Archive | June 14, 2015

Yellow Alert Issued As Heatwave Ready To Strike Macedonia

Heatwave Warning

Temperatures within the yellow heat alert will grip Macedonia as of Monday, said the Hydrometeorological Service.
Temperatures will reach 37C, which are higher for this period of the year.
The general recommendations for protection from high temperatures include avoiding direct exposure to the sun and open spaces from 11:00h to 17:00h, consummation of light food and beverages, maintenance of body and food hygiene, as well as regular intake of therapy by chronically ill individuals.
Citizens are advised to remain indoors (preferably in air-conditioned premises) as much as possible. If required to go out, people should rest frequently under shades, wear light clothes, sunglasses and hats.
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Depth: 8 km

Distances: 646 km S of Chicago, United States / pop: 2,695,598 / local time: 02:22:53.0 2015-06-14
238 km W of Nashville, United States / pop: 530,852 / local time: 02:22:53.0 2015-06-14
19 km N of Dyersburg, United States / pop: 17,145 / local time: 02:22:53.0 2015-06-14
9 km SE of Ridgely, United States / pop: 1,795 / local time: 02:22:53.0 2015-06-14

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Severe flooding kills at least 12; zoo animals escape in the Georgian capital

Rescuers work among debris at a flooded street in Tbilisi, Georgia, June 14, 2015 (Reuters / Irakli Gedenidze)
Rescuers work among debris at a flooded street in Tbilisi, Georgia, June 14, 2015 (Reuters / Irakli Gedenidze)
The city of Tbilisi has suffered an incessant and torrential downpour that resulted in flooding of the low-land areas of the Georgian capital at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains. The death toll has been climbing, with numerous buildings deluged.
The death toll so far stands at 12, while 24 people are missing, TASS reports. Bodies were found mostly in flooded private households. There have been reports of landslides in Tbilisi’s suburbs.
The Georgian PM announced June 15 to be a day of mourning for the Tbilisi flood victims.
The water has filled hundreds of basements, underground walkways, squares and roads, and damaged electrical and technical infrastructure. The House of Justice has suffered the most among the federal buildings. Some 22,000 Tbilisi citizens remain without electricity.
Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili announced that an emergency headquarters for damage control and recovery had been set up.
All rescue teams available have been deployed to Tbilisi to bring the situation under control.
Prague Zoo along with other Czech zoos is set to send a team of at least five specialists to Tbilisi on Monday.
“After consultation with Tbilisi Zoo’s management we will send a team of skilled keepers, who have experienced floods in Prague. Keepers are going there to help with the current situation in Tbilisi,” Miroslav Bobek, director of Prague Zoo, told RT. “As a president of UCSZOO (Union of Czech and Slovak Zoological Gardens) I have already initiated a public collection to financially support Tbilisi Zoo and its recovery.”
“The situation is rather difficult. We haven’t seen anything like this in the capital before,” Garibashvili said. The Georgian PM reported that rescuers and police are doing their job well and have already saved dozens of people. “All problems will be solved,” Garibashvili promised.
The Kura River that passes through the city broke its banks and flooded Tbilisi’s Zoo, causing over 30 wild animals to flee, among them a hippo, 7 bears, six lions, six tigers, jaguars, 13 wolves and others.
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Chemical Explosion At Solar Plant In New South Wales, Australia

Chemical Explosion Alert

A chemical fire at a solar plant near Forbes, in central New South Wales, which started on Saturday continues to burn. 
Fire and Rescue New South Wales were called to the incident shortly before 10am on Saturday morning after an explosion started a fire. 
Fairfax Media understands the fire is under a 120,000 litre tank containing sodium.
Fire crews set up a 500-metre exclusion zone with police evacuating nearby homes as a precaution. 
By Sunday afternoon, Fire and Rescue NSW tweeted the blaze was 95 per cent under control.
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Subject To Change

Depth: 8 km

Distances: 638 km S of Chicago, United States / pop: 2,695,598 / local time: 08:11:54.8 2015-06-14
240 km W of Nashville, United States / pop: 530,852 / local time: 08:11:54.8 2015-06-14
11 km S of Tiptonville, United States / pop: 4,464 / local time: 08:11:54.8 2015-06-14
4 km NE of Ridgely, United States / pop: 1,795 / local time: 08:11:54.8 2015-06-14

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Strong storms down power lines, tree limbs across Boone County, USA

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Alert

Authorities responded to several incidents as severe thunderstorms  swept through Boone County on Saturday evening. 
The city’s real-time Fire and Rescue dispatch log showed more than 10 electrical hazards that were reported to 911 in the span of three hours following the storm. These incidents ranged from fallen tree limbs on cars to downed power lines. 
Columbia Fire Department Capt. Larry Curtis said he expected more calls to come in throughout the night as people got home and found damage. 
The severe thunderstorm resulted in two tornado warnings around 5 p.m. While no funnel cloud formed, the high winds caused a tree to take down an electrical line at the intersection of West Boulevard and Worley Street, according to an alert from the Boone County Office of Emergency Management. Both the tree and the electrical line ended up on a car. Roads near the intersection were closed for about an hour as crews worked to clear the debris.
A dozen reports of power lines down because of fallen tree limbs came in, Columbia Fire Department Division Chief Jerry Jenkins said. The fire department monitors the downed power lines until Columbia Water and Light can repair the lines, Jenkins said. 
The storm came through Columbia shortly after 5 p.m. By 5:20 p.m., 147 homes in Northern Columbia were without power, according to the Boone Electrical Cooperative’s outage map. Eight other homes lost power, according to Ameren’s website. Power was restored shortly afterward. 
The outage map for Columbia Water and Light was unavailable during the storm Saturday night. 
Lightning struck a home at 4010 Spring Cress Drive in northeast Columbia but caused only minimal damage. Jenkins said the strike removed shingles from the roof and left a mark four inches in diameter. No fire or hot embers were discovered at the scene. 
In southern Boone County, numerous trees were blown down at the intersection of Old Plank Road and Dothage Road, according to Boone County Emergency Management. The Boone County Fire Protection District responded to the scene. 
Curtis said the Columbia Fire Department responded to several reports of fallen tree limbs as well as trees falling on cars.
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Kp Index is at level 5
Scale of G1


Power systems: weak power grid fluctuations can occur.
Spacecraft operations: minor impact on satellite operations possible.
Other systems: migratory animals are affected at this and higher levels.

Kp Index NOAA 14.06.15 12.30 hrs UTC

Severe flooding strands dozens of vehicles near Marseilles, USA

Severe Flood Warning

Marseilles firefighters rescued a number of travelers stranded by flooding on Interstate 80 near Marseilles Saturday night.
Marseilles Assistant Fire Chief Jim Hollenbeck said a portion of I-80 was reduced to one lane for a time, because of flooding, with some cars hydroplaning into ditches and the median. There were no injuries, as far as Hollenbeck knew, but occupants of at least one car, which was stuck in deep water, waited on the car’s roof for rescue.
Hollenbeck, who is also a Marseilles city commissioner, said a portion of U.S. 6 near Marseilles had been down to one lane, because of water on the pavement. In Marseilles itself, part of Main Street was flooded and there was debris washed onto Rutland Street. Hollenbeck added that several gates were open on the lock and dam, which looked to be in order.
As of 9:30 p.m., the water had subsided on the roads, according to Hollenbeck, with a street crew working to remove the debris from Rutland Street.
The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office also reported earlier in the night that two county roads in the Marseilles-Seneca area, as well as one road near Lowell, were closed because of flooding.
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