 55% in about 24 hours
    probability for TS is 90% in about 24 hours

    Putian (25.6 N, 119.0 E)

    probability for CAT 1 or above is 45% in about 36 hours
    probability for TS is 65% in about 36 hours

    Fuzhou (26.1 N, 119.3 E)

    probability for CAT 1 or above is 40% in about 36 hours

    probability for TS is 65% in about 36 hours


    Yellow Alert City(s) and Town(s)

    Kao-hsiung (22.6 N, 120.3 E)

    probability for CAT 1 or above is 10% in about 24 hours
    probability for TS is 65% in about 24 hours

    Quanzhou (25.0 N, 118.5 E)

    probability for CAT 1 or above is 30% in about 36 hours
    probability for TS is 60% in about 36 hours

    Fu'an (27.1 N, 119.7 E)
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 10% in about 36 hours
    probability for TS is 50% in about 36 hours


    Note that
    Red Alert (Severe) is CAT 1 or above to between 31% and 100% probability.
    Yellow Alert (Elevated) is CAT 1 or above to between 10% and 30% probability, or TS to above 50% probability.
    CAT 1 means Typhoon strength winds of at least 74 mph, 119 km/h or 64 knots 1-min sustained.
    TS means Tropical Storm strength winds of at least 39 mph, 63 km/h or 34 knots 1-min sustained.

    For graphical forecast information and further details please visit http://www.tropicalstormrisk.com/

    This alert is provided by Tropical Storm Risk (TSR) which is sponsored by UCL, Benfield, Royal & SunAlliance, Crawford & Company and Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre. TSR acknowledges the support of the UK Met Office.

    Storm Alert issued at 27 Jul, 2008 6:00 GMT
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 12:12 PM  
    TYPHOON WARNING FOR TAIWAN "FUNG WONG CAT.1"
    Saturday, July 26, 2008
    Storm Alert issued at 26 Jul, 2008 18:00 GMT


    Red Alert Country(s) or Province(s)
    Taiwan
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 45% in about 36 hours
    probability for TS is 70% in about 24 hours
    Red Alert City(s) and Town(s)
    T'aichung (24.1 N, 120.7 E)
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 45% in about 36 hours
    probability for TS is 65% in about 36 hours

    Yellow Alert Country(s) or Province(s)
    China
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 20% in about 48 hours
    probability for TS is 45% in about 48 hours

    Yellow Alert City(s) and Town(s)
    Taipei (25.0 N, 121.5 E)
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 25% in about 48 hours
    probability for TS is 60% in about 36 hours
    Kao-hsiung (22.6 N, 120.3 E)
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 20% in about 36 hours
    probability for TS is 60% in about 36 hours
    Putian (25.6 N, 119.0 E)
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 20% in about 48 hours
    probability for TS is 40% in about 48 hours
    Fuzhou (26.1 N, 119.3 E)
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 15% in about 48 hours
    probability for TS is 40% in about 48 hours
    Quanzhou (25.0 N, 118.5 E)
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 15% in about 48 hours
    probability for TS is 40% in about 48 hours

    Note that
    Red Alert (Severe) is CAT 1 or above to between 31% and 100% probability.
    Yellow Alert (Elevated) is CAT 1 or above to between 10% and 30% probability, or TS to above 50% probability.
    CAT 1 means Typhoon strength winds of at least 74 mph, 119 km/h or 64 knots 1-min sustained.
    TS means Tropical Storm strength winds of at least 39 mph, 63 km/h or 34 knots 1-min sustained.

    For graphical forecast information and further details please visit http://www.tropicalstormrisk.com/

    This alert is provided by Tropical Storm Risk (TSR) which is sponsored by UCL, Benfield, Royal & SunAlliance, Crawford & Company and Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre. TSR acknowledges the support of the UK Met Office.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 9:41 PM  
    Rhodes fires rage
    Forest fires burn into their fourth day on the popular Greek tourist island, Rhodes.

    The scorching temperatures and strong winds are making it difficult for firefighters to control the blaze. The popular holiday resorts on the island which attract thousands of tourists every year are in no immediate danger.

    Basmah Fahim reports.

    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 9:38 PM  
    Alert as storm bears down on coast
    METEOROLOGICAL observatories in Fujian and Zhejiang, two provinces on China's east coast, yesterday issued shipping warnings connected to tropical storm Fung Wong.

    The eighth tropical storm of the year appeared in ocean waters east of the Philippines at 2pm on Friday, and intensified into a strong tropical storm at 8am yesterday.

    The eye of the storm was monitored at 21.8 degrees north latitude and 127.9 degrees east longitude.

    As Fung Wong moved westward yesterday, it brought about strong winds and a lot of rain.

    A Fujian provincial meteorological observatory forecast said it would make landfall in Fujian late tomorrow or early Tuesday.

    Even before the storm's arrival, Fujian was gripped by freak weather on Friday and much of yesterday. It included a heatwave, thunder and lightning, torrential rain and hailstones.

    The local meteorological observatory in Fujian gave a blue-color warning before midday yesterday, predicting more days of strong winds and downpours. It warned ships working in the Taiwan Strait and passing vessels to take special notice.

    The meteorological observatory in Zhejiang also issued warnings to ocean-going ships for gales accompanying the approach of Fung Wong.

    The Zhejiang observatory said the eye of the tropical storm was moving westward at a speed of 15 to 20 kilometers an hour.

    The heatwave that has lingered in Zhejiang over the past several days was ended at noon yesterday by showers and strong wind. Strong winds brought by Fung Wong are expected to continue in the central and southern parts of Zhejiang until Tuesday.

    Shanghai meteorologists said the storm system should lower temperatures in the city over the next few days.

    shanghaidaily.com
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 9:27 PM  
    Taiwan issues warning to ships at sea for tropical storm Fung Wong
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Taiwan has issued a warning to ships at sea for tropical storm Fung Wong, approaching the island from the east.
    The Central Weather Bureau says the storm was located about 403 miles (640 kilometers) east of Taiwan's southern tip as of 2:30 p.m. (0630 GMT) Saturday. It was packing winds of 108 kilometers (67 miles) per hour.
    The bureau says that if Fung Wong stays on its present course, it will hit central Taiwan late Monday morning.

    Earlier this month, flash floods triggered by tropical storm Kalmaegi killed 19 people in Taiwan.


    pr-inside.com
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 9:25 PM  
    Fire causes mass evacuations from Greek resorts
    ATHENS, Greece (CNN) -- Greek police on Friday evacuated more than 2,000 European vacationers from a strip of holiday resorts on Rhodes as fierce forest fires swept through the Greek island and thick plumes of smoke choked its most popular hotels.

    Authorities said the evacuation was a precaution as fires raged for a fourth day, scorching at least 7,400 acres of lush pine forest on one of the country's most idyllic islands.

    Police said the evacuation affected hotels in the Asklipios area, near the southeast coastline of Rhodes, a popular holiday destination for British tourists.

    "Three hotels were evacuated as a precaution, mainly because smoke from the fire had created an unpleasant atmosphere," said Charlambos Kokkinos, regional governor for the southern Aegean.

    The officials declared southern Rhodes in a state of emergency earlier this week when the fires broke out and quickly swept through the island because of gale force winds.

    Dozens of homes were destroyed in Laerma, the worst hit region, state media reported. No injuries or fatalities were reported. France and Italy have sent five water-bombers to assist hundreds of Greek firefighters and volunteers trying to extinguish the blazes.

    Earlier in the day, a brush fire in southern Greece forced authorities to evacuate two camping sites near the town of Aegion and close a main highway linking Athens to the port city of Patras.

    Rail services in the area were also suspended, resuming three hours later when firefighters got the blaze under control. Closer to the capital of Athens, five water-dropping planes quickly tackled another fire in Mandra, west of Athens.

    More than 100 fires have burned in Greece since the start of the summer, and the latest infernos sparked as an ombudsman's report criticized the government for not doing enough to prevent such outbreaks.

    "The main measures for fire protection are not being properly implemented," the report said.

    More than 65 people were killed in devastating fires last year and 444,790 acres of the Greek countryside was charred.

    "The lesson of last year's tragic experience does not seem to have been fully learned," the ombudsman report said.

    *CNN
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 8:02 PM  
    Heavy rains kill 7 people in SKorea
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Torrential rains that lashed South Korea this week have led to the deaths of seven people and left six others missing, the government said Saturday.

    Six people were also injured, with one in critical condition, in landslides and flash floods triggered by heavy rain that started battering the country Wednesday, the National Emergency Management Agency said in a statement.

    Two people were found dead Saturday after they were reported missing in Bonghwa, 150 miles southeast of the capital Seoul, the statement said.

    Three people also died Friday after their houses were pounded by landslides, it said. A day earlier, two South Korean soldiers were killed in a mudslide near their army base in Yanggu, about 110 miles east of Seoul.

    The rainfall also damaged or flooded about 620 houses across South Korea, prompting 1,240 people to seek refuge elsewhere, the statement said. About 940 people later returned home, but the rest remained in local schools, community centers and other facilities.

    Some 1,220 hectares of farmland was also inundated, the emergency agency said.

    More rain and thunderstorms were expected to hit Seoul, the eastern province of Gangwon, and the southeastern province of Gyeongsang throughout the weekend.

    Dongducheon, a city just north of Seoul, received about 15 inches of rain since Wednesday, and major cities in Gangwon were pelted with about 11 inches, the emergency agency said.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 7:58 PM  
    11 NH towns hit by F2 tornado
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 7:40 PM  
    Pacific Tropical Storm Genevieve forms
    Friday, July 25, 2008
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Genevieve has formed off Mexico's Pacific coast. Forecasters say the storm is not expected to threaten land.

    It was located 275 miles (440 kilometers) southwest of Acapulco on Monday afternoon.

    The storm has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) and is expected to move out over the open ocean in the coming days.

    Tropical Storm Fausto also was moving out to sea off Mexico's Pacific coast. It was located 550 miles (885 kilometers) west-southwest of Cabo San Lucas.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 9:48 AM  
    Dolly's damage
    Hurricane Dolly took hours to make landfall in Texas Wednesday...all the while battering South Padre Island with damaging winds.

    With her slow pace inland, the fear now is flooding.

    Katharine Jackson reports.


    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 8:41 AM  
    Flooding feared along U.S.-Mexico border from Dolly
    By Joe Mitchell

    BROWNSVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - Hurricane Dolly, which lashed the U.S.-Mexico coastline, weakened to a tropical depression on Thursday over South Texas, but concern remained over flooding along the populous Rio Grande Valley.

    Initial reports indicated that aging levees holding back the Rio Grande River withstood a surge from Dolly, which dumped up to 12 inches of rain in the first hours after coming ashore at the barrier island of South Padre Island on Wednesday and spurred widespread flooding across South Texas and northeast Mexico.

    The full effect of the flooding might not be seen for days as rain flows into the region where more than 1 million people live.

    (For latest U.S. National Hurricane Center reports, see www.nhc.noaa.gov/ )

    Local officials said the levees have held under the strain, though flooding was widespread.

    "They held up fine," said Johnny Cavazos, emergency management coordinator for Cameron County, which borders Mexico and the mouth of the Rio Grande. "I don't see this being a problem as Dolly moves inland."

    Dolly, the first hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic storm season, left about 245,000 homes in the valley without power as of Thursday afternoon, according to the state's grid operator.

    Dolly came ashore on Wednesday as a Category 2 hurricane, the second level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph (160 kmh), but steadily lost strength as it moved inland.

    At 5 p.m. EDT the storm was 35 miles south of Eagle Pass, Texas, with maximum sustained winds near 35 mph (55 kmh), the National Hurricane Center said.

    The Miami-based forecasters said it could produce total rainfall of up to 20 inches in some places. "These rains are very likely to cause widespread flooding," it said.

    DISASTER AREAS

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has put 1,200 National Guard troops on alert in case they are needed to help cope with the storm's aftermath.

    There were no reports that levees along the Rio Grande had been breached.

    The Bush administration declared 15 of the Texas counties hit hardest by the storm as disaster areas, allowing them to draw on federal funds for cleanup and rebuilding.

    In South Padre Island, residents emerged from their homes and shelters to walk through streets littered with debris, toppled street lights and downed power poles.

    "Everything is gone. Everything got wet," said Amber Acevado, who runs a flooring store on the island. "You stand here inside the store, you can see right through to the outside."

    Many residents and tourists trapped on the island by the storm left after a causeway to the mainland reopened.

    Offshore drilling rigs and production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico emerged from the storm mostly unscathed.
    U.S. crude oil prices rose earlier this week on worries of possible storm damage to offshore drilling rigs. But oil prices fell after the storm barely dented supplies, hitting a 7-week low of $123.50 a barrel on Thursday.

    In Mexico, Dolly flooded towns along the northeast coast up to waist level, and a man was killed in the border city of Matamoros when power cables fell into floodwater and electrocuted him, local authorities said.

    Mexico's navy on Wednesday recovered the body of a fisherman who had vanished off the Yucatan Peninsula as the storm passed through.

    In South Padre Island, a 17-year-old boy was seriously injured when he fell seven stories from a condominium balcony during the storm.

    (Additional reporting by Jim Forsyth in San Antonio, Tomas Bravo in Playa Bagdad, Mexico, Jose Cortazar in Cancun, Mexico and Catherine Bremer in Mexico City; Writing by Chris Baltimore; Editing by Xavier Briand)
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 8:37 AM  
    DOLLY WEAKENS TO A DEPRESSION...STILL DUMPING HEAVY RAINS
    Thursday, July 24, 2008
    AT 400 PM CDT...2100Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION DOLLY WAS
    LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 28.2 NORTH...LONGITUDE 100.6 WEST OR ABOUT
    35 MILES...55 KM SOUTH OF EAGLE PASS TEXAS.

    THE DEPRESSION IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 14 MPH...23
    KM/HR...AND THIS GENERAL MOTION SHOULD CONTINUE DURING THE NEXT 24
    HOURS.

    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 35 MPH...55 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
    GUSTS. ADDITIONAL WEAKENING IS FORECAST AND DOLLY IS EXPECTED TO
    DISSIPATE ON FRIDAY.

    ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1000 MB...29.53 INCHES.

    DOLLY IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE ADDITIONAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 6
    INCHES OVER PORTIONS OF SOUTH TEXAS AND NORTHEASTERN MEXICO THROUGH
    FRIDAY. ISOLATED STORM TOTAL AMOUNTS OF 20 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE WITH
    DOLLY. THESE RAINS ARE LIKELY TO CAUSE WIDESPREAD FLOODING.

    REPEATING THE 400 PM CDT POSITION...28.2 N...100.6 W. MOVEMENT
    TOWARD...WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 14 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...35
    MPH. MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1000 MB.

    THIS IS THE LAST PUBLIC ADVISORY ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE
    CENTER ON DOLLY. FUTURE INFORMATION ON THIS SYSTEM CAN BE
    FOUND IN PUBLIC ADVISORIES ISSUED BY THE HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL
    PREDICTION CENTER...UNDER AWIPS HEADER TCPAT4 AND WMO HEADER WTNT4
    KWNH...BEGINNING AT 10 PM CDT.

    $$
    FORECASTER AVILA
    *NOAA
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 11:33 PM  
    India:Seven dead in Bihar floods
    PATNA: Seven persons have died and nearly 65,000 people, spread over five districts, were affected in the current spell of floods in Bihar where some major rivers are in spate.

    State Disaster Management Department officials said seven people lost their lives due to floods in Muzaffarpur district, while around 65,000 people of 140 villages in Muzaffarpur, Supaul, Patna, Nalanda and Saharsa districts were affected by the deluge.

    Floods had so far destroyed nearly 600 houses, the value of which was estimated to be Rs 39.5 lakh, besides public property worth over Rs 41 lakh, department sources said.

    Though most of the rivers were flowing below danger level, major rivers like Punpun, Burhi Gandak, Bagmati, Kosi and Mahananda are in spate.

    While Punpun was flowing above the danger mark at Saidpu and Burhi Gandak at Rosera, Bagmati was flowing above the red level at Benibad and Kosi at Bsua and Kursela.

    Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the overall situation was under control and he had ordered the authorities to carry out relief and rescue operations on priority basis.

    Kumar, who undertook an aerial survey of flood-hit Nalanda and Muzaffarpur districts, said he had asked the authorities to take appropriate measures to avoid water-logging.

    "I have already constituted a Task Force led by the state Development Commissioner to survey the waterlogged areas and make suggestions to the state government for taking short-term, medium-term and long-term measures to avoid water-logging in future," he said.

    timesofindia.indiatimes.com
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 11:27 PM  
    Texas: Hurricane Dolly
    As of 1:30 p.m. today, approximately 165,700 residences and businesses in the Rio Grande Valley were without electric service due to Hurricane Dolly.
    -- Earlier today, damage assessors from AEP Texas fanned out across the Valley to determine the materials and resources needed to rebuild the electric system. This is one of the first steps in the restoration process. Additionally, crews are working to clear out electrical hazards like downed power lines.
    -- Approximately, 1,740 additional workers are traveling to the Valley today and tomorrow to help restore service. This is an increase in the number requested earlier due to the extensive damage to the area. An estimate of the time it will take to complete service restoration will be determined after a complete assessment of our electrical system.
    -- Customers who still have power are asked to conserve electricity while crews are restoring service to other customers. This will help prevent an overload on the electric system.
    Safety Messages
    Severe weather can cause power lines to snap or poles to come down. Fallen power lines are dangerous because they carry an electric current that can cause serious or fatal injury. Never touch a fallen wire, no matter how harmless it looks. And keep others away from the potential hazard as well. If you encounter fallen wires, stay away from them and immediately contact AEP Texas.
    In the event of a major power interruption, life-support customers are encouraged to contact AEP Texas's toll-free customer service number to advise our representatives of their situation. Due to the nature of restoration activity, AEP Texas cannot assure priority restoration for life-support customers. Life-support customers are advised to take precautionary measures to protect themselves in the event of a power loss. Contact relatives or friends for assistance or temporary accommodations in the event of a prolonged outage. Keep emergency phone numbers (physicians, hospitals, safety services, utilities) posted near your telephone.
    If you use a portable or RV generator, do not plug the generator into your circuit box. Portable generators "backfeed" electricity up the line and risk the lives of repair workers and the public. Follow the manufacturers' instructions carefully, and plug essential appliances directly into the generator. See additional information about use of backup generators.
    For the latest information, please go to http://www.aeptexas.com
    SOURCE AEP Texas
    marketwatch.com
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 11:26 PM  
    Tropical Depression 09W : forecast to strike Taiwan

    Tropical Depression 09W is forecast to strike land to the following likelihood(s) at the given lead time(s): Storm Alert issued at 24 Jul, 2008 18:00 GMT
    Yellow Alert Country(s) or Province(s)
    Taiwan
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 15% in about 72 hours
    probability for TS is 40% in about 72 hours

    Yellow Alert City(s) and Town(s)
    Kao-hsiung (22.6 N, 120.3 E)
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 10% in about 72 hours
    probability for TS is 35% in about 72 hours

    Note that
    Yellow Alert (Elevated) is CAT 1 or above to between 10% and 30% probability, or TS to above 50% probability.
    CAT 1 means Typhoon strength winds of at least 74 mph, 119 km/h or 64 knots 1-min sustained.
    TS means Tropical Storm strength winds of at least 39 mph, 63 km/h or 34 knots 1-min sustained.

    For graphical forecast information and further details please visit http://www.tropicalstormrisk.com/

    This alert is provided by Tropical Storm Risk (TSR) which is sponsored by UCL, Benfield, Royal & SunAlliance, Crawford & Company and Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre. TSR acknowledges the support of the UK Met Office.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 11:13 PM  
    Dolly dumps heavy rain on Texas coast
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas (CNN) -- Tropical Storm Dolly dumped torrential rains on southern Texas and northeastern Mexico early Thursday as it churned inland, leaving a trail of battered buildings and flooding.

    The storm -- downgraded from hurricane status Wednesday night -- could drop 8 to 12 inches of rain over the border region in the next few days, with isolated pockets receiving up to 20 inches, the National Hurricane Center said at 4 a.m. CT (5 a.m. ET) Thursday.

    The storm made landfall Wednesday on South Padre Island in Texas and has weakened as it moved to the north-northwest. It is expected to dissipate fully by Friday, the center said.

    As of 4 a.m. CT, Dolly had maximum sustained winds near 60 mph (97 kph). Tropical-force winds extended about 85 miles (137 kilometers) from the center of the storm, which was about 95 miles (153 kilometers) northwest of Brownsville.

    The eye of the storm made landfall at about 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET) Wednesday after its outer bands of driving rain and wind gusts up to 120 mph (193 kph) already had torn roofs from homes, flooded streets and sent residents near the coastal border of Texas and Mexico scrambling for safety. Watch CNN's Gary Tuchman brace against Dolly's high winds »

    At its peak, Dolly was a Category 2 hurricane, with sustained winds of 100 mph (160 kph), but it was downgraded to a Category 1 storm shortly after making landfall and continued to weaken afterward.

    Before the downgrades, people in Dolly's path felt the storm's wrath. iReport.com: Send your photos, videos from Dolly's path

    Jacqueline Bell, who lives on South Padre Island, said wind gusts blew the roof from her neighbor's home.

    "When we heard the first bang, I thought it was one of the air conditioners flying ... and then we went outside and we saw the debris and we saw the neighbors leaving," Bell said.

    Heavy rain and coastal storm surge flooded streets and threatened to pour water into homes and other buildings. Wind gusts shattered windows.
    The island's causeway had been closed 14 hours earlier -- although some residents chose to hunker down in their homes to ride out the storm.

    The island has a population of about 2,400. Dolly was the first hurricane to strike South Padre directly since Hurricane Allen in 1980.

    Steven Murphy, who owns a charter fishing company with his brother on the island, chose to seek shelter with his girlfriend inside his 65-foot fishing boat named Murphy's Law. Read about why Murphy decided to wait out the storm

    He told CNN by telephone that the wind outside sounded like a tornado, adding that he'd seen several items blow past the windows of his vessel.

    "It's starting to tear it up real good," Murphy said.

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has issued a disaster declaration for 14 counties in the storm's path.

    Brownsville's mayor said the city had been lashed by the storm but emergency workers were ready to respond once the wind and rain died down.

    "Trees are down; winds are high," Mayor Pat Ahumada said. "We've had 6 to 8 inches of rain."

    But Ahumada said reports that the city's levees are in danger of breaches that would cause flooding have been exaggerated. "People think we're facing a Katrina," he said. "That's not the case."

    He said nearly all of the city's levees have been reinforced to federal standards or above and it would take 20 inches of rain to top them. See Dolly's path inland from the Gulf of Mexico »

    More than two dozen state agencies and organizations such as the Red Cross stood ready to help with evacuations and other needs.

    The National Guard set up staging areas in Houston, Austin and San Antonio, officials said. As many as 1,200 National Guardsmen have been called to help, and 700 already are deployed to targeted areas.

    Despite the dangers associated with a hurricane, some people appeared to try to take advantage of what they believed would be the distraction of law enforcement.

    Jayson Ahern, deputy commissioner with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said Wednesday that authorities stopped three groups suspected of engaging in illegal smuggling into the United States from Mexico as the hurricane approached.

    CNN
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 1:16 PM  
    Eye of the storm "Dolly" image from ISS/NASA
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 1:09 PM  
    Dolly's wrath brings heavy rain, flooded streets
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas (CNN) -- Tropical Storm Dolly churned through southern Texas early Thursday, leaving a trail of battered buildings and flooding.

    Forecasters predict the storm could dump eight to 12 inches of rain over a swath of southeastern Texas and northeastern Mexico in the next few days with isolated pockets receiving up to 20 inches, the National Hurricane Center said at 2 a.m. ET Thursday.

    The storm made landfall on South Padre Island in Texas on Wednesday and weakened as it moved northwest. It could become a tropical depression before dissipating Friday, the center said.

    As of 2 a.m. ET, Tropical Storm Dolly had maximum sustained winds near 60 miles an hour. Tropical force winds extended about 116 miles from the center of the storm, which was about 75 miles northwest of Brownsville, Texas.

    The eye of the storm made landfall at about 2 p.m. ET Wednesday, after its outer bands of driving rain and wind gusts up to 120 mph had already torn roofs from homes, flooded streets and sent residents near the coastal border of Texas and Mexico scrambling for safety. Watch CNN's Gary Tuchman brace against Dolly's high winds »

    Dolly had been upgraded to a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 100 mph just hours earlier, but was downgraded back to a Category 1 shortly after it made landfall and continued to weaken as the day went on.

    Before the downgrades, people in Dolly's path felt the storm's wrath.

    Jacqueline Bell, who lives on South Padre Island, said wind gusts blew the roof from her neighbor's home.

    "When we heard the first bang, I thought it was one of the air conditioners flying ... and then we went outside and we saw the debris and we saw the neighbors leaving," Bell said.

    Heavy rain and the coastal storm surge flooded streets in the affected region and threatened to pour water into homes and other buildings. Wind gusts also shattered windows.

    The island's causeway had been closed 14 hours earlier, although some residents chose to hunker down in their homes to ride out the storm.

    The island has a population of about 2,400. Dolly was the first hurricane to directly strike South Padre since Hurricane Allen in 1980.

    Steven Murphy, who owns a charter fishing company with his brother on the island, chose to seek shelter with his girlfriend inside his 65-foot fishing boat named Murphy's Law. Read about why Murphy decided to wait out the storm

    He told CNN by telephone that the wind outside sounded like a tornado, and added that he'd seen several items blow past the windows of his vessel.

    "It's starting to tear it up real good," Murphy said.

    While some people's homes were in the storm's path, others like vacationer Pedro Martinez Sanchez had unknowingly traveled into the danger zone.

    Martinez Sanchez said he was stuck in Brownsville Wednesday after he and his wife drove some 12 hours from Veracruz, Mexico, to do some shopping.

    He had no idea that the hurricane was coming when he scheduled the trip, Martinez Sanchez said. He had planned to leave Wednesday but ended up stuck in a motel until the danger passes.

    Along with civilians, Dolly's arrival had members of the military in the area scrambling. The Navy moved 89 aircraft from its Corpus Christi base to other locations in Texas and New Mexico, military officials said.

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry Tuesday issued a disaster declaration for 14 counties in the path.

    In Brownsville, Texas, the mayor said the city had been lashed by the storm but emergency workers were ready to respond once the wind and rain died down.

    "Trees are down; winds are high," Mayor Pat Ahumada told CNN. "We've had 6 to 8 inches of rain."

    But Ahumada said reports that the city's levees are in danger of breaches that would flood the city have been exaggerated.

    "People think we're facing a Katrina," he said. "That's not the case."

    He said nearly all of the city's levees have been reinforced to federal standards or above and it would take 20 inches of rain to top them.

    More than two dozen state agencies and organizations such as the Red Cross stood at the ready to help with evacuations and other needs.

    The National Guard set up staging areas in Houston, Austin and San Antonio, officials said. As many as 1,200 National Guardsmen have been called to help, and 700 are already deployed to targeted areas.


    Despite the dangers associated with a hurricane, some people appeared to try to take advantage of what they believed would be the distraction of law enforcement to conduct illegal activities.

    Jayson Ahern, deputy commissioner with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said Wednesday authorities stopped three different groups suspected of engaging in illegal smuggling into the United States from Mexico as the hurricane approached.

    *CNN
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 10:25 AM  
    HEAVY RAINS CONTINUE OVER DEEP SOUTH TEXAS
    A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT ALONG THE TEXAS COAST
    FROM BROWNSVILLE TO PORT ARANSAS. THIS WARNING WILL LIKELY BE
    DISCONTINUED LATER THIS MORNING.

    FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE
    INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED
    BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

    AT 400 AM CDT...0900Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM DOLLY WAS
    LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 26.9 NORTH...LONGITUDE 98.6 WEST OR ABOUT 95
    MILES...155 KM...NORTHWEST OF BROWNSVILLE TEXAS.

    DOLLY IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 7 MPH...11 KM/HR. A
    CONTINUED MOTION TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST IS EXPECTED DURING THE
    NEXT DAY OR SO...WITH A SLIGHT INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED UNTIL THE
    SYSTEM DISSIPATES ON FRIDAY.

    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 60 MPH...95 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
    GUSTS. DOLLY IS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN AS IT MOVES FARTHER INLAND...AND
    IT IS EXPECTED TO BECOME A TROPICAL DEPRESSION BY TONIGHT.

    TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 85 MILES...140 KM
    FROM THE CENTER.

    ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 991 MB...29.26 INCHES.

    DOLLY IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 8 TO 12
    INCHES...WITH ISOLATED AMOUNTS OF 20 INCHES...OVER PORTIONS OF
    SOUTH TEXAS AND NORTHEASTERN MEXICO. THESE RAINS ARE VERY LIKELY TO
    CAUSE WIDESPREAD FLOODING.

    REPEATING THE 400 AM CDT POSITION...26.9 N...98.6 W. MOVEMENT
    TOWARD...WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 7 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...60
    MPH. MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...991 MB.

    AN INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE
    CENTER AT 700 AM CDT FOLLOWED BY THE NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY AT 1000
    AM CDT.

    $$
    FORECASTER KNABB
    *NOAA
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 10:23 AM  
    Hurricane Dolly hits US coast
    Wednesday, July 23, 2008


    Hurricane Dolly has hit the south coast of the US state of Texas, bringing 160kph winds and torrential rain.

    The second hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic season, ripped off roofs, bent palm trees and left thousands of residents without power as it hit the shore at about 1pm (18:00 GMT) on Wednesday.

    There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries.

    The eye of the storm reached the barrier island of South Padre, northeast of the border town of Brownsville, Texas.

    The storm was a category two hurricane, the second level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of intensity.

    Russell Stockton, who operates Dolphin Docks, a dolphin-viewing tour company, on South Padre Island said his dock had been been torn down.

    "It's about $50,000 worth of damage so far," he said.

    The storm steered clear of most offshore drilling rigs and production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

    US crude oil prices, affected earlier in the week by worries about possible storm damage, hit 6-week lows on Tuesday and fell further on Wednesday to below $126 a barrel.

    Hurricane warning

    A hurricane warning was issued for the southern Texas coast as far north as Corpus Christi.

    Category three to five hurricane are considered to be the most dangerous, but a category two hurricane is still capable of causing damage to poorly built or fragile dwellings such as mobile homes.

    The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said Dolly could dump up to 51cm of rain on low-lying areas in South Texas and northeastern Mexico in the coming days.

    The prospect of heavy rains and a storm surge of sea water pushing back upstream has spurred concerns that levees holding back the Rio Grande river could be breached, causing widespread flooding.

    Rick Perry, the Governor of Texas, put 1,200 National Guard troops on alert and issued a disaster declaration for 14 low-lying counties.

    State officials said that they would not order mandatory evacuations unless Dolly reached Category 3, with wind speeds of over 178kph. Hurricanes usually weaken rapidly over land.

    About 250 buses stood by in the inland city of San Antonio to evacuate coastal residents if needed.

    Flooding worries

    In Cameron County near the Mexico border, officials expected more than 50cm of rain. "That's going to do a number on our county," Johnny Cavazos, the county's emergency management co-ordinator, said.

    The levees holding back the Rio Grande river held under similar conditions during Hurricane Beulah in 1967, but have "seriously deteriorated" since then, he said.

    Texas State Police Captain Joe Gonzalez, who heads the combined emergency management system in Brownsville, said he was confident the levees would hold.

    More than 27,000 customers were without electricity in South Texas, most of them in Cameron County, according to the power company.

    Officials late on Tuesday closed a causeway connecting Brownsville with South Padre Island. Many residents of the island had already left.

    In the Mexican city of Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville, streets began to flood with strong gusts of wind.

    Four Mexican fisherman were missing off the Yucatan Peninsula after Dolly swept through the area on Monday, port authorities said.

    The 2008 Atlantic hurricane season is already a month ahead of schedule. On average, the fourth tropical storm of the six-month season does not occur until August 29.

    Dolly, this year's fourth, formed on July 20.

    aljazeera
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 11:26 PM  
    Earthquake Strikes Japan's Main Island, Injuring 45 People
    A strong earthquake has struck northern Japan, injuring at least 45 people in an area hit by a deadly tremor just one month ago.

    The magnitude 6.8 quake shook the northern part of Japan's main Honshu island after midnight on Thursday as most people were sleeping.

    Its epicenter was off the coast of Iwate prefecture at a depth of more than 100 kilometers.

    Japanese officials say most of the injured suffered cuts and bruises from broken glass. The quake caused several landslides and cut power to about 10,000 homes.

    No tsunami was recorded and there were no reports of problems at nuclear power plants in the region. Japan's disaster ministry has sent a team to the quake zone to assess the damage.

    Japan has experienced a series of strong earthquakes in the past month. A 7.2 magnitude tremor hit northern Japan June 14, killing at least 11 people and leaving 10 others missing.

    Some infornation for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.


    *VOA
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 11:21 PM  
    Hurricane DOLLY forecast
    Hurricane DOLLY is forecast to strike land to the following likelihood(s) at the given lead time(s): Storm Alert issued at 23 Jul, 2008 21:00 GMT

    Red Alert Country(s) or Province(s)
    the United States
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 100% currently
    probability for TS is 100% currently
    Mexico
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 75% within 9 hours
    probability for TS is 100% currently

    Red Alert City(s) and Town(s)
    Armstrong (26.9 N, 97.8 W)
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 100% currently
    probability for TS is 100% currently
    Brownsville (25.9 N, 97.5 W)
    probability for CAT 1 or above is 40% currently
    probability for TS is 100% currently

    Yellow Alert City(s) and Town(s)
    Corpus Christi (27.7 N, 97.3 W)
    probability for TS is 100% within 9 hours
    Port Lavaca (28.6 N, 96.7 W)
    probability for TS is 60% currently

    Note that
    Red Alert (Severe) is CAT 1 or above to between 31% and 100% probability.
    Yellow Alert (Elevated) is CAT 1 or above to between 10% and 30% probability, or TS to above 50% probability.
    CAT 1 means Hurricane strength winds of at least 74 mph, 119 km/h or 64 knots 1-min sustained.
    TS means Tropical Storm strength winds of at least 39 mph, 63 km/h or 34 knots 1-min sustained.

    This alert is provided by Tropical Storm Risk (TSR) which is sponsored by UCL, Benfield, Royal & SunAlliance, Crawford & Company and Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre. TSR acknowledges the support of the UK Met Office.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 10:03 PM  
    DOLLY CONTINUES TO WEAKEN AS IT MOVES FARTHER INLAND
    A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE COAST OF TEXAS FROM
    BROWNSVILLE TO JUST SOUTH OF BAFFIN BAY...AND FOR THE NORTHEASTERN
    COAST OF MEXICO FROM RIO SAN FERNANDO NORTHWARD TO THE BORDER
    BETWEEN MEXICO AND THE UNITED STATES. PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE
    AND PROPERTY SHOULD HAVE BEEN COMPLETED.

    AT 4 PM CDT...2100 UTC...THE HURRICANE WARNING FROM BAFFIN BAY
    NORTHWARD TO CORPUS CHRISTI HAS BEEN REPLACED BY A TROPICAL STORM
    WARNING. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM BAFFIN BAY
    TO PORT O'CONNOR.

    AT 4 PM CDT...2100 UTC...THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING AND HURRICANE
    WATCH FROM LA PESCA TO SOUTH OF RIO SAN FERNANDO HAVE BEEN
    DISCONTINUED.

    FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE
    INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED
    BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

    AT 400 PM CDT...2100Z...THE EYE OF HURRICANE DOLLY WAS LOCATED
    NEAR LATITUDE 26.6 NORTH...LONGITUDE 97.6 WEST OR ABOUT 50 MILES...
    80 KM...NORTH OF BROWNSVILLE TEXAS.

    DOLLY IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 8 MPH...13 KM/HR. A
    GRADUAL TURN TO THE WEST-NORTHWEST AND WEST IS EXPECTED DURING THE
    NEXT DAY OR SO. THIS WILL BRING DOLLY FARTHER INLAND OVER SOUTHER
    TEXAS.

    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 85 MPH...140
    KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. DOLLY IS A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE ON
    THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE. FURTHER WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE
    NEXT 24 HOURS.

    HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 35 MILES...55 KM...FROM
    THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140
    MILES...220 KM.

    ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 970 MB...28.64 INCHES.

    DOLLY IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 8 TO 12
    INCHES...WITH ISOLATED AMOUNTS OF 20 INCHES...OVER PORTIONS OF
    SOUTH TEXAS AND NORTHEASTERN MEXICO OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS.
    THESE RAINS WILL LIKELY CAUSE WIDESPREAD FLOODING ACROSS PORTIONS
    OF SOUTH TEXAS AND NORTHEAST MEXICO.

    COASTAL STORM SURGE FLOODING UP TO 6 TO 8 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE
    LEVELS...ALONG WITH LARGE AND DANGEROUS BATTERING WAVES WILL
    CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT FEW HOURS IN AREAS OF ONSHORE FLOW BUT WILL
    SUBSIDE LATER TONIGHT.

    ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE OVER PORTIONS OF SOUTH TEXAS TODAY
    AND TONIGHT.

    REPEATING THE 400 PM CDT POSITION...26.6 N...97.6 W. MOVEMENT
    TOWARD...NORTHWEST NEAR 8 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...85 MPH.
    MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...970 MB.

    AN INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE
    CENTER AT 700 PM CDT FOLLOWED BY THE NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY AT 1000
    PM CDT.

    $$
    FORECASTER AVILA
    *NOAA
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