Plane catches fire while landing, Bangladesh
An aircraft of the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) caught fire while landing at a Chittagong airbase on Wednesday
Landslide crashes into Dunedin house, New Zealand
Five students living in a Dunedin house had an early wake-up call this morning when a mud bank gave way and crashed into the side of their flat.
The slip occurred around 4am, prompting police to evacuate the five students who were sleeping at the time.
The landlord of the Queen St property says he had warned authorities about the potential for a slip after heavy rain over the Easter period.
The shaken occupants haven’t been left out in the cold – the landlord has put them up in a hotel until new accommodation can be found.
Widespread flooding closes roads, causes landslide in Charles Village, USA
A month’s worth of rain caused widespread flooding Wednesday, prompting multiple rescues and causing a massive landslide that poured half a dozen cars onto train tracks in Charles Village.
More storms were meanwhile possible, with tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings issued in Southern Maryland.
A landslide caused a section of 26th Street near Charles Street to collapse onto CSX rail tracks about 4 p.m., according to the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management. People were asked to avoid the area. Half a dozen vehicles fell from the roadway onto the tracks.
Ian Brennan, a Baltimore Fire Department spokesman, said the department had no reports of injured people and its response to the slide was not a “recovery” operation about 4:45 p.m.
“But with the continued rain, they’re putting in a pretty big perimeter around the scene in case there is any more movement,” he said.
Homes on the street where the slide occurred and others in the area are being evacuated as part of that process, Brennan said.
Flash flood warnings were in effect until 7 p.m. across Howard County and 7:45 p.m. in parts of Carroll, Baltimore and Harford counties and Baltimore City. A coastal flood warning is in effect through midnight in Baltimore City, southern Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County, with high tides expected to be 2 feet above normal.
A tornado warning was issued through 5 p.m. in Charles and St. Mary’s counties as a severe thunderstorm moved through, according to the National Weather Service.
Nearly 3 inches of rain is possible to fall by early Thursday morning, on top of 1-2 inches that fell Tuesday. At BWI Marshall Airport, more than 3 inches of rain fell from Monday night through 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Drivers are cautioned to avoid roadways covered with floodwaters, as most flooding deaths occur in vehicles, according to the National Weather Service. Road closures and water rescues were reported across the region.
Two men were rescued after passing signs and barricades blocking a road closure at Whisky Bottom Road and Brock Bridge Road near Laurel, Anne Arundel County fire spokesman Chief Keith Swindle said. A woman was rescued from a vehicle at Old Valley and Greenspring Valley roads in Stevenson, Baltimore County officials said. No injuries were reported.
In downtown Annapolis, Newman and Dock streets were closed flooding, while Compromise Street was reopened. Police told residents to expect closures to continue Wednesday night and Thursday morning at high tide.
In Ferndale, Dorsey Road was reported flooded and closed between Central Avenue and Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard. Flooding from Holly Creek forced Nursery Road in Linthicum Heights to close between Patapsco Road and Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard.
Defense Highway was closed between St. Stephens Church Road and Huntwood Drive, between Annapolis and Crofton. Ritchie Highway was down to a single northbound lane at Joyce Lane in Arnold.
In North Baltimore, city emergency management officials evacuated shoppers from Whole Foods supermarket and other businesses in Mount Washington Village over concerns of the Jones Falls flooding.
In Harford County, Department of Public Works engineers assessed the integrity of an earthen dam off the 4400 block of Harford Creamery Road Wednesday morning. The dam, built in 1961 along Little Deer Creek, holds back approximately 8 million cubic feet of water, according to emergency services officials.
Engineers they are planning to pump out some of the water from the impoundment behind the dam in an effort to gain better access to a clogged outlet pipe. The pumping is expected to reduce the level of the water in the impoundment by eight feet over the next three days, emergency services officials said.
The dam itself appeared to be sound during Wednesday’s morning’s site visit; however, one official said there appeared to be some seepage of water from the bottom of the mound.
The surge of groundwater caused a basement wall to collapse in the 100 block of Bon Aire Avenue in Brooklyn Park, flooding the basement and forcing residents to relocate, Swindle said.
Flooding was expected to slow MARC trains Wednesday evening, with flood related speed restrictions expected to cause delays of 20-35 minutes on the Camden and Brunswick lines, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.
Storms are possibly in the evening hours, and could bring damaging winds and possible isolated tornadoes, particularly in Southern Maryland. The highest risks of severe weather are expected to stay south of Maryland, however.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch across eastern Virginia and North Carolina through 7 p.m.
Storm and rain chances are expected to taper off by Thursday morning, with a gradual clearing of clouds over the day Thursday and highs in the mid-70s.
Mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper 60s are forecast Friday and through the weekend.
Plane Crashes Into Wind Farm Covered in Fog, Killing Four, South Dakota, USA
Major wildfire forces evacuations in California, USA
A raging wildfire is forcing some residents and at least three schools to evacuate Wednesday.
The Etiwanda Fire is burning about 40 miles east of Los Angeles.
The flames were first spotted early Wednesday, just north of the 210 Freeway.
So far it has burned at least 200 acres.
Unpredictable 60-mile-per-hour winds are driving the fire and keeping crews away.
Officials have not yet determined what began the fire.
Major Train Derailment Crash with Fire Near Downtown Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
Two volcanoes` alert status in Java increased
Cyclone claims one life in Tripura; 1400 houses damaged, India
A woman died and at least 1450 houses damaged and unspecified number of people displaced from their homes due to a cyclone accompanied by hail storms in two districts of Tripura, official sources said on Wednesday.
Sandhya Rani Debbarma, 52, died on Tuesday night when her thatched house collapsed because of the cyclone at Lakkhipur village under Jirania subdivision of West Tripura district, sub-divisional Magistrate Samit Lodh told PTI.
At least 200 families were displaced from their houses in Ambassa subdivision of Dhalai district and many trees and electric posts were uprooted due to the storm last night, official sources said.
“About 250 houses were totally damaged and more than 1000 houses partly damaged due to the cyclone and hailstorm last night,” Mr. Lodh said.
Around 200 families were evicted from their houses from two villages — Shabdakarpara and Bongshipara and they took shelter in government buildings.
At least 50 electric posts were uprooted from the subdivision on Tuesday night, sources added.
MAGNITUDE 5.3 OFFSHORE VALPARAISO, CHILE
Subject To Change
Depth: 10 km
Distances: 131 km NW of Santiago, Chile / pop: 4,837,295 / local time: 14:00:53.0 2014-04-30
47 km N of Valparaíso, Chile / pop: 282,448 / local time: 14:00:53.0 2014-04-30
MAGNITUDE 5.7 NORTH OF ASCENSION ISLAND
Subject To Change
Depth: 33 km
Distances: 906 km SW of Monrovia, Liberia / pop: 939,524 / local time: 15:52:46.0 2014-04-30
1075 km S of Freetown, Sierra Leone / pop: 802,639 / local time: 15:52:46.0 2014-04-30
1188 km S of Conakry, Guinea / pop: 1,767,200 / local time: 15:52:46.0 2014-04-30