Archive | April 8, 2014


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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 656 km NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / pop: 283,733 / local time: 08:22:40.0 2014-04-09
222 km S of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea / pop: 26,273 / local time: 08:22:40.0 2014-04-09

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Plane Flips Over In Daytona Beach During Intense Storm, USA

Plane Crash Alert

A line of thunderstorms swept across central Florida, flipping a small plane that had just landed at Daytona International Airport.

Officials say heavy winds also knocked a tree onto a home in the Daytona Beach area on Monday evening.

No injuries were reported.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports two people were inside the Cessna on the runway when the winds knocked it over.

Volusia County spokeswoman Joanne Magley says air traffic controllers at the airport clocked winds up to 75 miles per hour as the bad weather moved through the area.

The airport didn’t close during the incident.

Officials say there were reports of downed power lines across the area.

A woman was inside her home when a tree fell onto it. She was not injured.

Plane Crashes At Virginia Airport, USA

Plane Crash Alert

Virginia State Police say a pilot escaped injury when his small plane crashed at an airport in Leesburg.

Troopers say 52-year-old Robert L. Bailey Jr. of Fairfax Station was approaching Leesburg Executive Airport about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday for landing.

Police say a strong gust of wind forced the single-engine Cessna to crash off the runway and overturn.

Bailey was the only person on the plane, which had taken off from Manassas.

Troopers notified the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration of the incident.

Severe Storms, Tornadoes Kill Two, Injure 20 in Deep South, USA

Storm Alert

Two people were killed and about 20 other people were injured by a powerful spring storm that spun off tornadoes and flooded parts of the Southeast on Monday.

In Mississippi, a 9-year-old girl was swept away and killed after the storms dropped nearly 7 inches of rain there in a two-day span.

A car that left the road into rain-swollen Jackson Creek in Lilburn, Ga., northeast of Atlanta, was discovered with the driver dead inside, the fire department said.

Ten to 15 people were injured and about a dozen farm properties were damaged during a heavy rain storm that spawned a confirmed tornado in Beaufort County in eastern North Carolina, according to county officials and the National Weather Service.

None of the injuries was considered life-threatening, Emergency Management Director John Pack told NBC News.

Eight other people were injured early Monday when a confirmed tornado touched down in the town of Hot Coffee in southern Mississippi, the National Weather Service reported.

More than 70 homes were damaged, the state Emergency Management Agency said.

Most watches and all warnings had been canceled by mid-evening, but scattered tornado watches remained in effect through Monday night in parts of Florida and southern Georgia.

Two Tornadoes Strike Georgia & Florida, USA

Tornado Hampton 02.06.12

It was a “squall line” or a line of thunderstorms that plowed across the area on Monday spawning at least two tornadoes.
The National Weather Service office in Tallahassee after physically surveying locations in Irwin County, Georgia and Leon County, Florida has confirmed two tornadoes from Monday’s thunderstorms.
In Irwin County Georgia near the town of Ocilla a NWS Damage Survey team determined that a EF1 strength tornado with winds of 86-110mph had indeed occurred causing damage. 
As reported by FOX 31 on Monday  a home on Poppy Road in Ocilla suffered damage, while a line of trees fell in front of the Giles residence with a shed completely torn away.
Also on Poppy Road in Ocilla a trailer was moved two feet off of its cinder blocks and the roof was gone.
Another tornado was confirmed to have touched down in eastern Leon County, Florida.  The Leon County tornado was reported as an EF0 with wind speeds of 65–85mph.

Severe Gales & Hailstorms Batter Northern Vietnam

Hail Formation Alert

Strong gusts and hailstorms have raged in the northern provinces of Ha Giang and Lao Cai over the past several days, damaging about 1,000 houses and many crops, and causing a loss of over VND5.7 billion (US$270,700). 
Early Sunday morning, hail and strong winds lasting 30 minutes in Pa Vi Commune and Meo Vac Town, Ha Giang Province, blew away the roofs of dozens of houses and ruined many crops.
According to the provincial National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center, many other locations of the province, including Hoang Du Phi, Dong Van, and Meo Vac Districts, have suffered the same situation since April 1.
On April 4, a powerful hailstorm, supported by huge gusts, caused damage to more than 100 houses, 16 schools, and many hectares of crops as it hit Mau Dua, Ngoc Long, and Ngam La Communes and Yen Minh Town. 
About 900 houses and many health stations and schools have been destroyed in Ha Giang with a total loss of more than VND5 billion ($237,500), according to provincial authorities.
In Lao Cai Province, bordering Ha Giang, another hailstorm with fierce winds lashed Bat Xat, Bao Yen, Sa Pa District, and the provincial capital Lao Cai City on Saturday night and early Sunday morning.
The storm ravaged at least 70 houses, of which 35 were in Bat Xat, and many schools and crop areas. It also knocked down the Bat Xat District TV tower.
According to initial calculations, the devastation amounted to over VND700 million ($33,250) worth of damage.   
Meanwhile, the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center said it is closely monitoring movements of tropical storm Peipah, currently blowing in from the Philippines.
The storm may get stronger and enter the East Sea in three days, the center said.

Snowfall, Rains & Hailstorm Lashes Hills Of Himachal Pradesh, India

Snow, rains lash Himachal; temp dips below freezing point
Snowfall, rains and hailstorm lashed higher parts and mid hills of Himachal Pradesh reviving cold conditions in the region.
The minimum temperature dipped to minus 1.0 degree Celsius at Keylong and zero deg C at Kalpa while Manali and Shimla recorded a low of 5.4 deg C and 6.5 deg C, 3.5 deg C below normal.
Kalpa and Keylong in tribal districts of Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti received 8 mm and 2 mm of snow while the high altitude tribal areas and mountain passes received 15 cm to 25 cm of snow.
Shimla received 39 mm rains and thick fog engulfed the region reducing the visibility to a few meters.
Shimla and its surrounding areas of Naldehra, Kufri, Fagu and Mashobra were also lashed by hailstorm followed by intermittent heavy rains accompanied by strong winds.
Kotkhai in Apple belt received 42 mm of rains while Kotgarh, Thanadhar and other apple growing areas had moderate rains and no damage was caused to the crop which was at flowering state due to prolonged winters.
Kotkhai had 42 mm of rains, followed by Rampur and Sunni Bhajji 30 mm, Arki and Mashobra 27 mm, Kumarsain 26 mm, Manali and Rohru 25 mm, Sangrah and Karsog 24 mm, Sarahan and Khadrala 22 mm, Kandaghat Jubbar Hatti 20 mm and Kangra and Banjar 18 mm.
Thunderstorm and strong velocity winds lashed Shimla and other mid hills and maximum temperature dropped to 29.6 degree Celsius at Una followed by Sundernagar 26.0 deg C, Nahan 24.8 deg C, Solan 23.5 deg C, Bhunter 23.0 deg C, Dharamshala  21.6 deg C, Shimla  18.5 deg C and Kalpa 5.6 deg C.
The local MeT office has predicted rain or thunder showers in the mid hill and foot hills and rain or snowfall at high reaches and also warned of thunder squall or hailstorm at isolated places in lower or mid hills.

Severe Storms Batter Argentina

Storm Alert

Storm Argentina on the Alert for Storms

The authorities of this capital and seven other provinces placed them today on alert, due to heavy rains and storms that have already began to strongly batter the region of Neuquen, in the Patagonia, where there are more than 1,300 people have been evacuated.

Al television channels agreed on highlighting the reports by the National Weather Service (SMN), which maintains the alert for severe storms, with gusts and strong electric activity, while issuing reports for the rest of the country.
In Buenos Aires, the capital, traffic in some areas of the city is chaotic, due to the traffic jam caused by local floods and partial closing of lanes on some highways that link it to surrounding localities.
In the southern province of Neuquen, the situation is more serious, where more than 1,300 people have been evacuated and flooded areas.
The SMN predicted that besides the storm, there would be occasional hails and strong gusts in several regions of the country, especially in the metropolitan area.
The alert is valid to Capital Federal, the city of La Plata, north and central Buenos Aires, Cordoba, south of Corrientes, Entre Rios, San Luis and Santa Fe.

Storm Surge Alert Raised In Cadiz City, Philippines

Storm Surge

FIVE coastal villages in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental are among the more than 100 barangays in the Visayas where storm surge is predicted to occur with Tropical Depression Domeng moving toward land.

The list, released Monday by the Project Noah of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), include barangays Banquerohan, Poblacion 4, Daga, Luna and Tiglawigan.

Other villages in the list are in Negros Oriental, Iloilo, Cebu and Leyte.

According to the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards’ (Noah) website, the list “is a model run with 4,884 stations from specified localities with storm surge + tide values.”

The agency said the storm tide is expected to hit the areas tomorrow, April 9.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), a storm surge is the rise of seawater brought by strong winds.

Usually, storm surge happens if the seabed is shallow and the beachfront is wide.

During the super typhoon Yolanda last November, Tacloban City, for instance, was devastated as waves as high as 20 feet upturned cars and drowned animals and people who failed to escape the rampaging waters.

Storm surges happen when the weather disturbance produces a rise of water way above the predicted astronomical tide, according to the United States National Weather Service.

As an archipelago, the Philippines is vulnerable to storm surges but the effect is dependent on several factors such as the storm’s pressure, size, intensity, forward speed and angle of approach to coast, shape of coastline, width and slope of the continental shelf and local features.

The DOST said this week’s storm tide prediction was generated using Japan Meteorological Agency Storm Surge Model results.