Archive | September 18, 2016

Skydivers and pilot leap from plane that crashes into house

Plane Crash Alert
Four skydivers and a pilot had a lucky escape after their plane crashed into a house in Arizona and burst into flames.
 
An aircraft mechanic who witnessed the smash said the small Cessna 182 was in trouble before it ploughed into the property in Gilbert, Maricopa County.
 
Abdul Khan said the loud noise he heard from the single-engine plane told him something was terribly wrong.
 
“This one started coming down like a big ball,” he said.
 
“It went flat for a little bit and then started nose-diving. It was so close we thought it was going to come into our house. When it came down, it made a big noise.”
 
The skydivers, who were preparing to jump into an annual event to celebrate the adoption of the US constitution, and the pilot, leapt from the aircraft and parachuted to safety before it crashed, completely destroying the house.
 
A husband and wife who were indoors when the plane hit on Saturday evening made it out safely and were not injured.
 
The pilot suffered minor burns and was being treated at a local hospital.
Courtesy of Sky News

Surprise Snowfall In Kirov, Russia

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The weather on Saturday presented a surprise to residents of Kirov – in the city dropped the first snow this season.
 
As the correspondent of “Interfax”, sleet and large hail were held in the city in the afternoon.
 
Citizens posted on the social network in September to photograph the unexpected precipitation. This kirovchane note that snow and hail were observed not in all parts of the city – some citizens have witnessed a heavy rain.
Courtesy of interfax.ru

Record Rainfall With More Monster Rain On The Way For Australia

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THE biggest September rainfall in a century has drowned Victoria while South Australia has copped a monster drenching as wild weather lashes Australia.
 
A series of cold fronts combined with warmer than average ocean conditions have produced higher than normal falls across the soaked states.
 
And forecasters say while the worst may be over for now, another big deluge is expected to hit southeastern Australia next week.
 
Authorities are also repeating warnings for people to take extra care after 11 flood rescues in the past two days in Victoria.
 
Ballarat has been hit with its heaviest rainfalls since 1921 in three just three days. The town of Beaufort also had its heaviest rainfalls in a 72-hour period since 1911, and Wedderburn its wettest three days since 1916, the Bureau of Meteorology reveals.
 
Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino told news.com.au the rains were easing for now, but warned more was certainly on the way.
 
Mr Domensino said while Victoria would have a slight reprieve today and tomorrow, the state is expected to cop another drenching as two different systems move across eastern Australia.
 
“The current rains are tapering off as a high pressure system moving across eastern Australia produces drier conditions,” he said.
 
But he said the next systems were a cause for concern.
 
“A cold front moving across The Bight will hit western Victoria on Saturday,” he said.
 
While modelling predicts up to 10mm-20mm of rain, Mr Domensino said this would be enough to cause widespread flooding, with northeastern Victoria already waterlogged from its wettest winter in 20 years.
 
“Looking further ahead a low pressure trough will move through Queensland and NSW on Tuesday,” he said.
 
“This is expected to bring heavy falls to those areas as moisture from the tropics feeds that system.”
 
Northeast Victoria was could receive even more rain again then.
 
“A prediction of 20mm of rain doesn’t sound like much, but the concern is these two systems will add to the waterlogged conditions,” he said.
 
“While this is good news for soil moisture levels it, certainly has the potential to be dangerous in the short term due to catchments being so full.”
 
The BoM also warned a low pressure system developing across western Victoria and was likely to produce more rain across already saturated catchments.
 
Senior forecaster at the BoM national operations centre Dean Narramore said we could expect a series of widespread and heavy falls by mid next week.
 
“South Australia has had some heavy falls this week with areas such as the Mt Lofty Rangers getting as much as 100mm since 9am yesterday,” he said.
 
“Victoria has had between 50-88mm, but a break is ahead.”
 
Conditions are expected to ease today as the rain heads into Queensland before clearing across most of the country by Friday.
 
Rain is expected to develop across northern Queensland, the NT, South Australia and Victoria by Saturday before easing again.
 
But the dry break won’t last long as Mr Narramore said it was a case of weather systems “lining up one after another”.
 
While the wild weather produced a whole heap of wet across Victoria, it was a godsend for snow bunnies. The Victorian Alpine resort of Falls Creek was cheering thanks to a fresh dump.
 
Wild weather in spring is not unusual in spring as this video shows of a storm rolling over the canola fields in Ocean Grove.
 
Victoria now has 12 local government areas affected by floods while more than 100 roads remain closed, the Herald Sun reported.
 
Warnings remain in place for the west and south coast regions, with landslides already forcing the closure of the Great Ocean Road yesterday.
 
Northwestern Victoria, particularly around Bendigo, Swan Hill and Horsham and Melbourne are expected to be hit with more rain in coming days.
 
Farmers remain on alert with fears the deluge will wipe out crops while 45 homeowners have already been evacuated in the town of Hamilton, which received more than double the average rainfall in September.
 
Crop and livestock farmer Luke Milgate, whose property is on the Loddon River, told the Herald Sun, the deluge threatened to ruin his best crop in years.
 
“The wheat crop looked sensational a week ago, but now at least a third of it has fallen over … it is disheartening,” he said.
 
The towns of Maryborough, Clunes, Carisbrook, Castlemaine and Charlton are among the hardest hit by the recent deluge.
 
Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) is urging Victorians to remain vigilant and warned the flood message wasn’t getting through.
 
It comes as police hold grave concerns for a driver who remains missing after his ute was swept up in floodwaters in Wallacedale.
 
The man entered the waters on Wallacedale Byaduk Road yesterday afternoon, however authorities were unable to find any trace of the man, the ABC reported.
 
Conditions are expected to improve today but with more wet weather on the way authorities have repeated warnings for people to take extra care.
 
Warnings remain in place for the Loddon, Avoca, Wimmera, Glenelg, and Hopkins rivers.
 
VICSES chief officer operations Trevor White said it was vital that people remained vigilant especially as the grounds are already saturated from so much rain in recent weeks.
 
“We remind people to never drive through floodwater — it only takes about 15cm of water to lose control of your vehicle,” he said.
Courtesy of news.com.au

MEGA DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 18:00 HRS UTC

**VERY URGENT**
  MEGA DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 18:00 HRS UTC. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE
***BE ALERT***
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MAGNITUDE 4.6 NEPAL

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 50 km NE of Kathmandu, Nepal / pop: 1,443,000 / local time: 22:57:30.0 2016-09-18
18 km W of Kodāri, Nepal / pop: 1,600 / local time: 22:57:30.0 2016-09-18

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Deaths as ‘overloaded’ boat capsizes in Thailand

Men search a boat which capsized on the Chao Phraya river in the ancient tourist city of Ayutthaya, Thailand
At least 13 people have been killed after a boat capsized in a river north of the Thai capital Bangkok.
 
The vessel had more than 100 on board as it sailed along the Chao Phraya river in Ayutthaya province, 50 miles from the city, on Sunday afternoon.
 
As many as 37 people were injured and many more are missing as rescuers battle rain and, later, darkness.
 
No foreigners are believed to be among the dead.
 
Police Colonel Surapong Thampitak said the passengers were Thai Muslims travelling to a religious ceremony when it capsized.
 
Udomsak Khaonoona, disaster prevention chief for the city of Ayutthaya, said: “The boat tried to avoid another vessel and crashed into the concrete column of a bridge.”
 
ThaiPBS quoted Harbour Department official Surasak Sansombat as saying the boat was only meant for 50 people and that it probably collapsed because it was overloaded.
 
Despite being one of the region’s more wealthy countries, Thailand’s public transport has a poor safety record.
 
It has one of world’s worst fatality rates on the roads and speedboats regularly crashing between the south’s tourist islands.
 
The Chao Phraya is the main river through Bangkok and a busy commuting artery where boats often travel along at high speed.
 
None of this seems to deter tourists, however, with the junta leaders saying they expect tourism to make up 17% of the country’s GDP this year.
Courtesy of Sky News

MAGNITUDE 5.7 PAPUA REGION, INDONESIA

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Distances: 1113 km NW of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / pop: 284,000 / local time: 17:17:36.3 2016-09-18
69 km NW of Jayapura, Indonesia / pop: 135,000 / local time: 16:17:36.3 2016-09-18

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HEALTH ALERT There are fears that a deadly virus dubbed the ‘new Ebola’ has been carried into Britain by an invasion of ticks

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Congo Fever results in death in around two fifths of all cases – and there are no proven vaccines available to prevent it
 
A TERRIFYING disease has health bosses on high alert, after it was likened to Ebola and alleged to have been brought to the UK by an invasion of ticks.
 
The Daily Star reported that Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever has already killed one Brit, with the deadly disease dubbed the “next Ebola.”
 
The horrific virus, which is also known as Congo Fever results in death in around two fifths of all cases – and there are no proven vaccines available to prevent it.
 
Those unlucky enough to catch the disease often suffer from internal bleeding, before organ failure strikes down the sufferer.
 
Infected ticks are capable of spreading the disease from animals to humans, and some of parasites infected with Congo Fever are believed to have made their way to the UK.
 
Health bosses begun to take note of the virus after two women in Spain died as a result of the disease, which is spreading around the world from Africa, India, China, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
 
Two further people have been placed in isolation in Spain, where experts are worried that contact with infected people may spread the disease further.
 
For those infected, early flu-like symptoms tend to develop into a full fever, before sufferers start to vomit uncontrollably and internal bleeding causes a bloody rash on the skin.
 
An increased heart rate is a common symptom later on, before infected people succumb to the disease and suffer from organ failure as a result.
Courtesy of thesun.co.uk

MEGA DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 22:15, 22:30, 22:45 HRS UTC

**VERY URGENT**
  MEGA DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 22:15, 22:30, 22:45 HRS UTC. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE
***BE ALERT***
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