Archive | December 29, 2013

Severe Outbreak Of Flu Virus Hits Savannah, America
Flu Alert

After influenza took the lives of six South Carolinians and two Georgians, a Savannah doctor reports an outbreak of the flu virus in Savannah over the weekend.

The influenza is no stranger within the walls of Urgent Care 24/7 on DeRenne Avenue.

“One of our employees, her best friend lost her 11 year old daughter last year here in the Savannah area, to influenza,” says Dr. Jerry Williams.

Williams says the death of the young girl hit close to the hearts of his work family. A year later, he sees the virus picking up again.

“Over the last few days, we’ve seen a huge ground swell of influenza. The patients are pretty sick,” Williams says.

He says his practice is being hammered with flu cases, all of a sudden, reporting between eight and ten cases Sunday morning alone.

He’s now urging patients to get the flu vaccine. However, several of those coming down with the sickness did get the shot.

“The flu shot effectiveness varies every year because what the developers of the vaccine have to do is predict the future,” Williams says.

So, it doesn’t always ward off the virus.

“We had patients come in, 17 people in a vacation home. We had three positive cases in that 17 family house,” he said.

For those who do come down with the flu, Williams recommends seeking treatment immediately, and preventing its transmission.

“Even wearing a mask is helpful,” he says.

Some symptoms he lists are the classic, severe cough, high fever, and body aches.

“It’s what I describe as a bone crushing body ache, because they really hurt,” he says.

“We forget about how deadly influenza can be, but history shows the outbreaks have been unbelievably devastating,” Williams says.

New Eruption At San Miguel Volcano, El Salvador
A new eruption began at the volcano this morning at 10:50 am local time. A strong vulcanian-type explosion produced an ash plume of unknown but considerable (several km) height.
According to local press, ash fall was expected in the town of Chinameca and Civil Protection has begun evacuations of families residing in a radius of 3 km around the volcano.





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291km (181mi) W of Puerto Chacabuco, Chile
301km (187mi) W of Puerto Aisen, Chile
349km (217mi) W of Coihaique, Chile

367km (228mi) SW of Puerto Quellon, Chile
1446km (899mi) SSW of Santiago, Chile

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405 km N of Davao, Philippines / pop: 1,212,504 / local time: 01:49:52.0 2013-12-30
331 km E of Cebu City, Philippines / pop: 798,634 / local time: 01:49:52.0 2013-12-30
120 km NE of Union, Philippines / pop: 2,368 / local time: 01:49:52.0 2013-12-30

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5km (3mi) NNE of San Gregorio, Italy
8km (5mi) NNE of Piedimonte Matese, Italy
23km (14mi) SE of Isernia, Italy

26km (16mi) WSW of Campobasso, Italy
167km (104mi) ESE of Roma, Italy

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Massive Landslide Takes Out Toll Road South Of San Diego, California, America

Severe Landslide In Portsmouth Affects Railway Line To London Waterloo, UK
Landslide Alert
A severe landslide which happened between Liss and Liphook is set to cause travel problems for passengers into January. The line is shut between Petersfield and Haslemere in Surrey and the level of damage has been described as quite substantial. About half of London Waterloo station and some lines between Waterloo and Vauxhall are due to be shut tomorrow, affecting services from the south. South West Trains has advised customers to plan ahead before using the railway between Christmas and the new year to avoid delay.


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123km (76mi) E of Bitung, Indonesia
133km (83mi) WNW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia
136km (85mi) WNW of Ternate, Indonesia

152km (94mi) E of Tondano, Indonesia
1094km (680mi) N of Dili, East Timor

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UK’s New Flood Alert As 2014 Begins With Yet Another Storm Of Gales And Heavy Rain
Storm Alert
GALES and rain are set to ruin revellers’ New Year celebrations, forecasters warned last night.
Swans take over a flooded road in Worcester after flooding has affected large parts of the UK
There will be no let-up in the wild and stormy weather which brought misery to millions over Christmas.
As the clean-up continued yesterday, flood-hit families were warned of more chaos to come next week. After a brief respite today, wind and rain will set in again tomorrow night. Then yet another 80mph storm will strike on New Year’s Eve and last into New Year’s Day.
The forecast came as Prime Minister David Cameron visited flooded areas of Kent yesterday and was harangued by residents left without power for days.
The Environment Agency said 1,200 homes were under water and more flooding was expected across the country in the next few days from Somerset to Cambridgeshire. Meanwhile, black ice in some southern counties added to travel problems yesterday as temperatures plummeted.
The Met Office said the weather would stay “very unsettled” into the New Year. It has issued a severe weather warning for rain in the South-west on Monday with up to two inches – half a month’s worth – expected in parts.
Spokeswoman Laura Young said: “Sunday will start off dry and bright but as the day goes on the winds are going to pick up. There is also some heavy rain due and, as parts of the country have just not had a break from it, this is a concern. The strongest winds are expected in coastal regions. There is another low pressure system coming in on Tuesday afternoon.
“The general picture is very unsettled with the potential to be very wet and very windy over the next few days.”
A Met Office statement added: “Another active Atlantic frontal system is expected to swing eastwards across the UK on Sunday night and Monday morning.
“A combination of strong winds and very moist air will give locally significant accumulations of rainfall over windward coasts. Strong winds gusting up to 60mph over more exposed locations will accompany the rain.”
Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, said coastal regions could see winds of more than 80mph with inland gusts of over 60mph.
He said: “Several very powerful low pressure systems are lined up in the Atlantic ready to sweep in over the next week. It is looking stormy on Sunday night and into Monday and then again on Tuesday, threatening misery to New Year revellers. There are some very strong winds on the way and more heavy rain, which over saturated ground will lead to more flood problems.”
The Environment Agency said around 1,200 properties were flooded over Christmas as river levels rose. A spokesman said flooding was still a major risk across the Somerset Levels, in Essex and around the Rivers Severn and Thames and the Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire.
He added: “More rain is forecast. We urge people to prepare for flooding and avoid driving or walking through floodwater.” The agency has 115 flood alerts and 43 more serious flood warnings in place over the next few days.
Drivers in parts of the country were yesterday warned to take care as plunging temperatures turned wet roads into ice rinks. A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Most of the A-roads are affected by black ice, especially in West Sussex.
“The county council is aware of the situation and is sending gritters out to treat the roads.”
Britain has been left reeling by a succession of storms. The one that struck last Monday is thought to be the most intense for 127 years.
Gales lashed parts of the UK again on Thursday night and into yesterday, toppling trees, damaging buildings and causing travel chaos. The Met Office said 109mph gusts were recorded in Aber­daron, west Wales.
The Energy Networks Association yesterday said 13,000 homes were still without power across southern England and Wales.
Many trains into and out of London were cancelled yesterday and Regent Street was partly closed after Christmas decorations were dislodged by the winds.
Emergency services reported scores of road closures around the country, including the Severn Bridge and the Dartford Crossing in Kent. The AA attended 1,100 breakdowns an hour yesterday as motorists ignored warnings about floodwater.
The extreme weather has led to several deaths. In Newton Abbot, Devon, primary school teacher Nick Mutton, 46, died in the River Lemon trying to rescue his dog as his 10-year-old stepdaughter watched.
A man’s body was pulled from the river Rothesay, in Cumbria, while former Deutsche Bank Vice-President Susan Hewitt, 49, died in a river in Bethesda, North Wales, while trying to unblock a water pipe to aid neighbours.
Three people died in road crashes thought to be caused by the bad weather. A ferry crewman was rescued when he was found clinging to a buoy in the river Fal in Cornwall on ­Boxing Day.
Winds near Stainmore, Cumbria, were so strong at one point they caused a 30ft waterfall to flow upwards.