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Fourth person hit by lightning

January 20, 2012 Comments off

thewest

Havoc as thunderstorm hits PerthRoss Cox © Enlarge photo

Update, 4.45pm: A fourth person has been struck by lightning, after a severe thunderstorm swept over the city this morning.

The storm ripped through the south metro area this morning, causing havoc with the power supply, bringing down branches and causing minor flooding.

A warning was issued for the Perth metro area as the storm shifted north.

People in areas bound by Lancelin, Northam and Narrogin were told to prepare for damaging winds, heavy rainfall and possible hail.

Multiple thunderstorms are expected to hit Perth this afternoon following intense lightning early this morning.

There were just over 8300 lightning strikes between 12am to 2:30pm within a 600km radius of Perth yesterday, according to local weather-watcher Tom Marsh, who uploads minute-to minute updates at www.tkup.net from his Floreat weather station.

The peak rate was 95 strikes a minute at 7.14am, including strikes between clouds as well as from clouds to ground, he said.

Weather bureau forecaster Nadine Baillard said while the storms were easing off for now, higher temperatures would see them build up again this afternoon.

One person was hit by lightning at 4am on Wyeree Road in Mandurah and was taken to Peel Health Campus and a second person was struck at 4:30am on Brennan Promenade in Baldivis. He was taken to Rockingham Hospital.

A third person was taken to hospital by ambulance after he was struck at about 9am.

The 42-year-old man was working at Hertz in Welshpool when the whole office reported hearing a massive crack from Read more…

More than a million evacuated in Japan as Typhoon Roke nears

September 21, 2011 Comments off

telegraph

More than a million evacuated in Japan as Typhoon Roke nears

 Typhoon Roke Photo: NASA/REUTERS

Typhoon Roke – the 15th Pacific storm of the season – was expected to make landfall in central Japan today, before moving in a northeasterly direction across the country, and possibly passing near the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant.

The storm arrives just weeks after another typhoon swept across Japan leaving more than 90 people dead or missing and causing widespread flooding, mudslides and structural damage.

This time, about 1.1 million people in the industrial city of Nagaya in central Japan’s Aichi prefecture were urged to evacuate as the storm approached, with wind gusts of up to 134 mph.

Nagoya officials also called the Self-Defence Forces to send in troops for disaster prevention amid growing fears of Read more…

Before Hurricane Irene hits, New York planning to shut down transportation system, evacuate areas

August 26, 2011 Comments off

nydailynews

Astronaut Ron Garan tweeted this picture of Hurricane Irene from the International Space Station (NASA)The city is planning to shut down the entire transportation system on Saturday in anticipation of Hurricane Irene‘s arrival, officials revealed Thursday.

A mandatory evacuation of all nursing homes in flood-prone areas of the city was also ordered Thursday.

The monster storm is expected hit New York as a Category 1 storm sometime Sunday, barreling in with winds of 90 miles-per-hour and torrential rains.

Mayor Bloomberg said Thursday that it was “very conceivable” that he will order a mandatory evacuation of all low-lying areas of the city by Saturday.

“The storm is predicted to be very dangerous,” the mayor said.

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Chemical spill fear after dike breached

August 9, 2011 Comments off

chinadaily

Chemical spill fear after dike breached

Huge waves pound the coast of Yantai city, Shandong province, on Monday. [Photo / Xinhua]

Authorities say situation under control as sea defenses rebuilt

DALIAN, Liaoning – Towering waves whipped up by tropical storm Muifa breached sea defenses protecting a petrochemical plant near a northeastern coastal city on Monday, raising fears of a toxic spill, before the breaches were plugged with thousands of tons of rocks and concrete slabs.

At about 3:30 am, two sections of a dike, each at least 30 meters wide, were breached by waves up to 20 meters high at the Jinzhou Industrial Zone in Dalian city, Liaoning province, according to local authorities.

The breaches threatened toxic chemical tanks at the petrochemical plant, located about 30 kilometers from downtown Dalian.

The nearest tanks were located about 50 meters away from the dike.

As of Monday evening, authorities had yet to confirm or deny if leaks had occurred in any of the tanks.

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South Korea landslides kill 18

July 27, 2011 Comments off

hindustantimes

 

A South Korean driver pushes his truck through flooded street in southern Seoul on July 27, 2011. Heavy rain hit the central part of the Korean peninsula, triggering landslides that killed 18 people. – AFP Photo

Landslides triggered by torrential rain in South Korea have killed a total of 18 people, police and a rescue agency said Wednesday.

They said 12 people died when a mudslide hit an inn and three homes in the mountainous Chuncheon area 100 kilometres (60 miles) east ofSeoul. Five people were killed in a mudslide in southern Seoul and one elsewhere in the city.

Wild weather has battered the peninsula since late Tuesday, causing Read more…

Typhoon Ma-on approaches Japan

July 18, 2011 Comments off

netglobers

Typhoon Ma-on is threatening the Japanese island of Shikoku. According to forecasters, the typhoon is likely to make landfall on Wakayama Prefecture (Honshu Island) early on July 20th. Later on Wednesday, July 20th or early on Thursday, July 21st, the typhoon, weakened by that time into a category-one storm, is expected to hit the south of Kanto Plain and Tokyo-Yokohama metropolitan area. Consequently, heavy downpours and strong winds are forecast while flash floods and landslides remain possible. Power cuts, telecommunication and water outages are possible in affected areas. Transport disruptions are also expected as the typhoon could force the closure of several airports including Osaka International airport, Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) and Narita International Airport. Ferry and train services (including the high-speed trains Shinkansen) are likely to be disrupted in southern and central Honshu.

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Americans brace for monster winter blizzard

January 31, 2011 Comments off

 

The Rockies got an early blast from an ice storm that glazed the Denver metropolitan area on Monday, snarling traffic and forcing delays at Denver International Airport, followed by snowfall and plunging temperatures.

Denver’s high for Tuesday was forecast at 1 degree below zero Fahrenheit, with a low of minus 17 degrees and wind-chill values at 30 below predicted for overnight Tuesday.

But the nation’s midsection was expected to bear the brunt of the latest winter storm.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning and hazardous weather outlook for the Chicago area, calling for frigid temperatures, wind gusts as high as 50 miles per hour and heavy snow on Tuesday.

The storm could be the biggest since a 1967 blizzard paralyzed the city, Chicago officials said.

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