Archive | September 29, 2014

Maximum Storm Red Alert has been issued to Southern France

Red Alert Issued

French meteorologists have issued a Red Alert – the maximum warning – to residents in southern France due to heavy storms and the threat of flash flooding. Four people were killed in raging flood waters in the same area two weeks ago.
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Residents in the Hérault department on the Mediterranean coast were under a Redd Alert on Monday because of storms heavy rain just two weeks after four people were killed by raging flood waters in the area.
 
Downpours since midday on Monday left local authorities concerned enough about the risk of flash flooding that they put out the red alert, which warns people they are facing an exceptional danger.

Tropical Storm Phanfone triggers warnings in Northwestern Pacific

Tropical Storm Alert

NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over newborn Tropical Storm Phanfone on Sept. 29 and captured a picture of the storm that showed thunderstorms wrapped tightly around the storm’s center, and a large band of thunderstorms spiraling into the center from the east. Phanfone is now a threat to various islands and warnings are in effect.
 
A tropical storm Warning is in effect for Saipan, Tinian, Pagan and Alamagan. In addition, a typhoon watch is in effect for the northern Marianas Islands, including Pagan and Alamagan.
 
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard Aqua provides visible and infrared images of storms, oceans and land features.
 
On Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC) Phanfone had maximum sustained winds near 40 knots (46 mph/74 kph). It was centered near 13.8 north latitude and 149.6 east longitude, about 270 nautical miles east-southeast of Saipan. Phanfone is moving to the west-northwest at 11 knots (12.6 mph/20.3 kph).
 
The U.S. National Weather Service in Guam issued a statement on Sept. 29 about Phanfone’s approach: “Tropical Storm Phanfone will be strengthening into a typhoon as it crosses the Northern Mariana Islands with the center passing near…most likely north of Saipan on Sept. 30, Tuesday night or early Wednesday, Oct. 1. It is important to note that only small changes in the forecast track and intensity will lead to significantly varying Impacts. Expect heavy rain…thunderstorms…dangerous surf…and damaging winds.”
 
Forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center expect Phanfone to intensify as it moves to the west-northwest toward the Marianas Islands. After passing through the islands, Phanfone is expected to reach typhoon strength and move west of the island of Iwo To by Oct. 2 or 3.

Chikungunya Virus is spreading across Jamaica at an alarming and scary rate

Chikungunya Virus Alert

Jamaica’s health minister said Sunday that the government is doing all it can to combat a newly arrived mosquito-borne virus that is increasingly disrupting life and cutting productivity on the Caribbean island.
 
In a national address carried on television and radio, Fenton Ferguson said the Chikungunya virus is spreading across Jamaica and “everyone is susceptible.”
 
“We are aware of the impact this is having on productivity and attendance at school and work and ask employers to be compassionate and assist their staff through this difficult period,” Ferguson said.
 
It’s a rarely fatal but typically very painful viral illness that has advanced rapidly through the Caribbean and parts of Latin America after local transmission started in the tiny French dependency of St. Martin late last year, likely introduced by an infected air traveler. Apparently hardest hit has been the Dominican Republic, with half the cases reported in the Americas.
 
In recent days, the mosquito-borne virus with no cure or vaccine has been increasingly sickening people in Jamaica, perhaps most severely in the southeastern parish of St. Thomas.
 
“Schools, business, churches, farms and entire communities in St. Thomas continue to report ever mounting cases of persons ill with chikungunya, some communities with over half the population affected,” said opposition official Delano Seiveright before the health minister’s speech.
 
Confirmed cases in Jamaica are few so far, but there are many signs that the real number of sickened people is far higher than the official tally. Laboratories have only been able to confirm a small portion of people who fall ill because many patients don’t bother seeking care so their cases go unrecorded. Some private doctors are also not reporting patients to the government, according to the health ministry.
 
Some Jamaicans are blasting the government for what they believe is a sluggish response to a public health threat they knew was on the way. Fenton asserts the government was prepared and is doing all it can to swat down the virus but the “expectation is for chikungunya cases to spike and then trend down” as more people become immune. People develop immunity after getting infected.

Deadly Ebola Virus; Man suspected with Ebola virus has been rushed to quarantine facility in the Maldives

Ebola Virus

A man suspected of being infected with Ebola virus has been discovered in capital Male’, Maldives.
 
Haveeru has been informed that  arrangements are being made to transfer the Nigerian man, suspected of being infected with Ebola virus, to Hulhumale’ Hospital, where National Health Protection Agency (HPA) has a quarantine facility set up for Ebola patients. 
The Nigerian man, fearing that he may be infected with the deadly virus had gone to Maldivian Foreign Ministry for assistance; from where he was then transferred over to Health Ministry.
 
HPA has not yet commented on the matter, but has announced that they would hold a press conference to reveal information about the case, at 4:00 pm, Monday. 
 
The deadly Ebola virus has been spreading like rapid fire throughout West Africa. World Health Organization (WHO) statistics reveal the virus to have taken the lives of over 3,000 people; and the organization warns that hundreds of thousands could be infected by end of the year, without quicker prevention efforts.
 
Ebola virus is transmitted through bodily fluids, and leads to hemorrhagic fever and with over 50 percent chance of death. There is no specific treatment regime and no licensed vaccine for the virus, as of yet.
Patient being transferred to quarantine facility in a coast Guard launch, a short while ago, on September 29, 2014. PHOTO/READER
Patient being transferred to quarantine facility in a coast Guard launch, a short while ago, on September 29, 2014

Freak hailstorm strikes The Channon Village in Australia

A freak hailstorm at The Channon on Sunday, September 28.
WHILE most of the Northern Rivers enjoyed a relatively sunny weekend, The Channon had a bit of its own special weather on Saturday afternoon.
 
The village was hit by a localised hail storm between 4pm and 4.30pm.
 
Pinchin Road residents Denise Cox and Jon Noble sent in these images of the storm, which clearly laid down a solid spread of ice around the village even as much of the rest of the region was basking in the early spring sun.
 
The forecast for the rest of the week across the region is for more sun today and tomorrow with a chance of showers later in the week.
A freak hailstorm at The Channon on Sunday, September 28.

YELLOWSTONE REGION MAGNITUDE 2.4 WOODLAND, UT

http://www.seis.utah.edu/req2webdir/recenteqs/Quakes/uu60086862.html

Subject To Change

Depth: 4 km

Distances: Woodland, UT – 4 km (3 miles) SW (224 degrees)
Francis, UT – 7 km (4 miles) S (171 degrees)
Timber Lakes, UT – 9 km (6 miles) N (350 degrees)
Samak, UT – 9 km (6 miles) SW (216 degrees)
Provo, UT – 48 km (30 miles) NE (44 degrees)

29.09.14 M2.4 4 km

MASSIVE DIP SPIKES ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 19:00, 19:30 hrs UTC

**VERY URGENT**
   MASSIVE DIP SPIKES ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 19:00, 19:30 hrs UTC. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE

***BE ALERT***

Magnetogram 29.09.14  21.39 hrs UTC

MAGNITUDE 4.1 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 0.9 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.669 -17.465
(4.4 km NE of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   29 Sept 21:25 GMT

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   29 Sept 21:25 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude

MAGNITUDE 5.5 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 5.6 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.612 -17.361
(8.5 km ESE of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   29 Sept 21:25 GMT

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   29 Sept 21:25 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude

MAGNITUDE 4.4 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 4.1 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.688 -17.491
(5.5 km NNE of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   29 Sept 21:25 GMT

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   29 Sept 21:25 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude