Archive | August 10, 2014


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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 4120 km NE of Tokyo, Japan / pop: 8,336,599 / local time: 03:27:39.3 2014-08-11
4852 km NE of Pyongyang, North Korea / pop: 3,222,000 / local time: 03:27:39.3 2014-08-11
4868 km NE of Seoul, South Korea / pop: 10,349,312 / local time: 03:27:39.3 2014-08-11

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Distances: 624 km S of Phoenix, United States / pop: 1,445,632 / local time: 11:46:21.4 2014-08-10
146 km S of Hermosillo, Mexico / pop: 595,811 / local time: 11:46:21.4 2014-08-10
60 km W of Guaymas, Mexico / pop: 103,449 / local time: 11:46:21.4 2014-08-10

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Magnetogram 10.08.14  21.49 hrs UTC

Ex hurricane Bertha; Tornado causes havoc as it rips through Hull, UK

Aftermath: The scene on Hopewell Road in Hull

A mini-tornado tore through Hull yesterday as Britain suffered a battering from the tail-end of Hurricane Bertha.

A woman was hit by flying glass as the twister caused havoc on a road in the east of the East Yorkshire city.

She had been getting into a taxi when an uprooted tree crashed into the vehicle and she was sprayed with broken glass. The unnamed victim was treated for minor injuries.

Stunned homeowner Matthew Waller said: “It was shocking. You could actually feel the air pressure dropping. Then we heard an almighty whoosh and a load of tiles went flying from people’s roofs.”

Bertha, which first hit the Caribbean, brought gales and torrential downpours to the South West in the early hours before roaring across the country and dumping a month’s worth of rain in some areas.

Gusts of up to 64mph were recorded at the Needles on the Isle of Wight and some areas of Wales received more than 40mm of rain.

Fire crews were called out to flooding incidents in Cardiff, Newport and St David’s. A security van was stranded in shoulder-deep flood waters in the Splott area of the Welsh capital as intense downpours hit early in the morning.

In Fleet, Hants, a woman in her 60s was rescued by firefighters after being pinned to the ground by a fallen tree. She suffered minor injuries.

Remnants: The emergency services had to contend with obstacles in the road

An Asda supermarket was evacuated in Sittingbourne, Kent, after rain poured through the roof. In nearby Maidstone, a ceiling in a branch of ­Morrisons collapsed under the weight of water.

Flash-floods hit West Bridgford in Nottingham, turning streets into rivers and leaving motorists stranded.

In Norfolk, firefighters battled to pump water out of 10 homes, while there were similar scenes in sodden Kent.

Rail passengers at Waterloo in London had to use umbrellas inside the station as the torrential downpours caused a leak in the roof. In all, London Fire Brigade attended 60 flooding incidents between 8am and 3.30pm.

All sailings were scrapped on the Scillonian Ferry between Penzance and Isles of Scilly and there were also cancellations on Brittany Ferries’ catamaran service between Portsmouth and Cherbourg.

Dozens of events had to be cancelled across the UK. A mass ascent of hot air balloons on the final day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta was scrapped.

In the South East, 20,000 competitors in the RideLondon-Surrey cycling event saw the course cut from 100 miles to 86. And the final day of the Boardmasters music and surfing festival at Watergate Bay in Cornwall was cancelled.

The centre of the storm passed the UK by 6pm but showers, strong winds and lower temperatures are expected for the rest of the week.

Rachael Vince, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said the weather outlook for the rest of the month was unsettled.


Severe storm causes flooding at Kearney’s Good Samaritan Hospital, USA

Severe Weather Alert

The severe storm early Saturday flooded Good Samaritan Hospital’s basement and other areas of its main building.

Good Samaritan said all patients and employees were safe during the incident.

At least 3.89 inches of rain fell overnight at Kearney, the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network said. Flash flooding overwhelmed the city’s storm sewer system and broke through the two-story ground-to-ceiling windows of the dining room at Good Samaritan’s Central Cafe, the hospital said. Some of the windows were broken out.

While Good Samaritan’s storm water retention system and lift stations operated properly, the tremendous amount of water was too much. The hospital basement flooded, and there was water damage in other portions of the main building.

The kitchen, dining room, some patient hallways and other areas such as sterile processing were flooded. The hospital is ensuring that damaged areas are safe for patient care, said Marsha Wilkerson, a hospital spokeswoman. The hospital didn’t perform surgeries Saturday morning.

Elevators in the West Tower weren’t used because they were near the flooded area.

The hospital remains open, and each admission is being evaluated case-by-case, said Anna Fryda, internal communication coordinator of Good Samaritan, on Saturday afternoon.

While cleanup is underway, a plan is in place to get food to patients and staff. Foot traffic is being limited in portions of the building, and detours are marked where necessary.

In addition to water-remediation crews that are on site now, a national disaster recovery team from Catholic Health Initiatives, Good Samaritan’s parent company, is en route.

Severe flood risk as heavy showers batter Nottinghamshire, UK

Showers flood streets in Bridgford with more heavy rain on the way

TORRENTIAL wet weather has caused havoc across the county with more showers and heavy winds on the way.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning throughout the day with a “severe risk” of flooding in parts of Nottinghamshire.

The rain is forecast to continue until 10pm with gale force winds during the evening as well.

The Environment Agency has said floods are expected later today in Bulwell near the river Leen.

Further flood alerts have been issued for areas in Mansfield, Clipstone, Edwinstowe, Ollerton and West Drayton near the River Maun.

Roads have been affected too – Nottingham City Transport has already announced route diversions on its Red Line 44 service due to flood risk in Gedling Village.

Gedling Village resident Francis Rodrigues, 64, said his neighbours had been putting up defences throughout the morning.

He said: “It seems like it’s coming on heavy again, someone I saw has used sand bags because of how bad it is.

“It looks like it will get worse – it doesn’t seem to want to stop.”

Events including Outlaws v Surrey at Trent Bridge have been cancelled because of the storms.

A spokesperson for Trent Bridge said: “Notts Outlaws’ Royal London One-Day Cup match against Surrey has been abandoned.

With today’s gate receipts set to be donated to the Trent Bridge Community Trust, the Club will honour all Surrey tickets at the Royal London One-Day Cup match against Warwickshire at Trent Bridge on Wednesday 20 August.

“Supporters are asked to retain their tickets to gain entry to the ground at that fixture.

Weather action groups Southwell Flood Forum has been keeping a close eye on the situation throughout the morning.

Chair Jacky Huson said: “People have put up their barriers, we’re keeping an eye out and taking precautions as best we can.

“We’re coping at the moment, but what we wouldn’t want at the moment is a great big storm.

“It looks like the worst is going to the west – we’re sitting tight though and hoping for the best.”

However, despite the gloomy picture some have embraced the downpours.

In Newark dozens have braved the rain to take part in the Great March, a commemorative walk held in honour of local soldiers who served in the forces during the First World War.

Taking to Twitter, Newark MP Robert Jenrick wrote: “Great turnout for Newark’s Great March despite the rain. Simple, dignified & very British.”

A Met Office spokesman said the weather would remain consistently wet and windy.

He added: “We’ve got some heavy bursts of rain in the area at the moment.

“We’ll probably see things ease off for a time about the middle of the afternoon but heavier rain is looking to spread back from the west as we go into the evening, probably taking until late evening before things start to dry out.”

“The strength of the winds, especially in Nottingham, could reach gale force during this evening and into tonight and will be strong tomorrow as well.”


Flooding strikes and many parts cut off as heavy rain returns in Grimsby, UK

Parts of Grimsby are heavily flooded and some are even cut off as heavy rain and thunder storms continue to batter North East East Lincolnshire.

Homes are flooded and businesses on Cromwell Road have had to close as they face flooded shops and offices for the the second time in three weeks.

The roads are chaos – Ellis Way and Cromwell Road are closed off and it understood the council’s Doughty Road depot is cut off by several feet of water – preventing vehicles from getting out to help.

Other roads affected include Victoria Street, Louth Road, and the Laceby Bypass.

Police are in attendance on the Willows estate, which has also reportedly been cut off.

Meanwhile, the second day of he 1940s event in Cleethorpes and the East Halton Show have been cancelled.


Further heavy rain may be on the way to North East Lincolnshire this evening after a day of torrential downpours which has caused flooding in parts of the borough.

Though the worst of the wet weather is over, the Met Office has this afternoon issued a severe weather warning for the region as the remains of Hurricane Bertha continue to move over the UK.

In addition to the possibility of more showers, winds are expected to strengthen overnight which could bring gusts of 50-60mph in coastal areas.

Blustery conditions are forecast to remain into Monday morning with more showers possible in the afternoon.


Humberside Fire and Rescue have been inundated with calls and are said to be “very busy” at the moment, with many engines responding to calls in the Grimsby area.

Emma Cooper, 25, of Welholme Road, said: “Our street is like a river, there’s water everywhere; it’s coming out of the drains.

“I rang 101 and they said they’re going to be closing the road off – it’s looks like we’re going to get flooded.”

Contact the Grimsby Telegraph with any updates you have of flooding in your area.


Ex hurricane Bertha causes power outage to 1000’s in Gloucester, UK

Power Outage Alert

DOZENS of Gloucester homes have been left without power after the remains of a tropical storm hit the region.

The county has been battered by ex-hurricane Bertha, which was swept in across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Gloucestershire as it moves north east across the country.

Western Power Disruption has said that power has already been restored to dozens of homes across the city but residents in GL3 and GL4 will have to wait until midday.

The Environment Agency has said the storm is of a “tropical nature” and is expected to bring thunderstorms and flash flooding to the area.

A severe weather warning remains in place with the potential for up to 50mm of rain in places after the storm battered the Caribbean and New York.

The public has been advised to keep up to date with forecasts with heavy rain potentially leading to flooding, disruption to transport and making outdoor activities dangerous.

A Met Office spokesman said: “This remains a volatile situation, and this alert is likely to be updated as the event unfolds.

“The public are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and alerts through the weekend.”

The current rain and storms have led to four times as many calls to Severn Trent the company confirmed today.

James Jesic, waste water manager for Severn Trent said: “Over the last few hours, we’ve had more than four times the amount of calls that we would normally see at this time of year.

“Most of these calls are to get advice on or to report incidents of flooding, which we are monitoring and keeping a close eye on. But unfortunately this means that people are having to wait longer than we’d like to talk to us.

“Our advice below may help and following it may mean that customers don’t actually need to call us.

“We were aware that this weather was coming and we’ve worked hard to get ready for it.

“We’ve got plenty of staff on the phones in our call centre and additional teams available on the ground to deal with flooding issues. We’re also out and about keeping an eye on those areas with a high risk of flooding.

“Unfortunately, in stormy weather, the drains and sewers often have significantly more water flowing through them. When the weather has been as dry as it has been for the past few weeks, the rain has a hard time sinking into the hard and compacted soil; so it just runs off the surface and goes directly into drains and sewers.”



Subject To Change

Depth: 100 km

Distances: 218 km SE of Davao, Philippines / pop: 1,212,504 / local time: 21:33:24.6 2014-08-10
160 km SE of Mati, Philippines / pop: 105,908 / local time: 21:33:24.6 2014-08-10
124 km SE of Pondaguitan, Philippines / pop: 2,143 / local time: 21:33:24.6 2014-08-10

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Distances: 868km (539mi) NE of Fernando de Noronha (Distrito Estadual), Brazil
1240km (771mi) NE of Sao Miguel, Brazil
1246km (774mi) NE of Natal, Brazil
1249km (776mi) NE of Extremoz, Brazil
1585km (985mi) S of Praia, Cape Verde

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