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Postby CielOnTap on Wed Nov 05, 2008 8:56 pm

New tropical depression, expected to become hurricane, forms in the Caribbean
By Ken Kaye | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
7:56 PM EST, November 5, 2008
A new tropical depression emerged in the Caribbean Sea near the coast of Nicaragua on Wednesday afternoon, and it could become a hurricane within the next three days forecasters said. If so, it would be named Paloma.

Long-range projections, which can contain large errors, indicate the system will remain south of Florida as it aims northeast under the influence of a cold front.

If that prediction holds, the system would move over Cuba and the southern Bahamas, possibly as an 85-mph hurricane, over the weekend before heading out to sea.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/weather/hurricane/sfl-1105-td-17,0,2159357.story
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Re: Active Weather News

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Nov 06, 2008 6:23 pm

Tropical Storm Public Advisory

Statement as of 4:00 PM EST on November 06, 2008
...Paloma still strengthening...

at 4 PM EST...2100 UTC...the government of the Cayman Islands has issued a Hurricane Warning for the Cayman Islands. A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

At 4 PM EST...the tropical storm watch for Nicaragua and Honduras has been discontinued.

Interests in Cuba and Jamaica should monitor the progress of Paloma.

For storm information specific to your area...including possible inland watches and warnings...please monitor products issued by your local weather office.

http://weather.sun-sentinel.com/tropical/at200817.public.html
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Re: Active Weather News

Postby yukon on Sat Nov 08, 2008 2:14 pm

Heres an update on Hurricane Paloma

'Extremely dangerous' Paloma heads for Cuba
Hurricane strengthens to Category 4 storm after battering Cayman Islands

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands - Hurricane Paloma strengthened into an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm Saturday
with top sustained winds of 135 mph, forcing the evacuation of a million people living along Cuba's coast, officials said.

A Category 4 storm is defined as having top sustained winds of at least 131 mph.

The late-season storm earlier brought wind and rain to the Cayman Islands, knocking down trees and signs.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27561036/
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Re: Active Weather News

Postby deja vu on Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:21 am

CAMAGUEY, Cuba (AP) -- A ferocious Hurricane Paloma roared ashore in Cuba on Sunday, downing
power lines, flooding the coast and forcing hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate on an island
still recovering from two other devastating storms.

Paloma made landfall near Santa Cruz del Sur late Saturday as an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm,
but by Sunday morning it had weakened to a tropical storm with winds of 70 mph (110 kph), according
to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Early reports of damage were limited, but Cuban state media said the late-season storm toppled a major
communications tower on the southern coast, interrupted electricity and phone service, and sent sea
surges of up to 700 meters along the coast.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/weather/11/09/paloma.ap/index.html
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Re: Active Weather News

Postby fishandchips on Sun Nov 09, 2008 12:45 pm

I saw some video images of the waves hitting the Cuban shoreline on television today. Bit scary to see the waves' power. Do wish that all citizens are helping each other out with shelter and basic supplies.
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Re: Active Weather News

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:06 pm

Santa Barbara County fire claims up to 200 homes

By Louis Sahagun, Steve Chawkins and Kenneth R. Weiss
6:38 PM PST, November 14, 2008
Reporting from Montecito -- Firefighters from across the state braced for a new blast of hot evening winds as they fought to contain a fire that has destroyed up to 200 homes and charred at least 1,500 acres in the coastal foothills above Santa Barbara.

There was no containment of the fire, officials said this evening. About 5,500 people remain displaced by voluntary and mandatory evacuations, with many waiting anxiously to learn whether their homes survived.

Winds remained nearly still today, slowing the fire to a creep and providing firefighting conditions that were much better than forecast. Winds are expected to be 30 to 35 mph tonight, about half as strong as gusts Thursday night.
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-sbfire15-2008nov15,0,3157160.story

That would be a fright, knowing that winds could get a fire moving far and wide. California is still too hot in some areas.
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Re: Active Weather News

Postby smitty on Sat Nov 15, 2008 5:31 pm

Always felt an ideal job would be a weather-reporter, for if you were correct then great, but if you were wrong then you have thousands of weather reasons of why there was this error. You are a winner from start to finish. Sorry, but just one of my strange outlooks on life.
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Re: Active Weather News

Postby smitty on Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:08 pm

This bit about the fires above, does remind me that we had a wild forest fire that swept several hundred miles in 2003. Wiped out very small towns to some businesss that never recovered. Basically from north or Kamloops in B.C. Cdn., to large city of Kelowna & tried to work its way to Narmata south of Kelowna on the east side of the Okanagan Lake.

Wiped out a number of the vintage old Kettle Valley railway trussels. No railway for some yrs, but being appreciated by hikers to bicycle riders to where the loss of the above that with Federal & Provincial funds said Kettle Valley Railway trussels have been rebuilt for tourists to Kelowna city people.

Some things were soon realized like most of these homes were not like the millioners homes in California, but far more expensive & more recent then my cheapily thrown togeater in just a week, once the foundation was solid--what I call a "match box" home. Said homes were far more costly then mine & so a lot of cosstly homes were lost yet next door or across the street the home was not effected.

I feel the same thing is happening in Calif fire for the homes are what the foresty to fire departments refer to as "Interface Homes" being tucked in amongst the trees of the mountain side beautiful views, with narrow roads of where a pumper fire truck could NOT come up till the one up there was turned around with some struggle to actually be down & room for the other to drive up & do its job while others are ready to do the same, but not on such narrow roads.

Also there was so much in wood on the homes, cedar shake roofs, to wooden tables, forest trees snuggled up against these homes built in the late 2000, & so much more being FUEL for the wild forest fire.

It was one full month of July of this wild fire to where water-bombers were being hired from all over Canada to even crews from Quebec Province with their unique Bombardier water-bombers to forestly AND fire departments from all over B.C. Province. Like often when riding my m/c out of Penticton I would see from three to six of the Bombareier Water Bombers ready to take off not to often seeing the Marin Mars massive float water bomber floating in the Okanaga Lake. I think the count in the city of Kelowna was around 300+ homes, but NOT million dollar homes as in some of the wild Forest Fire presently in Calif.

One has to wonder if roads will be widened & ease for fire-trucks to travel up to the fire area & easy to turn around & in going down, can see a loaded pumper going up, but no trouble in passing each other. It might mean a lot of the trees will have to be removed so the fire cannot move that fast hopping over the tops to gobble up fuel to keep the wild fire going.

Just the thoughts of a Cdn that came close to having a wild forest fire hit our small town & homes.
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Re: Active Weather News

Postby deja vu on Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:55 pm

This fire is also threatening the power supply to Los Angeles according to the news. This is
going downhill fast thanks to those hurricane force winds.

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Re: Active Weather News

Postby fishandchips on Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:12 pm

Indonesia issues tsunami warning after strong quakes
Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:01pm EST
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia issued a tsunami warning after two strong earthquakes struck in the area of northern Sulawesi, the country's meteorological agency said via a telephone text message on Monday.

A magnitude 7.7 quake struck in the Gorontalo area of Sulawesi island at a shallow depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the agency said.

It said a second 6.0 magnitude quake struck shortly afterwards in northern Sulawesi.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the second quake, at 1734 GMT, was 5.6 magnitude at a depth of 9.9 km (6.2 miles), 83 miles northwest of Gorontalo.
http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE4AF1TY20081116

Indonesians have more active weather in their part of the globe. Hope all are able to reach emergency shelters in their communities.
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