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Tropical Storm Earl Upgraded To Cat 1 Hurricane As It Nears Belize

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Earl has been upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane as the system bears down on Belize, threatening flash floods and mud slides.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami reported Wednesday that top sustained winds reached 75 mph.
The outer bands are bringing heavy rain and flooding across the northern coastline of Honduras. Earl is expected to make landfall in Belize early Thursday.
Numerous Hurricane and Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued across the region with the likelihood of the Tropical Storm to strengthen to a Hurricane increases within the next 6 to 12 hours.
Further west in Belize, Guatemala and parts of the Yucatan, hurricane forecasters are expecting tropical storm force winds by Wednesday night. Hurricane force winds of 73 mph or greater will be possible by early Thursday morning.
Rainfall amounts could be anywhere from 8-12 inches causing flash flooding and mudslides.
In extreme circumstances, over 16 inches are possible in spots over at Belize and Mexico.
Earl will also bring in an expected storm surge of 4 to 6 feet along the coast of Belize and the eastern coastline of the Yucatan.
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Red Alert Issued Due to Tropical Storm Earl Approaching The Caribbean Islands

Red Alert Issued

A tropical storm, dubbed Earl and packing nearly hurricane-force winds, was to hit northern Central American countries Wednesday, prompting warnings and emergency planning by authorities.
Earl was moving slowly westward across the Caribbean and was expected to drive across the northern coast of Honduras and Guatemala on Wednesday and slam directly into Belize late Wednesday or early Thursday before moving into southeastern Mexico.
Honduras issued a red alert
for its Caribbean island group the Bay Islands and closed airports and schools in the north.
Officials warned of winds of 118 kilometers (73 miles) per hour. If the wind force strengthens any more, Earl would be classified as a hurricane.
 Belize’s National Emergency Management Organization said Earl “is expected to deteriorate to hurricane conditions” by late Wednesday or early Thursday and warned of heavy rains.
It previously said extreme flooding, uprooted trees, power cuts and the destruction of “poorly constructed and older timber buildings” were likely.
Authorities in Belize will open several shelters early Thursday. They told non-essential government workers they could go home to secure their properties.
The US National Hurricane Center said Earl was moving westward at 22 kilometers per hour.
It said its winds were forecast to reach peak strength by the time it reaches Belize, and then weaken progressively as it moves inland, toward Mexico.
Very heavy rain in Belize and Mexico “could result in life-threatening flash floods and mud slides,” it said.
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Two tornadoes causes significant damage in Saskatchewan, Canada

Photo: Blake Lough ‏@Blake_Lough Global News Jaimie Simpson’s home outside of Melville has been completely destroyed
Two tornadoes that touched down in southeastern Saskatchewan have left significant damage to several farms and one home, but no injuries.
Environment Canada says the first tornado hit the ground around 4 p.m. Sunday north of Melville, Sask., that ripped apart a barn, trees and tossed bins and bails about.
Meteorologist Jason Knight says a second tornado touched down about five kilometres away around 5;20 p.m. that destroyed a modular home, but the family inside was able to escape without injury.
Knight says there was substantial flooding in Yorkton where up to 60 millimetres of rain fell in a short period of time and wind gusted up to 109 km/h as the storm reached Manitoba.
He says hail the size of tennis balls belted the Yorkton area and Environment Canada was investigating a third unconfirmed tornado near Camperville, Man., Sunday night.
Twitter users posted numerous pictures of funnel cloud formations, along with videos of flash flooding in Yorkton that showed vehicles splashing through water-filled streets.
Duane McKay, Saskatchewan’s commissioner of emergency management says he can confirm two tornadoes as well.
McKay says clean-up efforts are underway and he expects more detailed reports to surface on Tuesday.
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Tornado And Waterspout touched down Monday in Ocean City, USA

Tornado Alert

The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado touched down in Ocean City this week, during a round of severe thunderstorms.
The agency said Tuesday that the tornado came ashore near Route 50 and Philadelphia Avenue late Monday afternoon, causing damage to several businesses in the resort.
An Ocean City town-owned supply container also was overturned and blown along the beach.
A waterspout also developed in the Assawoman Bay before the tornado, an EF- 0, came ashore.
No injuries were reported.
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Severe flooding and landslide causes damage to 14 schools in Parbat, Nepal

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The flood and landslide have caused damages to as many as 14 schools in Parbat district.
The continuous rain triggered flood and landslide has completely damaged seven schools whereas seven schools have sustain damages due to windstorm in the district, according to the District Natural Disaster Rescue Committee, Parbat.
Schools damaged completely are Mahendrodaya Primary School at Kurgha, Jana Jagaran Primary School at Phalamkhani, Samaj Kalyan Primary School at Maajhfaant, Sramik Primary School at Maldhuga and Shivalaya Higher Secondary School, Aguwa Recourses Centre at Kushma and Krishna Dharma Higher Secondary School at Dhairing.
Similarly, windstorm has damaged Langdi Primary School, Panchakoshi Higher Secondary School at Arthar, Saraswati Primary School at Arthar, Jana Jagriti Primary School at KHoula Lakuri, Jana Netra Higher Secondary School in Deupur and Sarawasti Primary School at Ranipani. A local college-Navajagrit Multiple Campus at Tilahar- has also sustained damage in the windstorm.
The teaching-learning activities have been affected due to the damages in physical structure of schools, shared District Education Officer Ramesh Raj Poudel. The damage incurred in these schools is estimated worth millions, said District Education Officer Poudel. Furthermore, as many as nine drinking water projects in the locality are also affected due to rain.
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Rains trigger more landslides in northern Chin State, Myanmar

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After five days of heavy rain, landslides struck northern Chin State yesterday, breaking down transportation in the area.
The landslides hit Hakha, the capital of Chin State, and some northern parts of Tiddim and Tonzang townships. Houses were damaged and the bridge linking Tiddim and Tonzang was broken, said Ko Mung Lak, the owner of a transportation company.
“Many cars are struck on the way between Kalay and Tiddim so far,” he said. “They cannot go to Tiddim but they cannot get back to Kalay yet either.”
According to a Chin state government official, a few houses were damaged and an old woman was killed by the landslide. The government is planning to fix the damaged roads as soon as possible, the official said.
“We are holding meetings with the appropriated ministry now in order to start fixing the roads,” the official said.
Salai KB Thawng, a resident of Hakha, said the landslide happened between Hakha and Gantgaw highway road. He reiterated the report that many houses were damaged.
“As far as I know, about seven houses were damaged and the people who lived there moved to safer places,” he said. “If the heavy rains continue to drop, the landslides might happen in other areas, too.”
Pi Vung Suan Dim, a member of the Chin Progress Party and resident of Tiddim, confirmed that the routes between Kalay and Tiddim and Tonzang are broken.
“We cannot go anywhere now and we are without any connections,” she said. “Chin State has a landslide every year, especially during rainy season.”
Last year, more than 4000 homes were swept away, with residents moved into temporary camps after landslides triggered by heavy rain.
In November, a team of German geologists confirmed that the state capital was too dangerous to live in because of the unstable ground.
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