Archive | August 18, 2015

Disaster teams in the Philippines on blue alert for the strengthening Typhoon ‘Ineng’

Typhoon Ineng
THE National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council placed its rescue personnel on blue alert Tuesday evening after Typhoon “Goni” entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility and was locally renamed “Ineng.”
NDRRMC Executive Director Alexander Pama said half of the agency’s personnel were ordered to stand by for emergencies while local disaster councils were advised to monitor the weather due to the rains brought by typhoon-enhanced “habagat”.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Ineng, the ninth tropical cyclone to affect the country this year, will enhance the southwest monsoon and will affect Visayas and Mindanao by Wednesday.
The storm is expected to affect the western part of Luzon, including Metro Manila by Thursday until weekend.
Pagasa forecaster Manny Mendoza said typhoon Ineng entered the country at 12 noon Tuesday and was located at 1,420 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan packed with maximum sustained winds of 170 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 205 kph.
He said the typhoon is forecast to move west-northwest at 20 kph, but is not expected to affect the country until Wednesday when the typhoon is expected to strengthen the southwest monsoon and bring rains over Visayas and Mindanao.
By Thursday until weekend, rains would be experienced in western part of Northern, Central and Southern Luzon, including Metro Manila, he said.
He added the typhoon has high chance to make a landfall in extreme Northern Luzon or in the provinces of Batanes or in Calayan by Friday because of the presence of a high pressure area that blocks the movement of the typhoon.
However, he noted that if the HPA recedes, the typhoon may not make landfall and just follow the track of the previous typhoon Hanna.
He also said that by Thursday or Friday the state weather bureau would raise public storm warning signals over the provinces of Northern Luzon as the typhoon moves closer to the area.
Mendoza noted that if the typhoon maintain its present speed and movement, it will exit PAR by Saturday morning and head toward Japan.
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Hurricane to form over the Atlantic on Thursday

The fourth tropical storm of the season has formed over the Tropical Atlantic.
The National Hurricane Center upgraded a tropical depression to Tropical Storm Danny. At 4 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm Danny was located near latitude 10.9 North, longitude 37.5 West.
Danny is moving toward the west near 12 mph. A motion toward the west is expected Tuesday night, followed by a turn toward the west-northwest on Wednesday. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph with higher gusts.
 Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Danny is expected to become a hurricane by Thursday.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb (29.77 inches).
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Severe drought worsens in Cuba

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Cuba put its civil defense system on alert on Monday due to a yearlong drought that is forecast to worsen in the coming months and has already damaged agriculture and left more than a million people relying on trucked-in water.
From Cuba’s famous cigars to sugar, vegetables, rice, coffee and beans, the drought is damaging crops. It has slowed planting and left one in 10 residents waiting for government tank trucks to survive in record summer heat.
The country’s civil defense system said the drought, record heat and water leakage have led to “low levels of available water for the population, agriculture, industry and services.”
The government has not provided a national breakdown of drought damage, but it said Monday that emergency measures were being taken at all levels, including stricter rationing of water through the state-run waterworks.
Communist-run Cuba loses around 50 percent of the water pumped from its reservoirs due to leaks. There is little irrigation of farm land and the systems that exist are outdated and inefficient.
Reservoirs depleted
Drought conditions across the Caribbean, caused by the phenomenon known as El Nino, have left reservoirs at 37 percent of capacity.
Cuban authorities appear increasingly alarmed by the situation, which could lead to wider rationing in major cities and hard choices on where water should be allocated with winter planting, the tourism season and sugar milling all beginning in November.
“The drought is everyone’s problem and so every state entity has to … create a plan immediately,” Chapman Waught, who heads Cuba’s waterworks, said last week as she toured the country.
This year’s rainy season, which includes the hurricane season, is forecast to bring rains well below the norm due to the El Nino weather phenomenon.
It has been seven years since a hurricane, which on average hits Cuba every other year, has swept along the island, dumping much-needed torrential rains along with inevitable damage.
Hurricane Sandy cut a narrow path across parts of eastern Cuba in 2012.
“It is hard to believe, but many of us are hoping for a hurricane,” said Nuris Lopez, a hairdresser in eastern Granma province where residents receive a bit of water once a week and otherwise rely on tanker trucks.
“I might lose my roof, but at least I could clean my house,” she said.
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Severe drought and heatwave hits Germany’s harvest very hard

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This year’s grain, fruit and vegetable harvests in Germany have been reduced by droughts in key areas and by the long summer heatwave, the national farmers’ association DBV said on Tuesday.
“The severe drought seen in large parts of Germany since May has left its mark on the grain harvest,” DBV said in a statement.
Farmers were estimated to have harvested only 46.5 million tons of grain this year, a shortfall of 11% from last year’s record 52 million tons, it said.
The heatwave and drought have also battered other crops, such as rapeseed, fruits and vegetables, the DBV continued.
Farmers were expecting to harvest 885 000 tons of apples, for example, a drop of 21% from last year.
And the asparagus harvest was down 5% on the year at 108 000 tons.
“The average volumes of harvests hide the dramatic problems faced by businesses in those regions that have been hardest hit by the drought,” said the association’s president Joachim Rukwied.
In the regional states of Bavaria, Hesse and the Rhineland-Palatinate, for example, and the eastern states, the wheat harvest was down by between 15% and 30% year-on-year, he said.
“The ongoing drought in August is also harming crops that are still growing such as corn and sugar beets, grazing land and forage crops. Here, irreparable damage has already been done,” Rukwied said.
Farmers also complained of price pressures following the introduction at the start of the year of a national minimum wage which is pushing up their costs, the DBV said.
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Severe storm causes complete mayhem in Budapest, Hungary

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Streets and buildings around Budapest were filled with water due to flooding caused by a huge hail storm late yesterday. Power outages were widespread, and people in various locations were trapped and had to be rescued by firefighters, according to reports. A similar storm is expected tonight.
Some 9,000 homes in Budapest lacked electricity due to the storm, while another 47,000 homes saw shorter temporary blackouts.
Flooding water on the streets of Budapest also leaked in some of the metro stations, and reports suggest that, at the station of Corvin negyed, flood levels reached 40 cm.
A similar storm is is expected for this afternoon and evening, and the Hungarian Meteorological Service (OMSZ) issued a warning for today, said.
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Depth: 29 km

Distances: 115km (71mi) WNW of Polis, Cyprus
123km (76mi) SW of Gazipasa, Turkey
126km (78mi) SE of Beykonak, Turkey
128km (80mi) SSE of Tekirova, Turkey
192km (119mi) WNW of Nicosia, Cyprus

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Extreme drought has dried out 12 million trees in California, USA

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The mix of extreme heat and no water means the Golden State is fast becoming the crispy, brown state.
Twelve million trees have dried up because of the drought, and all that dead wood means the risk of wildfires is extremely high.
KRON4’s Vicki Liviakis talked with one of the Bay Area’s most respected tree experts to find out why so many trees are dying off. For Michael Bonfante, a healthy majestic redwood is a sight to behold.
He is devoted his entire life to all things green. He built the famous tree theme park Bonfante Gardens, and now, Gilroy Gardens.
So, when he sees dried up suffering trees, it hurts.
“These poor trees are pretty stressed out. Stressed. We definitely need water,” Bonfante said.
But as the drought drags on, more trees will shrivel up and die, which means even more fuel for fires.
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Magnetogram 18.08.15  21.19 hrs UTC


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Depth: 7 km

Distances: 202 km W of Ljubljana, Slovenia / pop: 255,115 / local time: 22:10:02.0 2015-08-18
62 km NW of Venice, Italy / pop: 270,816 / local time: 22:10:02.0 2015-08-18
36 km SW of Belluno, Italy / pop: 35,050 / local time: 22:10:02.0 2015-08-18
18 km W of Miane Premaor, Italy / pop: 3,735 / local time: 22:10:02.0 2015-08-18

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