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Postby deja vu on Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:10 pm

A powerful earthquake has struck a popular tourist destination in Indonesia, killing at least 14 people. The 6.4 magnitude quake hit the central island of Lombok just before 07:00 local time (00:00 GMT) on Sunday. The island attracts tourists from around the world due to its beaches and hiking trails, and is located about 40km (25 miles) east of Bali. More than 160 people are injured and thousands of homes are damaged, officials say.



https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44996035


It looks like the iffy building codes could not withstand the strength of this quake and the aftershocks. The true figures of injured and dead will not be known until all fallen structures have been searched. Our prayers are with the victims and their families.
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Re: Active Weather News

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:48 pm

The entire province of British Columbia in Canada is under a state of emergency due to the wildfires' impact on residents and the smoke reaching the neighbouring province of Alberta.

The state of emergency is initially in effect for 14 days, once issued, and may be extended or rescinded as necessary.

It applies to the whole province and ensures federal, provincial and local resources can be delivered in a co-ordinated response to protect the public.

"Taking this step will further ensure we can protect the public, property and infrastructure, and assist with firefighting efforts," he said.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-declares-state-of-emergency-as-hundreds-of-wildfires-burn-across-province-1.4785983

Other areas in the world dealing with wildfires include Greece, Portugal, Australia and USA (California).
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Re: Active Weather News

Postby deja vu on Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:04 pm

BC had a very short break from the smoky skies bulletins. It is now back and they are saying will be around for a while.

From the Weather Network:


Alerts in Effect
Special Air Quality Statement
Issued at 11:19 Saturday 18 August 2018

SMOKY SKIES BULLETIN

Smoky skies will continue across most of the province for the next few days. Local smoke levels may vary based on wind direction and fire characteristics but, until a significant change in the provincial weather pattern occurs, widespread air quality improvements are not expected.


During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour.

Wildfire smoke is a natural part of our environment but it is important to be mindful that exposure to smoke may affect your health.

People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure.

The bulletin can be accessed online at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/envi ... and-water/
air/air-quality/air-advisories

For general information about wildfire smoke and your health, contact HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 (toll free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
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Re: Active Weather News

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:27 pm

Hawaii has been impacted by Hurricane Lane.
Friday, August 24, 2018, 10:04 AM - Hurricane Lane, a powerful Category 3 storm, lashed Hawaii on Thursday with high winds and torrential rain, causing flash floods, landslides and raging surf as residents hunkered down to ride out the storm.

The storm spun in the Pacific Ocean about 255 km southwest of Kailua-Kona and nearly 800 mm of rain had fallen on the eastern side of the Big Island of Hawaii.

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/hurricane-lane-tracks-toward-hawaii-major-storm-maui-lanai-molokai/109784/

I saw a warning retweeted on Twitter for Hawaiians to ensure any generators in use were outside due to carbon monoxide poisoning concerns.
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Re: Active Weather News

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:14 pm

The southeastern US coast is feeling the wrath of Hurricane Florence right now:
The tropical cyclone is expected to unload 10 trillion gallons of rainfall in North Carolina, weather.us meteorologist Ryan Maue said. That's enough to fill more than 15 million Olympic-size swimming pools.
Now, many more people and houses are set to endure hurricane-force winds, which extend 80 miles out from Florence's center.
"It's cumulative damage," Myers said. When fierce winds keep up for a long time, homes are "going to start to deteriorate. So will the trees. So will the power lines, as the trees fall down."

https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/13/us/hurricane-florence-south-east-coast-wxc/index.html
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Re: Active Weather News

Postby Speak-Ez on Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:03 am

'King of storms' slams into China as Philippines death toll climbs

A super typhoon made landfall in China's Guangdong on Sunday, the country's most populous province, after barrelling past Hong Kong and Macau and killing scores of people in the Philippines.

Philippine police say the death toll from Typhoon Mangkhut has climbed to 64, while 45 others are missing and 33 were injured in the massive storm, which battered the country's north on Saturday.


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Re: Active Weather News

Postby deja vu on Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:46 pm

Just saw the images on TV and at least one apt. building is missing its roof and some stores are as well.

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-ne ... le-tornado


Widespread storm damage across Ottawa, multiple homes damaged in Dunrobin due to possible tornado

Ottawa Paramedics are responding to multiple calls of people trapped in houses and cars, and others injured from flying debris after a storm ripped through the Ottawa valley on Friday evening.

In Dunrobin, police have set up a command centre and closed the road in and out of town. Police are directing those trying to connect with family members to a local community centre.

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Re: Active Weather News

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:47 pm

Hurricane Michael levelled almost every building in Mexico Beach, Florida--except one building constructed in recent years.

Florida’s building code, put into effect in 2002, is famously stringent when it comes to windstorm resistance for homes built along the hurricane-prone Atlantic shoreline. But it is less so for structures along the Panhandle, a region historically unaffected by storms as strong as the ones that have slammed into South Florida.

After Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 beast, ravaged Miami-Dade County in 1992, new construction in the southern portion of the state was required to withstand 175-mile-an-hour winds. In the coastal Panhandle counties affected by Michael, the requirement is lower, for 120 to 150 miles an hour, and the rules for certain kinds of reinforcement have applied to houses built more than a mile from shore only since 2007. Many of the residences and businesses rubbed out by Michael in Mexico Beach were far older; rebuilding them to conform to the new code will be expensive, and could price out some of the working-class people who historically have flocked to Mexico Beach.


https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/14/us/hurricane-michael-florida-mexico-beach-house.html
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